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From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

1. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa (Lunch) Start with pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and depart for Sapa. Follow the highway to Lao Cai city where you will make your first stop for breakfast by yourself. Stop off at Lao Cai city before arriving in Sapa, where you'll see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, and Tay People. Here enjoy a lunch of local Vietnamese dishes. After lunch, take a short trek to the gate of Cat Cat village, home of the Black H’mong ethnic people and located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. A local guide will give you insight into the daily life of the locals. Trek down to the bottom of the valley to the waterfall, where the French built a hydraulic power station. Stop to take photos before walking back uphill to meet the bus. The trek is approximately 2.5 kilometers and lasts for 2 hours. In the evening, return to Sapa Town, where you can enjoy your evening at your leisure. Stay overnight in the Sunny Mountain Hotel or similar. Day 2: Sapa – Hanoi (Breakfast/Lunch) Have breakfast at your hotel and prepare a light pack for trekking. You can keep your luggage in the storage at the reception. Take a Trek to Y Linh Ho through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Streams to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai.  See the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain before heading to Ta Van village, home of the Dzay People. The trek takes around 3.5 hours and covers about 12 kilometers. The tour guide will make the best itinerary for the trek depending on your ability of trekking. The bus will pick you up at Ta Van Bridge to take you back to the center of Sapa. Take a break at the hotel and have lunch, before enjoying some time to explore at your own leisure. After some free time, meet the rest of your group at the hotel to prepare for your return to Hanoi. Get back on the bus to go back to Hanoi. During the journey, you will stop for a break. Arrive back at your accommodation in Hanoi in the late evening.

Private Hoang Lien National Park & Tribal Village Trek

2. Private Hoang Lien National Park & Tribal Village Trek

Meet your local guide and driver at your hotel in Sa Pa Town at 09:00 AM. Depart for the first tour stops, located a 30-minute drive away, visiting the Silver Waterfall, the Love Waterfall and Tram Ton Pass. After discovering this area, leave for the O Quy Ho Pass, where the trek will begin. The trek is a 10km long dirt trail through the bamboo forest of Hoang Lien National Park, offering great views of the surrounding rice paddies. Enjoy a picnic lunch at 12:30 PM, being served at a beautiful spot in the wilderness.  Continue your trek after the lunch break to Sin Chai village, where the community-based tourism in Sapa takes place. Proceed with the tour to visit the nearby village, inhabited by the Black Hmong people, one of the largest ethnic minority groups in the Sapa area. Explore some native houses to learn more about the culture, customs and handicraft skills. Take the transfer back to Sa Pa in the early afternoon. You will arrive at around 03:00 PM and will be dropped off at your hotel in Sa Pa Town.

Trekking Mu Cang Chai Tour 3 Days

3. Trekking Mu Cang Chai Tour 3 Days

From Hanoi, you will head to Nghia Lo town – the home of Thai people, one of the main ethnic groups in Yen Bai. Arrive in Tu Le town, walk around the rice fields and explore the lifestyles of the Thai and Mong people. Go on a trek then spend a night in a homestay. After breakfast the next day, you will move to Mu Cang Chai. Drive over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam, connecting Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai). These scenic roads offer a lot of stops for picture-taking. When you arrive in Mu Cang Chai spend around 3 hours trekking from La Pan Tan to Rasberry Hill – one of the most famous destinations in the country. Eat a simple lunch at a Hmong house in Mu Cang Chai. After lunch, you will continue to enjoy some trekking from Che Cu Nha to Kim Noi village. Stay overnight in a stilt house. The next day you will trek up to Sang Nhu or Lao Chai village, where there are beautiful rice terraces. Enjoy trekking through the pine forests and along the hidden paths as you take in the views of Mu Cang Chai.

From Hanoi: Sapa 2-Day 1-Night Trip By Bus With Hotel Stay

4. From Hanoi: Sapa 2-Day 1-Night Trip By Bus With Hotel Stay

You will be collected by bus from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter, then depart for Sapa. After a comfort break, you will arrive into Sapa Town, where you can see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, and Tay ethnic people. After a welcome drink and itinerary briefing, enjoy lunch and check in to your hotel. You will then go on a short drive to the gates of Cat Cat village which is home to the Black H’mong ethnic people and is located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. Your local guide will show you the daily activities of the locals, before you trek down to the valley's bottom to the waterfall, where the French built a Hydraulic Power Station. Stop for a photo then come back to Sapa Town for dinner. The next day, after breakfast, you will drive to Y Linh Ho then trek through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa stream to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. After that, head to Ta Van village – home to the Dzay ethnic people. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before you return to Hanoi.

4 Days Trekking in Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang

5. 4 Days Trekking in Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang

On the first day of your tour, your English-speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi at 7:00 AM and take you to Hoang Su Phi where you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue on to Suoi Thau arriving around 3:30-4:00 PM. You will start exploring the area by taking a 1-hour trek to a Suoi Thau community-based tourism village to enjoy the poetic beauty of the natural landscapes and breathe in the fresh air. You will continue onto your homestay and on the way, you will learn about the Red Dao people. After arriving at your homestay you can participate in a fishing experience to catch fish for your dinner. If you are interested, you can prepare your dinner with your homestay host. After a tasty local dinner, you will settle in for the night.  After breakfast on your second day, you will trek around for a little while before being picked up by a car. You will drive for about an hour towards the heaven gate Nam Ai to start trekking through the forest. As you explore the forest you will enjoy views of the valley and paddy fields. After trekking for around 1.5 hours you will eat lunch in Nam Khoa then continue on for another 2.5 hours to reach your homestay in Nam Hong village. When you arrive at your homestay you can enjoy a traditional herbal bath and relax after a long day of traveling.  On the third day, wake up around 7:00 AM to experience local life. Learn about the tea cultivation and tea picking techniques, then help carry tea leaf baskets back to the village around 8:00 AM. Once back in the village, you can rest and have breakfast before participating in the tea farming process for another hour. You will get to test the green tea you made. After having tea you will start your trek for the day. You will treck past a waterfall and through the forest and mountains before arriving at Pan Hou Ecolodge where you will relax surrounded by the nature of Pan Hou. When you wake up on the fourth day, spend a couple of hours exploring the life of the Tay people in Pan Hou. If you are traveling on the weekend you will have the change to explore the colorful local market. A car will pick you up in Pan Hou and take you back to Hanoi. On the way, you will stop at a local restaurant for lunch and arrive back in Hanoi around 5:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Northern Vietnam

Local guide ping (lady from neighboring village) take us for this tour. She was really good in explaining all things & not tired to answer our never ending questions. Really get lot of information about locals life from her. First we visit waterfalls in national park, specially path going to love waterfall through mountain is really beautiful. Mountain, forest, water stream & we walk along with it & moving fog around us. It was memorable experience for us. When we visit top most point in national park, it was cover with fog & unable to see entire valley. For village trek, it mainly from rough road in village, but path is up & down. At some points we can see beautiful valley. We can see rice terraces, corn field, cabbage, sun flower, orchids. Walking through 6 feet tall corn fields & bamboo forest was amazing experience. Total you will end up walking around 12 Km (up & down), please carry some light snacks on way to eat. Its good trip to experience nature.

Everything was very well organized on this trip. The buses are luxurious and very comfortable. The selected hotel was also great and provided good alternatives for vegetarian orders. The first tour wasn't that long to get used to... The second day was more to our liking. Get off the street, straight through the mountains on hiking trails, enjoy the peace and quiet of the country. Overall a very nice trip if you don't have much time.

Excellent tour organization. Good hotel and meals too! Efficient pickup from Hanoi and adherence to the times described. Friendly and helpful local guide. Highly recommended!!!!

Thanks for the great tour, all the informations, nice treatment and exciting day. It was a pleasure for both of us.

Must do in Vietnam. Beautiful region even with cloudy and rainy weather