Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai
Transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train.
Day 2: Lao Cai - Sapa (B/L)
Arriving in Laocai early in the morning, you will take one and half hours drive to Sapa – the town with four seasons in a day. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Enjoy breakfast in very cozy atmosphere of the hotel then take some time to refresh before joining us for an orientation walk around the town of Sapa. It is said that you will find four seasons in a day here, but Sapa is normally seen in a thin mist. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. In the afternoon, after having sometime for resting, you will take the short trip driving to Tram Ton Pass, the highest section over the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. It is compared to “The Gate to Heaven”. Here you admire the grandiose mountainous view of the North West of Vietnam. A photo for souvenir should not be missed! On the way back to Sapa, we stop to visit Thac Bac, Silvery waterfalls, one of the most popular tourist attractions of the neighborhood.
Day 3: Sapa (B/L)
This morning, we have chance to explore the villages of different ethnic groups around Sapa. First, we take very beautiful drive from Sapa to the villages along the valley of Muong Hoa. The scenery like a painting of Mother Nature with the fields on the terrace, waterfall on the hill side, the green of the vegetation, a winding stream down below and the air is so fresh and pure. Here and there appear some H’mong girls with a basket on their back, strolling to the market to trade their domestic products. Our first stop is at Lao Chai village of the H’mong people. It is said that H’mong was one of the first immigrants to this area and famous for their hand weaving and terrace rice field in Sapa. We take a walk around the village and to the village of Ta Van of the Giay people via the terraces and the trails, experience the diversity of hill tribe people there. After that, you will be transferred back to Sapa by car for lunch at local restaurant. The rest of the day is on your own arrangements. You can choose to do some shopping in town, or you should not miss the visit up to Ham Rong Mountain where you can admire the view of Fansipan, “the roof-top of South East Asia” as well as the romantic view of the whole town in the mist.
Day 4: Sapa (B/L/D)
You have the whole morning to relax and discover Sapa together on your own or enjoy the comfortable and cozy atmosphere in Victoria Hotel. A swimming in heated swimming pool or a massage in the hotel also can make you feel so refresh. Check out Victoria Hotel before noon and enjoy lunch at local Restaurant. After lunch, drive to Ecolodge Resort, very impressive and romantic resort above Muong Hoa Valley. From the lodge there are breathtaking views across the scenic valleys below, which are home to villages of the Tay and Red Dao minorities. You will have great time to relax and recover in white stone bungalow; it was built based on ecological principles. You will have full day to enjoy your stay in this resort, so quiet and calm, totally pure atmosphere. After beautiful buffet dinner, you can be back to your private bungalow. You will be totally refresh when wake up in the next morning. Overnight at Ecolodge Resort.
Day 5: Sapa - Hanoi (B/L)
The morning is at leisure. You can spend time in the resort or take a short hike to Ban Ho, the nearby village of Tay people. After lunch at the resort, check out and drive back to Sapa. On the way drive to Laocai, you will take another escorted tour to Ta Phin - the village of the Red Dao. In the evening, take the overnight train back to Hanoi. We will get back to Hanoi early in the morning
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- Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle
- Accommodation at hotel (sharing twin cabin)
- Train ticket Hanoi- Laocai- Hanoi
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees to indicated sights
- Meals as indicated (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches +1 dinner).
- Other meals
- Single room
- Personal expenses