Sapa – Cat Cat – Lao Chai – Ta Van Village (2 days 3 nights)

(2 days, 3 nights)

The Northwestern part of Vietnam is one of the most interesting and beautiful areas of South East Asia. Vietnam has 54 ethnic groups and the area around Sapa is an exciting place to see the lives, culture and costumes of the Vietnamese ethnic minorities. In this part of the country the minorities still dress in their traditional colorful clothing – especially the women. Each group has its own distinct color and style of dress. On this tour you will go by train to Sapa and visit some of the minority people in the Sapa Valley and experience the colorful Sapa market where some of the different ethnic groups come into town to sell their products.

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NIGHT 01: HANOI – LAO CAI                                                                                                         

Hanoi Tourism’s guide will meet you at your hotel then transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for Lao Cai Province. Lao Cai is one of the several provinces situated on the Sino-Vietnamese borderline. It is in the northwestern part of the country, with some remarkable features such as biologic diversification and typical mountainous climate. Apart from the Kinh people, the province has several ethnic minority groups including the H’mong, the Tay, the Dao and the Thai peoples.

Overnight stay on train.

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DAY 01: LAO CAI – SAPA – CAT CAT                                                                                  (B, L, D)

Arriving in Lao Cai Station, you will be picked up by our driver for transfer to Sapa via minibus. Our bus will take a little over an hour to ride uphill to Sapa, giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. Sapa is a mountainous district of Lao Cai Province. Visitor to Sapa in summer can feel the climate of four seasons in one day. In April and May, Sapa is blooming with flowers and green pastures. The clouds that settle in the valley in early morning quickly disappear into thin air.

You will have free time for your own leisure at Sapa after having breakfast, following by lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, we will trek around Cat Cat Village of H’Mong Tribe in the valley, located at about 2km from Sapa Townlet, Sapa District. Visiting Cat Cat Village, you will have an opportunity to admire a lively and colorful picture. Cat Cat residents are not only good at the brocade weaving craft, but  manipulating gold and silver jewelry. Their products are fairly sophisticated, especially jewelry for women. Beside the magnificient landscape, you can visit some local families to join with their traditional custom.

After that, we will return to Sapa for dinner. In the evening, you can freely explore the town of Sapa, and a stop at the Love Market (only on Saturday night) is highly recommended for you.

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DAY 02: SAPA – LAO CHAI – TA VAN – LAO CAI                                                (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will start our trekking tour to Lao Chai Village of the Dzay minority. View from air, Lao Chai lies in between mountains and grass hills, with houses that look like colossal mushrooms on all sides, at 2,660m above the sea-level. Visitors to the village are able to enjoy the traditional musics of boys and girls playing the game ‘hire and seek in a blanket’ and exchange songs overnight even after the festival, the boy can bring the girl they played with to their home and marry her. In this village which you will have a welcome feeling  at any house of the hospitable people there. You can interact with them, learn about their culture and customs.

We will have lunch at Lao Chai, following by free discovery around the village. Then we will visit Ta Van Village of the Red Dzao. Ta Van is a small village set within a picturesque valley of Muong Hoa. Ta Van village is set within a picturesque valley with amazing natural landscape and friendly local people. The area is well-known for its colorful ethnic minorities. Visiting Ta Van Village will be an unforgettable experience, since you will have a chance to witness the special cultural characteristics of local people.

We will have lunch either with an ethnic minority family or on the way back to Lao Cai to catch a night train back to Hanoi. The expected arrival time is 5.00 am.

Overnight stay on train.





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  • 1 nights hotel accommodation on a twin-share basic with daily breakfast
  • Return train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi
  • Meals as mentioned in the itineraries: Vietnamese food, Asian Food basic.
  • Private transfers within the tour by air-conditioned vehicle, including pick-up from your hotel.
  • English Speaking Tour guide.
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees
  • All taxes & services charge.


  • Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program.
  • Pick up from train station to hotel in Hanoi when the trip finishes.
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping/ Gratuities
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.