Sapa Adventure

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Daily Tour 5 days Availability: 2018-06-23
Sapa Vietnam Asia

Explore Sapa from Hanoi and back on this short Vietnam trek

Northwest Vietnam is a captivating mix of dramatic mountainscapes, crisp fresh air, and colourfully-clothed hill tribes. Set on the slopes of a beautiful emerald green valley, Sapa is the heart of this unique piece of Vietnam. Travel to this peaceful land and meet resplendently dressed ethnic minorities at the local market, visit neighbouring villages and hike through iridescent rice terraces, witnessing how the current of life has bubbled along here for centuries. This five-day trekking adventure is full of opportunities to be immersed in traditional hilltribe culture and cuisine while relishing the striking landscapes of Sapa and its surroundings.


Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Destination
Vietnam
Theme
Cultural Exploration, Short Breaks
Physical rating
Grade 3 (Moderate hiking suitable for most fitness levels.)
Ages
18-39
Group size
Min 2, Max 15

 

4 NIGHTS

Hotels 1N, Homestay 1N, Train 2N

9 MEALS

4 Breakfasts

3 Lunches

2 Dinners

 

TRANSPORT

Private Vehicle, Train

 


WHAT’S INCLUDED

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

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    • Hike through the rolling rice terraces, waterfalls, mountains and lush green hills of Sapa and you’ll quickly realise why this has become an iconic image of Vietnam.

    • A traditional homestay is a perfect way to access remote parts of this region and get a real glimpse of Vietnamese life, not to mention the beauty of a home cooked local meal after a day of hiking

    • Meet a community of hill-tribes who have lived in Vietnam for over three centuries. Having emigrated from China, the H’mong tribe settled in Cat Cat Village in Sapa

    • An included overnight sleeper train through northern Vietnam is a unique experience. This is a great way to rub shoulders with the locals and to squeeze a bit of local knowledge out of them.

 


WHAT’S INCLUDED

MEALS

    • 4 BREAKFASTS

    • 3 LUNCHES

    • 2 DINNERS


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WHAT’S INCLUDED

ACTIVITIES

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      • Sapa – Guided trek and homestay

      • Ba Be National Park – Boat Exploration
      • Overnight sleeper train

      • Air-conditioned vehicle throughout

      • Cherry-picked hotels and homestays – all tried and trusted

      • Hand-picked Experiences

      • Optional Experiences and lots of free time

      • Daily breakfast and an average of 40% of other meals

      • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

      • An expert Lead Traveller and local Guides

      • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your trip


Is this trip for me?

  • This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means for some portions of this trip, such as at the homestay, you may join-in with other travellers who have booked through other companies.
  • This trip includes 1 nights in simple homestay accommodation, which is the way to better understand a country and its people. You will sleep on mattresses on the floor in a mixed-gender dormitory style, and bathrooms will be shared.
  • With the flexibility of frequent departures, there is a chance you may end up travelling solo on this trip. You will always have a local guide and all included activities will remain the same.
  • The overnight sleeper train journey to and from Lao Cai is in 4-6 berth sleeper carriages. In your train compartment, you might be sharing with locals and with other and with other genders.
  • This trip includes a moderate level of hiking in the hills for 3 days of this trip, ranging from 3 to 6 hours. Although this hiking is possible for most travellers, a good level of fitness will help increase the experience.

IMPORTANT NOTES

1. Complimentary airport arrival transfers are included with this trip. Please advise your flight details at time of booking.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room may be available. Please contact your booking agent at the time of booking your trip.

Day 1: Hanoi

Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam. Your adventure begins at the airport, meet your local guide before heading to your day-use hotel room to refresh before your adventure starts. According to your arrival time, your local guide will give you some tips to discover the charm of Hanoi. Get gathered again, heading out for
your dinner before catching the night train for Sapa.
In any free time, dive into the barrage of bikes, boulevards and bustling life that characterise Hanoi.

Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Arrival Transfers
  • Included

 

Special Information

Notes: Please allow plenty of time to board the train. Your local guide will be able to give you information about what time boarding will commence.

Day 2: Sapa

Upon your arrival to Lao Cai train-station, you will refresh yourself in the special lounge, take a light breakfast before taking your transfer to Sapa. Upon your arrival to Sapa-O Chau Café, you will meet your local guide, this person, living in the area, will take care of you for the next few days, during your stay in Sapa.

Depart from the Sapa O’Chau Cafe at 9.30am and walk down to Y Linh Ho, a village of the Hmong minority.

The hereditary terraces are around 100 years old. From Y Linh Ho we will make our way to Lao Chai, an established Hmong village where will be welcomed by Mai and her family who run the first and only homestay owned by Hmong in the Sapa region.

Trekking Distance: approx. 16 km

Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sapa – Trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 3: Sapa

On the morning of the second day open the window and have a look outside — you will be treated to views across the rice terraces. After breakfast walk to Ta Van where you will visit the Giay minority people. Traditionally the Giay were fishermen who fished with bamboo sticks and cook their catch inside the bamboo. Now you are more likely to see the Giay working in fields planting or harvesting rice but their villages are still near rivers. Continue to walk through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, have a scenic picnic lunch, then walk to the main road and catch the private car back to Sapa Town!

Trekking Distance: approx. 12 km.

Accommodation
  • Legend Sapa Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 4: Sapa
We begin the day with a 3km trek through breathtaking landscapes to the village of Suoi Ho, home to Hmong minority. From here you can enjoy views over endless rice terraces, and you will have the opportunity to see some of the animals used by the locals. Continuing on to Matra village you will come across the impressive ruins of a church dating back to the French occupation in the early 1900s. Take a minute to explore this intriguing sight and take some photos. Trekking to the village of Ta Phin you will be able to meet both Black
Hmong and Red Dao minorities. The Red Dao are known for their expertise in herbal medicine as well as usage of plants from the land to treat many illnesses. Your guide will be able to introduce you to some Red Dao women who can tell you more about their many remedies. A Red Dao herbal medicine bath can be
arranged for you to experience, so please ask. Transport will be provided from Ta Phin back to Sapa.
Later in the day, after refreshing at Sapa-O’Chau café, you will head back to Lao Cai to catch your train back
to Hanoi.
Trekking Distance: approx. 13 km
Accommodation
  • Overnight Train
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 5: Hanoi

Arriving back in Hanoi, you will be taken to the Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel to have your breakfast and refresh before heading to the hotel for your flight back home.
Accommodation
  • Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel or similar (Day Use)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Departure Transfer
  • Included
Special Information

If you would like to stay a little longer in Vietnam, Carabiner Adventures can book additional nights for you. (If you wish to have the room available on your arrival, you may need to book the night before as check-in time is usually midday). 

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