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Sapa Trekking 2 days one night homestay

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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. 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 - Lao Cai to Sapa by car/van.

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 bus / 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 - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van ( B, L, D)

After freshen up and Breakfast in a local restaurant you will enjoy a free walk around this charming town, paying visit to Sapa market and the old cathedral where you can meet a lot of local ethnic minority peoples such as Black H’mong and Red Zao wearing their traditional colorful dresses selling their farming and gathering products and handicrafts for souvenir. Back to our Sapa Pathfinder office at by 9:20 and begin your exploration trip to Muong Hoa valley.

12 km of trekking, visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority. after lunch at a local family in Lao Chai or in a drinking shop nearby the river bank, we keep on hiking to Ta Van village of the Dzay where we stay overnight in a local family. Here you have opportunity to experience their daily life, work and original custom.

With your tour guide and the house owners, we will set up a temporary cooking class to learn how to cook Vietnamese food for dinner.

Enjoying your dinner and getting to know local typical traditional customs, cultural….

Home-stay at the Dzay local house

Day 2Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – SuPan – Sapa (B, L)

Leaving Ta Van village after Breakfast, you will take the trail uphill, passing fascinating terraced rice field and some small hamlets of the H’mong before getting through a bamboo forest to a waterfall, enjoy a break for magnificent scenery and then continue walking for half an hour to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zao peoples which sits on the top of a hill and looks down Muong Hoa river. After spending time visiting the village, making friend with the Zao and experiencing the hospitality you will cross the river by another suspension bridge and then uphill again to Su Pan village where you will pay visiting to a local handicraft center where H’mong and Zao women gather for exchanging experience and skill of making handicrafts.

A late Lunch will be prepare here nearby this center and then you have time relaxing as well as getting acquaintance with local school boys, girls and their teachers as well. Later a short drive will take you back to Sapa, take a shower and enjoy about two hours free time in Sapa before transfer down hill to Lao Cai station.

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

At 6:00 pm, you will be transfered by a tourist shared bus to Laocai train station, then take the night train back to Hanoi. End of the trip.

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.

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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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