Sapa Essential: Explore Vietnam's Northern Mountain Ranges 4 Days/ 3 Nights

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Sapa Essential: Explore Vietnam's Northern Mountain Ranges 4 Days/ 3 Nights

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Destination for this trip:

Hanoi, Vietnam; Lao Cai, Vietnam

Length of trip:

4 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 422

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.

Detailed Description of this trip:

Having not only the breathtaking landscape discovery, Sapa also is a riot of color and atmosphere especially when people from the myriad ethnic minorities of the hills gather in the markets. The "Flower Hmong" wear rainbow-colored smocks, while the Red Dao's traditional costume is a more muted indigo but topped off with a bright red headdress. When all of the mountain people congregate, the result is a feast for the eyes and the senses. On this trip you will be able to enjoy visiting the many markets of Sapa while also hiking adventurously through its mountainous areas.

Trip Properties:

Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Hanoi

    Night Train Transfer to Lao Cai

    In the evening transfer to the train station and take the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train.

  • Day 2 - Lao Cai

    Lao Cai - Sapa

    On arrival in the border town of Lao Cai transfer to the former hill station of Sapa. In the terraced hills and mountains of this area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colors of its hill tribe population - flashes of shining silver jewelery from the necks and wrists of indigo-clad H'mong and the scarlet hues of the turbans worn by the Red Dao can be seen. Take a morning walking tour of Sapa for a visit to the busy market where Red Dao, Black, Tay, H'mong and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts, and to buy provisions. Then take a light trek to discover Sapa's quaint hill tribe villages set against the stunning Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and Indochina's highest peak, Mt. Fansipan. Overnight in Sapa.

  • Day 3 - Lao Cai

    Sapa - Lao Cai

    In the morning either visit one of the areas weekly markets (the market location rotates daily) or enjoy free time to discover Sapa at your own leisure. In the late afternoon transfer back to Lao Cai to catch the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.

  • Day 4 - Hanoi

    Transfer Back to Hanoi

    Early arrival in Hanoi.

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