Trip highlight: Stay and discover Sapa – the famous French Hill Station. Treking in tremendous scenery to visit villages and mingle with hill tribe people there. Home stay in the local house of hill tribe people and relaxing in Ecologde resort.
Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai.
Evening transfer to Hanoi railway station for a night train to Lao Cai. O/N on train.
Day 2: Lao Cai - Sapa.
Arriving in Laocai early in the morning, you will take one and half hours drive to Sapa – the former French Hill Station. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Enjoy breakfast in very cozy atmosphere of the hotel then take some time to refresh before joining us for an orientation walk around the town of Sapa. It is said that you will find four seasons in a day here, but Sapa is normally seen in a thin mist. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will take a hike to Sin Chai and Cat Cat village to experience the daily life of the Black H’mong and great scenery of mountain and terrace rice field on the way. O/N at in Sa Pa. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 3: Sapa - Lao chai - Ta van.
This morning we leave the hotel and start trekking to Muong Hoa valley. The first part is on the road but we soon turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to the Black H’mong village Lao Chai. Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigo blue clothing. Then you continue to Ta Van village (1.200 m) to visit Zay people.
Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. The development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green color. The Zay houses are built of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. We stay overnight with a local family in Ta Van and have our dinner here. Trekking distance: 15 km. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Tavan – Giang Ta Chai – Ban Ho - Ecolodge.
After the breakfast we take a trek to visit Red Dao people at Giang Ta Chai where we also see a waterfall. The Red Dao women have very colorful red embroidery and coins on their clothing. On their head they wear a red scarf. Some of the women have shaved off their eyebrows because of a nice Red Zao Legend. We continue along small paths in the rice fields, cross the Muong Hoa River and trek up to to Ban Den then to Ban Ho - the village of Tay people, where you will meet the jeep and transfer direct to Ecolodge Resort, very impressive and romantic resort above Muong Hoa Valley.
From the lodge there are breathtaking views across the scenic valleys below, which are home to villages of the Tay and Red Dao minorities. You will have great time to relax and recover in white stone bungalow; it was built based on ecological principles. You will have full day to enjoy your stay in this resort, so quiet and calm, totally pure atmosphere. Trekking distance: 25 km. O/N in Ecolodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Ecolodge – Ta Phin - Lao Cai.
The whole morning will be free at leisure for you to enjoy the great atmosphere, scenery as well as accommodation at the resort. After lunch, you will check out and transfer back to Sapa. On the way drive back to Lao Cai Station for a night train to Hanoi, visit Ta Phin, the village of Red Dzao people. O/N on train. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 6: Railway Station - Hanoi.
The train will arrive at Hanoi station early in the morning. End of the trip.
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