Tour Code :SBTPK- 03 - Sapa Bac Ha Market Easy Treking Trip
Duration: 3 days/ 4 nights
Departure: Every evening from Hanoi
Pick up: At your hotel in Hanoi
Within only 2 days, this trip will bring you a brief understanding of Sapa and its tribal peoples while enjoying its amazing landscapes, paying visit most Sapa’s wonders as well as to some tribal villages scatering around Muong Hoa Valey which is well-known for its breathtaking scenery
Night 1: Take overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai
19h30 Pick up at your hotel to Hanoi railways station for taking the overnight train (first class 4 beds cabin with air-condition) which arrive in Lao Cai city, near the Chinese border next morning.
Day 1 : Lao Cai station - Sapa Town - Silver Waterfall and Tram Ton Pass
Meet your guide and driver upon your arrival at Lao Cai station and an hour transfer uphill the Hoang Lien Son mountains to Sapa. Great views of valleys and terraced rice fields along the way.
After Breakfast, you will fancy a walk for a brief introduction of this charming town. At the market, where ethnic minority people of different groups wearing their traditional costumes made by themselves comes every day selling local products includes vegetable, bamboo shoot, mushroom, medicinal herbs and souvenirs…you have chance to make friends with them and take their photos. Later you will follow the footsteps uphill to the top of Ham Rong Mountain for over viewing beautiful scenery of the town and surrounding area, paying visit to an orchard garden and a mini museum which tells you a lot about ethnic minority people living in Sa Pa and the northwest region.
Afternoon, your Sapa guide and driver will pick you up at about 14.00 and then drive up hill to visit the famous Silver Waterfall and then onto Tram Ton, the highest mountain pass in Vietnam at 1,800 m above sea level for enjoying the magnificence of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range as well as over viewing spectacular landscapes of the whole area. Transfer back to Sapa and relax.
- Breakfast and Lunch included, Dinner on your own
- Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Day 2 : Explore Muong Hoa Valley - Sapa
Today you will spend the whole day exploring the spectacular Muong Hoa. A Jeep will take us out of the town, following the only road built on the side of a mountain range, looking down the valley, over viewing magnificent landscapes composed of high mountains, deep valleys, and stream of water winding, waterfalls and terraced rice paddies…Many time, leaving the main road, you will visit tribal villages such as Ta Van of the Zay, Su Pan of the Black H’mong, Giang Ta Chai of the Red Zao…there are chances for meeting and contacting locals at home and at works.
Arriving back to Sapa in the afternoon .Free time to Discover Sapa Town.
- Breakfast & Picnic Lunch included, Dinner on your own
Day 3 : Sapa - Bac Ha Market - Lao Cai Station for Over train to Hanoi
Taking 2 hour drive through scenic countryside and then uphill to Bac Ha town at the elevation about 800m above sea level. Check in your hotel, take a quick shower and heading to the market place which is at its best time, crowded with tribal people includes H’mong, Zao, Tay and Phu La. At the market, the Flower H’mong is majority in number and the most eyed catching due to their colorful embroidered costumes. After hours wandering around the market, being excited with the festive atmosphere, taking hundreds of pictures, you may wish to slow down and drop in one the finest restaurant to sample local dishes, taste some corn wine.
The market ends in the afternoon and you will follow locals along the way back to Pho Village of the Tay and Flower H’mong, located in a fantastic valley for a discovery of the village .Transfer to Lao Cai station for taking the night train to Hanoi which arrives in Hanoi early at 05.30 to 06.00 next morning.
- Breakfast & Picnic Lunch ,Dinner included
- Overnight train in first class 4 beds cabin with air-conditioning
Tour Price per person in US Dollars
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Tour price includes
- Transfer with private car as indicated in day by day itinerary.
- Return train tickets in 4 bed cabin of Victoria carriage or deluxe 2 bed cabin of other train carriage.
- Accommodation: 1 night in Superior room, Victoria Sa Pa Hotel.
- All meals as listed in day by day itinerary.
- Visiting fee, tax and service charge.
- Local English speaking tour guide.
Tour price excludes
- Meals not indicated in day by day itinerary.
- Drinks and personal expenses.
Sapa is the most popular place to go in the Far Northwest amongst budget travelers and packages tourists alike. By using Sapa as a base you can hike off to more remote ‘traditional’ hill tribe villages and sometimes you will be offered a bed in a village for the night. Sapa was originally built as a hill station in the early part of this century and, in winter, gets bitterly cold. If you are going to be visiting Sapa in winter do not forget the winter woollies.
Sapa is preparing itself for the continuing tourist boom considerably well. Behind Sapa, towards Phong Tho is a high pass forming part of the Hoang Lien Mountains that were known to the French as the Tonkinese Alps. This range includes Fansipan, the highest mountain in Vietnam at 3,143m, which view at dawn could be spectacular.
There is a weekend market in Sapa during which the town fills up with hilltribe people selling their wares. If you want to see these tribes as they "traditionally" live (as opposed to flogging jackets to tourists), either go for a hike or head over to Dien Bien Phu from Sapa. This stretch has the most traditional people you will see in the whole of Vietnam. It seems that most tourist groups pile into Sapa during the weekend for the market. However, travelers have reported that during the week is a much better time to catch a glimpse of the real Sapa avoiding from a big hassle of tourists.
You can hike in the surrounding area and visit a number of fairly traditional predominantly Mong hilltribe villages. Further afield is the colourful Red Zao, Dzay, Tay and Xa Pho people. A home stay in the Tay village would be unforgettable experience.
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