This 5-day itinerary in Sapa will give you several chances to visit different minority ethnic groups who live in remote area and spend a night in a home-stay of a Red Dzao family; enjoy beautiful scenery along the trip. If date permits, you will also visit Can Cau Ethnic market, one of the most interesting and colorful ethnic markets in Sapa.

Duration: 5 Days 4 Nights
Departure date: Any time you wish
Start/End: Hanoi/Hanoi (Pickup & Drop off at the hotel)
Group size: Private only – 1 people and above

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Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai
In the evening, our car will arrive at the hotel in good time to take you to Hanoi Railway Station to board the overnight sleeper train ride to Lao Cai.

Day 2: Sapa – Thanh Phu – Sin Chai B Homestay (L, D)
Arrival in Lao Cai Station in the early morning, we will be met and driven to Sapa. After breakfast in a good restaurant, we will visit different ethnic groups such as the Tay, the Xa Pho who which cannot be found in other areas of Sapa. Even though they live close to each other, their living standard, their customs and traditions are not the same. Also, enjoy beautiful landscape in Ban Ho valley.
We will first transfer to Thanh Phu Bridge where we will start our trekking along the Ngoi Bo River for 1 hour, then uphill to Muong Bo Village at the center of Thanh Phu Commune where our lunch will be provided in a local house.
After lunchtime, we head to Sin Chai B village. This is a village of of Red Dao people. We will have dinner and spend the night in a local house in the village.
Approx: 1-hour driving/ 5 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch.

Sin Chai Village in Sapa.

Sin Chai Village in Sapa.

Day 3: Sin Chai B – Nam Nhiu – My Son – Nam Toong – Sapa (B, L)
After breakfast, we start our day by walking downhill toward the My Son village, which is inhabited by the Xafo ethnic minority, one of the smallest group’s ethnic in Northern Vietnam. After one and a half hours walk to the Red Dao village of Nam Toong, we bill stop for lunch.
In the afternoon, we continue our trip towards Ban Ho village where it will be possible to take a swim. Please check your guide’s advice before jumping on the water. Then our vehicle will transfer you back to Sapa from ban Ho. We will spend the second night in Sapa in a hotel.
Approx: 1-hour driving/ 5 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch.

Ban Ho Village in the thin smoke of peaceful afternoon.

Ban Ho Village in the thin smoke of peaceful afternoon.

Day 4: Sapa – Can Cau Market – Bac Ha – Lao Cai (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast at hotel, we will be driven to visit Can Cau market passing through beautiful views over the valleys. Situated 20 km from Bac Ha, Can Cau is a small, but very colourful market. Opening only on Saturdays, it always delivers a very photogenic display of Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La ethnic costumes. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, you will leave the market for Bac Ha town for lunch.
In the afternoon, we will take a walk to Ban Pho, a small village of Nung and Flower Hmong. The villagers grow vegetables and fruit trees. One of the most famous fruit of the area is plum. Visit a local house and taste a cup of corn wine, another famous product of the village. In the late afternoon, we will drive to Lao Cai in good time to connect the overnight train back to Hanoi.

Can Cau Market in Bac Ha, Sapa.

Can Cau Market in Bac Ha, Sapa.

Day 5: Hanoi (B)
Arrival at Hanoi Railway Station in the early morning, we will be met and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free on your own. Tour ends.

What’s Included?

  • Private A/c transportation (car, van or bus)
  • Boat trip
  • Return train tickets: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi in sharing soft four-berth cabin in Fanxipan Express Carriage and similar
  • Breakfast and accommodation in Sapa only
  • English or French speaking guide (other language/s upon requested)
  • Lunch and Dinner as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Admission fees and permits during guided times
  • A bottle of water/person

What’s Excluded?

  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Others not mentioned

Meals Note:

  • All meals are authentic Vietnamese food
  • Buffet breakfast at all hotels
  • Special meals up on request

B: Breakfast
L: Lunch
D: Dinner

Children Policy:

  • Under 2 years old: Free of Charge for tour
  • From 2 – under 5 years old: 50% charge for tour
  • From 5 – under 12 years old: 75% charge for tour
  • From 12 years old: Charged as adult

Hotel list:

LocationHotels & Ratings 3*(please click to open hotel website links)Room Category
Sin Chai B VillageHomestayLocal Standard
Sapa TownElite Sapa Hotel ***Superior room