This tour offers a perfect blending of onboard cruising tour sailing spectacular Halong Bay and breath-taking mountain-scenic experience trekking and exploring Vietnamese local culture from the Sapa ethnic community. With a 5 day trip, we have a chance to discover the lifestyle of the hill tribe, the magnificent rice terraces in Sapa and the closing of experience of this journey takes you to Halong Bay, one of seven wonders of the new world.
20:00 Our guide will pick up you at your hotel lobby and transfer to the train station, take an overnight train to Lao Cai.
- Our tour guide will not accompany during the train trip
- The train schedule is subject to change.
- Private compartments on request at surcharge.
- Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless private cabin is requested and all berths paid for - with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.
Accommodation: 04 soft sleeper sharing cabin
Activities: Welcome to Hanoi! You can arrive at any time. In the evening, transfer to the train station for departure to Lao Cai on the night train.
Day 2-2: Lao Cai – Road Transfer To Sa Pa – Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van B/L/D
Arrive in Lao Cai Train Station at around 05:00. Then take an one hour bus ride up hill to the beautiful town of Sapa. The ride gives you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces that make Sapa famous with travelers.
9.30am: Meet up your local guide 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 Y Linh Ho village settled down by the Muong Hoa River and from here to the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai. Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They have their own language and wear traditional indigo blue clothing. The H’mong peoples have just recently changed their living way from sifting style into the sedentary one. So there are still a lot traces of the past time can be seen: rudimentary houses, stone wall around homes… 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.
After visiting Ta Van village the car will return you to Sapa. Free at leisure the rest of the day. Overnight at Sapa Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Activities: Participate in a trek a long the Muong Hoa Valley straight to Y Linh Ho Village.
Meanwhile enjoy the landscape, continue the excursion to visit Lao Chai Village of the H'mong people where the local are so friendly and hospitable.
Day 3: Black H’Mong Hill Tribe Village - Sapa - Hanoi - Road Transfer B/L/D
Locating just a bout 5km southeast of Sapa town, Ma Tra valley attracts visitors for its stunning scenery highlighted with impressive terraced rice fields. The Hmong peoples has changed from sifting lifestyle into sedentary one form early 20th Century and built terraced field to ensure their permanent earning by farming wet rice.
Trip commences from Sapa at 08.30am or 01.30pm by a 5km road transfer out of Sapa town. Then walk starts from here downhill and cross the stream to the other bank where Suoi Ho village beautifully sits on the top of a low hill. Spend half an hour to visit several local homes for understanding of local life before continue walking along a large path on hillsides which is paved with rock to get through Ma Tra village. This portion of the walk offers beautiful scenery of the valley and terraced paddies as well as flower farm. Transfer back to Sapa.
15:00 - 15:30 Driver will pick you up & transfer 5 hours to Hanoi.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Activities: A half day walking to a Hmong village which is not so far from Sapa town but still keep village traditional way of life. Then, transfer from Sapa to Hanoi