6h00 Am: You will picked up by our driver and van at Laocai train station. Transfer up to Sapa in 1hour. Reach to Sapa at 7h00Am. Take shower, have breakfast.
After freshening up and having breakfast, tour-guide will take you a walking around the charming little town of Sapa. Pay a visit to the fascinating market and or the old cathedral where you can meet and greet some of the local ethnic minority people. The Black H’Mong and Red Zao come into town daily to sell their farming produce and hand made crafts – you will spot them easily in their bright traditional dress.
At 9:30, back at the Sapa Luxury hotel, we will set off to begin trekking and exploring the Muong Ho valley.
We begin by walking about 4 kms to Ylinhho village. This village is home to the H’Mong people. A further 5kms of trekking will see us visit Lao Chai villages. Here we will have lunch with a local restaurant nearby the river, we continue hiking to Ta Van village(3km – here resides the Dzay people) where we settle for the night in a local village family home. This provides a great opportunity to share their customs and home life. Your tour guide and host family will set up a temporary cooking class so you can share a Vietnamese cooking experience!
Leaving Ta van village after breakfast, you will head off on an uphill trail, past fascinating terraced rice fields and small pockets of H’Mong housing before walking through a bamboo forest to a picturesque waterfall. Here, we rest briefly and admire the scenery, following this we continue walking for about half and hour to Giang Ta Chai village, home of the Red Zao people- this sits on top of a hill and overlooks the Muong Hoa River. After spending time with the villagers and enjoying their genuine hospitality we will cross the river via a suspension bridge and head upwards again to visit a local handicraft centre where H’Mong and Zao women gather to share their crafts and skills and have a good chat! A late lunch will be prepared for you near the craft centre and then it is time to relax and become acquainted with the local school children and their teachers. Later, a short drive will return you to Sapa, you are free to shower and enjoy a couple of hours free time in town before transferring down the mountain to Lao Cai station.
– Transfers as tour’ programs
– English speaking guide
– Accomodation at village
– Reasonable supply of bottled drinking water
– Whole meals as indicated in the itinerary
– Entrance fees and permits
– Room for shower before and after the tour
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner