9. From Hanoi: Sapa 3-Day Medium Trek and Limousine Trip
Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa by limousine, trek Cat Cat village
Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi and begin the journey to Sapa
Around noon, arrive in Sapa, have lunch and then check into your hotel room. Take a quick break to freshen up then walk around this charming town, paying a visit to Sapa market and the old cathedral. Meet local people such as Black H’mong and Red Zao wearing their traditional colorful dresses, selling farming products and handicrafts as souvenirs.
Around 5:45 PM, enjoy dinner at the restaurant in the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel with a mountain view room.
Day 2: Sapa - Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van village (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Wake up in the morning and enjoy the fresh air. Have a local breakfast in the restaurant, then, get ready for trekking.
Check out of the room and begin your exploration trip to Muong Hoa valley. Follow the main road heading south for about an hour before turning right to a footpath downhill to Muong Hoa Valley. This part offers spectacular scenery of the highest part of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and on a nice day, Fansipan Peak can be seen.
Crossing the river by a suspension bridge you will challenge your feet uphill to Y Linh Ho village. Here, pay a visit to some H’mong families, and watch them doing their daily work.
After a picnic lunch, the trail continues up and downhill for about 2 hours as you reach Lao Chai, a large village of the H’mong, and then follow the river bank to Ta Van of the Zay people. Visiting local homes, enjoy your cultural discovery as well as the breathtaking scenery of the Muong Hoa Valley. Settle down in Ta Van village for an overnight homestay.
Day 3: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Sapa – Hanoi (breakfast, lunch)
Leaving Ta Van village after breakfast, take the trail uphill, passing fascinating terraced rice fields and some small hamlets of the H’mong before getting through a bamboo forest to a waterfall.
Enjoy a break for some magnificent scenery and then continue walking for half an hour to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zao people, which sits on the top of a hill and looks down Muong Hoa river.
After spending time visiting the village, making friends with the Zao, and experiencing their hospitality, cross the river by another suspension bridge and then go uphill again to Hau Thao village. Visit a local handicraft center where H’mong and Zao women gather to exchange experience and skills of making handicrafts.
A late lunch will be prepared nearby this center and then you have time to relax and prepare before heading back to Hanoi. The tour guide will take you to the bus station. The limousine journey back to Hanoi takes five or six hours (depending on traffic). Arrive in Hanoi around 9:30 PM to 10:00 PM.
- During weekdays (Monday to Thursday): your hotel/apartment in the Old Quarter
- During Weekends (Friday to Sunday): the bus office or street corner that is close to your hotel/apartment in the Old Quarter.