SAPA – BAC HA MARKET 3 DAYS 4 NIGHTS
Established as a hill station by the French in 1922, Sapa today is the tourism centre of the northwest.
Sapa is orientated to make the most of the spectacular views emerging on clear days; overlooking a plunging valley, with mountains towering above on all sides. Views of this epic scenery are often subdued by thick mist rolling across the peaks, but even when it’s cloudy, local hill-tribe people fill the town with colour.
If you were expecting a quaint alpine town, recalibrate your expectations. Sapa’s French colonial villas fell into disrepair during successive wars with the French, Americans and Chinese, and modern tourism development has mushroomed haphazardly. Sapa today is undergoing a construction boom and, thanks to rarely enforced building height restrictions, the skyline is continually thrusting upwards.
But you’re not here to hang out in town. This is northern Vietnam’s premier trekking base from where hikers launch themselves into a surrounding countryside of cascading rice terraces and tiny hill-tribe villages that seems a world apart. Once you’ve stepped out into the lush fields you’ll understand the Sapa area’s real charm.
Departure on Thu, Fri, Sat.
20:00 PM: Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and transfer to Tran Quy Cap train station, taking overnight train at 21:10 PM. Arrive in Lao Cai station at 6:00 AM the next morning.
Day 1: Sapa town discovery
After having breakfast. 9:30 AM walking to ancient church. Visit the central market experience the unique mountainous Vietnam market. Having lunch in a chic restaurant in Sapa.
14:00 PM: Trekking downward Muong Hoa valley to Cat Cat village, discover the daily life of Black Hmong tribe. Continue to the beautiful waterfall then walk back to Sapa town. Dinner and overnight in Sapa.
Day 2: Lao Chai – Ta Van
Morning: Have breakfast. 9:30 AM start walking along lush valley, passing feature terrace field. Down hill to Lao Chai bridge, short break.
Afternoon: Keep walking to Ta Van village where Dzay ethnic people live. It is time to enjoy some odd traditional and lifestyle of this tribe by visiting their house. Up to the main road where our car is waiting to pick you up. 14:00 PM transfer to Sapa for resting.
Day 3: Sapa – Bac Ha
Morning: Breakfast, car transfer to Bac Ha town. Stop for visiting trading corners: horses, pigs, birds then continue to main parts of the market. You are to know how this unique market survive and try some special wine of local people.
Afternoon: Walking to Ban Pho village where the Flower Hmong exposes their interesting life, witnessing the impressive architecture, experience the special of corn wine. Back to the main road where our car is await for Lao Cai town. Relax and having dinner. Taking overnight train back to Hanoi.
All rates are USD per person.
|Group Size||2 – 3||4 – 6||7 – 10||10+|
– Train tickets for 2 ways, bus transfer from Lao Cai to Sapa and return, hotel (2 star).
– Entrance fee, Enghlish speaking guide.
– Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
– Village pick-up by minibus.
– Travel insurance and Personal expenses.