Hill Tribes of Sapa


Day 1:


Sunday. Welcome to Hanoi. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2:

Hanoi – Ninh Binh 

This morning we transfer to Ninh Binh where we visit Hoa Lu, the erstwhile capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries, home to palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions. From here we cycle to Tam Coc, passing through rice paddy fields and beautiful landscapes en route, and stopping for lunch upon arrival at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we drive to Trang An, where we’ll take a boat through a remarkable cave system. Returning to Hanoi we’ll embark on a walking tour of the city.

Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3:

Hanoi –Lao Cai 

Today we start with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, followed by a stop at Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Next up is a visit to the Museum of Ethnology, which provides an excellent overview of the country’s ethnic groups, their customs and ways of life. After time to freshen up we take the overnight train to Lao Cai (soft sleeper).

Overnight in Sleeper Train.
Day 4:

Lao – Cai –Sapa 

Early this morning we arrive into Lao Cai, a province in mountainous northern Vietnam. After enjoying breakfast in a local restaurant we drive uphill through the Muong Khuong district onto Cao Son commune, passing terraced rice paddies, tea farms and pine plantations along the way. At Cao Son local market we can browse the wares on offer. Leaving the market we take a short walk to Flower Hmong village before a break for lunch. The road then takes us along the Chay River through mountains, valleys and hamlets before we arrive at the Coc Ly Bridge. Boarding a local boat we cruise along the Chay River to Trung Do village before continuing on to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa.
Days 5-6:

Sapa –Hanoi 

On day 5 we meet the ethnic hill tribes of northern Vietnam with a visit to the Black Hmong minority village and Dzay hill tribe. After a picnic lunch we walk through the bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao minority village and take a break at the waterfall.

On the morning of day 6 we enjoy a trek through the scenic Ma Tra Valley, with views of verdant terraced rice paddies on steep hillsides, to the Ta Phin Village of the Red Dao group. Returning to Sapa there’s free time before taking the overnight train back to Hanoi (soft sleeper).

Overnight in Sleeper Train.

Day 7:


Arriving into Hanoi we visit the Quang Ba Flower Market and Truc Bach Lake before breakfast at a local restaurant. From here you’ll be taken to a hotel to start your next adventure with us, or to await your departure transfer to the airport.


Hanoi – Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and the Museum of Ethnology

Cao Son – Market and Flower Hmong village

Sapa – Lao Chai village of the Black Hmong, Tan Van village of the Dzay and Giang Ta Chai & Ta Phin villages of the Red Dao

Red River Delta – Hoa Lu, cycle to Tam Coc and cave system of Trang An

Chay River – Boat ride and Trung Do village


6 breakfasts and 3 lunches

2 overnight sleeper trains (soft sleeper A/C 4 berth) Hanoi – Lao Cai and Lao Cai – Hanoi

Guided sightseeing – Hanoi, Hoa Lu, Sapa and hill tribes of the area

Boat ride through the Trang An Grottoes and Cruise along the Chay River

Escorted by an English-speaking Vietnamese tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)

Vietnam Visa approval letter (excluding stamp fee required upon arrival)

4 nights 4 star & special class hotels

Airport arrival and departure transfers days 1 and 7

Scenic bicycle ride to Tam Coc

A trek through the scenic Ma Tra Valley

All transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles


International flights and visa. Vietnam visa letter included – stamping fee required upon arrival

Entrance Fees: USD$15-25, paid in USD

Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 – 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

Tipping Kitty: USD$20-30, paid in USD

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Entrance Fees: USD$15-25, paid in USD

Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

Tipping Kitty: USD$20-30, paid in USD