The Extended Sapa Experience

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3 Days / 4 Nights Train, Trekking and Homestay

This trip takes you through the Sapa valley and into the various local hill tribes that call the Sapa valley home. Spending a night with a Dzay family in Ta Van village and a night with a Tay family in Ban Ho, while passing through Black H’mong and Red Dzao villages on your trekking routes.

Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Sapa

Start your journey with a taxi from your hotel in Hanoi to the Railway Station for the 9.30pm night train to Lao Cai Station. There are options for 4 or 6 person cabins at different levels of luxury, depending on your budget.

Day 1: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B, L, D)

Your transfer will be waiting to meet you when you arrive at Lao Cai station at 6:00am. Enjoy the beautiful scenery on the 1 hour drive up to Sapa town. Have breakfast in town before heading on to Muong Hoa valley to begin your trek through the magnificent landscapes.

Trek to meet the Y Linh Ho village and the Black H’mong tribe and break for a delicious lunch near by Muong Hoa stream where we can enjoy a swim.

Move on through lush rice-terraces towards Lao Chai village witnessing the rural life of the Black H’mong people going on around you. Arrive into Ta Van village where you will stay with the Zay minority, who have a strong Chinese culture. Have dinner here, cooked on a wood fire and enjoy the company and hospitality of your Zay family.

Day 2: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Ban Ho (B, L, D)

Get up early in the morning to observe the daily life of your host family. After breakfast, take to the small paths between terraces and bamboo forests to reach the Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Dzao minority.

From there visit the magnificent silver waterfall and the Rattan suspension Bridge while crossing further through the Muong Hoa valley- thought to be the most beautiful in all of Sapa.

Continue trekking down to Ban Ho village where the Tay tribes live in tradtional stilt houses, where we will stay overnight. In the afternoon, visit the Lavie waterfall for a swim in the fresh water. Walk around the village to take the beautiful pictures of the village before sunset . Enjoy a communal family dinner and listen to the legends of the village.

Day 3: Ban Ho – Nam toong – Sapa (B, L, D)

Eat breakfast at the homestay and then explore the villages, including the local Ban Ho School to meet the children and chat with them about their rural school life.

Begin trekking to the remote village of Nam Toong, inhabited by Red Zao tribe, enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Return to Ban Ho for lunch and then keep trekking uphill to Ban Den village for your bus pick up and transfer to Sapa. Spend some time in Sapa, with the opportunity for a shower and dinner.

Night 4: Lao Cai – Hanoi

Sleep off your 3 days of trekking on the night train to Hanoi, arriving in the city in the early morning.

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We booked our Sapa trip and Halong bay trip with Lily and were completely delighted… We were picked up at bus station in Sapa by Su and walked to homestay on the other side of hills. Mattresses in homestay were very comfortable and the food was delicious.


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We took the “less touristic” tour in Sapa which was really that: not many other tourists, a knowledgable guide from the local tribe, awesome local food and a rustic (not to say basic) home stay.



Trekking itself was not too difficult. You will absolutely not go hungry, we ate some amazing home cooked food and it just kept coming! You may also drink more rice wine than you planned…. Putney 2015