Sa Pa is a frontier township and capital of Sa Pa District in Lào Cai Province in north-west Vietnam. It was first inhabited by people about whom nothing is known. They left in the entire valley hundreds of petroglyphs, mostly composed of lines, which experts think date from the 15th century and represent local cadastres. Then came the highland minorities of the Hmong and Yao. The township is one of the main market ones in the area, where several ethnic minority groups such as Hmong, Dao (Yao), Giáy, Pho Lu, and Tày live. These are the four main minority groups still present in Sa Pa district today. The Kinh (lowland Vietnamese) never originally colonised this highest of Việt Nam’s valleys, which lies in the shadow of Phan-Xi-Pǎng (Fansipan, 3143 m), the highest peak in the country. Sa Pa is also home to more than 200 pieces of boulders with ancient engravings. The "Area of Old Carved Stone in Sapa" has been in the UNESCO tentative list since 1997.
Night 1: Hanoi Departure (Night train) Our tour will be started around 21:00 at the lobby of the hotel. Our guide will pick you up and transfer to the Hanoi Railway station for the overnight to Sapa. Day 1: Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai– Tavan (B, L, D) Met up at your hotel in Sapa by local guide then walking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. Continue on 2km of trekking down to Lao Chai village of the H’mong. Lunch at a local family, and then walk through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people where we stay for the night. It gives you a worth chance for you to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes. Overnight at the Dzay local house Day 2: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sapa ( B, L, D) Have a breakfast before trekking down to the South-west of Sapa (14 km ) to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong. Visit a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy landscapes… through bamboo forest to the main road to catch the Car to return to Sapa. Overnight at hotel in Sapa The View Sapa hotel Adress: 027 Violet, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai Tel: 0888 513 188 Day 3: Sapa –Suoi Ho-Ma tra-Ta phin village-Train station (B, L) You will be met up at your hotel at 8AM by local guide then start a short walk downhill through beautiful orchid gardens and pine forests. You will then reach a small village of Suoi Ho is inhabited by Hmong ethnic minority. Their house normally built of land has no windows because of the cold in the winter. You will then continue your walk through rice paddy fields and spectacular scenery to Ma tra. Your journey will be mostly driving to Ta Phin village. Here you can experience the unmixed cultural life of Black Hmong and Red Dao minorities, 2 largest ethnic groups in the area. They live happily together while maintaining their own tradition from generation to generation. You can recognise them by dressing while they are both very famous of handicraft. You will enjoy walking among local people. The trip also offers you the opportunity to visit the local houses. Then our vehicle will be waiting for us for our drive back to Lao Cai for overnight on train. Night 4: LaoCai-Hanoi Up on arrival in Hanoi very early in the morning. Then, we will pick you up and transfer to your hotel.
End of service. Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal codes are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.