Take a break in Sapa, a scenic patchwork of villages and limestone cliffs. This beautiful mountainous area with thick jungle, bamboo groves, tea plantations and waterfalls lends itself to fantastic walks and mini treks to ethnic minority villages, without the influx of tourists.
Star the tour to Sapa with a transfer to the Hanoi Train Station for the overnight train to Lao Cai, the gateway to Sapa.
Overnight on the train in a soft sleeper compartment.
Upon arrival to the border town of Lao Cai, meet with our local guide and transfer to hotel in Sapa.
After breakfast at restaurant, transfer to the small Giay village of Ta Van, in the breathtaking Muong Hoa Valley. Enjoy a short walk through the tranquil rice terraces towards the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai. Marvel at the cascading paddy fields that cling to the mountainside and take in one of Vietnam’s most breathtaking views before arriving at the home of Ms Moo, a local Black H’mong lady. Soak in the view whilst learning more about the traditional life and culture of the Black H’mong people and enjoying a traditional H’mong herbal foot bath! Afterwards head over to nearby Lao Chai village where you will learn the art of Batik painting.
The beautiful textiles of the Black H’mong are famous around the world and Batik is a traditional part of H’mong culture. Under threat from modernization, Batik is now only practiced by a handful of villagers. Join a hands-on master class led by a local expert and take your creation home! You will be supporting a sustainable tourism project that supports local women and ensures this amazing art form is handed down to the next generation. The tour concludes with a stroll to the main road before transferring back to Sapa town.
Overnight in Sapa.
Travel by car about 30 minutes out of Sapa through the spectacular mountain scenery of Hoang Lien National Park to reach the Silver Waterfall. When the water level is at its peak from May to October, the falls cascade in long silver ribbons over 100m to a series of pools below. You can access the falls through a series of walkways and ladders to get that perfect photo! Travel on to Love Waterfall, a favourite place for Vietnamese couples taking wedding photos. The series of cascading waterfalls are a spectacular sight. The region is also well known for its cool climate fruits, and on the way you will pass by a seasonal local orchard, have a cup of tea and talk with the local sellers in their small stalls.
Then continue on to Heaven’s Gate, at 2047m it is the highest stretch of road in Vietnam with panoramic views over the surrounding valleys. On a clear day, there are picture postcard views of Mount Fansipan, the highest mountain in Vietnam.
Overnight in Sapa.
Day at leisure in Sapa until taking the bus back to Hanoi Mid-afternoon, take a (shared) bus transfer from Sapa to Hanoi as follows: • FIRST CLASS BUS OPTION - transfer to the Sapa Express Bus meeting point for the comfortable Sapa Express bus (shared) to Hanoi. Departs Sapa at 16:00 and arrives to Hanoi at approximately 21:30. Arrive back in Hanoi at the bus drop off point in the city center. Please make own arrangements for onward transfer to selected Hanoi accommodation (not included – alternatively you can contact us further for different transport options and price.)
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