Although tourism is developing fast in the region, many locals still live a very basic life. Most of them spend all day long working on the fields. It’s so easy to find a small market in any villages; they sell what their families do not need in markets, Cocly market, too. And with the money they make, they buy something else. It is what experts call a subsistence economy. No luxuries here.
- Visiting, meeting and talking with the local tribes along the nicest valley of Sapa.
- Visit CocLy Market open on Tuesday only.
- Enjoy the view of Chay River.
- Vietnam-China International gade.
Night 1: Hanoi Hotel Pick Up – Overnight Train to Lao Cai
Sapa Pathfinder Travel taxi pick you up at your hotel at 7:00pm and transfer to Hanoi train station for the night train at 8:35pm to Lao Cai station. Sleep on the train with AC Soft Sleeper
Day 1: Lao Cai – Sa Pa – Muong Hoa Valley visit (B/L/D)
The train arrives in Lao Cai early at about 05:00, meet your guide as you check out the station. In a private car, you will travel uphill the Hoang Lien Son mountains to Sapa and enjoy as many stops as you wish for over views of valleys and terraced rice fields as well as magnificent scenery.
Two high ranges of mountains run in parallel north of Sapa town create a narrow and long valley, the Muong Hoa, the most famous valley for its breathtaking scenery valley in the region which is home to the major part of Sapa’s ethnic population including the H’mong, Zao, Zay, Tay and Xa Pho.
Today you will spend the whole day exploring the spectacular Muong Hoa. Your car will take you along the only road built on the side of a mountain range, looking down the valley, over viewing magnificent landscapes composed of high mountains, deep valleys, and stream of water winding, waterfalls and terraced rice paddies…, leaving the main road, you will enjoy short walk to tribal villages such as Ta Van of the Zay, Su Pan of the Black H’mong, Ban Ho of the Tay… meeting locals at home and at works. Leaving Ban Ho in afternoon, your car takes you back to Sapa, freshen up and then have a free night in a romatic Sapa town. Overnight at a 2 star hotel in Sapa.
Day 2: Sapa – Coc Ly – Lao Cai (B/L)
Leave Sapa for Lao Cai then Coc Ly tribal market at 7:30AM after your breakfast at the hotel restaurant, which offer the chances to see H’mong and Dzao minority people in their most colorful costumes. Take a boat trip down stream on Chay river with picnic lunch. Enjoy scenic view from river and trek to Dzao, Tay minority villages. On the way, visit Vietnam – China International Border Gade. Back to Lao Cai.
Night 3: Overnight train back to Hanoi
Overnight on the 4 bed soft sleeper deluxe sharing cabin back to Hanoi, Trip ends
Type of tour: Private tour, Easy style
Departure: Sunday or Monday night from Hanoi
- Sharing group tour: $125 / 1 person
- Private trip basing on the number of participant per group as detailed on the below table
|Pakage||01 pax||02 pax||03 pax||04 pax||05 pax||06 pax||07 pax||08 pax|
|Basic hotel||282 $||190 $||160 $||144 $||135 $||129 $||126 $||125 $|
- Private car/mini van
- Train tickets – AC 4 berth soft sleeper deluxe sharing cabin for return
- All entrance fees
- English or French speaking guide
- All meals as per program
- Accommodation as program, based in twin or double sharing
- Boat trip along Chay river
- Drinks, except otherwise mentioned
- Insurance, Personal expenses & Tips