Sapa is a small, mountain town in Lao Cai Province. It is located about 350 km northwest of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border. Here's where you'll find the Hoang Lien Son range of mountains, which includes Fan Si Pan—the country's highest peak.
This quiet Vietnamese town is home to different ethnic tribal groups. There are five main ethnic groups in Sapa: the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho. It is said that Sapa was first occupied by the first four groups, since the Vietnamese from the lowlands (better known as the Kinh) did not colonise the highest valleys.
These days, Sapa welcomes a diverse range of visitors, attracted by the highland tribes, iconic rice paddies and forest treks. The whole area is blessed with awe-inspiring natural beauty.
06.20: Our limousine will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter and depart for Sapa following the Noi Bai–Lao Cai highway. You'll be able to admire the beauty of the northwest mountains, terraced fields gleaming in the sun or dim in thick fog, as you travel. Have two short breaks of 30 minutes each and then continue the trip to Sapa.
13.00: Arrive in Sapa, eat lunch, and check in at the hotel.
14.30: You will start hiking to Cat Cat Village, which is occupied by the Black H’mong tribe. Here, you can see the hydroelectric power station, which was built by the French in the twentieth century. You will experience the tribal way of life of ethnic minorities while enjoying wonderful views of the terraced rice paddy fields and the waterfall in Cat Cat village. Visitors will also understand culture, unique customs, and traditional crafts such as weaving, touching carved silver, forging agricultural tools, etc. Come back to the hotel.
18h30: Having dinner.
After dinner, you are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night, enjoy roasted corn and baked eggs beside a charcoal fire, or go shopping. Especially on Saturday nights, we highly recommend a stop at the Love Market, one of the unique cultures of the ethnic minorities in northwest Vietnam.
Overnight at a hotel in Sapa
08.00: A car and tour guide take you to Fansipan Cable Car Station to start the journey to conquer Fansipan with the world's most modern 3-wire cable car system with a cabin that can accommodate up to 30 visitors. Then continue conquering to the top of Fansipan, at 3.143 m above sea level, the roof of Indochina.
11.30: Back to Sapa; have lunch and rest.
13.00: Get on the bus and go back to Hanoi.
19.30: Arrive in Hanoi and conclude your journey. See you again!
|Meals as mentioned on the itinerary||Additional fee if there is any change in ticket prices|
Accommodation: 01 night at an accommodation hotel, 02 persons in a room.
If there are an odd number of tourists, a room for three people will be available if accepted.
Otherwise, single room will be arranged and single supplement will be charged.
|Beverages for meals and other personal expenses|
|Return limousine ticket Hanoi-Sapa-Hanoi||Early check-in and late check-out surcharges at accommodations|
|Local English-speaking guide (enthusiastic, experienced)||Single supplement surcharges; Weekend surcharges: Friday, Saturday (If required)|
|Program entrance fees||Peak season surcharges;|
|Fansipan round-trip cable car ticket||Personal expenses, tips and gratuities for guides and drivers|
|Travel Insurance.||Other services not mentioned above|