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Hunt the clouds in Y Ty

Have you ever been fed up with the busy and cramped life in your city and wanted to escape from it to do something new and special even once in your life? Let’s join Sapa tours with us to explore this journey of “hunting the clouds” in Y Ty!!!

For those who haven’t ever known about Y Ty, this land has ever been regarded as an out-of-the-way area of the northwest. Located about 100 km from Lao Cai City, Y Ty is a highland commune in the west of Bat Xat District, Lao Cai Province. Y Ty is called as “the land of fog” because the clouds cover all year round. To have a safe and advantageous journey, you should “pocket” the following helpful experiences:

1. Means of transport

From Hanoi, you can catch the night train to Lao Cai and stop at Lao Cai Station at about 7 o’clock. You can also reach to Lao Cai by coach at My Dinh Station, Luong Yen Station, Giap Bat Station or Gia Lam Station. From here, you can hire motorcycle to reach to Y Ty. It’s necessary for you to choose the strong motorcycles because the streets here are zigzag and quite difficult to travel. There are 2 ways to reach to Y Ty from Lao Cai Station:

1: Lao Cai – Bat Xat (11km) – Trinh Tuong (26km) – Lung Po (19km) – A Mu Sung (7km) – A Lu (7km) – Ngai Thau (5km) – Y Ty (7km): however, it’s quite difficult to travel from Ngai Thau to Y Ty in the rainy season because of swampy ground.

2: Lao Cai – Sa Pa (38km) – Muong Hum (42km) – Den Sang (10km) – Y Ty (29km): This road is nearly asphalted, but you should bring more petrol because there are few petrol stations along this road.

How to get Sapa from Hanoi

Train to sapa
Sapa is a highland town, is a famous resort of Sapa district, Lao Cai province, Vietnam. Located about 379 km from Hanoi City, Sapa is the residence of the ethnic minorities including Mong, Dao, Tay, Giay, Xa Pho, Kinh, Hoa, etc. Sapa is actually one of the most ideal destinations for tourists when visiting Vietnam. To get to Sapa from Hanoi, you can refer to 3 ways that we share as follows:

1. By train

If you travel by train, you will depart at Tran Quy Cap Station in the city center of Hanoi and stop at Lao Cai Station. This trip from Hanoi to Lao Cai Station will last more 10 hours. The ticket price depends on the quality of services on the train, e.g. hard chair or couchette, normal day or holiday. To get tickets, you should make a reservation at the train station. It’s better for you if you book a round-trip ticket for both outward and return journey from Tran Quy Cap Station to Lao Cai Station and vice verse. From Lao Cai Station to Sapa Town, it takes you about 40 km of the sinuous mountain roads. You can catch the bus or motorbike taxi to reach to Sapa; however, it’s safer and more convenient for you to travel by bus. For the return journey, the train will leave Lao Cai Station around 7 p.m and arrive in Hanoi at 4 a.m. Therefore, you should prepare for this by booking taxi or contact someone to pick you up after leaving the station at such an early hour.

Food Paradise in Sapa

Barbecues
Sapa is not only famous for beautiful romantic sceneries and sightseeing but also attractive with a wide range of delicious dishes handmade by the locals. Today, I introduce two savory dishes which are my favorite, as a guide for you when you have a chance to resort to Sapa.

Barbecues

The cold weather in Sapa is compatible to the appreciation of barbecued food in Sapa. The pungency of grilled dishes there can make you warm and blushed. Numerous ingredients are integrated in order to serve you a perfect barbecue party. Of course, you will start by some grilled meat such as pork with Meo’s spinach and beef with enoki mushroom. Then, provide yourself with carbohydrates by having grilled yams, eggplants or corns. If you like fast-food, barbecued sausages and grilled chicken wings should be the best choices. Salmon can even become a barbecue if you order the servants in advance. All of the meat, fish and vegetables are well seasoned so surely you will feel excited when eating some.

About the prices, do not worry because the total payments for a couple can be maximally 300,000 VND (or $15), for a group of four or five members to be $30. Grilled dishes are appropriate for hanging out and chatting. You can find a lot of street restaurants when walking along the street in Sapa town.

Sapa – Vietnam’s Northwestern paradise

It is not by chance that Sapa is the most promising travelling destination in the Northwest of Vietnam. Sapa is the ideal place for relaxing, discovering, enjoying and even honeymoon for young couples. For Vietnamese people, even not come to Sapa, they can sense the beauty of Sapa through poems, songs , novels, photos . It can be said that Sapa has long been an abundant inspiration for artists to create great works with peach-blossom, love market, Bac serenade, Ham Rong Mountain … But the works cannot fully illustrate the dreaming and mysterious beauty of Sapa. In order to sense the beauty, you had better pay a visit to Sapa – the paradise of the Northwest.

Someone said that Sapa is the most beautiful in the spring but I personally think that Sapa has its own distinctive beauty in each season. In spring, the mountains in Sapa are not only covered with the vivid color of blooming peach-blossom and plum blossom but also the foggy coat in the early morning which make a mysterious scene. As the sun rises, the mountains gradually take the foggy coat off and welcome the gold sunshine and it is the best time in the day to see blooming flowers and visit waterfalls.

If spring is the time for blooming, the summer is the time for fruiting. Unlike the extreme hot climate in the lowland, Sapa is favored for a cool and fresh summer with a green color covers all the mountains, forests, villages and terraces. Summer is the season of many local products like fruits, vegetables and many craft products. With the cool and dry weather, it is the best time in the year to conquer Fansipan Mountain – the roof of the Indochina for adventurous people.

O Quy Ho Pass

O Quy Ho is a mountain pass connecting two northern provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau, an area home to the magnificent Hoang Lien Range including the Indochina's roof of Mount Fansipan with the height of 3,414 meters. It is also known as Hoang Lien Pass, but travelers having a strong love for the Northwest region prefer using the name O Quy Ho.

Xe om or motorbike taxi drivers often tell a story of a bird whose tormented song that sounds like 'o quy ho' is attached to an inconclusive love affair. Step by step, the bird's voice O Quy Ho was used as the name for the wild mountain pass that is 2,000 meters above the sea level.

The pass is nearly 50 kilometers long encompassing two thirds of Lai Chau's Tam Duong District, and one third of Lao Cai's Sapa District. Tourists will have to cover a few kilometers from Hoang Lien National Park gate to come to the top of O Quy Ho Mountain considered the border between Lao Cal and Lai Chau.

Tourists will also have opportunities to enjoy imposing and impressive scenes of mountains and forests on the top of the Hoang Lien Mountain Range or even a view of mountains going up and down like fingers of a hand, and the Fansipan Peak of course.

Helpful information and tips


Sapa is one of the most attractive destinations on Vietnam’s tourism map. If you are planning to go on a vacation in Sapa, the first thing to bear in mind is the helpful information and tips supporting your trip effectively.

Time to visit Sapa

The best period of time to travel to Sapa is from September to November or March to May when skies are more likely to be clear. In this time, the weather is mild, sunny and dry in daytime and cold at night.
In April – May, Sapa is filled with colorful blooming flowers and green fields. Travelling to Sapa is a great chance to see picturesque terraces in late August and early September, or to watch cherry blossoms after Lunar New Year, Tet.
In winter it is freezing at night especially in northwest, but tourists can see sunrise on high valley in the early morning with occasionally romantic snowfalls. However, this is the period when Sapa is crowded with travelers. Thus, to enjoy a quiet and peaceful countryside, you should not get there at that time.

Luggage to bring

If traveling frequently, you should choose a small-sized and high-quality suitcase capable of being stuffed into the luggage compartment and containing clothes and personal belongings of 2-5 days.
What is more, only dark brown and black footwear should be carried. Also, it may turn cold in the evening so you ought to bring thin coats in summer or scarf, gloves and woolen hat in winter. In case of weather changing, raincoats and umbrellas should be required.

Simacai market – the wild character of Sapa

Once visiting Sapa, tourists cannot help participating in markets of local people. It is the place that expresses cultural features most fully. Of all Sapa markets, Simacai market is becoming a promising destination of tourists from all around the world thanks to traditional customs and habits which has not been affected by tourist commercialization.

To reach Simacai market, visitors have to drive about 90 kilometers from Lao Cai city. However, the tiredness would be dispelled by roadside scenery with superb mountain ranges and unspoiled wild forests. Up the hill are some house roofs of local people which seem to be floating in the cloud. Simacai market takes place along the road 153, surrounded with successive terraced fields clinging to the mountain.

Simacai market is the fair of H’mong and Dzay ethnic groups but is held in Dao people’s way. It is said that Simacai is derived from a phase of H’mong people, which means “new horse fair”. The fair takes place on weekly Saturday and holidays. The best time to enjoy Simacai market is in early morning. At that time, tourists have the opportunity not only to participate in purchasing goods but also to contemplate the atmosphere of preparing. When the sun has not risen yet, H’mong men have ridden their horse down the mountain leading buffaloes and cows to sell. The market gradually becomes noisy because of chatting voices which signals the upcoming fair.

Taboos in Sapa ethnic villages

There is a famous saying that “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” and it is also an important note you should bear in your mind to avoid indelicacy situations. Sapa is a Northwestern mountainous district of Vietnam where many ethnic minorities in Vietnam live like H’mong, Dao, Tay, Pho … Local people in Sapa are well-known for their hospitability and generosity. However, you should try learning suitable behavior in order not to get into unexpected problems.

First and foremost, it is not to mention about clothes; white lines cloths is highly tabooed because it is the color of funeral. Next, walking to visit around villages is a popular interest of many travellers; however, sometimes you can see a bunch of green leaves hung on the top the high pillar inside villages such as Cat Cat, Ta Van, Ta Phin … That is the signal to recommend you not to go into the village. It means that, the local is worshipping gods or dispelling evil spirits so they do not want other people to come in. Also, you should avoid making noise when visiting the ethnic villages because it may break the peaceful and quiet atmosphere of the village.

Secondly, there is a divine place inside the village where often has an old tree and many sculptures; it is the most powerful place – a forbidden forest where villagers often gather for ritual ceremonies. You are not permitted to play inside the place and littering trash is unacceptable. Besides, whistling is tabooed there because the ethnic believe that whistle is the sound calls evil spirits.

Unique architecture of Sapa

Sapa is not only a wonderful destination of culture, cuisine, and tourism attractions but also a land famous for unique architectural buildings. The architecture of Sapa in particular and Lao Cai in general may be divided into two main styles. One is traditional style of local ethnic groups, the other is the Western style with French architectural buildings.

The traditional style of Sapa’s is expressed most clearly through houses of local ethnic groups especially those of Tay, Nung and H’mong people. Each type of house is designed differently from another but in general, all ethnic houses in Sapa are made of wood. Stilt house of Tay people is made of iron wood of which roof is thatched by forest leaves to resist the summer heat. Stilt house generally has great area and is divided into many rooms. Traditionally, the center room is placed with an altar to worship ancestors. The space under the house is used for not only keeping tool such as shovel, plow and harrow but also confining cattle. The artistic decoration of Tay’s house is very unique. There are three stoves in a typical house. One is placed in the center room for guests, another is put near the bed of the elderly and the last one is placed in the kitchen for cooking. Tay people build only one door at the top of the staircase. In Tay people’s belief, the stair must have 9 footsteps which symbolize 9 souls of the woman.

Y Ty, Lao Cai – cloudy valley in Sapa

Y Ty is an ethnic village in Lao Cai province which is near the Vietnam – China border. The village has long been well-known for dreamy and charming beauty and becoming a promising destination for many couch surfers.

340 kilometers from Hanoi, Y Ty is a mountainous ethnic village which is not easy to come due to the dangerous topography. However, it is not only the target place but also the challenge in the journey to find cloud of many couch surfers. To visit Y Ty, a 3 days trip is advisable because you have to spend quite much time on travelling. First and foremost, to travel from Hanoi to Lao Cai, there are 2 best mean of transport: train or motorbike. Travelling by train, you will have to spend up to a night to reach Lao Cai station with the price of 150.000 – 200.000 VND for a normal ticket (hard –seat). Then you will hire a motorbike at Lao Cai to travel to Y Ty, the price for one – day hiring is about 150.000 VND. I highly recommended travelling by motorbike because it can be cheaper than travelling by train and you can actively and flexibly move. Besides, travelling by motorbike is very interesting when you can enjoy all the way to the mountainous area. However, travelling by motorbike is suitable for healthy and adventurous people especially experienced couch surfers. The good news for many couchsurfers have intention of travelling to Y Ty by motorbike is that the road from Lao Cai to Y Ty has been completed; but it is easy to travel in dry weather, in rainy weather, you had better to go to Y Ty in Lao Cai – Bat Xat – Trinh Tuong for safer purpose.

Ideal attractions in a Sapa trekking tour

A trekking tour may be the most suitable tour for those who want to explore the true soul of Sapa. Participating in a Sapa trekking tour, you will have the opportunity to not only contemplate breathtaking sceneries but also experience the true lives of local people. There are a wide number of trekking tours with various destinations. However, an ideal trekking tour cannot miss following attractions.

Muong Hoa valley in Sapa

Passing through the forest to villages is indispensible in the itinerary in a trekking tour. Only by going on foot, tourists may contemplate all the beauty of Sapa’s nature. Walking along Muong Hoa valley, tourists will be surprised at spectacular terraced field which has been recognized as one of the most beautiful terraced fields in the world. In harvest, the terraced field is colored with the yellow of rice paddy while in the rest time of the year it wears a fresh green shirts. It is interesting that tourists may see local people working on their fields and are freely to stop to talk with them.
Muong Hoa valley is the place that has the famous ancient rock field. This strange carved stone field lies between the terraced field area and the forest. With the area of 8 square meters, Ancient stone field is the home of nearly 200 stones which are carved with several mysterious drawings. There are a large number of scientists from all over the world having come here to explore and study. They believed that those drawings are the definitions of ancient people about nature. Therefore, it is called “the giant book of the sky”.

Top 10 places of attraction in Sapa

For many foreign visitors especially those come to Vietnam for the first time Sapa is a must-to-visit place. But Sapa is a mountainous district with high and difficult topography. Moreover, many visitors may be confusing how to go in Sapa. In order to help you plan a good itinerary, here are some places for you to go in Sapa:

1. Fansipan Mountain – the roof of the Indochina
 
With the height of 3143 meters, located in the central of Hoang Lien Son Mountain range, Fansipan is the highest mountain of Indochina. To conquer the height of the mountain, you have to spend 6 or 7 days because it is very difficult to trek on the mountain. Fansipan is on the top of must-to-go places for many trekkers and adventurous people. The mountain is about 9 kilometers from the Sapa town to the Southwest. You can be received the help from the ethnic people here to go to the mountain, they even guide you to the mountain if possible.

2. Ham Rong Mountain

Ham Rong Mountain is 3 kilometers from Sapa town so you can walk to it. Ham Rong Mountain is compared as a beautiful eden with many colorful flowers of all kinds and floating clouds. From the view of the mountain you can see all Sapa town, Muong Hoa valley, Ta Phin village.

Useful tips for a Sapa trekking tour

Taking part in a trekking tour, tourists have to go on foot and prepare essential items by themselves. Because destinations especially in Sapa are usually on mountains or in forests, it does not appear in any map. It is also the reason why a trekking tour will give participants the feeling of conquest. Another advantage of a trekking tour is the low cost. However, it requires tourists to prepare carefully about itinerary, luggage and food. Following are some useful tips you will need for a trekking tour in Sapa for sure.

1. Necessary luggage

- Warm clothing, wading boots, sport shoes and raincoats. Tourists are suggested to wear waterproof clothes or clothes to be quickly dried. If not, it is hard to move.
- Shoes and socks of anti-leech types are essential especially if tourists go into the forest. Clothes should have many pockets. Backpacks should be made of waterproof canvas not to be easily torn. Backpacks should have belts to be pressed to the waist.
- The medicines of cold, fever, diarrhea, antibiotic, bandages, vitamin and Snicker candy (a kind of candy providing energy) are indispensible. Some cosmetics for skin care are also necessary.
- If tourists intend to rest in local villages that provide home-stay service then eating is no longer a problem. However, in case that you want to spend nights in forest or food of local people are not your appetite, it is suggested to bring some fast foods like bread, canned meat, packaged noodles and nutritious biscuits.

Ho village – an attractive destination in the Northwest

Trekking Seo Trung Ho Village
Hiding from mighty Hoang Lien Son Mountain range and silhouetted into dreamy Muong Hoa valley, Ho village is an ethnic village in Sapa which attracts thousands of visitors each year. In recent years, Ho village has been considered as the most attractive destination in Sapa due to the fact that it has many advantages to become a wonderful site to go. When coming to Ho village, you cannot only see the splendid scene ever but also have chance for experience a rich cultural land.

On the way to Ho village, you will be amazed by the golden terraces and small roofs of ethnic houses scattered along the streams on the mountains which creates a lyrical beauty. Den village is the junction of two streams: Muong Hoa stream and La Ve stream. It can be said that stream is the living source of the ethnic people here as it provides fresh and clean water for the local people. Besides, the stream in accordance with the mountain is considered as the well-known beauty in mountainous area. Den village is the center of Ho village where Tay people live. The village has long been famous for “then” melody and favored with beautiful and charming scene with mild climate, high topography, mighty mountains, nice valley, streams, and endless paddy fields …

If Muong Hoa stream is the water source for ethnic people in villages, La Ve stream flows into Den village from the jungle to create fresh serenades which are look like magical curtains. It is the reason why the fish gather under the serenade to perform beautiful charming dances. Therefore, the local people named the serenade as “dancing fish” serenade. The serenade idd an ideal place for those want to catch fresh and tasty fish under the serenade. It is very excited to enjoy roasted fish by the serenade. Beside two beautiful streams, Ho village also have other charming streams like Ta Trung Ho, Seo Trung Ho … they are all places for those want to conquer the nature and discover the precious beauty of the nature.

Summer in Hoang Lien Son mountain range

In the list of the places of Attraction in Vietnam, Hoang Lien Son mountain range with mighty Fansipan mount is always listed as the most attractive place to go in Sapa of the four seasons of the year. If the winter brings ice and snow which whiten the mountains with the extremely cold weather, the spring seduces all the visitors by its lively beauty of blooming flowers and the green of all the plant here. On the other hand, the fall comes to dress another coat for the mountainous area; it is a yellow coat which is silent and peaceful like an old painting of a famous artist. In general, each season comes; you can experience a new sense of the beauty of the place. However, the most recommended time for all visitors is the summer. Summer does not bring the white snowy coat of the winter, the green coat of the spring or the yellow coat of the fall. It comes with a fresh and blue coat of a clear sky and mild weather. It is the time for visitors to explore the mountains in the area.

Hoang Lien Son mountain range is well-known for its national park with the area of nearly 70.000 hectares. Hoang Lien Son national park is one of the most important special-use forests in Vietnam which is enclosed by a range of mountains of Hoang Lien Son mountain range including Fansipan mount – “the roof of the Indochina” with the height of 3.143 meters above the sea level. Hoang Lien Son national park is a jungle with various and diversified fauna and flora system that it is recognized as the Asean Heritage Park. Therefore, the national park is the best place to go on an eco-tourism in summer vacation.

Food’s Aroma of Sapa

Sapa is famous for not only beautiful, grandiose landscape but also numerous kinds of food which attract tourists. I am sure that this land is a promising destination for every tourist. If you have no idea about cuisine in Sapa, let me give you some suggestions.

1. Roasted food

Your trip will be less exciting if you don’t taste roasted food in cool and fresh atmosphere of mountainous Sapa. Roasted food is so many that you are not able to serve all kinds except for having a long-time trip. Main ingredients of this dish are beef, pork, fish, egg, etc. which are very popular everywhere, but they have special favor because of recipes and spices of local people. The raw materials are ingeniously marinated, combinated with specific herbs only in Sapa, so the favor is entirely defferent from favor of roasted dish you’ve eaten elsewhere. Also thanks to a bit sour and sweet taste of vegetable got from the forest, you are attracted and want to eat much more! Sipping San Lung wine, chatting with friends at cool night in Sapa must be an exciting moment.
It is very difficult to list all the name of roasted dishes, but I point out some most popular ones:

- Roasted beef
- Roasted pork

Homestay travel in Sapa

Homestay is tourism type in which tourists will stay at home of local people and be considered to be a member of the family. Taking a homestay tour, tourists will have the opportunity to not only contemplate the natural scenery, enjoy traditional food, explore culture but also mingle with local people in a normal working day. In Vietnam, there are a large number of destinations providing homestay service such as Hoi An ancient town, Mai Chau (Hoa Binh), Mekong River Delta and especially Sapa. Sapa is truly an outstanding homestay destination which is widely praised by international tourists.

In Sapa, homestay is particularly attractive to visitors thanks to houses made of “po mu”, a rare wood species in forests. Those houses are particularly popular in Ta Van Giay village, also the most famous village for homestay service. Ta Van Giay village is located on the halfway of Muong Hoa valley. Along the way to Ta Van Giay are terraced fields which look like a picture of beautiful natural ladder to the sky. Especially in harvest, the terraced fields are covered with golden yellow which is like a golden silk flying over the wind. 

Passing terraced fields, tourists cross a bridge named “Cloud Bridge” to get Ta Van village. There are 140 households in the village, of which two third provides homestay service. Houses are built with wood and designed in traditional architecture of local people. Furniture inside are so simple, with only a cushion, a pillow quilt , a curtain for tourists and some local items and brocade dresses for decorating. 

Beautiful flowers on Ham Rong Moutain

Ham Rong Mountain not only does the most attractive place to have a panorama of Sapa but also is widely renowned as the royal garden with wide range of flowers blooming all year round.

Ham Rong Mountain is currently the most well-known tourist destination in Sapa due to the favorable center situation. Situated right adjacent to Sa Pa stone church, those who have ever reached here spend at least a half of day to fully discover the beautiful place. As a part of Hoang Lien Son Range, Ham Rong is one of a few mountains in Vietnam possessing obvious figurative factor on account of looking like a flying dragon among white clouds.

It is not a proud boast if comparing Ham Rong as “a small Sa Pa” because visitors can totally feel the top-drawer beauty of nature, culture, and people in this high land even in each step of local residents from Ham Rong gate up to the mountain. Both first-time visitors to set foot on this land and ex-visitors will be specially astonished by the abundant of blooming flowers here.

Along roadsides you can directly enjoy uncountable flower species of temperate region with variety of colors such as: azaleas, “trang phao”, roses…etc. Particularly, azaleas flowers take account for a large quantity looked upon as the colorful picture consisting of red, purple, pink, yellow, then white. Going ahead, travelers will be quickly drawn in orchid gardens located halfway up the mountain.

Typical festivals and ceremonies of ethnic minorities in Sapa


To fully understand a country’s cultural features, you have to come to its festivals and holidays. It can be said that festival is a panorama of a place’s culture and so does Sapa. Being a mountainous area with many ethnic tribes live together, cultural features in Sapa are very diversified and rich. Come to Sapa at any time of the year, you can have chance for coming to many unique festivals here.

Roong Pooc festival of Giay people

Annually, on dragon day of lunar January, Roong Pooc festival is opened by Giay people in Sapa to pray for harvests and nice weather conditions. Initially, the festival belonged to Giay people; however, after many years, it now becoming the festival of Muong Hoa valley. Beside unique ceremonies, the festival also has many interesting performances like sing, dance, drum ,…

Nao Cong festival

On dragon day lunar June each year, people of Mong, Dao, Giay ethnic tribes at Muong Hoa valley are attracted to a temple in Ta Van village to hold Nao Cong festival. The must is that each family has to choose a person to go to the festival. In the festival, after praying ceremony for a peaceful life and harvests, all attendants will be showed general regulations by the leader and then having feast together.

Discover Sapa Ethnic Markets 4 nights 3 days

Bac Ha Market
There are 24 ethnic groups live in Sapa and surrounding areas, each with its own language, culture and traditions. Some of the minority groups inhabit in the remote villages, where only be accessible by days of walking, but you might encounter them at one of the local weekly markets. The markets in the Northern Vietnam are always the special meeting places of the locals, who, in their new colorful traditionally costumes, present not only for selling their farming products and purchasing things for their essential needs but also for their habit of socialization. In addition to the famous “Love Market” in downtown of Sapa, there are numbers of other outstanding markets such as Coc Ly (opens only on Tuesdays), Lung Khau Nhin (Thursdays), Can Cau (Saturdays) and Bac Ha (or Muong Khuong or Muong Hum on Sundays), all located in the surrounding mountainous area, 100 – 120 km from Sapa. Each market, like a fire, ignite its surrounding immense green mountainous area once a week with colors and human warmth by the local hill tribes.

Night 1: Our staff escorts you to the railway station for boarding on a 4 – AC – soft sleeper – cabin to travel up Lao Cai town.

Day 1: Lao Cai – Ethnic market – Sa Pa (B/L/D)

By 5:00 AM, arrive Lao Cai train station, you are welcomed by our local guide. Enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant. After that, we will visit one of the colorful tribal markets.

Custom and habits of ethnic groups in Sapa

Thousand-year culture and custom of ethnic groups in Sapa are always attractive to tourists. There is no better way to explore culture of Sapa than taking a homestay tour. The exotic features of Sapa are hidden in the habits and custom of ethnic minorities which tourists need to learn before taking a Sapa homestay tour. The following information may be useful for tourists, who is going to visit Sapa.

On the way to Bat Xat village of Ha Nhi people, seeing a gate with many wooden knives and swords along with chicken heads and wings above means that villagers are celebrating a ritual to dispel ghosts and evil spirits. Similarly, rituals for dispelling evil ghosts of Thai, Giay, Lao, Bo Y, Xa Pho and Tay ethnic groups are annually held in February or July in Lunar Calendar. During the rituals, strangers are prohibited to access to the village and the local are not allowed to work. If a stranger accidentally gets into the village (apart from urgent cases), the whole ritual must start from scratch. Therefore, that stranger is kept to make full payment for offerings.

When entering houses of local people, tourists are suggested to carefully observe. If there is a twig or a bamboo screen in front of the house then it is the signal that the host does not want strangers to enter. There are two doors in houses of Black Ha Nhi people. Tourists may go through the first door; as for the second one, it requires to have the permission of the host. Houses of Thai people generally have stairs on both sides. Women are only allowed to come up by the stair on the left. The most sacred place in houses of all ethnic groups is the altar laid at the center of the main room. Tourists should neither put their hats, caps and other belongings nor touch offerings. Sitting with the back to the altar is prohibited as well.

Bac Ha Market – Sapa Tour 2 Days 3 Nights

Price from: $US150
Duration: 2 Days 3 Nights   
Tour route: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Bac Ha Market – Sa Pa – Lao Cai – Hanoi

Tour overview:

Bac Ha market is very well known in the area for its color painted to local hill tribe people. There are Flower Hmong, Phu La, Black Dzao, Tay and Nung…They all gather to the market to sell their homemade products such as corn wine, handicraft… as well as an interesting animal.

Day 1: Hanoi Departure (Night train)

Our tour will be started at 20:45 at the lobby of the hotel. Our guide will pick you up and transfer to the Hanoi Railway station for the night train to Sapa.

Overnight on the train with soft sleeper berth and air-conditioned.

Day 2: Lao Cai – Bac Ha Market – Sa Pa (Sunday) (B, L, D)

Pick you up at Lao Cai train station, transfer to Bac Ha town. You have breakfast on half way.

Located at 110km from Sapa, Bac Ha mountain town is well-known by travelers with the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam. This every-Sunday-market attended by at least 8 ethnic groups and last from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. It is also chance for tourists to discover the H’mong King’s palace (old building built by the French & Chinese).

In the afternoon, we go for a light trek to visit Ban Pho, the village is home to flower H’mong minority. We are invited to enter several local houses to have some green tea, corn wine, listen to the host talking about their family, talk to them… and then enjoy landscapes on a roundabout way to Bac Ha for get back to Lao Cai to continue up to Sapa.

Overnight at the hotel in Sa Pa.

Day 3: Sa Pa – Y Linh Ho -  Lao Chai – Ta Van village- Lao Cai  (B, L, D)

Breakfast at hotel.

Early departure from Sa Pa at about 08.00am. You first sneak through the Sapa market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village.

You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before continuing the trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river.

Ban Ho Village

Ban Ho Village
At the end of the motor way about 25 Km from Sapa town lies a vast and flat valley, circled by mountains and hills. It is Ban Ho valley home to the Tay ethnic. It is divided into three areas: Ta Trung Ho, Xeo Trung Ho and Hoang Lien, which is place of the Mong, Dao, Tay. The Muong Hoa River winds its way around the village provide fresh water for 2 crops of rice and bean every year and it make the scenery of the valley more romantic. The Tay people possess high rice farming technique and live sedentary lifestyle. Their villages are often very large with hundred households. Their houses are impressively built on stilts in unique structure to form superb dwellings. It is also a very good village for experiencing home stay.

Come to Ban Ho, you get chance not only to view wonderful spots, enjoy fresh air but also to see natural beauty. You will have opportunity to see water fall, go swimming in hot water pool or cold water stream, find out traditional weave fabric, make brocade… and take part in community activities. you will be alive and living in the cozy ambiance and friendly family. Because the climate in Ban Ho is warmer than Sapa (between 18-250C), in the afternoon, tourists can enjoy yourself in the stream Lave, sight Da Nhay waterfall.

Tasty barbecue grills in Sapa

Traveling to Sapa, visitors have not only nice chance to enjoy the beauty of landscape but also enjoy the lush vegetables or drinking BacHa wine, San Lung pungent, aromatic numb tongue. Sa Pa is gas tronomical delights equally attractive, which is the street that sells barbecue grills,and it only appears when night begins to cover the town. This barbecue grills is formed might due to the needs and preferences of tourists in the chilly night.

Dozens of stalls selling meat and corn cups, potato, cassava, just a basket and a coal stove, a couple of plastic chairs where children are already enjoying baking dish. Also,egg, roasted duck, pig hearts gizzards into baking dish. Bird grilled, roasted chicken, roasted rice cake, baked tofu vinyl ... There are hundreds of barbecue that within a week is not here to enjoy it all. Each dish is prepared from soaked and separate eat spicy dishes at the same time you do not feel bored duplicate.

Sapa hard trekking tours(4 Days – 5 nights) Private tour

Sapa hard trekking tours(4 Days – 5 nights)
Duration:  4 days/5 nights
Itinerary:  Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Hanoi

Sapa Hard Treking Tours 4D/5N: Visit 6 villages (Lao Chai, Giang Ta Chai, Seo Trung Ho, Ban Ho, Thanh Phu, Cat Cat) of 4 different minorities (Black H’Mong, Dzay, Red Dao, Tay).

Day 1: Sapa Trek to Giang Ta Chai
Day 2:
Trek Seo Trung Ho village
Day 3: Trek Ban Ho to Thanh Phu
Day 4: Sapa relaxing

Night 1: 20.00 – 20.30: minibus pick up at your place to Tran Quy Cap station. Night train to Lao Cai station.

Day 1: Sapa – Giang Ta Chai

7.00 am pick up from Lao Cai railway station – the last destination, 2 hours bus ride up hill to Sapa. Admire the breath – taking view of Sapa pass. Check in hotel, showers, then see morning market. After good preparation, trek 12 km to Lao Chai village (black H’Mong people) Chat with children in school. Dinner by fire – wood, stay in village of  Dzay people to see the daily life.

Sapa - Discover the beyond village

Sapa is the northwest, an atmospheric old station set amid stunning scenes of near-vertical rice terraces and towering peaks. But beyond Sapa the voluptuous views continue, and there are many other option to come face to face with the bold land-scapes and colourful inhabitants of this region-Bac Ha, Seo Trung Ho, Ta Trung Ho, Ban Ho Village…with most beautiful waterfalls. For the ultimade motorbike adventure head to Ha Giang, the final frontier in northern Vietnam.

Night 1 : Hanoi – Laocai

Transfer from your hotel to the train station to catch the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Day 1 : Sapa free (B)

Picked up at Laocai Station by bus to Sapa (round 8.30 AM). Check in hotel & breakfast. Free to explore the Sapa town. Overnight in Sapa town.

Day 2 : Sapa Town - Seo Trung Ho Village ( Overnight at the village ) 17 km by jeep, 18 km trekking , round 6.5 hours of trekking. ( B, L, D)

Breakfast at the hotel, take a jeep ride along Muong Hoa valley to visit the Rattan Bridge, silver waterfall, the first village of the Red Dzao people (GiangTa Chai village). Do a trek round 6 - 7 hours through the forests up and down in Fanxipan range then reach Seo Trung Ho village of the Red Dzao. This is an almost untouched village and there are very few tourists getting here. In here, there is a chance to enjoy a most beautiful waterfall in Sapa, which comes from a height of about 70 m. Stay overnight in this village with a Dzao family.

Sapa Easy Trekking 3 days 4 nights

Tour summary: Departure from Hanoi to Lao Cai by experienced night train, and then spending 45 minutes transferring to Sapa town, where is one of the famous hill-tribe market towns in the mountainous area. The highlights of trip is two days of trekking via green valley, rice terraces, streams, suspension bridge to the hill tribe villages and an experienced homestay with local people.

Detailed itinerary:

Night 1: Hanoi night train to Sapa, Lao Cai provice

We pick you up from Hotel and transfer to Hanoi train station,

Getting on night train and departure for Lao Cai province

Service inclusion: Night train tickets, Tour guide, Transfer from Hanoi to Lao Cai station

Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa, trek to Ta Van village

After night experienced night train, we arrive in Lao Cai station in early morning, and then we take 45 minutes for driving up to Sapa town.

After breakfast & short morning beak and have some last preparation for the trekking to villages

We leave the hotel and start easy trekking through the hill-tribe villages, green valleys, rice terraces and have picnic lunch en trekking track.

H’mong: The pride and identity of Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa is famous for its wonderful mountainous sceneries and its traditional culture of ethnic minorites. Coming to Sapa, you will have chances to see how local minorities live in Vietnam. One of the largest ethnic minorities in Vietnam is the Hmong Tribe. Hmong originally means “free people”. The Hmong minority is divided in several subgroups. It is very easy to identify them, just by looking at the color of the clothes they wear. People who live in the region still use their traditional clothes (young and old people alike). The Hmong women and their children carry on the tradition of wearing the heavy native costumes of their ancestors, complete with leggings that are worn at all times of the year, including Vietnam’s hot summer months.

The Black Hmong

The Black Hmong are by far the largest ethnic minority group in and around Sapa and you’ll see them walking between Sapa and the surrounding villages. They’re called Black Hmong because they’re dressed in dark clothing dyed black with indigo. All of the Black Hmong I encountered were quick to smile and laugh even when I was not buying anything from them. You will see lots of Black Hmong people at Sapa and they are very skilled at selling souvenirs (in fact some of them speak good English). You will also get to visit their villages during trekking (Cat Cat Village, the nearest to Sapa belongs to the Black Hmong).

Peaceful destination: Ban Ho, Lao Cai, Viet Nam

Northwest is famous tours of Vietnam, especially Sa Pa, where not only the scenery and wonderful climate, but also cultural characteristics of ethnic identity. Ban Ho is one such destination.

And come to Sa Pa, there is a village without a foreign visitor before leaving without leaving the emotional line guestbook, because in addition to natural scenery and the fascinating traditions are maintain longstanding, people here are extremely friendly and hospitable, which is Ban Ho.

Although it doesn't take advantages as a tourist center near other villages in Sa Pa, but Ban Ho has spectacular natural scenery, waterfalls, rapids tinged legendary heritage and unique culture...
In recent years, Japan has been actively exploring Lake strengths in tourism, attracting thousands of visitors a year and become one of the key tourist area of Sa Pa district.

Ban Ho (Sa Pa district, Lao Cai province) located from the center of Sapa town about 30 kilometers south-west. Nestled Hoang Lien Son range and spectacular shine down Muong Hoa stream creates poetic charming scenery to Ban Ho.

When come to Ban Ho, visitors will be surprised from an untouched green color sight of upland rice on terraced fields, surrounded by hills and there are mixed into the fold of the nation is scattered along the banks of streams. Ban Ho village center is The Den, where the two streams meet and Muong Hoa La Ve.

Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai (Full day)

Price from:  Contact us
Duration:  Full day
Itinerary:  Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Sapa 



A moderate 1 day trip going through the villages of Lao chai, Ta Van and, Giang Ta Chai. Perfect for those looking for something a bit adventurous yet, full of interesting discoveries. Be warned that in case of rain boots are highly recommended for the bamboo forest as it can be very slippery !
 

On the way you will learn more about how is the rice cultivating, from when the seed sowed to harvested, until being served as cooked rice on your dinner table. The trip offers an opportunity to meet Black Hmong, Giay and Red Dao minorities as well as explore their different cultures.

Met up at your hotel by local guide and driver then transferred to Lao Chai village, a Black Hmong ethnic minority village. You will then be able to walk from Lao Chai to Tavan village where the Giay ethnic minority hill tribe lives. Here you will be able to rest and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your guide in a local house.