The Scenery of the Sapa - 5days
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Tour Style: Classic
Duration: 5 days
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This tour is designed for those who are already in Hanoi, or for those who will be arriving in Hanoi in the afternoon. In the evening you board a deluxe sleeper train for Lao Cai. From Lao Cai you are transferred to your deluxe resort hotel in the former French hillside resort of Sapa. After a leisurely exploration of the town, we visit the picturesque village of Cat Cat in the beautiful Muong Hoa Valley, to learn about their age-old culture and traditions. The following day we return to the Muong Hoa Valley driving through the magnificent landscape high in the mountains. We visit other ethnic villages, where the locals will invite you to visit their homes. Here, Home-Stay can be arranged if desired. The next day there are two options: You can visit the colourful and bustling ethnic markets in the area, which provide many great photo opportunities; or you can go to see Mount Fansipan and experience the fantastic natural scenery of the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. Both are unforgettable experiences. In the evening, you return to Lao Cai for the sleeper train back to Hanoi.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai (Night Train)
Day 2: Lao Cai – Sapa
Day 3: Sapa
Day 4: Sapa – Lao Cai
Day 5: Lao Cai – Hanoi (Night Train)


  • Trip Grade:

Moderate - Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility. However, some walking and hiking is required.


  • Weather:

Undoubtedly, weather is one of the determining factors for your traveling decisions. If you are heading to Vietnam, then, take it easy to make up your mind. Vietnam’s climate is not just steamy hot as what you are frequently exposed to on movies. All year round here, there is always a perfect place where it is pleasant to stay. Basically, the whole country falls into the tropic and subtropics but its stretching length and diverse topography allow it to span several different climate zones. The weather thus, tends to vary considerably from season to season and also from region to region.

Northern Part The North of Vietnam is generally cooler than other South East Asian regions in the same longitude. It experiences two main distinct seasons. In winter months, the weather gets colder and colder from November to March and considerably warmer in April (a leap into summer). This is also time to observe much cloud and frequent drizzle. The average winter temperature is 17.2°C (62.9°F). Particularly, the mountainous areas (Northwest) are often much colder, temperature may keep below 10°C (50°F) for long period. Ice and snow even cover Hoang Lien Son Mountains and nearby Sapa town for some times with the lowest record of -3°C (26.6°F) in Feb 2008.

In the summer (from May to October), the whole region is quite hot. Temperature may rise to 37°C (98.6 °F) in the peaks of June and July. Hanoi and coastal provinces around the Red River Delta generally enjoy equitable weather with high average humidity (80%) all year round though they may occasionally be subjected to typhoons and heavy rain in late summers (September to November). Vietnamese people even identify four seasons in the Northern provinces (from Hai Van Pass toward the north) with their distinct features: pleasant spring (typically March-April) and autumn (October-December), a chilly winter (December- February) and a hot summer (June – July). Central Part

The Central Vietnam with two sub-regions, coastal lowlands and central highlands, can be seen as an in-between climatic area of the North and the South. The coastal strip is usually dry and hotter than the rest in the summer, as the Truong Son Mountains do not allow it to enjoy most rainfall of south-western monsoon (from April to October). Unprotected coasts in their turn, however, make it wet and colder than the rest in winter-monsoon season (from November to March). Also, storms and typhoons strike this area more frequently than the northern coasts in summer months (from July to November). The Central Highlands in particular enjoys nearly double the average rainfall of the country. Two biggest towns in this plateau, Dalat and Pleiku, are ideally cool throughout the year. Near-the-south coastal cities, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang and Phan Thiet, on the contrary, experiences steamy hot weather (21°C-32°C / 70°F-90°F) all year round. Southern Part

The South of Vietnam, merely 8 degrees north of the Equator, is typical of humid tropical climate which is excellent for growing rice. The region’s temperatures experience little variations in a year (around 27-32°C/80-90°F). There are two main seasons: the rainy and the dry. During the rainy/monsoon season (from May to November), downpours are expected to happen nearly every afternoon, resulting in occasional street flooding in and around Saigon. In the dry season, it is hot from late February to April then slightly cooler when first downpours come. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) enjoys rather equitable tropical climate with high humidity all year round. December to March is said to be the most pleasant time to hit this region’s center.

In all, Vietnam climate is so diverse that there is almost no definition of an average temperature for the whole country. Thanks to these regional variations in weather, generally, you can drop in Vietnam at any time of year. Commonly, based on the duration of your stay, you should plan to catch the good weather and places by either dropping in Saigon in February or March then following the coast to north or hitting Hanoi in October-November then tracing southward.


Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai
This tour is designed for those who are already in Hanoi, or for those who will be arriving in Hanoi in the afternoon. You will be met by our staff at your designated pick-up location, and transferred to the train station where you board the overnight sleeper train to Lao Cai.

Overnight on sleeper train to Lao Cai.
Dinner included.

Day 2: Lao Cai – Sapa
You will be met our staff  at the railway station early morning arrival. You then drive for about an hour through incredibly scenic countryside to the hillside town of Sapa, making stops along the way for views of the valleys. Set high in the hills, and known for its natural beauty and cool climate, Sapa offers spectacular views of the valley and the surrounding countryside below. In the 1880s the French discovered Sapa, and in the early 1900s it was established as a summer resort.

After early check-in at the resort hotel, you have breakfast in the hotel restaurant. After breakfast, you will have a brief guided tour of the town, and there will be free time for you to explore on your own. You can visit the market where ethnic groups wearing traditional costumes come to sell their products. You can also climb to the top of Ham Rong Mountain for a beautiful view of the town and the surrounding area, and visit a mini museum where you can learn about the ethnic groups living in Sapa and the northwest. After lunch you take a 3-hour walk to the traditional H'Mong village of Cat Cat in the Muong Hoa Valley. Visiting this beautiful valley and unique village, you learn about a culture and a way of life that hasn’t changed for centuries.

Overnight in Sapa resort.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 3: Sapa
Today after breakfast in the hotel, you drive through stunning mountain scenery with beautiful, terraced rice paddies to spend the day exploring the spectacular Muong Hoa Valley. You drive along a road on the side of a mountain, looking down on the valley, looking at the incredible vista of high mountains, deep valleys, winding streams, and waterfalls. We visit the villages of Lao Chai, Ta Van, Su Pan, and Ban Ho where you meet the locals in their homes, and see them at work, and get a glimpse into their traditional way of life.

Note: Home-stay can be arranged in Ta Van Village, and you stay with a family in a traditional home. However, if home-stay is not an option for you, you will return to Sapa in the late afternoon or evening.

Overnight home-stay in Ta Van Village, or in Sapa hotel.
Breakfast Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 4: Sapa – Lao Cai
After breakfast in the resort, you have two options. You can visit several of the colourful ethnic markets in the area, or you can go on to visit Mount Fansipan.

Option 1: There are many colourful ethnic markets in the area. These include: Muong Hum Market, Cao Son Market, Lung Khau Nhin Market, and Coc Ly Market. Depending on the date or day of the week, you can visit those markets that are available for that day. These colourful and bustling markets offer a wealth of photo opportunities. After a day of interacting with local people, and experiencing the market atmosphere, we drive back to Lao Cai.

Option 2: The drive to Mount Fansipan passes through some very spectacular scenery. You stop at the beautiful Silver Waterfall, and then continue on to the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. Due to the strong winds, the clouds are constantly moving along, and this is the best vantage point to see the breath-taking scenery of both sides of the Fansipan Mountain Range. The weather can be very different on either side of the range, with one side cloudy and foggy and the other side bright and sunny. You then drive back to Lao Cai. You arrive in Lao Cai in the late afternoon or early evening, and at Lao Cai Station you board the night train back to Hanoi.

Overnight on sleeper train to Hanoi.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 5: Lao Cai – Hanoi
In the morning when you arrive back in Hanoi, you will be met by our staff at the station, and transferred to your designated location.

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    >>Superior Level (3 star hotels in good locations): > 40 USD/room/night
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  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation in double/twin sharing rooms with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water for sightseeing
  • All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.


  • International/domestic airfares & tax
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel Insurance. (We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home)
  • Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
  • Tips for guide, driver, porters and project cost
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion.

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