There are 24 ethnic groups live in Sapa and surrounding areas, each with its own language, culture and traditions. Some of the minority groups inhabit in the remote villages, where only be accessible by days of walking, but you might encounter them at one of the local weekly markets. The markets in the Northern Vietnam are always the special meeting places of the locals, who, in their new colorful traditionally costumes, present not only for selling their farming products and purchasing things for their essential needs but also for their habit of socialization. In addition to the famous “Love Market” in downtown of Sapa, there are numbers of other outstanding markets such as Coc Ly, Cao Son Market, Lung Khau Nhin, Can Cau, Bac Ha… all located in the surrounding mountainous area, 100 – 120 km from Sapa. Each market, like a fire, ignite its surrounding immense green mountainous area once a week with colors and human warmth by the local hill tribes.
Night 1: Rising Dragon Hotel staff escorts you to the railway station for boarding on a 4 – AC – soft sleeper – cabin to travel up Lao Cai city.
Day 1: Lao Cai – Ethic market – Sa Pa (B/L/)
5:00 Arrive at Lao Cai Train station in the early morning, you are welcomed by our local guide. Enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant. After that, we will visit one of the colorful tribal markets. The tour is subject to your visiting date:
- Tuesday: Coc Ly Market (56km from Lao Cai)
- Wednesday: Cao Son Market (81km from Lao Cai), Sin Cheng market
- Thursday: Lung Khau Nhin Market (65km from Lao Cai), Binh Lu market
- Saturday: Can Cau Market (87km from Lao Cai), Pha Long market
- Sunday: Bac Ha Market (67km from Lao Cai), Muong Khuong market, Sin Ho market
Lunch in town then transfer to Sapa for staying overnight.
Night 2: Overnight at hotel in Sapa
Day 2: Sapa – Hill Tribe villages – Homestay (B/D)
After breakfast in the hotel, At 8:30 trek down to Cat Cat village of Black H’mong people to see their daily life activities, such as: rice cultivating, clothes weaving, brocade embroidering and indigo colour dyeing. Later on back Sapa town. Start the tour in the afternoon at 14:00, downhill trekking to Lao Chai Village – home of Black H’mong minority, trek through Muong Hoa Valley with many beautiful sceneries along the river then reach Ta Van village where you can pay a visit to a Dzay minority peole family. Dinner & homestay here..
Night 3: Homestay at Dzay family
Day 3: Tavan – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa – Lao Cai station (B)
Wake up with the locals in the sound of pigs, chickens and the family dogs. The family is already on their feet preparing your breakfast. After breakfast, say good bye to the locals and trek through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai – home of Red Dzao people. Meet and talk with people to learn more about their daily life, customs and traditions. Pass over the Cau May (Rattan) Bridge then at 12:00 get back to Sapa Town by car. Free afternoon to discover Sa Pa town or shopping in the local market.
Leave the town for Lao Cai train station at around 16:00 pm for boarding the night train back to Hanoi.
Night 4 : Night train back to Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi
The train arrives at Hanoi in the early morning, Rising Dragon Hotel staff will pick you up, and escort you back to the hotel (optional). Tour ends.
Prices (US$) in 2014:
|Private group||Standard||Deluxe (3* Hotel:Sunny mountain or similar)|
|1 person||345 / person||405 / person|
|2 persons||270 / person||300 / person|
|3 persons||260 / person||295 / person|
|4 persons||240 / person||280 / person|
Note: Join-in group is not available. Please contact us if you need further information
Included: Transfers in Sapa, round way ticket on Deluxe cabin – 4 berth soft sleeper cabin, E.S. guide, admission fees, meals as specified, home-stay/hotel and market tour.
Excluded: Insurance, drinks, other personal expenses. Tips.
What to bring: Passport, comfortable footwear for trekking, insect repellent, rain gears, hat, sun cream, warm clothing.