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Sapa off the tourist trail

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Get away from the noise center of Sapa to take part in a relaxed walking tour around the wider rural area. Home to the Tay and black Hmong tribes, this tour will take you away from the well-trodden tourist route and deep into the tribal heartland – largely untouched by modern day influences and home to people living traditional lives for generations. This 3 day tour is just the ticket for those wanting to get a bit closer to the local culture.

Destinations included:
Sapa - Nam Toong - Seo Trung Ho - Ta Trung Ho - Ban Ho - Sapa

Sapa off the tourist trail

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Hiking through lush rice farms with the mountains towering in the distance

Off the tourist route attractions that are not in the guide books.

Meeting Black Hmong and Tay tribal members in their settlements

Trekking through bamboo jungles and past lush rice paddies and flower gardens

Enjoy locally cooked Tay specialties in a local’s home, and spend the night enjoying their hospitality

Visit with the Red Dzao tribe in Nam Toong and learn more about their traditions

 

 

 

Day 0 : Hanoi – night train to Sapa

8.00pm Transfer to Station with our guide to catch the night train to Lao Cai (soft sleeper with airconditioning) at 21:50pm, arrive 5:30 or 6:00am. Overnight on the train.

Day 1: Arrival in Lao Cai – Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (Lunch, Dinner) 

Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Trekking: 16kms

You will take the train to Lao Cai and arrive at about 6am where your tour guide will meet you alongside your transport and take you on the journey to Sapa (About 60 minutes from Lao Cai). On arrival in Sapa you will be treated to breakfast in a traditional restaurant before checking into your hotel. Your guide will then take you on an interesting walking tour of Sapa, by passing the touristy areas in Cat Cat and heading on a more authentic tour. We leave the town center and head onward on off the road trails that lead into the valley near Y Linh Ho settlement. Here, in the homeland of the Black Hmongs, you will enjoy views of the valleys and rice fields below as you track a stream to the village. On arrival you will have a midday meal in the hamlet before we continue on down the hill into the Muong Hoa Valley.

This relaxing walk will have you learn more about the Black H’mong tribal group as we learn about their day to day activities, culture and way of life.  You will have the chance to try your hand at some Batik painting, an endangered art form of the H’mong group. Your teacher will be one of the tribe’s experts who will guide you through this traditional textile art form. This is a good activity that not only helps you learn more about the culture and allows you to create a souvenir, but also supports the Batik art form and employment in the local area. Once we are done we take a walk to the village of Ta Van and visit the DZay tribe. Again, this is an interesting group with their own traditions and customs and they will welcome you to stay in their village, providing dinner and accommodation. Stay overnight in a local homestay of Dzay family in Ta Van village

Day 2 : Ta Van –  Nam Toong – Seo Trung Ho (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Once you have enjoyed breakfast, head off on a 7 hour hike across the jungle and along the Fanxipan Mountains on the way to Seo Trung Ho. This settlement is home to the colorful Red Dzao tribe, an area largely unspoiled by modernity and far from the tourist trail. Take a refreshing couple of hours by the local waterfall before overnighting in the hamlet with a local family in Seo Trung Ho village

Day 3 : Seo Trung Ho – Ta Trung Ho – Ban Ho Sapa – night train to Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Enjoy a hearty breakfast with your hosts before you begin to climb upward to Ta Trung Ho, an authentic settlement with a rich culture that has not been touched by modernity. Enjoy a tasty lunch outside in the fresh air in the village before continuing down to BanHo, home to the Tay tribe with their traditional stilt homes. After exploring the village you will take a Landover back to Sapa where you will have dinner in a local restaurant.

At 6pm, Transfer to Laocai train station, sleep on the night train back to hanoi. End of the tour.

What’s included
• Accommodation:  2 nights at the home stay
• Return train tickets basing on first class 4 bed cabin with air-conditioning
• Transfer with private car as indicated in day by day itinerary
• All meals as listed in day by day itinerary
• Entrance fee
• Local English speaking guide
What’s excluded
• Meals not indicated in day by day itinerary
• Beverage
• Personal expenses
• Travel insurance

Things to bring 
• Comfortable trekking shoes
• Sun Block and wide brim hat
• Rain gear and warm clothes
• Insect repellent
• Original Passport

We pride ourselves in creating personalised travel experiences that suit all your preferences and needs.

With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed