“… Amazing landscape with endless yellow rice fields, like staircases to the Heaven …”
Sapa is imagined as a small paradise, unspoiled yet incredibly brilliant site nestling among greenery mountainous region of the Northwest Vietnam. Visitors traveling to Sapa by Sapa trekking tours are not only impressed by the fresh air, the beauty of natural scenery and the famous tourist spots here, but also by rich cultures of various ethnic minorities such as Hmong, Dao, Tay, Day and Xa Pho.
Sapa trekking visitors in summer can feel the climate of four seasons in one day. In the morning and afternoon, it is cool like the weather of spring and autumn. At noon, it is as sunny and cloudless as the weather of summer. And it is cold in the evening. With no advance warning of a thunderstorm short and heavy rains may come at noon on any summer day. Subsequently, a rainbow appears, transforming Sapa into a magic land, which for years has been a constant source of poetic inspiration, lights up the whole region.
The first thing you notice with our Sapa trekking tour when approaching the resort town are some detached wooden mansions and villas perched on a hill top or hillside, behind thick pine forests and almost invisible on this foggy morning. Old and new villas with red roofs now appear and now disappear in the green rows of pomu trees, bringing the town the beauty of European towns.
The best time to witness the scenic beauty of Sapa is in April and May. Before that period, the weather might be cold and foggy; after that period is the rainy season. In April and May, Sapa is blooming with flowers and green pastures. The clouds that settle in the valley in early morning quickly disappear into thin air.
Sapa has many natural sites such as Ham Rong Mountain, Silver Waterfall, Rattan Bridge, Bamboo Forest and Ta Phin Cave. Sapa is also the starting point for many climbers and scientists who want to reach the top of Fansipan Mountain, the highest mountain in Vietnam at 3,143m. Hoang Lien Mountain Range is also called the Alps of the North Sea area since Fansipan Mountain is not only the highest peak in Vietnam, but also in the Indochina Peninsula. The pyramid-shaped mountain is covered with clouds all year round and temperatures often drop below zero, especially at high elevations.
Sapa is home to various families of flowers of captivating colours, which can be found nowhere else in the country. When Tet, the Lunar New Year Festival, comes, the whole township of Sapa is filled with the pink colour of peach blossom brought from the vast forests of peach just outside the town. Sapa is regarded as the kingdom of orchids. Here, orchid lovers are even amazed by the choice, when trekking in the forest filled with several hundred kinds of orchids of brilliant colours and fantastic shapes, such as Orchid Princess, Orchid of My Fair Lady’s Shoe. Some orchids are named after lovely singing birds such as the canary, salangane’s nest, and more.
Travelers with Sapa trekking tours are recommended to come in Spring, May, September. Sapa is most beautiful in spring. Apricot, plum and cherry flowers are splendidly beautiful. Markets are crowded and merry, and are especially attractive to visitors. Minority groups come here to exchange and trade goods and products. Market sessions are also a chance for locals to promenade and young men and women in colorful costumes to meet, date or seek sweethearts. Sapa Trekking Visitors will have opportunities to discover the unique customs of the local residents.
Night 1: Hanoi – Night train to Sapa
Our bus and staff pick you up at your hotel or our office at around 19:30-20:00 then transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Sapa. Overnight on the train.
Day 1: Lao Cai – Cat Cat Village – Sapa Trekking (B/L/D)
05:30-06:00 Arrive at Lao Cai railway station early in the morning then transfer to Sapa hour), home to numerous colorful hill tribes (Black H’mong, Flower H’mong, Red Dao) and to Vietnam’s highest peak: Mount Fansipan.
After breakfast, relax at the hotel till 09:00 – 9:30. Our guide pick up you to the villages of the H’mong called Cat Cat. Cat Cat Village possesses many imposing waterfalls and also is home to the water hydropower construction built under French rule. Return to Sapa and have lunch in restaurant. Discover the charming Sapa Town, Sapa market and Ham Rong at your own program in the afternoon. Dinner in warmly atmosphere of your hotel. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Sapa Trekking: Lao Chai Village – Ta Van Village – Night train to Hanoi (B/L/D)
09:00-09:30 We embark on a lovely walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home of the H’Mong and Dzay hill tribe minority people. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with families that live in the area. Have lunch en route or at a local family.
14:00 Travel back to Sapa Town. Free at your own program untill 16:00
16:30-17:00 Transfer to Lao Cai train station. Have dinner in Hai Nhi restaurant near the train station before getting on the night train back to Ha Noi. End of services!
|Hotel rating||Hotel name|
|★★||Yoyal Hotel / Hoang Hà Hotel / Cosiana Hotel|
|★★★||Royal View Sapa Hotel / Holiday Sapa Hotel / Hoa Phong Hotel|
Quotation: US$ per pax (Valid till 31 Dec 2014)
(Tour rates are not applied for public holiday, New Year…)
|Hotel class||Price / Pax (2 Pax)||Single Supplement.|
|Homestay||119 USD/Pax||+ 0 USD|
|★★||126 USD/Pax||+15 USD|
|★★★||144 USD/Pax||+20 USD|
|★★★★||155 USD/Pax||+30 USD|
Price does not include 5% service charge and 10% tax.
Price includes round-trip soft sleeper train ticket.
* Round-trip soft sleeper train ticket Hanoi – Laocai.
* Transportation upon itinerary.
* English speaking guide.
* Sightseeing fee.
* Meals as mentioned in itinerary.
* Accommodation for 01 night.
* Drinks during meals.
* Personal spending.
* Insurance. Tip.