Lao Cai - Sapa
Day 1: Sapa, picturesque landscapes and colorful hill tribes
Early arrival at Lao Cai station, near the Chinese border. Pick up by a local guide and take a scenic one-hour drive up to the hill station of Sapa. Start a 30-minute short journey south toward Muong Hoa Valley, a stunning place boasting the largest terrace rice fields in Sapa (If your visit is between May and October, local harvest period, you will have a chance to see the local farmers in action and a great opportunity for spectacular sceneries as well as photographic moment). The walk takes you from Lao Chai Village of the Black H'mong Minority to Ta Van Village of the Giay Minority with a stop at the local Catholic Church, taking in the different traditions, cultures and costumes of the two minority groups. Return to Sapa and spend the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight in Sapa.
(BLD) Day 2: Sapa, unbelievably charming
Check out of hotel after breakfast. Depart towards Tram Ton Pass. Along the way, take a short walk to Silver Waterfall and head to Heaven’s Gate, where you can see Fansipan Mountain - the highest peak in Indochina. A 1.5-hour downhill ride to Binh Lu includes a stop at Chu Va Village of Flower H'mong. Enjoy a packed lunch on the way. Trek to Pa Pen Village of Lu Minority where you can converse with the local people and visit the local school (closed on weekends). Return to hotel where you can freshen up before transferring to Lao Cai station to board a train back to Ha Noi. Overnight on train.
(BLD) Day 3: End of the trip, full of experiences
Early morning arrival at the Ha Noi train station. Pick up and transfer to your hotel in Ha Noi.