• Lovely authentic weekend in Sapa

Lovely authentic weekend in Sapa

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Price from: $229 USD

Destinations: Hanoi icon-16 Sapa, Giang Ta Chai icon-16 Bac Ha market 

You will spend your Lovely authentic weekend in the north – west of Vietnam and enjoy its atmosphere and landscapes. Trekking in Sapa along roads snaking through high passes, journey through fertile valleys, see incredible rice terraces and visit colorful ethnic – minority markets. Sapa trekking through some ethnic villages and join in local activities.”

Highlights of Sapa 3 days 2 nights trip: 

  • Enjoy the stunning landscapes of the northern mountainous areas of Vietnam
  • Trekking in Sapa Northern Vietnam to experience the local life of ethnic minority groups as well as to enjoy fresh
    air and peaceful landscape
  • Explore Sapa Town and visit traditional market of colorful handicrafts.
  • Interact with the friendly local people and enjoy some cuisines.

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Full Itinerary

ItineraryRoute map

Day 1: Friday: Meeting at station, get the train to Lao Cai – Sapa

Our guide will pick you up at the train station and take the night train to Lao Cai

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

Day 2: Saturday: Lao Cai – trekking Lao Chai Ta Van village – seeing indigo dyeing by H’mong local people.

Arrival in Lao Cai, our driver picks you up at train station. Take a quick shower and enjoy breakfast in a local restaurant before transfer uphill the Hoang Lien Son mountain range.

Sapa welcome

Sapa is one of the most interesting sightseeing in the North of Vietnam, with the height around 1500-1650m above sea level and the most breathtaking hill stations in Vietnam. It reflects the signature of French architecture and colorful hill tribal cultures. This is home to stunning mountain landscapes, verdant rice terraces, unique stilt villages and Indochina peak, the Fansipan. Travelers are invited to enjoy the best of Sapa all the year round with different taste of seasons and exciting outdoors.

Sapa adventure

  • Lao Chai is a village of Black Hmong ethnic people. Here we will discover their daily life and how they make their traditional clothes, handicraft, indigo… We will visit the biggest valley which offers to you the best views of the golden rice terrace field in Vietnam. After the Lao Chai village, we walk to Ta Van, a village of Giay people. It is a small group of ethnic people living in Vietnam, they still preserve a rich and traditional culture. We will enjoy the lunch with a local family in one of the beautiful traditional houses located on their rice paddy fields.
  • You will be able to rest and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your guide in a local house.
    – In the afternoon, continue to walking through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village. Moreover, you can explore the life of ethnic minorities; admire the spectacular natural scenery with the terraced rice fields. Visit Sa Pa’s ancient rock with engraved images, both big and small – unique patterns of the ancients.
  • Experience the activities of H’mong local people. They buy the yarn at a local market; they still typically weave and embroider the fabric themselves. Many H’mong, though, still cultivate and dye, using local indigo plants, the cotton and hemp from which they make their clothing. Their many crafts, their embroidery is stunning.
  • Take a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, enjoy the fresh air before climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey to Topas Ecolodge.

Free-time idea(s):

  • Enjoy the landscape of Muong Hoa Valley (Sapa Valley Trekking) and the trek through Hmong Village and Red Dao Village.
  • Visit Thac Bac, Silvery waterfalls, one of the most popular tourist attractions of the neighborhood. It is located about a half hour from Sapa town that offers stunning views over surrounding mountains and lush forests belonging to Hoang Lien National Park.
  • You can trek up Hàm Rong (Dragon’s Jaw) Mountain. There are several well-tended flower gardens along the way. Going through two Heaven Gates, you will get the top of Ham Rong Mountain. Up here, you will have sensational spectacular views of the Hoang Lien Son Mountains, including Vietnam’s highest peak – Mount Fansipan

Today useful note(s)

  • Make sure you have plenty of water, and that you know where fresh water is available along your Sapa trekking.
  • Always carry a well-equipped first aid kit.

Meals: __/__/__

Overnight in Topas Ecolodge

Day 3: Sunday: Bac Ha colorful market – take night train to Hanoi

Sapa adventure (continue)

  • Bac Ha market is located about 76 km from the train station, Bac Ha is a remote district of Lao Cai province. Bac Ha market which takes place every Sunday is famous for the originality and authenticity that the traders still preserve. It is not simply a place for buy and sell but also an opportunity for people from different ethnicities to come and meet, for relatives to reunite after a long time missing, for women to demonstrate their beautiful handmade traditional costumes and even for youngsters to find their dates. To reach the market, many ethnic vendors have to walk a long distance passing mountains and hills. Yet the distance has never discouraged them from joining the Sunday colorful market.

  • The main square where trading takes place is divided into smaller section, specializing in a particular product such as handicrafts, food, horse, poultry and blacksmith. Each has its own trait and worth joining. The town itself is rather dull for any country surfer but if you want a relaxing place to get away from the tourist crowd in Sapa, or simply fond of taking unique photos, Bac Ha can be your option. Most tourists get return tickets to Bac Ha by contacting the enormous number of tour companies in Sapa or Lao Cai. Tours to Sapa from Hanoi may or may not include the trip to Bac Ha market so check well in advance. Buses offered by these tours companies are of much better quality though with moderately higher price. It’s worth investing for the road is curvy and challenging, even after significant improvement.
  • Have lunch in a local restaurant.
  • You will then start a short walk to Trung Do village which belongs to the Tay minority. Tay villages are always set up at the foot of a mountain or along a stream and are named after a mountain, a field, or a river. Each village contains about 15-20 households. A large village is divided into many small hamlets. The houses are built on stilts or level with the ground. Stop by a traditional Tay house for a cup of tea before taking a boat cruise upstream the Chay River. The scenery is very beautiful on both sides of the river. The boat trip will end at Coc Ly where your vehicle will be waiting for you for the journey to Lao Cai Station.

Free-time idea(s):

  • You can enjoy some famous local cuisines such as “mèn mén” (steamed corn wheat), “thắng cố” (horse soup) and corn wine. They are bought in Sapa market or some restaurants.
  • Buy local food or handicrafts as gift for your relatives.

Today useful note(s)

  • Make sure you have plenty of water, and that you know where fresh water is available along your trekking.
  • Bring low shoes with comfortable cloth
  • Check your luggage before moving to train station.

Meals: __/__/__

Goodbye and hope to see you again!

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Sapa trekking 4 days route map

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
  • Any 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.

LIST OF RECOMMEND ACCOMMODATION

City Deluxe Class
Sapa Topas Ecolodge
Train Sapaly/ Orient/ King/ Livitran Express

 

Class of service Price per person in USD
1 pax 2 pax 3-4 pax 5-8 pax
Deluxe Class 530 313 265 229

 

PACKAGE RATES (per person):   valid until 31 Dec, 2016

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

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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