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 —> Suoi Ho —> Matra —> Ta Phin - 14km - Medium Trek with some gradual ascents and descents
After breakfast at your hotel your guide will start you off with a 3km trek to the village of Suoi Ho, home to the Hmong minority people. From here you can enjoy stunning views of rice terraces, and you will have the opportunity to see some of the animals used by the locals.
Continuing on to Matra village you will come across the impressive ruins of a nunnery (or convent), often misconceived to be a monastery, dating back to the French occupation in the early 1900s.
The next stop is the village of Ta Phin where you will be able to meet both Hmong and Red Dao minorities. The Red Dao are known for their expertise in herbal medicine as well as usage of plants from the land to treat many illnesses.
Your guide will introduce you to some Red Dao women who can tell you more about their many remedies.
You will be welcomed into the home of the Red Dao family, where dinner will be cooked on an open fire.
You can soak your body in a herbal bath and sleep soundly enjoying the serenity of sleeping out in the mountains.
Day 3 - Private Tour: Red Dao Minority Trek (B,L)
Ta Phin —> Trung Chai --> Sapa - 10km Medium Trek
On Day 2 as the resident rooster will kindly let you know it’s time to get up… and if that doesn’t rouse you, maybe the pigs asking for their food will.
After breakfast, you will begin your trek to Trung Chai Village, with a choice of routes depending on the weather and your preferences. Trung Chai is home to Red Dao and Hmong minorities, and they have chosen a location with an exceptional landscape!
You will be provided with a picnic lunch on route to the village and upon arrival to Trung Chai there will be transport back to Sapa Town.
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