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Northwest Vietnam is a captivating mix of dramatic mountainscapes, crisp fresh air and colourfully-clothed hilltribes. 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 hill tribe culture and cuisine, while relishing the striking landscapes of Sapa and its surrounds.
Welcome to Vietnam! Dive into the barrage of bikes, boulevards and bustling life that characterize Hanoi. Take time to explore the French colonial architecture that decorates the tangled laneways, indulge in a decadent Vietnamese coffee while people-watching from street-side cafes, or step back in time on an exploration of the Old Quarter.
After dinner, you'll be transferred to the train station to board your train bound for Lao Cai. The train journey is unaccompanied, and you may be sharing with locals or other travellers.
Up on arrival, meet your local driver and tansfer to Sapa by minibus (approximately 1 hour), passing through dramatic scenery along the way. You have a free morning to relax and explore this fascinating hillside town. In the afternoon, begin a guided 2-3 hour moderate trek down to the hilltribe villages of Cat Cat, often taking a paved path and passing a waterfall. The villages are home to the H'mong people who originated from China about 300 years ago. Return to Sapa to spend the night in a hotel.
This morning after storing you main luggage at your Sapa hotel, set off on a 6 hour guided trek (approx. 12 - 15 kms). Pass along buffalo paths and trails, as well as through several hill tribe villages and resident minority groups such as Red Zao and Tay people. This is a spectacular walk, winding through stunning scenery and elegant rice paddy terraces. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way, and finally spend the night in the home of a Zay family in Ta Van Village. Perhaps take some time to explore the village after you arrive, wandering down to see the locals paddling in the Mua Huon River and the Hmong guys cruising around on their motorbikes. You’ll enjoy an included meal of delicious Vietnamese dishes for dinner tonight, prepared by your hosts.
Meal: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
After a hearty breakfast, set off on a 2-3 hour walk to Su Pan Village. Today’s trek is shorter, but the scenery is still beautiful. Walk past waterfalls where buffalo might cool themselves from the heat and cross a suspension bridge. Be sure to take it all in and make the most of the last of your time in these incredible surroundings. Cross Muong Hoa River, then head up to the mountain to visit the last village of the trek – Su Pan. Maybe grab a quick bowl of pho before meeting up with your vehicle for the 30 minute drive back to Sapa. Arriving in Sapa, you have a free afternoon to explore the town. Maybe get a massage to sooth trek-tired muscles.
You will be picked up between 5-5.30 pm today by a local driver. And then be transferred back to the to the Lao Cai train station. You will have some free time for an optional dinner before you board the overnight train to Hanoi.
Your Tour ends upon arrival at Hanoi train station.