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Sapa 2 Days Minority Trek /1 night Ta Van village

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    Live guide: English,

    Duration: 2 days

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On this trek you will explore the beautiful Sapa valley for two days with a one night home stay in Ta Van village, home of the Dzay minority. Unique to this trek - you will begin by driving to Cat Cat Village and begin your trek there. This trip is a wonderful opportunity to touch base with nature, enjoy the mountain landscape and views, feel revived and mingle with the humorous village residents. A lovely genuine Sapa experience

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Night 1Hanoi to Lao Cai by the night train 4 berth soft sleeper cabin with AC

At  7:30 pm transfer from your hotel to the Hanoi train station for boarding at 9:15 pm. You will be in shared AC soft sleeper cabins of 4 to travel North to Lao Cai town. The next morning: The train arrives in Lao Cai at about 5:00 am where your Sapa Ethnic Travel guide will welcome you. Look for the "Sapa Ethnic Travel" sign when you exit the train station. Then take a morning drive through the clouds by car / van to Sapa (about 1.5 hours). When you arrive in Sapa you will be taken to Fansipan View Hotel for a morning shower & breakfast, then prepare for the trek as detailed below:

Day 1Sapa - Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van

After freshening up and having breakfast you are free to take a walk 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 Ethnic  office we will set off to begin trekking and exploring the Muong Ho valley.

We begin by driving approximately 3 kms to Cat Cat village - here we start walking. This village is home to the H'Mong. There is a pretty waterfall to enjoy and an old hydro power station built by the French is nearby. A further 12kms of trekking will see us visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages. Here we will have lunch with a local family or in a drinking shop by the river, we continue hiking to Ta Van village (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!

  •     Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
  •     Accommodation: Home stay in Tavan

 Day 2Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – SuPan – Sapa

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.

  •     Breakfast & Lunch included., Dinner on your own
  •     Overnight on the train

Night 3Lao Cai to Hanoi by 4 berth soft sleeper tourist sharing cabin

At 6:00pm, you will be transferred by a shared bus to Lao Cai station, where you will then take the night train back to Hanoi. We hope you have enjoyed your time in Sapa .

What's Included:

  • Pick up at the hotel you stay in Hanoi, transfer by a private car to Hanoi train station, we take you to the train cabin.
  • Soft sleeper 4 berth cabin on Livitrans or Ratraco to/from Laocai.
  • Home stay sharing with the Dzay minority in Tavan village.
  • Fluent English speaking tour guide
  • Transfer by tourist shared bus/van to/from Laocai train station.
  • Meals as specified (2 breafasts, 2 picnic lunches, 1 dinner).
  • Admission fees for all sightseeing places.
  • Services charges and all government taxes.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls etc.).
  • Drinks, tips and gratuities.
  • Services not clearly mentioned above.

Packing list: Passport, towels, change of clothes, sun block, sun glasses, sun hat, insect repellent, proper hiking shoes, warm clothes in the winter time (Sapa is a coolest place in Vietnam) and rain coat.

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