Hanoi - Sapa (L/D)
The tour begins as you depart Hanoi and follow the expressway for Lao Cai, the eponymous capital city of the province. From Lao Cai you’ll then take the 35-km mountain road up to the town of Sapa which lies at 1,500 meters above sea level.
After lunch you’ll visit the misty Ham Rong (Dragon Jaws) peak located in town. For the adventurer in you, you should hike up the steps to the top of the peak for a fantastic photo opportunity. The hike goes through artificial flower gardens and interesting natural rock formations. And at the peak platform, you can take in a scenic view of the town and of the mysterious 3,143 meter Fansipan mountain peak far in the distance across Muong Hoa valley.
Finally you’ll check into your hotel. In the evening, you are free to explore your new surroundings in the town.
The whole day is for you to explore the beautiful landscape of Sapa and to gain an intimate insight of the minority lifestyle. First, you’ll go to the train station and take a scenic train ride that goes across the breathtaking landscape of Muong Hoa valley. The train stops at the terminal which also happens to be the starting point of the Fansipan mountain cable car. You’ll take the cable ride up to reach the peak complex where you may witness some of the most spectacular views in all directions provided the views are not blocked by the thickness of the clouds. There are pagodas, stupas, Buddha statues on the peak complex, all connected by step trails. If you’re up to the task, you can hike and ultimately reach the 3,143 meter point marking the peak of Fansipan. Go for it!
Once you’ve had enough of hiking in the clouds you’ll hop on the cable car again and come back down the mountain. The exploration continues with a visit to the Silver Falls and Tram Ton Pass. At the Silver Falls, follow the pretty steps up to see the mighty falls. At Tram Ton Pass, you’ll surely have some thrills with the eye-popping glass floor on the sky walkway! And after all that excitement you’ll transfer back to town where you’ll be free for the rest of the day.
Sapa - Hanoi (B/L)
After a short transfer you’ll be walking down to the bottom of Muong Hoa valley to visit Cat Cat village, home to the Black H’mong people. There are plentiful opportunities for fantastic photos and also many inviting souvenir shops along the stepway throughout the village. Everywhere you’ll be able to see colorful brocades and costumes of the H’mong women. Take some time to indulge yourself in sights like the giant waterwheels and the terraced rice fields nearby. After that, you’ll be taken back to town to check out the hotel and have lunch before being driven back to Hanoi. You will arrive in Hanoi by the end of the afternoon.
- Private vehicle.
- English speaking tour guide.
- Entrance fees: Ham Rong mountain, train across Muong Hoa valley, cable car to Fansipan peak, Silver Falls, glass walkway, Cat Cat village.
- Meals: 2 breakfast, 3 lunches, 1 dinner.
- Wet tissue and drinking water.
- Tips for driver and guide.