If you're only in Sapa for a few days, be forewarned that the views do not come with a money-back guarantee.The best time to visit Sapa is in the summer months of August to December, when skies are more likely to be clear. These months are rainier but they are also warmer, and sometimes you can't beat a nice summer rain for atmosphere — showers are typically brief, but it pours in buckets. Winter can be cold, foggy and rainy, but every three or four days, the weather clears and the views are more gorgeous than they are any other time of year.
No matter what time of year you arrive, Sapa has its drawbacks and advantages. Your top priority when selecting a room from December to February should be heat. Some places have electric blankets or heaters built into the bed frame, but that means the rest of the room is going to be freezing. Electric space heaters are better, and best yet, many places come with wood-burning fire-places. Make sure the fireplace works before you hand over your passport -- some we saw were only ornamental -- and check on the price of firewood as it rarely comes free and burns quickly. A Glimpse Of Sapa - wonderful trip to discover the beauty of Sapa . Within 3 day time, you will have chance to discover almost beauty spots of Sapa like Cat Cat, Ta Phin, Lao Chai, Ta Van.
Visit many ethnic villages as: Lao Chai village of the H’mong, Ta Van village of the Dzay, Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong, Ta Phin Village.
Visit Silver Water Fall - a beautiful warter fall in Sapa.
Easy Trekk to discover scenery of Sapa
8.00 pm: We depart ODC's Sales Office to Hanoi Railway Station to catch the night train (soft sleeper with air conditioning) to Lao Cai.
Day 1: Laocai - Catcat - SinChai - Sapa(5 hours trekking, 10 km, 2 villages) (B/L/D): Train - Bus
5.00 am: Arrive in Lao Cai and be transferred by shuttle bus to Sapa, which gives yours eyes a massage with the endless blue sky and colorful terraced paddy field. The road is curved around the mountain and you will just go from one surprised to another. The further you go, the closer you are to the sky and to nature.
On arrival, you will stop by our office and leave your luggage and possibly take a shower in our partner hotel’s waiting room.
7.00 am: Have breakfast at a local restaurant.
9.00 a.m: Trek around 10 km to visit 2 villages of the Black H'mong (CatCat and SinChai). And enjoy traditional dances of ethnic minorities. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while and enjoy traditional dances of ethnic minorities. Before continuing the trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river.
12.00: Picnic lunch at a waterfall and this is a chance to see the hydroelectric power station established by the French.
2.00: Jeep from Sin Chai back to Sapa.
In the afternoon: Take a walking tour of Sapa for a visit to the busy market where Red Dao, Black & Flower H'Mong, Tay and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts, vegetable, bamboo shoot, mushroom, medicinal herbs and souvenirs…
Tip from ODC:
At your free time, you could go up to Ham Rong peak where you are able to experience a stunning vista over the charming Sapa town. This is a great chance for some unforgettable photos! This is recommended for the good weather afternoon only (Entrance fee is not included)
7.00 p.m: Have dinner then you are free to walk around Sapa town in the evening.
Overnight at the Hotel in Sa Pa.
Day 2: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Lao Cai (7hours trekking, 15 km, 3 villages) (B/L/- ): Bus - Train
You meet your guide and start trekking. The first part we will mostly trek downhill Y Linh Ho hamlet. The trek offers some stunning views of the rice terraces, gardens and Fan Si Pan mountain ranges. After going through a suspension bridge, we start walking up to Lao Chai San village.
There we are experiencing the richest traditional culture of Black H’Mong people in the region. The trekking route offers a breathtaking view of vegetable gardens and rice terraces with green mountains rising above. There will be time for visiting with local families and learning about their traditional fiber processing.
After this you continue to Ta Van village (1.200 m) to visit Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. Ta Van is a small village set within a picturesque valley not far from the northern Vietnamese mountain resort of Sa Pa. The area is renowned for its colorful ethnic minorities, and Ta Van is home to two such groups.
12.00: Picnic Lunch by the side of the river.
The rest few hours in the afternoon is for freshen up, packing and rest before leaving Sapa for Lao Cai station to take the overnight train back, which arrive in Hanoi early next morning and ends the trip.
6.00 pm: Bus departs ODC's Office in Sapa for Lao Cai.
7.00 p.m: Dinner at Lao Cai station (paid by yourself).
8.20 p.m: Night train back to Hanoi.
5.00 a.m: Tour ends at Hanoi Railway Station
Bring walking shoes, raincoat, jacket, extra clothes, torch, insect repellent and sunscreen...
Train departure from Ha Noi at 9:15PM and from Lao Cai at 20:45PM
Pick you up at your hotel at 8:00PM
Please take your passport to check in hotel.
Beware of your luggage and money
Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
All customers must obey the order of your tour guide for your safety.
Passengers are advised not to take along big luggage for convenience.
- Transfer from the hotel to Hanoi Railway station
- Roundtrip transfer in Sapa
- Return train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (Soft sleeper with A/C – 4 persons in one cabin)
- 1 night at hotel
- Meals as stated above
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Extra food and beverages
- Phone and laundry
- Tips and personal expenses