Explore Hanoi and travel by overnight train to the mountainous area of Sapa. Here you will be able to engulf yourself in local minority groups and their traditions and cultures. Some trekking is also included and you will return to Hanoi like you have really experienced far north Vietnam.
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Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Upon arrival at Hanoi International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.
Hotel: Boss Legend Hotel, 2 nights
Day 2: Hanoi
After breakfast explore Hanoi’s illustrious history. In the morning, visit the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays) before moving onto his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. You will then explore the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature, which is imbued with the profound philosophies of Confucianism. In the afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple and the bustling Old Quarter.
Day 3: Hanoi – Lao Cai
Your day is free at leisure to explore Hanoi. This evening transfer to the railway station to board the Victoria Express for your overnight train ride to Sapa departing at 2200 hours.
Train: Victoria Express Train
Day 4: Lao Cai – Sapa
Arrive at Lao Cai Train Station at approx 0630 hours, have breakfast at a local restaurant then drive to the Muong Khuong district and to the Cao Son commune. The road condition is good and offers a stunning scenery of the beautiful country side, especially the terraced rice paddies and tea farms, pine plantations. Arriving at the Cao Son market at 10.00 right at the crowded time of the market. Join the locals and enjoy the excitement of this weekly market. Walk from section to section and corner to corner, seeing and smelling the different local products, spices, vegetables, farming tools, handicraft, even medical herb…especially meeting the smiling locals everywhere. The market is almost over at 11.30 am, take a lunch break in a local restaurant. Optional: Boat trip on Chay river (it depends on water level today) Enjoy a walk in the afternoon to Tin Thang Village of the Flower H’mong. In this village, people still distill the wine from corn, making bacon in the most basic way and hospitably at offering special corn cakes to anyone who drop by their house. Leaving the village mid afternoon for the road trip back to Lao Cai with stop for a short walk to visit a tea farm at Thanh Binh. Transfer to the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa for check-in.
Hotel: Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, 2 nights
Day 5: Sapa
After Breakfast, head northwards of Sapa where we will enjoy breakfast along the way. We travel along national road 4C for 8 km to O Quy Ho with several stops to view the magnificent landscapes of Fansipan. Mt, Sin Chai Valley and we will see the amazing flower and vegetable farms. Then we turn right to follow a narrow tarmac for about half an hour, passing through a wild region with thick rain forest covering walled-up mountains, passing a beautiful waterfall before arriving to Ban Khoang commune, home to the Black Hmong & Red Zao ethnic people who live their unique way of life and maintain traditional values. The villages here are prosperous thanks to the combination of wet rice cultivation on the terraced fields with cardamom farming under the shade of thick rain forest. Spend over an hour walking to explore this remote village for a brief understanding of local life. Leaving Ban Khoang, we contunue along the road for about 10 km to Ta Giang Phin Valley which is inhabited by the Black Hmong who live in several hamlets scattering along a peaceful stream. Enjoy an hour lunch break on the bank of a stream. After lunch we spend 2 hours walking along the village path which connects hamlet to hamlets witnessing daily activities of local life such as plough and harrow the fields, growing, harvesting or doing house works. In leisure months men often gather to build new houses or repair parts of old ones while women stay home making their traditional costumes. The walk ends mid afternoon, where you will transfer back to Sapa.
Day 6: Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi
After Breakfast, we start our day at 0830, firstly by road transfer for 12km southwards and uphill to Den Thang mountain. Enjoy several stops to view the marvelous landscapes of Hoang Lien mountain range and Muong Hoa Valley before arriving at a small hamlet village which sits at 1,572m high and overlooking down the Muong Hoa valley. Leaving the vehicle for an easy walk to explore this charming hamlet of the Black Hmong which has lots of traces of the past sifting lifestyle of the Hmong. Then follow the large village path gradually downhill along the stunning valley of Sa Seng, passing several hamlets of the Sa Seng and Sau Chua villages along the way which are organized in typical way of the Hmong dwelling,: Wooden roofed houses surrounded by rock-wall where pot-belly pigs, chickens, water buffaloes are running here and there and children entertaining themselves with their own games and toys. There are chances to see Hmong women making fiber from hemp, spinning, weaving to make traditional costumes. We end our walk at Sa Pa, another hamlet of the Hmong which is located near the former place of Sapa’s traditional market. You will be collected and transferred back to Lao Cai Railway station for the overnight train to Hanoi which departs at 2105 hours.
Train: Victoria Express Train
Day 7: Hanoi
This morning arrive at Hanoi Train Station at 0410 hours and transfer to the Boss Legend Hotel for an early check-in and breakfast. The remainder of the day is free at leisure to explore on Hanoi on your own.
Hotel: Boss Legend Hotel
Day 8: Depart Hanoi
Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Hanoi International Airport.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|Departs daily from Hanoi:||Price on Application||Price on Application|
|Meals:||6 breakfasts, 2 lunches|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers, private air-conditioned vehicle|
|Train:||Victoria Express Train Ticket: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi|
|Accommodation:||5 nights in hotels, 2 nights on-board the train|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking Guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.