Do you want to visit many colorful minority groups of Sapa in the most untouched part of the mountainous area? Go further and stay overnight in a remote but beautiful village of Red Dao minority, in a comfortable riverside house with own bridge, terrace and private rooms.

Cultural Package 1

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Grade: Easy / Duration: 3 days / walking 9 hours

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai (-,-,-)

Depart from Hanoi in the evening by night train to Lao Cai near the Chinese border.

 

Day 2: Visit four different minority groups in one day (B,L,D)

Arrive early in the morning in Lao Cai and have a transfer to Sapa. You will meet your guide after breakfast and head off into the beautiful Hoang Lien National Park by car, along the road you have the chance to see big rice terraces and a hopefully the high tops of the mountain range. Soon your guide will introduce you to the biggest group of minorities in this area, the colorful Black H’mong people, famous for their indo colored cloths and silver necklace. The walk is on a good path and will take few hours, plenty of time to learn about history and traditional customs. You will then continue the transfer deeper into the valley and cross the beautiful Muong Bo River before reaching Thanh Phu village of Tay minority. Here you will see the big difference in culture as the group wears lighter colors of silk clothing. Your lunch will be served next to the rice fields in a local restaurant. After lunch the tour continues to the small village of My Son and an interesting afternoon walk. This remote tribe is the smallest minority group in Sapa area and home to Xa Pho people. In the afternoon we arrive in the remote and quiet Red Dao village of Nam Cang. Walking along the small roads you will soon understand that this is “off the beaten trail”, people are looking happily. Finally you will cross a private bridge and check into your private room in the comfortable Nam Cang Riverside house. You can now explore the village or relax in the river or at the riverside veranda.

 

Approx: Easy trek/ 3 hour walking

 

Day 3: Experience the hilltribe’s daily life and exploring the village’s surrounding area (B,L,D)

In the morning you will walk up to the jungle camp to visit the cardamom fields. During the walk, you will be inspired by the origin of the nature. If the weather and water level permits, a swim in the river is a great experience.

The Red Dao minority dominate Nam Cang and surrounding villages. The Red Dao women wear some of the most colorful and diverse costumes of all Vietnam’s ethnic groups. Herbal bath, local medicine and embroidery are some of the things that the Red Dao are very skilled at. Accompanied by your guide, you will explore around the village and learn how the local villagers make writing paper, jewelry and embroidery.

 

Approx: Easy-Moderate trek/ 2-4 hours walking

 

Day 4: From Riverside to hilltop Ecolodge and back to the Hill Station of Sapa (B,-,-)

You will wake up in the sound of nature. The day starts with a nice breakfast served just few meters from the river.

Saying goodbye to the friendly villagers, you have a transfer to Topas Ecolodge, where you will have lunch while enjoying amazing view of mountains and endless paddle rice terraces. The lunch expense is on your own and the restaurant offers an a la cart menu with wide choices.

The walk after lunch is easy and no less interesting. You will visit the nearby Lech village, also habited by Red Dao people. Same as in Nam Cang, the women here wear some of the most colorful and diverse costumes of all Vietnam’s ethnic groups.

You then walk back to Topas Ecolodge for the transfer to Sapa town.

At 17h30, take the shuttle bus from Sapa to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.

 

Approx: Easy trek/ 3 hours walking

 

Day 5: Arrival in Hanoi (-,-,-)

The train arrives in Hanoi early in the morning and your trip ends here.

 

Inclusive:

  • English speaking guide
  • All indicated transportation by AC vehicle
  • Accommodation for 2 nights at Nam Cang Riverside House (twin shared room)
  • Return train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai (soft sleeper in 4-berth cabin)
  • Mineral water and snacks during hiking time
  • All indicated meals (B as breakfast; L as lunch; D as dinner)
  • Home-stay overnight fees
  • Entrance fees and permits

 

Exclusive:

  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation pre or post trip
  • Drinks and Beverage
  • Meals which are not indicated
  • Other services not indicated as inclusive