A Real Life Sapa Tour – 3 Days

homestay in Sapa1Route: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Bac Ha market – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Lao Cai – Hanoi
Duration: 3Days 4Nights
Tour Class: Joining Tour/ Private Tour
Price: From US$ 185/ person


A real life sapa package is combination between the local special markets with the daily life of hill tribe at home stay along the Muong Hoa River with the Black H’mong village Lao Chai. This is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. Customers will enjoy short walks, paying visit to villages and local homes, taking photos wherever they wish…

Night 1: Ha Noi – Lao Cai

8:00 pm – Mini bus pick up from hotel and transfer to Tran Quy Cap train station
9:00pm – Train depart and sleep the nights on train. Travel time approx 9 hrs

Day 1: Lao Cai – Bac Ha market (only on Sunday) – Sapa (B, L)Bac Ha Market 13

After meeting a guide at the Lao Cai railway station we have breakfast there and go to the Bac Ha market for two hours by a van. This is the largest market in the region, a place where many ethnic groups gather to buy and sell, eat and drink together. There are 10 minority groups in the Bac Ha region. We can buy homemade handicrafts and clothes. In the afternoon we will have a 2 hour trek to Ban Pho village (Flower H’Mong people) where we can have look in their houses and understand little more about their lifestyle and traditional customs. Especially, we can try homemade wine from corn. And then we drive back to Sapa for 3 hours. Overnight in Sapa.

Day 2: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van (Homestay) (B, L, D)

At 10 am we leave the hotel and start trekking. The first part is on the road but we soon turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River and from here to the Black H’mong village Lao Chai. Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigo blue clothing. After this you continue to Ta Van village (1.200 m) to visit Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. The development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green color. The Zay houses are built of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. We stay overnight with a local family in Ta Van and have our dinner here.

Ma Tra village2Day 3: Giang Ta Chai – Su pan – Sapa –Night train to Hanoi (B, L)

After the breakfast we continue to visit Red Dao people at Giang Ta Chai where we also see a waterfall. The Red Dao women have very colorful red embroidery and coins on their clothing. On their head they wear a red scarf. Some of the women have shaved off their eyebrows because of a nice Red Zao Legend.
We continue along small paths in the rice fields, cross the Muong Hoa River and trek up to Su pan where you will meet the jeep and transfer back to Sapa. Evening take a transfer to Lao cai station for a night train to Hanoi. Overnight on train.

Day 4: 05: Hanoi

Arrive Hanoi in the early morning. End of all services here.

Tour Price Includes:
All transfer and transportation vehicle with air conditioning
01 night hotel in Sapa base on twin sharing room
01 night home stayEnglish speaking tour guide
Soft sleeper train ticket: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi ( soft sleeper)
Meals as listed in the itinerary: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
Entrance fees and water

Tour Price Excludes:
Car and guide on free time
Hotel in HanoiOther meals and drinks
Personal expense
Travel insurance