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If one is looking for a unique place that cannot be found anywhere else in Vietnam, Sapa is just the right choice. Though Vietnam is known for its beach landscape with luxury resort, the mountainous area is no less charming.
Resides at an elevation of 1,600 meters above the sea level, Sapa is a mountainous district in the northwest of Vietnam, located about 38 km from Lao Cai City and 376 km from Ha Noi – the capital city of Vietnam.
Sapa is not a place to look at on pictures – once you come, you will see how reality is even more picturesque than the polished photos. From the terraced rice field to the exciting ethnic lives, from the cool climate to the colorful trek, Sapa is a must-see, must-go and must-experience.
After 9 hour train ride, which you can twist easily with a sound sleep, and another scenic 60 minute bus crawl, you will get to the mountain town of Sapa. Hotels are abundant, as Sapa became a tourist attraction as early as the beginning of 20th century. If you do not feel too rush to get some quick rest, a walk around town at this time of the day is just magnificent. The crowd is not yet out while you can inhale the freshness of early morning air.
Sapa is best seen on foot: book a trekking tour or just wander around the town yourself if you are not too interested in vigorous activities. Come at the right time (September – October) and you can catch the green-turn-yellow horizon of rice fields. At other time of the year, such as wintertime, expect a mysterious foggy scene that is just as charming.
Sapa is as famous for its people as for its nature. However, ask for permission before you take photos of the ethnic group. The life of Dzao, Hmong and other ethnic has much change yet many still retains its unique trait – enjoy a new lifestyle that is quite dramatically different from the lower land.
20: 00 pm. Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for boarding to Laocai by Express Train. Overnight on the A/c soft sleeper Cabin. ( 4pax/cabin or 2pax/cabin on request Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa (Trekking) (B, L, D) Arrive in Lao Cai railway station. Meet and transfer to Sapa by bus. Arrive in Sa Pa in the mid-morning, have breakfast and relax. Early afternoon the guide takes you to the villages of the H’mong and Dzay called Lao Chai and Ta Van. Have lunch on the way or in a family of the ethnic people. Overnight in Ta Van village.
Day 2 : Ta Van- Seo Trung Ho Village (B,L,D) Breakfast at the Giay familly , trek along MuongHoa 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.
Day 3: SeoTrung Ho - Ta Trung Ho - BanHo Village (B,L,D) ( Overnight at the village ) 17 km trekking in the forests. Have breakfast with the family, start climbing up to the mountain for another untouched village: Ta Trung Ho village located at about 1450m above the sea level. Picnic lunch at the village and then descend BanHo village to visit a different minority: The Tay people who have houses on stilts. Stay the night at Ban Ho village in a house on stilts. Have dinner with the family. Day 4 : Ban Ho Village - Sapa - Laocai(B,L,D) 10 km of walking, 23 km by car Break fast at BanHo, Go for a walk to a waterfall called Lavie which was discovered and named by the French in the past. Say goodbye to BanHo and the family to get up to Supan village where to take jeep back to Sapa. Have hot shower at the hotel and then take bus to Laocai Station for the night train to Hanoi. Pick you up at train station by car and tour end of services.