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Ha Noi - Sa Pa - Minority Market   3 sao
5 days 4 nights Von 00 USD
Day 1 HANOI / LAO CAI

Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the railway station to catch the night train to lao cai (departure: 21h15 on the local train). Overnight on board.

Note: Victoria train departs at 21h55.

Important notice: sapa is located in a mountainous area. during winter temperatures can fall below 10oc (between november and february). Only a few hotels offer heater in the bedrooms. Please consult us.

Day 2 LAO CAI / SAPA   (B/L)

Arrive at lao cai station in the early morning and drive through winding road to sapa (1 hour). Sapa is home to numerous colourful hill tribes (black h'mong, flower h'mong, red dao) and to vietnam's highest peak mount fansipan. breakfast will be taken on arrival just after check-in.

In the afternoon, visit the thac bac waterfalls (best view during the months of april to november) and climb up the ham rong hill and admire the breath-taking panoramic view of sapa. Return to sapa town to visit its local market.

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 3 SAPA   (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel and early departure for a full day discovering the minority villages located in the sapa valley. Drive to lao chai and then walk 2 km through rice fields, passing by traditional black h'mong houses before continuing to ta van village (2 more km) to visit a giay minority village.

In the afternoon, the hike then reaches the bamboo forest of giang ta chai. This part of the trip is fascinating because of its beautiful sceneries and colourful ethnic minorities such as the red dao. The driver will be waiting at giang ta chai to drive you back to the hotel.

Day 4 SAPA / LAO CAI (minority market)   (B/L)

After breakfast, depart to one of the several minority markets in the region. Depending on the day, markets can be held in different villages. Here you will meet various ethnic minorities who come to exchange not only the goods but also the gossips from their own community. Return to lao cai for the overnight train back to hanoi (departure at 20h15).

Overnight on the train.

Note: victoria train departs at 21h05.

Note:  room for day use at lao cai until the train's departure is recommended.

Option: after visiting the market, return to hanoi by road (360 km = 7h) along the red river. on the way, stop to visit minority villages. arrive in hanoi early in the evening. overnight in hanoi. 

Market days:

  • Tuesdays: Coc Ly (55 km from Lao Cai or 95 km from Sapa).
  • Wednesdays: Sin Cheng (120 km from Lao Cai or 160 km from Sapa) or Cao Son (80 km from Lao Cai or 120 km from Sapa).
  • Thursdays: Lung Khau Nhi (63 km from Lao Cai or 103 km from Sapa). 
  • Saturdays: Can Cau market (100 km from Lao Cai or 140 km from Sapa). located in a neighboring valley to Sapa. To reach the market, follow a spectacular road with beautiful scenery. This market is the weekly meeting point of the flower H'Mong, Fula, Black H'Mong and is one the most authentic markets in the region. After the market, visit some nearby villages before returning leisurely to Lao Cai.
  • Sundays: Bac Ha markets( 80 km from Lao Cai or 120 km from Sapa): the busiest market of the region where you will meet the H'Mongs, Fula, Dao and other ethnic minorities who come and exchange not only the goods but the gossips from their own community.
Day 5 LAO CAI / HANOI

Arrive in Hanoi at around 4h30 (local train) or 5h30 (Victoria train) and proceed to city center.

End of our services.

Option: day use room in hanoi upon arrival.

Our prices include:

  • Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Accommodation in twin or double shared room including breakfast.
  • Local train Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi in sleeping carriages of 4 berths with air-conditioning.
  • Meals as mentioned on the program: (B) for breakfast and (L) for lunch.
  • Taxes.

Our prices do not include:

  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned.
  • Accommodation in Hanoi.