Day 1 - Depart Hanoi - Sapa Town
Group Transfer - Limousine Bus
You will be collected from your hotel reception by your driver in the 9 seater limousine bus between 3pm and taken along the motorway that connects Hanoi to Lao Cai & Sapa Town. This bus is fitted with comfortable leather reclining seats, WiFi and a USB for charging your phone. Also, you will receive a small package for your journey including a small snack, bottle of water and a wet wipe.
On the way you will make a couple of stops and the first one is where you can take the option to have hot food (rice. noodles etc). You will also be given a drink voucher to collect a drink from the café.
Check in to your 3* Hotel
Free Afternoon in Sapa Town
This afternoon you can check out the local town and its Hmong marketplace, dragon hill (Ham Rong) for panoramic views across Sapa or take a walk down to Cat Cat Village and see the rice terraces (4km).
Day 2 - Private Tour: Red Dao Minority Trek (B,L,D)
Sapa – Ma Tra – Ta Phin - 14km
As we ease into our tour with a relaxing start time of 9.30am, we depart from your hotel.
Within a few minutes of walking, we bypass through the town of Sapa, and head on out to the spectacular countryside that Sapa has to offer.
Throughout this trek, we walk alongside stunning rice terraces, with plenty of picturesque opportunities. As we make our way through this countryside, we meet both the Hmong and Red Dao minorities. This is a good opportunity to chat with your guide to learn about local life for minority groups in this area.
As you arrive in the afternoon at your homestay village, you will be happily greeted by the local Red Dao people.
Relax with a refreshing beer while dinner is prepared on an open fire. Share a few laughs, while you eat dinner with your homestay hosts as you also experience the local Rice Wine.
Finish the night with a warming herbal bath, and sleep the night away in the peaceful surroundings of the mountains.
Overnight in private room at the Homestay.
Day 3 - Private Tour: Red Dao Minority Trek (B,L)
Ta Phin – Phin Ho – Lu Khau – Suoi Ho – Suoi Thau -17 km
After a relaxing sleep, you may be woken early to the sounds of the resident rooster. If you find this is too early to rise, you may like to sleep for a few more hours and be ready to take on the day with a freshly prepared cooked breakfast around 8.30am. Then check out the homestay, pack your luggage then you will begin your uphill hike to get up and close with the natural wonders of Sapa. This 2.5 hours journey will take thorough mountains, valleys, forests and terraced rice fields.
The trek will take you to Phin Ho village which is located on the border of Ta Phin and Ban Khoang commune. The village offers you a panoramic view of Ban Khoang valley. You can enjoy the surroundings while relishing your delicious lunch with a local family.
After finishing your lunch, you will walk downhill through the paddy fields to Lu Khau village, where you will be warmly welcomed by Red Dao and Blue Hmong people. This trek will lead to the salmon farm where you will experience everything salmon up close.
Your trek will continue through an unpaved path, taking you to Suoi Thau village in the late afternoon. Here, you will check in with your Red Dao host for night stay. Now, you can enjoy the company of local, participate in cooking and eventually appreciate the tasty local food. You are ready for rest now.
Day 4 - Private Tour: Red Dao Minority Trek (B,L)
Suoi Thau - Thau - Kim Ngan - Ta Giang Phinh – Sapa - 12 km trek
In the morning, you will wake up to a cup of tea or coffee and local breakfast, providing you with enough energy for starting your trek. In the morning, you will take a short trek around Suoi Thau village where you will witness the daily life of Red Dao people.
After this village, you will proceed to Gia Thau village to view massive terraced rice fields. You will move to Kim Ngan village. Here, you will enjoy your picnic basket amongst the spectacular natural beauty and the company of a local family.
Post lunch, you will follow a short uphill footpath to Ta Giang Phinh village, rice fields and Buddha’s Hand mountain. You will trek for one more hour to reach the center of Ta Giang Phinh village. Here you will visit the house of a local Blue Hmong to learn about the differences of their traditional custom and costume from Red Dao and Black Hmong people’s.
Then a car will take you back to Sapa town. On the way, you will get the chance to take pictures of Cold Waterfall and Mount Fansipan Cable Car station. Your trek will end at Sapa
Limousine Transfer to Hanoi City
At 3pm - 3.30pm, our driver will collect you in the limousine bus to take you back to Hanoi. This is a 9 seater bus with comfortable leather seats, with USB port and Wi-Fi on-board.
You will make a couple of stops on the way to Hanoi, the second one where you can opt to have a hot meal at the restaurant. Arriving in Hanoi around 9.30pm, so you can check in to the hotel.
Inclusions & Exclusions
- All transfers between Hanoi - Sapa & Minority Village to Sapa Town - Hanoi
- Entrance fees
- English speaking local Red Dao minority guide on the trek
- Meals where mentioned in the itinerary - B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner
- 3* Hotel in a deluxe room with window
- Private room at Homestay in the minority village
- Travel Insurance
- Other meals
- Alcoholic or soft drinks
- Spa services or laundry
- Other personal expenses
- Items not clearly mentioned in the inclusions