Sapa Hard Trekking 2 Days

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Price from: $133 USD

Your 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 hiking routes 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 trip:

  • Have a close glance in the daily life of Vietnamese ethnic minorities through the boisterous place – local market.
  • Leave the busy life behind to enjoy a nice walk in an area, which is not touristy as well as visit a small village of Black Hmong minority.
  • A unique Sapa hiking 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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Full Itinerary

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NIGHT: HANOI – LAO CAI / A MOVING NIGHT ON TRAIN

In the evening

At 8:30 p.m, our guide and driver will meet you up at the lobby of your hotel and transfer you to Hanoi train station, where our guide help you to check in your cabin.

Meals included: __/__/__

Parameter: Train: 8 hours

Trip’s useful note(s):

  • Sport shoes, clothes must be prepared for the trekking activities in Sapa
  • Plastic boots will be good in case of bad weather (raining season from May to September)
  • It is 4-berth sharing cabin on train and private cabin is arranged upon request
  • Anti-mosquito cream should be prepared

Overnight on train

 

DAY 1: BAN HO – NAM TOONG

In the morning

  • In the beginning, our guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Su Pan Village.
  • There we start our trekking day by walking downhill through the breath-taking scenery. We will trek through rice paddy fields until we reach Ban Ho village. This is a Tay village.
  • We have a short visit of local house before a suspension bridge a nice house

Lunch time: 12:30 – 13:30 in a local house.

In the afternoon

  • This is a Red Dao village this time, called Nam Toong.
  • Stop by a nice house to taste a cup of tea before heading back to Ban Ho.
  • Swimming is possible but you absolutely should check your guide’s advice before jumping on the water

You will return Sapa by car.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Trekking: 02 hours, Driving: 1 hours

Free time idea(s):

  • Visit the Stone Church in the heart of the town
  • Go to the night market for unique local products

Overnight in Sapa

DAY 2: LAO CHAI – TAVAN – GIANG TA CHAI

In the morning

  • At 8:00 a.m, you will be met up at your hotel by local guide and driver then transferred to Lao Chai village.
  • Firstly, you will visit Lao Chai Village – a Black Hmong ethnic minority village
  • Then, you will then be able to walk from Lao Chai to Tavan village where the Giay ethnic minority hill tribe lives.

Lunch time: 12:30 – 13:30 in a local house.

In the afternoon

After saving your energy with lunch, let’s get ready for upcoming sightseeing this afternoon

  • The walk continues through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village.
  • After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Sapa.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Trekking: 04 hours, Driving: 1 hours

Today useful note(s):

  • You may have dinner on your own in a local restaurant around the station before leaving.
  • You will reach Hanoi in the early morning of the next day and be free on your own.

Overnigh on train

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What's Included & ExcludedPrice

Included:

  • Twin/double sharing rooms in the best recommended hotel
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • All entrance fee and sightseeing tickets
  • Delicious included meals as being clarified
  • Door-to-door private transportation during the whole tour
  • 4-berth sharing cabin on train Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (private cabin is up on request)
  • 2 bottles of water each day
  • Service charges

Excluded:

  • Meals, Beverages which are not specified in the program
  • Any unclarified flight tickets
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide
  • Bank fee
City Superior class Deluxe class Luxury class
Sapa Sapa Diamond hotel
Deluxe room
Sapa Highland resort
Deluxe room
Victoria Sapa
Superior room
Night train Orient Express train
4-berth sharing cabin
Chapa Express train
4-berth sharing cabin
Victoria Express train
4-berth sharing cabin

 

Price quote in USD per person & valid until 31 Dec 2017

Class of service Price per person 
(Currency: US Dollar)
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax Single Supplement
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury


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. If you want to have your own room, you will pay extra amount for this.
*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.

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.

Passport & Visa Requirements

You may be required for the visa to Vietnam. Please check the list of countries which need the 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 the 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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