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A Real Life Sapa Package Tour 3 Days

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Price from: $208 USD

Destinations: Hanoi icon-16 Lao Cai, Bac Ha Market icon-16 Sapa, Cat Cat, Y Linh Ho, Ta Vanicon-16  Giang Ta Chai, Su Pan icon-16 Hanoi 

Your Sapa package tour first step will be set in Lao Cai province where you find out a hive of colorful activity with fresh produce, a butcher’s section not for the squeamish and hill-tribe people from surrounding villages heading here most days to sell handicrafts. Then, you will spend your days in there on Sapa hiking, one of the best Sapa hiking trails in Vietnamese mountainous area, which is famous for its fantastic countryside scenery and local ethical culture. Take advantage of the mingling in the thick and interminable forest and mountain is glimpse of Hmong ethnic homes, like bird nests clinging to the cliffs and rice paddy terraces before you return your modern world.”

Highlights of 3 days Sapa package trip: 

  • Have a close glance in the daily life of Vietnamese ethnic minorities through the boisterous place – local market.
  • A unique Sapa hiking trails experience escorted by a professional expert guide.
  • Hike up to the most beautiful and photogenic section of Sapa town on the ridge of the mountains.
  • Be a guest at local resident house and witness the cultural differences making how original experience is.

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Night 1: Hanoi – Night train to Lao Cai

Hanoi Departure: We will pick you up at the hotel then transfer to the station for a night train leading to Sapa. The train leaves at 22.00 from Hanoi railway station, which spends about 10 hours to get there.

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Free-time Idea(s): If you want to find Vietnamese taste in the deep inside of Hanoi, there are some following guidance:

  • Cha ca La Vong (14 Cha Ca St), Hanoi is a 100-year-old restaurant that is often a must-not-miss in guidebooks. It serves one iconic, delicious dish, called cha ca la Vong, which also happens to be the name of the restaurant.
  • Just as its name: Ancient Town (89 Hang Bac St), this restaurant is located on an very old street of Hanoi and also offers Vietnamese traditional food. Moreover, the restaurant is simply and elegantly decorated and will bring you the most comfortable feeling.

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Today useful note(s):

  • To make it safe, you should lock the door of cabin when you are inside.
  • If you require a private cabin, please feel free to give us a request.

Meals: __/__/__

Overnight on train (4-berth sharing cabin)

Day 1: Lao Cai – Bac Ha market (only on Sunday) – Sapa

Lao Cai Welcome: Freshen up in the morning at Lao Cai railway station and start your day by dropping in regional market which shows you how Vietnamese ethnic minority’s life is.
Lao Cai province of northern Vietnam borders the Chinese border and is home to a number of different ethnic minorities that have lived in the area for centuries. Lao Cai and its surrounding region is host to many hill tribes, as well as rice terraces, lush vegetation, and Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam

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Local life discovery:

  • Experience the noisy atmosphere at Bac Ha market the largest market in the region, here you will meet Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Black Dao, Tay, Nung, La Chi, Phu La and other minority groups who come from far and wide to buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock, to exchange news and to renew friendships.
  • Buy homemade handicrafts and clothes made from herbal remedies and meats such as
    chicken feet, horse legs, even dog to local crafts.
  • Spend 2 hours on trekking to Ban Pho village (Flower H’Mong people) a mountainous commune of Bac Ha district, which is very famous for its specialty “corn wine” and owning some of the kindest people you’ll meet in Vietnam.

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Market Optional: If the day you come is not Sunday, you can change your schedule by replacing one of the similar markets bellowed:

  • Coc Ly Market (Available on Tuesday only)
  • Cao Son Market (Available on Wednesday only)
  • Lung Khau Nhin Market ( Available on Thursday only)
  • Can Cau Market (Available on Saturday only)
  • Muong Hum Market (Available on Sunday only)
  • Muong Khuong Market (Available on Sunday only)

Free-time Idea(s): Let’s enjoy the tasty dishes in these home markets such as

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  • Bac Ha sour noodle (Pho chua Bac Ha) made from same ingredient as Pho Ha Noi, but the taste is particular and special. This food also is one of specialties of Sapa which tourist never can forget.
  • Thang Co is the traditional food of Hmoong people and it has been cooked for hundreds year, a type of soup which is made of horsemeat, horse’s viscera and horse’s bone.

Today useful note(s):

  • Bringing insect protection, trekking shoes and clothes will be very useful for these activities.
  • Sapa turns very cold in winter (from November till February, you should bring warm clothes this season)

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Sapa

Day 2: Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Tavan

Sapa welcome: Meet your guide at your hotel. Then we start the hiking in Sapa trip to these Black Hmong villages and we’ll have a rest and enjoy your lunch near by the river.
Sapa, located at 1500 meters (4921 feet) above sea level in Vietnam’s remote northwest mountains, which is famous for both its fine, rugged scenery and also its rich cultural diversity.

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A trekking day:

  • Follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village where you will be impressed by the peacefully picturesque sceneries. People can easily catch sight of women sitting in front of the loom with colorful pieces of brocade, while children playing around with pets or even livestock.
  • Contemplate all the beauty of nature in a waterfall, rice paddy terraces and a narrow blue river while you are on the way.
  • Conquer Y Linh Ho village which is a small commune composed by a dozen of small hamlets scattering on the very tough mountain terrain with high and steep mountains. This village is home to the Black Mong who wears very dark clothing in blacks and navy dyed with indigo (often seen on the hands of older Mong women).

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  • Reach Lao Chai village where both its sides are the Hoang Lien Son mountain range and grandeur Ham Rong Mountain. Coming here, you find that these terraces connect Lao Chai to mountains to soak up the clouds in the sky.
  • Go further 5km to come up Tavan village where the Zay, Giay and H’mong ethnic people live together.
  • Spend the rest of day in local house of Giay minority to find out their culture, get known customs and taste some local dishes.

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Free- time idea(s):

  • Register the cooking class to learn and experience the unique cooking methods of the ethnic cuisine of Sapa together with English speaking Hmong chef.

Today useful note(s):

  • Spend 5 hours walking and 1-hour lunch
  • Bringing insect protection, trekking shoes and clothes will be very useful for these activities.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight in Sapa

Day 3: Tavan – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan

Recharge your energy to be ready for your last day trek by having a delicious breakfast. We will enjoy the rest of stunning scenery on the way back to Sapa town.

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An “Exhausted” Hike

  • Walk past beautiful terraced rice fields, we will also trek through a gorgeous bamboo forest which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park to a picturesque waterfall in Giang Ta Chai village, home of Red Zao, Hmong and Dzay minority.
  • Continue toward Su Pan, located along Muong Hoa Valley like Lao Chai and Ta Van but Su Pan village can be referred to as “mountainous commune”. Occupying the highland on the east side of the main road about 17 Km from Sapa town, Su Pan.

Free- time idea(s):

  • Sipping a cup of corn wine and you will feel the torrid and very hot flavor and at the same time a sweet taste like the quintessence of the earth and firmament.

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Today useful note(s):

  • Spend 1-hour driving, 3 hours walking and 1-hour lunch.
  • Please check your luggage carefully and all your personal items of passports, visa etc. before leaving Sapa

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight on train (4-berth sharing cabin)

Hanoi Arrival in the early morning.

Come back to Hanoi: We will arrive Hanoi in the early morning. Please refer to our other tours if you want to continue your journey in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand or Myanmar,
Goodbye and hope to see you again!

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What's Included & ExcludedPrice

Included:

  • Hotel accommodation in twin/ double sharing basis with daily breakfast.
  • Door to door pick-up/transfer service with private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Experienced English speaking guide.
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast/ L: Lunch/ D: Dinner)
  • 1 small bottle of water per person on day trip
  • Return train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi on 4 berths sharing/cabin
  • Entrance fee and Sightseeing tickets
  • One by one care service 24/7 during the trip.
  • Services charges and Government taxes

Excluded:

  • Meals, Beverages which do not specify in the program
  • International flights
  • Personal Expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Bank fee

Note:

  • Prepare 2 passport size photos for Stamping visa at airport on arrival
  • Itinerary can be run in reserve
  • Check in time is normally at 14.00; check out time is normally at 12.00. Early check in or check out is upon on availability of the hotels.

ACCOMMODATION IN USE

Categories Hanoi
First Class Victoria Spa and resort
Deluxe Amazing hotel
Superior Sapa Lodge Hotel

PACKAGE RATES (per person):   valid until 31 Dec, 2017

Number in group First Class Deluxe Superior
1 645 469 404
2 503 359 326
3-4 417 272 239
5-8 385 241 208
S.R.S 88 57 24

Children Policy:

Kid < 5 years old: Free of charge (share services with Adult)

Kid 5-10 years old: 50% Adult

Kid >10 years old: 100% Adult price

* S.R.S: Single Room Supplement

*Victoria Express Train option is upon on request.

* At the time of quotation, Travel Sense Asia reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

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Useful information for travel in Vietnam

What’s the difference between 3, 4, and 5 -star hotels?

We usually arrange centrally-located and Western-standard hotels. Five-star hotels are usually palatial with huge lobbies and comfortable rooms, their standards not quite matching the best of Paris or New York, but very close. Four-star hotels have quality facilities, but not as luxurious as five-star hotels. Three-star hotels meet the needs of most Westerners, but breakfasts have less choice. We also recommend some courtyard hotels or Vietnamese-style hotels with local features and architecture. These hotels have a good ranking, or positive feedback from our customers, and TripAdvisor. Usually, hotels in big cities, small cities, and rural areas are a bit different, even if they have the same star level. We try to use the best available hotel in each place.

Passport & Visa Requirements

You may be required for visa to Vietnam. Please check the list of countries which need visa to Vietnam in this links: Who need visa to Vietnam? Vietnam Visa is issued by Vietnam Embassy in your country or “Visa on arrival”. Travel Sense Asia will offer free visa to Vietnam for you (except some difficult countries). You will need one clear page (per visa) in a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your departure from Vietnam.

Currency Exchange

As currency exchange rates in Vietnam fluctuate, we suggest you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com or www.vietcombank.com In 2015 the USD & VND has been around 22.500VND per USD. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master card, but these are limited to cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but they may charge a 2–4% transaction fee.

Tipping

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service. In additionally, you will sometimes use rolling boat, cyclo riding, porter which you should give a small tip to these local people.

Food

Eating is an important part of your Vietnam experience. Generally, breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. Travel Sense Asia recommend local Vietnam restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice — Western food can be found in most large cities. If you are vegetarian or you are looking for e.g. halal food, please feel free to inform your travel advisor, who can arrange a restaurant to fit your needs.

Vehicle

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles. Our car and van are always available space for a comfortable trip. Luggage – All clients are limited to two items of luggage each; a suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg and one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg. It is essential that your luggage is lockable. Please note that authorities will only allow bottles onto the aircraft if they have been checked in as main baggage. Bottles in hand luggage may be confiscated.

What are train conditions like in Vietnam?
A soft sleeper is recommended for overnight and long-distance travel. Each soft sleeper compartment is enclosed, and contains four bunks, two on each side. The bunks are wider and more comfortable than hard sleepers, with decent bedding. Soft sleeper compartments may vary between trains. For route Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi, it also has VIP cabin with 2 soft sleeper beds, please make quest if you prefer a private cabin. You may have both over-head storage and under-bed storage, or just under-bed storage. Fastest train is about 70kph. The railways is small here and it’s not as comfortable as train in developed countries.

Electric

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In Vietnam the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / C / G. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency. Climate – You will find a complete packing list and a helpful climate chart in the ‘Suggested Packing List’, which is included in the pre-departure information link sent within your deposit documentation. Seasonal weather patterns can be quite unpredictable. Up to the minute information on worldwide weather can be found on www.weather.com.

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Henry – Travel Sense Asia Expert Tour Designer

We have spent years finding and developing the very best team in Indochina. Our team is knowledgeable, flexible and friendly, but rich in personality. They are the best team on ground to care out your dream of Indochina. Their goal is to be a lovely host, and to entice you back. Let contact our team if you want history, facts, local inside tips or even to ask about their lives they are happy to share.

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