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Elegant Travel Located at 216 De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, VN.Reviewed by 2048 Khách hàng. Rated: 9.5/ 10 (Excellent)


Sapa is a former French hill station situated in the valleys near the Chinese border. Its high elevation of 1,600 meters creates its cool climate. This inspired the French to build villas there as a summer retreat. Today, Sapa still attracts visitors for its stunning scenery, comfortable climate, colorful markets, and a variety of ethnic hill tribes living in nearby villages


      Night 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai


       Transfer from hotel to the train station to catch the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

      Day 1: Lao Cai - Sapa trekking

      (B, L, D)

       Pickup at the Lao Cai station. Transfer to the hotel in Sapa by private car. 6km of walking down to the Southeast of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. A 2km-trekking down to Lao Chai village, through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people. Lunch at a local family, 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…on the way. Get back to Sapa by jeep or motorbike.

      Over night at the hotel in Sapa 

      Day 2: Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi

      (B, L, D)

       A walk down to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. Relax at the foot of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during the colonial time in Vietnam. Enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the river, and then next 6 km to Sin Chai, the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes before climbing up on a jeep to return to Sapa. 

      Free until transfer to Lao Cai station. Tour ends at Hanoi train station at about 5:30 AM.

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      - All transfers and transport
      - English speaking national guide
      - Accommodation using 3 star hotel
      - Meals as specified
      - Entrance fee during guided time
      - Reasonable supply of bottled water during trekking days
      - Local guide in Sapa

      - Tips and gratuities
      - Personal expense
      - Optional activity costs
      - Guide on overnight train




    Despite its commercialization during the last seven years, Sapa is still a must-see on any northern Vietnam itinerary. On a clear day you will treated to views of steeply terraced rice fields, towering verdant ridgelines, primitive mud-thatched villages, raging rivers and astounding waterfalls.

    Nestled high in the Tonkinese Alps near the Chinese border, Sapa was built as a hill station during French colonial days, to serve as a respite from stifling HaNoi summers.These days, weekends are still the biggest draw in this crumbling hill tribe center.Visitors from the capital flock to Sapa for a glimpse of the famed “ Love Market “, a trek to local hill tribe village or an ascent of Vietnam’s highest peak, Fan Si Pan.

    Some eight ethnic groups inhabit Lao Cai Province: Hmong, Dao,White Thai, Giay, Tay, Muong, Hao and Xa Poh.The most prominent in town are the Red Dao, easily identifiel by the coin-dangling red headdessed and intricately embroidered waistcoats worn by the women, and the Hmong, distinguished by their somewhat less elaborately embroidered royal blue attire.Groups of ethnic Hmong youngsters and women can be seen hauling impossibly heavy, awkward baskets of wood,stakes, bamboo, bricks, mud and produce.Deep in the valleys surrounding Sapa the Muong Hoa River sluices a wild, jagged course among Giay, Red Dao and White Thai settlements , their tiny dwellings poking out of the neon rice fields like diamonds on a putting green .One to four day treks are offered by a handful of outfitters.Guests sleep in tents or in the homes of villagers, their gear hauled by Hmong Porters.Be warned  Despite what the local innkeepers will tell you, both the Hmong and the Dao really do ot enjoy having their  photograps taken unless they are paid for it.It’s a certainly that any brochure you see of smiling , care free ethnic hill people was shot under a Screen Actors Guild Contract.

    Sapa is famed for its “ Love Market “-Sort of a cross between a peacock mating ritual , a Middle Eastern arms bazaar, an Amish square dance, a bad Pavarotti concert and Bangkok’s Patpong.( except here the  people wear clothes ).On Saturday nights, Red Dao hill tribel youths of both sexes congregate in a weekly courting rite, singing tribal versions of Lorettla Lynn love songs to woo the opposite sex.The songs are highly personalized and boast of the composer’s physical attributes, domestic abilities and strong work ethic.While Dao women are indeed highly industrious, the men , it seems prefer to spend most of their time drinking,smoking opium or sleeping , only occasionally slapping the rump of a lethargic bovine moving more slowly than they are.Few of their songs, though are about drinking, smoking opium, sleeping or slapping rumps.

    Topping out at 3,143 meters, Fan Sin Pan has become the Mount Everest of Vietnam, with queues of yuppie trekkers in their lates Travel Smith totally packable rainwear forming mountaineering traffic jams at base camps.Sapa itself  is  a somewhat bedraggled village meshing crumbling, mildeweb French colonial architecture with the pencil-thin, brick-and-concrete mini hotels that  have become so ubiquitous in recent years all across Vietnam.This neglected cultural mishmash would be an eyesore in ayny palace less spectacularly scenic than Sapa.Because of its Shangri-la like setting, Sapa actually seems quaint-a tranquil restful village.Which is, of course, what the French originally intended the place to be.Amenities are limited unless you choose to stay at the Four Star Victoria Sapa, a sprawling alpine campus nestled discreetly into a hillside in the center of town.

    The best times of the year to visit Sapa are in the Spring .Summers tend to be rainy and muddy, while winter temperatures can drop to the freezing mark.Weather really does make a difference here, because the spectacular scenery is all but blotted out when there is cloud cover and rain.Ignore the other Nikon-toting tourists in the villages and get out into the countryside, where you just may stil catch a glimpse into hill-tribe life of a couple of  centuries ago.


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