Sapa is located at the foothills of Vietnam’s northern mountain range. It is a mountainous district of Lao Cai province. Sapa is a modest and quiet land but it hides many wonders of nature. Sapa’s scenery is the combination of human creativity and mountains’ topography and green forests, all creates a romantic area.
Engulfing in clouds, Sapa is – a magical area. Its weather is cool and fresh, creating diverse nuances. Its average temperature is from 15° C to 18 ° C. The rainy season is from May to August. The dry season in Sapa lasts from January to June. The coldest months are January and February. The most excellent weather is from March.
Sa Pa name is originated in Mandarin. Sa is called “Pả”, “Sa” means sand and “Pả” is beach, in Mandarin. From two words “Sa Pả”, Westerners often pronounce with no sign, so it is changed into Sa Pa.
Sa Pa has Phan Si Pang peak (3.143m) on the Hoang Lien Son range. The mountain range was named after a pharmaceutical tree, Hoang Lien Son.
Sapa was originally home to the Black Hmong ethnic minorities. With the growth of tourism, many of the hill tribes have moved away from Sapa’s city centre into the surrounding hill country. Weavings and artwork are often sold at main market by ethnic minorities.
Sapa with more than 57 motels and hotels (including 3-4 stars hotels), it welcomes thousands of domestic and international visitors there annually. Tourism is really a potential sector of Sapa. It contributes to reduce poverty rate from 70% in 1992 down to 22% in 2000.
Sapa has become a best destination for travelers seeking adventure. Come to Sapa to explore its hidden charm!
Night 1: Hanoi Elegance Hotel staff escorts you to the railway station for boarding on a 4 - AC - soft sleeper - cabin to travel up Lao Cai city.
Day 1: Lao Cai – Ethic market - Sa Pa (B/L/)
5:00 Arrive at Lao Cai Train station in the early morning, you are welcomed by our local guide. Enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant. After that, we will visit one of the colorful tribal markets. The tour is subject to your visiting date:
Tuesday : Coc Ly Market ( 56km from Lao Cai )
Wednesday : Cao Son Market ( 81km from Lao Cai )
Thursday : Lung Khau Nhin Market (65km from Lao Cai )
Saturday : Can Cau Market ( 87km from Lao Cai )
Sunday : Bac Ha Market ( 67km from Lao Cai )
Lunch in town then transfer to Sapa for staying overnight.
Night 2: Overnight at hotel in Sapa
Day 2: Sapa – Hill Tribe villages - Homestay (B/D)
After breakfast in the hotel, At 8:30 trek down to Cat Cat village of Black H’mong people to see their daily life activities, such as: rice cultivating, clothes weaving, brocade embroidering and indigo colour dyeing. Later on back Sapa town. Start the tour in the afternoon at 14:00, downhill trekking to Lao Chai Village – home of Black H’mong minority, trek through Muong Hoa Valley with many beautiful sceneries along the river then reach Ta Van village where you can pay a visit to a Dzay minority peole family. Dinner & homestay here..
Night 3: Homestay at Dzay family
Day 3: Tavan – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa – Lao Cai station (B)
Wake up with the locals in the sound of pigs, chickens and the family dogs. The family is already on their feet preparing your breakfast. After breakfast, say good bye to the locals and trek through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai - home of Red Dzao people. Meet and talk with people to learn more about their daily life, customs and traditions. Pass over the Cau May (Rattan) Bridge then at 12:00 get back to Sapa Town by car. Free afternoon to discover Sa Pa town or shopping in the local market.
Leave the town for Lao Cai train station at around 16:00 pm for boarding the night train back to Hanoi.
Night 4 : Night train back to Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi
The train arrives at Hanoi in the early morning, Hanoi Elegance Hotel staff will pick you up, and escort you back to the hotel (optional).
For guests who await to check-in, we highly recommend you to order the extra package including All-you-can-eat breakfast and Spa coupon @USD30 per person. This will rejuvenate your body after the tiresome return journey from Sapa by train in early morning.