The Classic Sapa Experience

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Sapa tours 3 days 4 nights travel by train

Trek between villages in the stunning Sapa valley and stay the night with a local family. Travel in the classic way from Hanoi to Sapa with overnight train experiences. Homestay and trekking included in the package.

Overnigh train from Hanoi to Sapa

20.30pm – Please come to Lily’s Travel Agency then we transfer you to Ha Noi Railway Station and catch the night train to Lao Cai (overnight on the train, the cabin with 4 berths, soft sleeper, and air-conditioning).

The train normally leave Hanoi around 9.30 pm or 10.00 pm from Hanoi to Sapa.

*** It takes about 10 hours to go from Hanoi to Sapa by night train altogether

Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van

Around 06:00am, be greeted by our tour guide and driver upon arrival at Lao Cai train station, before being transferred to Sapa village, by a shared tourist bus. The bus ride uphill to Sapa takes a little over an hour, and will give you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces as you make this short trip.

 Once arriving in the our hotel in Sapa, in the interim, you have access to a basic room for your refreshment, before enjoying breakfast prior to going on the morning tour.

 08:30am: Start your tour with 6km of walking down to the South East of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village, home of the Black H’mong people. Then continue with a 3km-trek down to Lao Chai village. Here we will stop for a simple lunch before exploring the village. After lunch, continue trekking through terraced rice fields to Ta Van, village of the Dzay minority people. This trek is relatively easy, though the trail can be quite slippery if it rains, so good footwear is recommended.

Dinner and Overnight at the homestay in Sapa.

  •  Trekking level: 6/10
  •  Trekking: 10Km trekking to Ta Van village.
  •  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  •  Accommodation: Homestay in Ta Van

Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sapa

Around 09:30Am, after having had a restful night and enjoyable breakfast, it is time to take an 8 km walk to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao people, the H’mong who are located in Giang Ta Chai

Su Pan villages. Situated at the edge of Muong Hoa Valley, Giang Ta Chai is gaining popularity as one of the most scenic and interesting locations for visitors who enjoy experiencing the colorful traditional customs and costumes that are always on show here. While Supan is considered as a less travelled and more withdrawn village because of its small population base.

There are breath taking and beautiful landscapes throughout this mountainous area, including a stunning waterfall, rattan bridges, and some exquisite ferns and orchids that drape from the overhanging branches of so much lush vegetation. After Giang Ta Chai and Su Pan visits, it is hard to have to leave this area, but we again have opportunity to do more exploration in Sapa town, so the bus ride allows some recovery time… and lots of photos and stories will no doubt be told on the brief ride back.

Tour ends at around 15:30 or 16:00. Overnight in Sapa.

  • Trekking level: 5/10
  • Trekking: 10Km
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sapa – Cat Cat village – Sin Chai

After breakfast around 9.00am, we start explore the village a little bit further to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. This trek offers some stunning views of the waterfall and the vestige of a hydro-electric power station which was built in the early 20th century. Also here you will have the opportunity to see the villagers working on the paddy rice fields, their children playing around, and the animal such as water-buffaloes, pot-bellied pigs and chickens. After crossing a village, you will arrive at the picturesque waterfall which is an ideal place for resting & taking pictures. Enjoy your lunch and the mountainous scenery.

Later, continuing to hike to Sin Chai village (3km) that situated on the bottom of Fansipan Mountain, also well-known as ‘the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. There you will enjoy huge stunning and sleeping landscape before heading off to Sapa town.

At 5.30 pm, our driver pick you up again from Sapa back to Lao Cai train station. You arrive at the train station around 7 pm. Have dinner on your own then take the night train from Sapa back to Hanoi.

The train leave Lao Cai train station around 9.10 or 9.40 pm

  • Trekking level: 4/10
  • Trekking: 7KM trekking, 3Km driving from Cat Cat back to Sapa.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Bus to Lao Cai

Why book with Lily's Travel Agency?

  • Best price for traveling to Sapa with all service included
  • All meals included as mentioned in the itienrary
  • Local friendly guide
  • Small group trekking (8 people maximum)
  • One night homestay and one night hotel in Sapa included
  • Support 24/7 via phone or Whatsapp
  • Off the beaten trekking
  • Free advice for traveling to another destionation in Vietnam
  • Discount when book the second tours with us

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The homestay was nice. The trekking was great. We didnt book one of these “experiences off the beaten track” that costs a lot more money, we went on a budget tour. Still what we got was completely off the beaten track.



I’m just so glad I hired my tours with Lily!!!

We bought tours to Sapa, Halong Bay party cruise and the bus to Hoi An with her and all was great.

The trekking in Sapa was flawless


\We booked two nights and three days sapa with lily and had an amazing time! The homestay was great and the trekking amazing! The price was really good compared to others and the information given by lily was very clear and spot on. Gijs M