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An experience we will never forget
March 24, 2012

Lao Chai and Tan Van ethnic villages are nestled in the heart of Muong Hoa (Flower) Valley and no trip to Sapa would be complete without visiting these picturesque villages.

Detailed program

Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai by night train
20.00: Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi & transfer to Hanoi railway station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train

Day 2: Lao Cai - Sapa (B, L)
Arrive in Lao Cai early morning around 06:00am, transfer by private car to Sapa (40km from Lao Cai). Enjoy breakfast before we explore the Sapa resort town founded by the French. Visit Cat Cat village, home to H’Mong ethnic people. They are excellent “tho cam” weavers (kind of brocade fabrics). “Tho cam” of Cat Cat village boasts special quality as it is dyed with natural colors, polished with beeswax and embroidered with unique designs. Cat Cat silvery jewels such as necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings are also well preferred for sophisticated techniques. A walk through this old village offers a glimpse into traditional customs and practices of the ethnic Black Hmong. Stop at a beautiful waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric plant that was built by the French during the colonial era in Vietnam. Have lunch at the local restaurant
In the afternoon, climbing Ham Rong Mount and we will be rewarded with a panoramic view over the townl. Overnight at hotel in Sapa

Day 3: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Lao Cai (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Full day tour of Sapa starting with its vibrant market and colonial houses. Descending into the Muong Hoa Valley, we reach the picturesque Lao Chai village of Black H'mong ethnic minority and Ta Van village by Dzay. Enjoy stunning views of rice terraces curving around the hillside, winding river and stream glittering in the sunshine. Picnic lunch is served
On the way back to Sa Pa, we visit the Tra Ma village, home to Black Hmong ethnic people. Transfer by car to Lao Cai railway station for night train to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.

Day 4: Hanoi - Arrival
Early morning around 05:30am, you arrive at Hanoi train station (suggested that you should take taxi to your hotel). End of our services.


Price and Included


Check rate

  2. From To   25/01/2019

Single supplement (19 USD)

Hotels list of this tour Stars Cities
Sapa boutique hotel. Sapa


- Transport by the air-conditioned private car

- The private English speaking guide

- Hotel as listed (based on 2 persons/room including breakfast)

- Meals as indicated in the program ( B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

- Train tickets: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi (soft sleepper of cabin of 4 berths)

- Entrance fee

- Mineral water



- Tips & Personal expenses such as Laundry, drinks...

- Visa to Vietnam

- Personal travel insurance

- Bank charge fees for payment

- Other services not mentioned in the "Inclusion"

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