9. From Hanoi: Sapa 3-Day Medium Trek and Limousine Trip
Discover Sapa on a 3-day hiking and limousine tour from Hanoi. Visit traditional homes, see Cat Cat village, and discover Muong Hoa Valley and the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Day 1Begin your day with a limousine pickup in Hanoi at your hotel and head for Sapa. During the 6-hour ride, enjoy 2 stops for snacks and restroom breaks. In Sapa, have lunch at a local restaurant, check in to your hotel, and rest until the tour guide picks you up to start the trek. Trek to the southwest of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black Hmong. Relax at the foot of the stunning waterfall and the remains of a hydroelectric power station dating from the colonial eras. Once you're ready, head back to your hotel and freshen up for dinner. After eating, explore the charm of Sapa by night, enjoy roasted corn, and baked eggs beside a charcoal fire, or go shopping. Day 2 Begin your day with a local breakfast in the restaurant, and check out from your room to begin your trekking exploration of Muong Hoa Valley. Follow the main road heading south for about an hour before taking a footpath downhill to Muong Hoa Valley. As you walk, marvel at the spectacular scenery of the highest part of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Cross the river on a suspension bridge to reach Y Linh Ho village where you can visit some H’mong families and watch them doing their daily work. Enjoy lunch and then follow the trail through hills for about 2 hours until you reach the Hmong village of Lao Chai. Follow the river bank to Ta Van of the Zay people. Visit local homes, and enjoy your cultural discovery as well as the breathtaking scenery of the Muong Hoa Valley. Spend the evening in a homestay in Ta Van village. Day 3 Leave Ta Van village after breakfast and take the trail uphill, passing fascinating terraced rice fields and some small hamlets of the H’mong before going through a bamboo forest to reach a waterfall. Relax at the waterfall before continuing for 30 minutes to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zao people. 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. A late lunch will be prepared nearby this center, and then you have time to relax and prepare before heading back to Hanoi. 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. ***Kindly note that there will be local ethnic people try to accompany you the whole trekking way in order to ask you for money or sell local items with high price. Please ignore them and stick to the guide. This has been a pressing matter in Sapa, yet haven't been solved by the authority. We're truly sorry for this inconvenience in advance!