Unique Experiences:
  • Trek through the villages of several different ethnic minorities,
  • Overnight at homestays to get insight into their unique culture and customs, 
  • Suitable for both backpackers and families.

Typically between two (2) and five (5) travelers. Maximum group size is eight (8) and minimum group size is one (1).

Trip Length: 5 Day(s) 4 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Every Day
Travel Season:

The best time to visit Sapa is from April to September. Nonetheless, each season has its own special qualities and surprises. During this period the temperature ranges from 15ºC – 25ºC. There is no rainy season in Sapa so the trekking routes are dry, making it a great opportunity to do longer treks and to conquer Mount Fansipan. During the winter months, the temperature is much cooler and we advise bringing warm clothing (hat, sweater, wool socks). There are periods of light rain, which bring in the fog and puts Sapa in the clouds - perfect for fantastic photo opportunities.

Type of Transportation: Train, van or minibus
Type of Accommodation: Home-stays with shared bathrooms.
Physical Rate: 3/5
Child Policy:

This tour is not recommended for children below 10 years of age.

Included in Price:

Meals: 2 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x dinner
Accommodation: 2 nights on a train in a deluxe 4-berth cabin, 2 nights in a home-stay with shared bathrooms
Entrance fees: Admission fee for villages
Transport: Train, car/minibus
Miscellaneous: English-speaking tour guide

Excluded from Price:
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for the guide and the driver
  • Drinks and personal expenses

All other expenses not stated as included.


Locations Visited:
Sapa, Cat Cat village, Ta Van village, Giang Ta Chai village
Start City:
End City:


Day 1: Night train Hanoi - Lao Cai.
Pick-up at the hotel between 20:00 - 20:30 and transfer to the train station to take the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train (soft sleeper with A/C).

Day 2: Lao Cai – Sa Pa - Sin Chai village
The train arrives at Lao Cai train station early in the morning where you will be picked up by shared bus to Sapa (about an hour's drive). The bus will drop you off at the Cat Cat View Hotel where you'll have time to eat breakfast (at your own expense) and relax before our tour guide meets you. He'll provide you with more information about the trek. At 09:00 you'll travel by car to O Quy Ho where we'll start trekking through the fields and visit Doi Bang. We'll have lunch at a local family's home close to a primary school. After lunch, we'll continue trekking and visit Sin Chai village, where the Black H’mong people live. The Black H’mong are proud of their culture and they have their own language and wear traditional indigo blue clothing.

You will arrive at your homestay at around 15:00 and enjoy free time to explore the area. You'll have dinner with the family and spend the night at Sin Chai village

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Trekking Distance: 9km (approx.)

Day 3: Sin Chai - Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van village
After an early breakfast, we'll say goodbye to the host and walk through the Cat Cat tourism area and continue your trek to Y Linh Ho - a small hill community. In the afternoon, we'll visit Lao Chai village and learn more about the local culture and customs. We'll walk to Ta Van village to visit the Zay people - The Zay minority in Ta Van have their own distinct culture and lifestyle. They still live in traditional houses, which are built of wood and bamboo with clay floors. You'll have dinner and sleep overnight in Ta Van.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trekking Distance: 15km (approx.)

Day 4: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Sapa. Night train to Hanoi
After breakfast, we'll leave Ta Van and trek to Giang Ta Chai village where we can see the Red Dao people. The women of the Red Dao have very colorful red embroideries, coins on their clothing, and on wear red scarves on their heads. Some of the women shave their eyebrows because they believe a hairless face is beautiful. We'll stop for lunch before leaving Giang Ta Chai and drive to Sapa. In Sapa, you will wait at the Cat Cat View hotel to catch the shared bus to the train station and travel overnight by train in a soft sleeper with air-con on your way back to Hanoi. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Trekking Distance: 6km (approx.)

Day 5: Hanoi - Arrival in the early morning
Your train arrives in Hanoi in the early morning. The trip ends at the train station and you can proceed to your next destination per your own arrangements.

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