Sapa apparently attracts and satisfies you well with its own naturally splendid beauty. However, it will be more beautiful if you spend time discovering the uniqueness in the lifestyle of ethnic minority people. How wonderful to wander along small paths to local villages with the mixture of sounds from daily activities, birds and wind. How attractive to join a local market where you can see a large space of colorful eye-catching handmade accessories and clothes. That lively picture will memorize on and on your heart and soul about one peaceful, romantic and poetic Vietnam.
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From 6:30 – 7:00 AM, you will commence from your hotel with Topas Mountain Express for a 5 hours transfer to the mountain town of Sapa. You then continue the ride to the remote hilltop located Topas Ecolodge. After checking in your bungalow, you will enjoy the beautiful and peaceful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys from your private balcony.
Overnight at Executive Bungalow of Topas Ecolodge.
You will commence from Topas Ecolodge by a transfer into the most remote part of Hoang Lien National Park, where inhabited by the majority of Red Dao minority, to the trek starting point near the Nam Nhiu village. You will soon realize that you are now “off the beaten track”, as the local people are looking interested and happy. When you start the trek along the trails you will have a beautiful view towards Hoang Lien mountain range and some of the biggest rice fields in Sapa area. After a quite hard ascending, you will arrive at one of few Blue Hmong villages in the area. The walk is now mostly downhill and soon you will reach the small and remote Red Dao minority village of Nam Cang. Your lunch is served at Nam Cang Riverside Lodge, situated few meters from the river with own suspended bridge and with the jungle close by.
In the afternoon you will explore the quiet village or a swim in the river. The Red Dao women wear some of the most colorful and diverse costumes of all Vietnam’s ethnic groups. You will explore around the village and learn how the local villagers make writing paper, jewelry and embroidery.
On the way back to Topas Ecolodge, you will take a short walk to visit My Son village. The village is inhabited by the Xa Pho minority, one of the smallest minorities in Vietnam. The Xa Pho is semi-nomadic; they do grow dry rice, but most of the time they live on what nature has to offer. They have a very low living standard compared with other minorities in the same valley.
Approx: 2 hours driving/ 5 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch.
At 6:30, you will commence the market tour from Topas Ecolodge by a transfer to Bac Ha, which is 70 kms Northeast of Lao Cai. Bac Ha is the largest market in the area, situated inside the small town of Bac Ha. On every Sunday mornings, it is literally a riot of color as many different ethnic groups such as the Flower H’mong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay and Nung minorities gather to trade. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, your lunch will be served in a local restaurant.
After lunch, you drive downhill for about half an hour to visit Trung Do village. The beautiful village, located by the Chay river, is inhabited by Tay minortiy. Hereafter you will get on a motor-boat and have a cruise to Bao Nhai, experiencing the picturesque scenes on the river banks, if the Chay river’s water level is high enough, or continue to visit another of many interesting minority villages. Your vehicle then picks you up for the journey to Lao Cai, where you continue the drive with Topas Mountain Express back to Hanoi.
PRICE AND CONDITION
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English speaking guide
Return transfer Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi by Limousine Luxury bus Sapa Express (shared)
Other indicated transportation
Accommodation for 2 nights at Topas Ecolodge (twin shared Executive bungalow)
Indicated meals (B as breakfast, L as lunch)
Mineral water and snack during hiking time
All entrance fees to the indicated places
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|Bus||Limousine Luxury bus Sapa Express|