Sapa is famous both for its fine, rugged scenery and for its rich cultural diversity. French used to consider Sapa as Summer Capital of Northern Vietnam in the early decades of the 20th century.
What to Expect
Day 1: Hanoi - Sapa - Ham Rong (-/ L/ D)
Pick up at your hotel or at the meeting point and then start departure to Sapa, following Noi Bai - Lao Cai high-way. Along the way, you will have chance to contemplate the beauty of northwest mountains that terraced fields are sparkling in sunlight or dim in thick fog. Have a short break for 30 minutes then continue the trip to Sapa. At 1 pm, arrive in Sapa, check in hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon, you will begin the trek up Ham Rong (Dragon’s Jaw) Mountain.
You then visit Ham Rong Botanical Garden. Don't miss the lovely botanical gardens above the main square in town with their spectacular viewpoint from the top.There are fabulous views of the town and the wider landscape as well as tended gardens to visit.This park is essentially a long cobblestone walkway to the top of Ham Rong Mountain. It's a strenuous climb, but the panoramic vista at the top is well worth tackling all those stairs. Along the way, there are countless potted orchids, beautiful landscaped gardens and a few really tacky statues of cartoon characters like Scooby Doo and Mickey Mouse. One word of caution, the stone stairs could be treacherous on a rainy or misty day. After dinner, you are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night: enjoy roasted corn, baked eggs beside charcoal fire or go shopping. Especially on Saturday night, we highly recommend a stop at the Love Market which is one of unique cultures of ethnic minorities HMong, Dzao in Lao Cai in particular and North West of Vietnam in general. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 2: Cat Cat village - Hanoi (B/ L/ -)
After breakfast, start trekking to Cat Cat village, about 45 minutes walking from Sapa, this is the village of the Black H’Mong hill tribe. The village is on the slope of the hill and easy walking, rice and corn are grown here. You will have a chance to visit a big waterfall on the stream and the old Hydro Electric Power Station built by French people.That is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds. When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed and embroidered with beautiful designs. A note worthy is that H’Mong women use indigo plants and leaves to dye these brocade fabrics. And then they roll around and smooth section of wood covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their colors durable. Go back by car to the hotel for check out and have lunch. In the afternoon, have free time to explore Sapa town or go shopping at Sapa Market. Afterwards, it‘s time to say “Good bye Sa Pa!” and drive back to Hanoi.
- Transportation by Bus Sapa Express
- Welcome drink and candy at the office
- Free WiFi
- Wet tissue
- Bread amd snack on Sapa Express Bus
- Transportation as programme
- Accommodation at hotel (2-3 persons/room)
- English speaking guide
- Meals as mentioned on itinerary
- Entrance fees according to program (Cat Cat village, Ham Rong mountain)
What's Not Included
- Insurance, visas
- Other personal expenses
- VAT (10%)