Exuberant Sapa Highlands
Sapa is a nature & cultural treasure trove.
The former French hill station display endless green valleys, rice terraces and mountain peaks with jaw-dropping views.
At 1650m above sea level, Sapa has some of Vietnam’s most spectacular scenery and colourful ethnic hill tribes.
Vietnam is home to 54 ethnic groups and a visit to this region allows you explore the local traditions and cultures which have remained largely unchanged for centuries (though, interestingly, you can sense that the region is stepping into modern times).
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Flexible: Customize your Sapa.
|✓||2 nights accommodation in Hanoi.|
|✓||2 nights accommodation in Sapa.|
|✓||Guided foot-adventure among ethnic minorities and unmatched nature scenery.|
|✓||Return Sapa transfer.|
|✓||Return Hanoi airport transfer.|
|–||Walking tour of the Old Quarter incl. Water Puppet theatre tickets|
|–||Hanoi City Tour, 1/2 day.|
Nature reveals her true beauty.
Behind every turn in the highlands is another ethnic way of life
Arrival to Hanoi.
Welcome to Hanoi
Upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport, you will be welcomed with a private transfer through the city to your hotel for check in. Check in to the hotel and the day is open for own exploration. Overnight: Hanoi
Optional 2 hours guided walking tour of the Old Quarter with tickets to the Water Puppet theater.
Tour: Private, optional.
Upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport, you will be welcomed with a private transfer through the city to your hotel for check in.
Check in to the hotel and the day is open for own exploration.
Hanoi to Sapa & Cat Cat
Trekking to Cat Cat & Sapa beauty.
After breakfast, we will embark on a 6-hour drive through the exotic landscapes of North Vietnam to Sapa. On arrival in Sapa, settle into your room with lunch and some time to relax. In Cat Cat you will get a close-up look at the unique traditional houses of the Hmong people – simple wooden structures bordered by beautiful stone walls. We trek further down to the valley bottom and the waterfall where the French built a Power Station. Overnight: Sapa
This afternoon we embark on a guided trekking foot-adventure and wind our way downhill past terraced fields to reach Cat Cat, home to the Black H’mong people.
Our guide will also show you some of the daily life activities of the locals.
While enjoying a stunning landscape and scenery along the walk, our trek ends at the edge of the Cat Cat village where we are met by your driver and transfer back to Sapa.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
Trekking: Distance approx. 7 km. Grade: Easy & moderate
After breakfast, we will embark on a 6-hour drive through the exotic landscapes of North Vietnam to Sapa.
On arrival in Sapa, settle into your room with lunch and some time to relax.
In Cat Cat you will get a close-up look at the unique traditional houses of the Hmong people – simple wooden structures bordered by beautiful stone walls.
We trek further down to the valley bottom and the waterfall where the French built a Power Station.
Y Linh Ho and Lao Chao
Explore Sapa. Black H’mong & Giay people
Today you will have more time to soak up the picturesque scenery and further explore the area’s heritage-rich ethnic villages.
We start a rich day from the town of Sapa, here we will trek along the terraced paddy fields, flowing streams and local houses to the peaceful Hmong village of Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai, where Black Hmong people live in small clusters along a tranquil river.
You might see freshly dyed fabric drying in the sun and the indigo plants growing beside the path, or be invited into a home to see their local crafts.
A wonderful experience filled with warm personal interactions.
We enjoy a picnic lunch in Lao Chai to continue our walk through rice terraces and local paths to the Giay village of Ta Van.
Ta Van is the only village in the Sapa area where the Giay people live.
This ethnic group traditionally fished for a living hence established themselves close to rivers.
They have mastered the art of fishing with bamboo sticks and an interesting way to cook the fish inside bamboo.
Nowadays however you are more likely to see the Giay working in fields planting or harvesting rice.
Return to Sapa with the remains of the afternoon at own disposal.
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch.
Trekking: Distance approx. 12 – 15 km. Grade: Easy & moderate
Return to Hanoi
Descending the highlands.
After a breakfast with a view where Sapa lay out its morning beauty, there will be some time to snoop around for a last minute shopping at the Sapa central market, before we start the return to Hanoi.
From here we bid farewell to Sapa and travel by road back to Hanoi.
Airport transfer, optional City Tour.
Breakfast and the day is at own disposal.
Optional guided 3 hours City Tour with visits to: The Ho chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, The Temple of literature and more .. ( see below )
Depending on your onwards flight, your private airport transfer is ready approx. 3 hours prior to your flight.
Tour: Private City Tour, optional. $ 30 p.p.
Hanoi 3 hour City Tour:
Begin your exploration with visits to the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his house on stilts & the One Pillar Pagoda.
An interesting walk through the Ngoc Ha village to see the ‘B52-lake’ (Huu Tiep Lake) where the wreckage of a bomber downed in 1972 remains in the water.
Your morning ends after a cup of tasty Vietnamese coffee at Café Xe Co while viewing some of beautiful old-fashioned motorbikes and learning more of local lifestyle.
|✓||5 days / 4 nights itinerary|
|✓||Meals per itinerary
2 x Lunch
|✓||Local English speaking local guide|
|✓||Return Sapa transfer.|
|✓||Return Hanoi airport transfer.|
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|✓||All local taxes and service charges|
|–||International & domestic flights|
(see Spec’s below)
|–||Meals not mentioned in the program|
|–||Upgrade to: Premium or Luxury category accommodation|
Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate
Domestic flight or train service.
The program starts in Hanoi and ends in Hanoi.
Besides the inclusions already in the program, we are happy always to help with domestic connections either by train or flight from and to, any destination in Vietnam or Indochina.
Additional services are not included in the price and will be offered separately.
All day tours and transfers are private and with local English-speaking guide.
Chalcedony Hotel ( or similar )
Deluxe Room, City view.
Sunny Mountain Hotel ( or similar )
Deluxe Room, Garden view.
Sunway Hotel ( or similar )
Amazing Hotel ( or similar )
Crowne Plaza ( or similar )
U Sapa Hotel ( or similar )
All accommodation is in a central location.
Room type upgrades are possible and are quoted ad hoc.
Accommodation can be arranged according to a specific request, preference, standard or wish.
All traveler with Indochina Explorers travel are covered under our local travel agent operator insurance which in case of accidents cover hospitalization or medical expenses.
Local insurances do not cover indemnity of theft, third-party indemnity, delays or loss of flights, repatriation, legal fees and other liabilities of personal loss or lost vacation time.
We encourage all travelers to have proper travel insurance coverage.