3 days 2 nights - Hanoi - Sapa (by coach)

Sapa is a small, mountain town in Lao Cai Province. It is located about 350 km northwest of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border. Here's where you'll find the Hoang Lien Son range of mountains, which includes Fan Si Pan—the country's highest peak.

This quiet Vietnamese town is home to different ethnic tribal groups. There are five main ethnic groups in Sapa: the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho. It is said that Sapa was first occupied by the first four groups, since the Vietnamese from the lowlands (better known as the Kinh) did not colonise the highest valleys.

These days, Sapa welcomes a diverse range of visitors, attracted by the highland tribes, iconic rice paddies and forest treks. The whole area is blessed with awe-inspiring natural beauty. 

Full itinerary

Day 1 Hanoi – Sapa – Cat Cat village (by coach) (L)

Pick up by your tour guide and driver from hotel in Hanoi, transfer to Sapa. It will take you 5 hour driving to Lao Cai city. After lunch, continue to Sapa town. Check in hotel and start your short trekking in the afternoong to visit Cat Cat village.

We will meet the Black H’mong after a trek through the wooden gates of Cat Cat Village. We will speak to locals here about life with a constant, gorgeous backdrop before we move to the deep valley village of Sin Chai in the foothills of Vietnam’s highest point, Fansipan Peak. 

As we watch the locals go about their daily business, we continue trekking to a gushing waterfall at the base of the valley. We will rest here for a bit before heading back to the bus driving back to Sapa Town.

We will savour dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Sapa.

Day 2 Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai/Ta Van village (B)

Start the day with breakfast in your hotel and then join the tour as we take a walk around the old villages of Sapa.

We pass the waterfall again as we snake up a mountain via a winding dirt road, with the higher vantage points gracing us with gorgeous views. After a trek along a narrow stream, Y Linh Ho Village comes into sight for us to rest and chat to the Black H'mong minority who live here. 

As we descend into Muong Hoa Valley, Sapa’s most expansive rice fields will unfold in front of you. If you are lucky enough to be visiting between May and October, you will see the iconic green or golden rice of Sapa stretch out into the valley.

We continue from Lao Chai Village, home of the Black H’mong, to Ta Van village, owned by the Giay minority. You will have an unforgettable local lunch in a traditional Giay household before boarding the bus back to Sapa Town.

Return to Sapa town, visit the Notre Dame Cathedral or head to the top of neighbouring Ham Rong Mountain.

Spend the rest of the afternoon as you wish.

Day 3 Sapa – Fansipan mount peak (by cable car) – Hanoi (B)

In the past, Fansipan normally takes climbers two days to cross the challenging route to reach the top of Fansipan, but everyone can now touch what is also known as “Indochina’s Roof” within 15 minutes thanks to the Fansipan cable car system. Recently opened for tourists, the cable route has welcomed thousands of visitors coming to Sapa to make their dream of conquering the highest Indochina peak to be real.

Measuring 6,282 meters, the Fansipan cable car has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest three-rope cable car route and the world’s biggest ascent between the departure and arrival, measuring at 1,410 meters. You will be watching the Muong Hoa valley in cloud and magnificent Hoang Lien Son range from above. After a 15-minute cable car, you continue to climb 300 stairs to reach the top of Fansipan grandeur. Let’s capture memorable moments on top of Vietnam.

Return to Sapa town, have your lunch and back to Hanoi in the afternoon.

Price and Condition

What’s included:

  • Accommodation by twin/double sharing
  • Transported by model AC bus/car with driver
  • English sepaking guide
  • 02 bottle of mineral water per person per day
  • Entrance fee

What’s not included:

  • Drinks in meal
  • Personal expenses
  • Tip for tour guide and driver
  • What not mentioned in inclusion

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