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Ha Noi - Lao Cai - Sapa Trekking - 5 Days

DAY 1 HANOI- LAO CAI (-)

Depart from hotel to take the night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Departure: 21h15 on the local train).

Overnight on board the train.

Note: leave heavy luggage in Hanoi during trip to Sapa for your convenience. Victoria train departs at 21h55.

DAY 2 LAO CAI - SAPA (B-L) < MINORITY MARKET>

Upon arrival in Lao Cai, transfer to the hotel for breakfast. Then depart to the local ethnic markets where you will see members of different hill tribes, colourfully dressed, selling handicrafts and produce. Depending on the day, markets can be held in different regions.

In the afternoon, continue your short walk to a local village nearby and learn more about the daily life of the hill tribe communities as well as their living environment. Drive to Sapa and relax for the rest of the day. Overnight in Sapa.

Note: Visits to the minority markets may be switched, depending on the opening days of each market (See schedule below). It might be cold and wet in winter (October – Mar), please prepare jacket and good shoes for the walk. Victoria train departs at 21h05.

DAY 3 SAPA (B-L) (LIGHT TREKKING)

After breakfast, spend the day discovering the many picturesque minority villages located in the Sapa Valley. Drive to Lao Chai and then walk 2 km through rice fields, passing by traditional Black Hmong houses before continuing to Ta Van Village (2 km) to visit a Giay minority community and go up to Giang Ta Chai village. This part of the trip is fascinating because of its beautiful scenery and vibrant minority cultures such as that of the Red Dao. Your driver will be waiting for you at Giang Ta Chai village.

In the afternoon, visit Cat Cat village and spend the rest of the afternoon wandering through the local market in Sapa town.

Overnight in Sapa.

DAY 4 SAPA - LAO CAI - HANOI (B-L)

After breakfast, visit Thac Tien Waterfall (1.3km walk) and stop at Traurion pass to enjoy the beautiful view.

Relax in the afternoon until the departure to Lao Cai where you will take the night train back to Hanoi (departure at 20h15)

Overnight on board the train.

Note: Visits to the minority markets may be switched, depending on the opening days of each market (See schedule below). It might be cold and wet in winter (October – Mar), please prepare jacket and good shoes for the walk.

DAY 5 HANOI

Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. Transfer to your hotel in Hanoi for check in (hotel is not included)

Country: Vietnam
Transfer: Included
Food: Included
Registered Member of Tourism board of: Vietnam
Guide Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Experience Level: Moderate
Tour operator name: Saffron Travel
Min group size: 2
Max group size: 10
Duration: 5
Provided Accommodation: Tent and Hostel/Hotel
Included in service: Accommodation at selected hotels. Transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle. English speaking guides for tours. Entry fees for sightseeing. Private boat for trips in Hoalu Local train Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi in sharing carriages of 4 berths with air-conditioning. Meals as mentioned: (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch, (D) for dinner. Taxes: V.A.T.
Not included in Service: Hotel room will be available from 13h00 only. Program is subject to change without prior notice due to unexpected changes in airline schedule or flight cancellations. Visa to Vietnam is available upon arrival at the airport with prior arrangement for authorisation letter. In general most venues are closed throughout the period of the Lunar New Year in Vietnam.
Recommended Season:
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Remarks: Price is based on 2 persons, prices depends on number of persons joining the tour.
Listing created May 29, 2015

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