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Sapa Trekking Tours offers an overview of the experience of trekking in Sapa Vietnam, information of Sapa tours including hiking and trekking, biking, motorcycling overland touring and family travel packages. Our adventure package tours and custom itineraries will take you through exotic destinations to really experience the culture, history and nature of Sapa Vietnam. We organized trekking tours through the hills and valleys of the Sapa region, discovering several different minorities along the way. You will experience overnight accommodation in the hospitable villages of ethnic minorities. The apparent hardships are worth it though as we walk through some of the most spectacular scenery that Vietnam has to offer and experience unique villages culture.

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Sapa - the most typical ethnic tourism destination in Vietnam 1
Located 38km from Lao Cai City, Sa Pa is a mountainous district of Lao Cai Province. Sa Pa District is very well-known with Sa Pa Townlet, a beautiful and romantic resort.

At the height of 1,600m above sea level, the average temperature of the area is 15-18oC. It is cool in summer and cold in winter.

Visitor to Sa Pa in summer can feel the climate of four seasons in one day. In the morning and afternoon, it is cool like the weather of spring and autumn. At noon, it is as sunny and cloudless as the weather of summer. And it is cold in the evening. With no advance warning of a thunderstorm short and heavy rains may come at noon on any summer day. Subsequently, a rainbow appears, transforming Sa Pa into a magic land, which for years has been a constant source of poetic inspiration, lights up the whole region.

Sa Pa has many natural sites such as Ham Rong Mountain, Silver Waterfall, Rattan Bridge, Bamboo Forest and Ta Phin Cave. Sa Pa is also the starting point for many climbers and scientists who want to reach the top of Fansipan Mountain, the highest mountain in Vietnam at 3,143m. Hoang Lien Mountain Range is also called the Alps of the North Sea area since Fansipan Mountain is not only the highest peak in Vietnam, but also in the Indochina Peninsula. The pyramid-shaped mountain is covered with clouds all year round and temperatures often drop below zero, especially at high elevations.

The first thing you notice when approaching the resort town are some detached wooden mansions and villas perched on a hill top or hillside, behind thick pine forests and almost invisible on this foggy morning. Old and new villas with red roofs now appear and now disappear in the green rows of pomu trees, bringing the town the beauty of European towns.

Fresh and cool air in Sa Pa is an idea climate condition for growing temperate vegetables such as cabbage, chayote, precious medicinal herbs, and fruit trees such as plum, pear... 



Sapa Lake
Sa Pa is home to various families of flowers of captivating colours, which can be found nowhere else in the country. When Tet, the Lunar New Year Festival, comes, the whole township of Sa Pa is filled with the pink colour of peach blossom brought from the vast forests of peach just outside the town. Sa Pa is regarded as the kingdom of orchids. Here, orchid lovers are even amazed by the choice, when trekking in the forest filled with several hundred kinds of orchids of brilliant colours and fantastic shapes, such as Orchid Princess, Orchid of My Fair Lady's Shoe. Some orchids are named after lovely singing birds such as the canary, salangane's nest, and more.

Sa Pa is most beautiful in spring. Apricot, plum and cherry flowers are splendidly beautiful. Markets are crowded and merry, and are especially attractive to visitors. Minority groups come here to exchange and trade goods and products. Market sessions are also a chance for locals to promenade and young men and women in colorful costumes to meet, date or seek sweethearts.

Visitors to Sa Pa will have opportunities to discover the unique customs of the local residents. Apart from the breathtaking landscape and favorable weather, the cultural authenticity of numerous ethnic minorities in Sapa is truly a striking feature attracting tourists to visit this mountainous district every year. “Ethnic tourism” over the last decades is not a new concept for those who are keen on exploring the quaint customs of exotic local people. When it comes to Sapa, the most typical ethnic tourism destination in Vietnam; sensible travelers may be interested in some basic information about the lifestyle of indigenous communities here.

Population
 
According to the national census in 2009, Sapa has a total population of 52.899 people, belonging to 9 different ethnics. Sapa is one of the few districts in Vietnam with Hmong people composing the majority: 51.65%, followed by Yao 23.04%, Kinh 17.91%, Tay 4.74%, Day 1.36% and Xa Pho 1.06%.

Ethnic groups:
 
Among 54 ethnic groups found along Vietnam, excluding the dominant Kinh people, there are eight different ethnic groups in Sapa including Hmong, Dao (pronounced Zao or Yao), Tay, Giay (pronounced Zai), Muong, Thai, Hoa (ethnic Chinese) and Xa Pho. The majority of citizens in Sapa are Hmong and Dao people which accounts for over 70% of the population while the last four groups only comprise more or less 1% of the people in total. A large number of ethnics are subsistence farmers, distributed unevenly throughout the district while others live in Sapa town, providing various kind of travel services to make a living. 

Sapa - the most typical ethnic tourism destination in Vietnam
Costume:
 
Although each group has its own unique costume with distinctive designs, nearly all the clothes of minority ethnic groups are made from hemp, dyed with a deep indigo blue colour and embroidered with decorations. Women always wrap their long hair along the head and wear turban of their ethnic group. Today, many wear Viet or Western clothes due to the broad integration with Viet community as well as foreign visitors.

Family responsibility:
 
Regarding the family responsibility, men are accountable for physical-demanding work like building house, making agricultural implements, ploughing and threshing whereas women take the responsibility of planning, weeding, harvesting, preparing food and making clothes. Children and the old help with lighter works like household chores.

Marriage:
 
The marital rituals vary from group to group but in general, the parents of the bride and groom usually consult the astrologer to cast their horoscope and it is important that their fortunes are well matched. It is the boy that must give the bride's family silver coins, pigs, chicken and rice wine as the dowry for the wedding ceremony.

Beliefs:
 
As is the case with Kinh people, ethnics all worship their ancestors. There are also other places for worshipping the house spirit, the kitchen spirit and even the door spirit.

TRAVEL TIPS:
 
The best time to witness the scenic beauty of Sa Pa is in April and May. Before that period, the weather might be cold and foggy; after that period is the rainy season. In April and May, Sa Pa is blooming with flowers and green pastures. The clouds that settle in the valley in early morning quickly disappear into thin air.

From Hanoi now aday you could take bus to Lao Cai and Sapa by national express way from Hanoi (a round 4 hours - a half time by express night train), and you could spend a litter time than normal to discovery Sapa. Read more - Sapa Tours by Bus from Hanoi
Take a round-trip journey to northwest Vietnam by overnight Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai and Sapa, where you’ll embark on two moderate treks past rice terraces and scenic mountain valleys to local villages. With an experienced private guide at your side, observe the daily lifestyle of the Black Hmong, Red Dao and Dzay people as you interact with villagers and gain insight into tribal traditions. Relax in the evening, with free time to explore the colorful market town of Sapa, including overnight accommodation at a 4-star hotel.
 

Highlights

Private Sapa trekking tours, round-trip from Hanoi by overnight train
Hike during two days with a private guide to mountain villages flanked by rice fields
Visit the villages of Ma Tra, Ta Phin, Lao Chai and Ta Van
Interact with local villagers that make up Vietnam’s ethnic minority tribes, and learn about their clothing and customs
Search for souvenirs from the local markets and colorful shops of charming Sapa
Enjoy five provided meals, including village lunches and a delicious buffet breakfast on arrival
Includes 4-star accommodation plus air-conditioned train cabin and hotel transfers

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Itinerary Sapa Trekking Tour from Hanoi 3 Days

Sapa Trekking Tour Form Hanoi
Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai

After you’re picked up from your Hanoi hotel in the evening, you’re transferred by private vehicle to Hanoi Railway Station to catch the night train to Lao Cai. Relax aboard the comfortable train car and get a good night's sleep in preparation for the next day's trek.

Overnight: 4-berth cabin on air-conditioned sleeper train

Day 2: Lao Cai – Sapa (B, L, D)

Upon arrival in Lao Cai at dawn, you’re transferred by shuttle bus to Sapa. The bus ride uphill takes a bit more than an hour, giving you a glimpse of the region's stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces along the way.

When you reach Sapa, you can leave your luggage at the tour office and enjoy a shower plus a full buffet breakfast at Chau Long Hotel.

Once you’re refreshed and fortified, your morning trek departs from Sapa to Ta Phin valley. Walk with your experienced guide through the town for about 20 minutes before turning down a dirt road to Ma Tra, a Black Hmong village defined by its traditional clothing and customs.

The moderate hiking route through this rural community offers more picturesque vistas of vegetable gardens and rice terraces flanked by green mountains rising in the background. You have time to visit with local families and learn about traditional fiber processing before continuing your trek to Ta Phin village, located in one of the most scenic valleys in Vietnam.

Stop here for a simple picnic lunch before exploring the village, admiring the embroidered clothing and red headscarves worn by the tribal women of this ethnic group called the Red Dao.

In the afternoon, you’ll return to Sapa by private, air-conditioned vehicle to check in to your hotel and eat dinner. You’re free to explore the charming town's sloping streets or the market with many colorful handicrafts, or head up to Ham Rong peak for a fantastic photo op over Sapa (depending on weather conditions; entrance fee not included).

Overnight: 4-star Chau Long Hotel or Muong Thanh Hotel in Sapa

3 Days - Sapa Trekking
Day 3: Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi (B, L)

Following a hotel breakfast, meet your guide in the morning and depart on a second trek from the town of Sapa to Golden Stream valley. Today’s hike offers more stunning views of rice terraces and gardens as well as Mt Fansipan, whose summit rises 10,312 feet (3,143 meters) above sea level.

After crossing a suspension bridge, marvel at the breathtaking scenery as you continue through the Golden Stream valley, stopping at Lao Chai village for lunch.

After your meal, follow your guide on a walk through this village where Black Hmong people reside, and continue on to Ta Van village, home to the Dzay tribe. This part of the hike is relatively easy, though the trail can be quite slippery if it rains, so good footwear is recommended.

You’ll visit with some local families and learn about their daily lifestyle and fascinating culture, before departing to the main road to meet up with your driver and return to Sapa.

A shower is available at the hotel, followed by an afternoon free to explore the town on your own.

In the evening, depart Sapa for Lao Cai, where you’ll take the night train back to Hanoi.

Overnight: 4-berth cabin on air-conditioned sleeper train

Day 4: Hanoi

End your tour at Hanoi Railway Station with drop-off at your hotel of choice in the early morning.

Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
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Inclusions

    Hotel pickup and drop-off
    Round-trip train fare from Hanoi including 2-nights' sleeper car accommodation
    Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
    Professional guide
    Overnight accommodation in 4-star hotel
    Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

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    Food and drinks, unless specified
    Gratuities (optional)
    Optional activity fees
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staff of team rules of Sapa
New dawn, walking the streets in the town of Sa Pa, we met people who wear blue, wear red tape between the traffic is reminding people in traffic and sales to ensure compliance order safety of road traffic. That staff of team rules of Sapa (Sa Pa district) are on duty.

Although a popular tourist area, but in recent years, Sa Pa tourists complained constantly by the state of local people clinging vending room, violating corridor sidewalks, parking beneath the road caused obstructing traffic, especially on the streets of the town center. Before the condition that the DPC has decided to establish rules of the town team, the employees are paid from the state budget to preserve order in the province. Rule Team currently has 17 people, including two drivers, the rest are patrol staff. Every day, employees working in teams from 6 hours to 22 hours, each division manager of streets in Sapa. Their mission is to regularly remind people to patrol parking lots, selling the right places; not go seducing travelers. In addition, the team rules also propaganda people environmental hygiene at the point of sale and street at the same time be able to handle the violations within the competent authorities.
Fibres with natural dyes in Sapa
The Tày grow cotton, spin it, weave it, and dye it to make the traditional blankets for the wedding dowries. The Hmong grow hemp and use its strong fibres to make their clothes, which they dye with indigo. In certain villages, people raise silkworms to make the beautiful silk thread they use to embroider their clothes. The Dao (Mien) women and the Hmong make veritable pictures with their incredibly precise embroideries. Lots of traditional fabrics can be found in the Sa Pa and Bac Ha ethnic markets. Most of the patterns embroidered by the Hmong and the Dao or woven by the Tay and the Thai carry a meaning. They often symbolise a baby, a tree, a bird, a snail, the moon, etc.
The “Cattle Market” of Cán Cấu in Si Ma Cai, Lào Cai has been well known all over the Northwestern region for its uniqueness and wildness.

This is one of the largest cattle market in the Northwestern since everyday there are hundreds of buffalos from many different villages in the regions of Bắc Hà, Si Ma Cai, Mường Khương, even from the Sín Mần district of Hà Giang province all gather for the cattle fair.

The buffalo here are normally oriented and selective ones. They are strong & healthy with big muscle in shinny black body shape together with the bended sharp horns.

The majority of the buffalos in the market are male buffalos and they are aggressive. Every few minutes there is a fight happens that makes tourists coming here have to watch out and be aware all the time.

The market attracts many tourists both domestic and international come to visit and take pictures.

People come here to buy buffalos, sell buffalos or just come to experience and enjoy the cattle fair.

People gather in groups next to the buffalos to discuss, negotiate and exchange information with each other.
Can Cau Market
Tour Duration: 3 days / 4 nights
Depart from: Hanoi to Sapa
Tour Route: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Can Cau Market - Bac Ha Market –  Coc Ly - Sapa - Mong Sen - Ta Phin Village - Hanoi
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Price: Contact

DETAIL ITINERARY

Night 1 : Hanoi Night train to Lao Cai

Train to Sapa (first class, soft sleeper, A/C four wooden berths cabin)

At 20.00 you are picked up to the rail way station for a night train to Lao Cai that start at 21:10. Overnight on train.

Include: Transportation, Overnight on train, Train tickets: Hanoi Lao Cai, (A/C 4 soft berth cabin)
This tour will take you from the mountain to the bay, the most beautiful landscape of Northern Vietnam.
With a short 4 days trip but we have a chance to discover the life style of the hill tribe , the terraced rice field in Sapa as well as the world heritage sites of Halong bay.

Tour Route: Hanoi arrival - Sapa - Cat Cat Village - Lao Chai Ta Van Village - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi Tour 
Level: Easy adventure
Group Size: Private only - 2 persons minimum and above
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Tour Price: $260/Pax

ITINERARY:


Night 1: Train to Lao Cai

Evening, pick up at your hotel then transfer to the station for a night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on soft sleeper berths cabin to Lao Cai.
Train: King Express / Livitrans Express

Day 01: Sapa - Cat Cat Village (B)

We arrive Lao Cai train station in the early morning. Pick up and driving to Sapa, it takes us around one hour to make our way up the mountains. Once at Sapa, we have breakfast (we will have room if it is available – but the check in time after 12:00). We embark on a lovely walking tour to the hill tribe village of Cat Cat, home of the H'Mong hill tribe minority people. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with families that live in the area.
Overnight in Sapa.
Accommodation: Sapa Elite Hotel or Similar

Day 02: Sapa - Muong Hoa Valley - Night train to Hanoi (B, L)

Get up in the early morning and enjoy the fresh air and the daily life at Sapa market. Back to hotel for breakfast. At 9.00 we embark on a lovely trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hills tribe villages Lao Chai & Ta Van, home to Black H'mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages. We back to Sapa in the afternoon and wait for your transfer to the station for night train to Hanoi.
Overnight on train.
Train: King Express / Livitrans Express

This tour is designed for travelers who want to stay longer in Sapa and want to experience 1 night at basic homestay in hill tribe village and 1 night at hotel in Sapa, even save lots of money in comparison to going by night train. You will have free times between the lines to enjoy Sapa’ hidden charm. The first night in homestay can be changed to the second night. This depends on group size and homestay availability. Our tour leader will informs you in the bus on the way to Sapa.

Duration: 3 days 2 nights
Destinations: Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, Ta Van Village, Giang Ta Chai 
Price from : $115/pax

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa by bus with a long trek Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai – Ta Van village (L, D)

6.30 – 7.00: Pick up from your hotel/accommodation, get on big bus and depart for Sapa Town.

9.30: Follow the highway to Lao Cai city with the first comfort break

11.00: Second comfort break at Lao Cai city before approaching Sapa

13.00: Arrive Sapa Town with colorful traditional costumes of H’Mong, Dzao, Tay ethnic People.

Welcome drink and itinerary briefing, enjoy the lunch with local Vietnamese dishes

14.15: A short drive to Y Linh Ho then trek through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Stream to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. You approach Ta Van village where Dzay Ethnic People inhabits in late afternoon.

Trekking distance is about 9 kms and it lasts for 3.5 hours

17.45: Check in homestay; get to know the family of Dzay People. Spend time to enjoy the mountain life on Sunset. You may attend cooking local dishes with the family and enjoy dinner in peace.

In the evening, you can join the local bar nearby with music and socialize with other tourists then overnight at homestay.
Bac Ha Market is held every Sunday and is the biggest minority peoples market in Northwest Vietnam. Alive with the bright colours and extravagant costumes of the local people, here you will meet Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Black Dao, Tay, Nung, La Chi, Phu La and other minority groups who come from far and wide to buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock, to exchange news and to renew friendships. In the past the market was a centre for trading horses but now that motorbikes have replaced them it is more common to see buffalo, cows, goats, fish and other livestock being traded. The market opens at around 7.30am and closes mid-afternoon, so an early start is advisable... read more


Duration: 2 days 1 night
Destinations: Sapa, Cat Cat, Bac Ha market, Pho Village 
Price from: $105/pax

Full Itinerary

Day 1: (Depart on Saturday) Ha Noi – Sapa by bus with short trek to Cat Cat village (L)

6.30 – 7.00: Pick up from your hotel/accommodation, get on big bus and depart for Sapa Town.

9.30: Follow the highway to Lao Cai city with the first comfort break

11.00: Second comfort break at Lao Cai city before approaching Sapa

13.00: Arrive Sapa Town with colorful traditional costumes of H’Mong, Dzao, Tay ethnic People.

    Welcome drink and itinerary briefing

    Enjoy the lunch with local Vietnamese dishes, check-in procedures


14.30: Bus picks you up to the gate of Cat Cat village which is home of Black H’mong ethnic people and located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. Our local guide will show you the daily life activities of the locals, trek down to the valley bottom to the waterfall where the French built a Hydraulic Power Station, stop for photo with bridge and waterfall then you will walk uphill for bus to pick up to get back to Sapa in the afternoon.

    Trekking distance is about 2.5 kms and it lasts for 2 hours

17.00: Come back to Sapa Town. Have dinner and overnight in hotel with night activities.

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