1. Sapa: 3-Day, 3-Night Trek and Hotel with Overnight Train
Day 0: Transfer from Hanoi to Lao Cai by overnight train Either enjoy pickup from your hotel or make your way to the Hanoi train station yourself by 9 PM. Board the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai at 10 PM. Enjoy the night on the train and reach your destination the next morning. Day 1: Sapa Center - Cat Cat village (L, D) Meet your tour guide at the train station and head to Sapa at 6 AM. Indulge in breakfast at your hotel before taking a walk around Sapa. Visit the market and old cathedral and meet people from the Black H’mong and Red Zao ethnic minorities who are selling handicrafts. Walk down to the southwest of Sapa to visit Cat Cat Village, where the Black H’mong live. Relax at the foot of the waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during colonial times in Vietnam. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the side of the river and then make your way to Sin Chai, the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, known as “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina.” From there, enjoy sweeping landscapes before climbing back to Sapa. After dinner, explore the charm of Sapa by night. Enjoy roasted corn and baked eggs beside a charcoal fire or go shopping. Spend the night in the 3-star Sapa Hotel. Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B, L, D) Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and then walk down to the southeast of Sapa along the side of the Muong Hoa Valley to the Y Linh Ho Village of the Black H’mong. Continue trekking down to the Lao Chai village of the H’mong. Take a cooking class and enjoy lunch with a local family and then walk through terraced rice fields to Ta Van Village of the Dzay minority people and stay overnight. Day 3: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sapa (B, L, D) After breakfast, continue on trekking to visit 2 villages of the Red Dzao and the H’mong. Visit a beautiful waterfall and Rattan Bridge. Take in views of the landscapes through the bamboo forest. Head to the main road to catch a car to return to Sapa. If any roads are too far or too difficult to trek, you can go by electric car or motorbikes. Around 2 PM, pack your things and prepare to leave Sapa. Hop in your limousine back to Hanoi at 2:30 PM. Enjoy drop-off at your hotel in Hanoi at around 9-10 PM.