Welcome to Sapa


Sapa is oriented to make the most of the spectacular views emerging on clear days; it overlooks a plunging valley, with mountains towering above on all sides. Views are often subdued by thick mist rolling across the peaks, but even when it's cloudy, local hill-tribe people fill the town with colour.

If you were expecting a quaint alpine town, recalibrate your expectations. Modern tourism development has mushroomed haphazardly. Thanks to rarely enforced building-height restrictions, Sapa's skyline is continually thrusting upwards.

But you're not here to hang out in town. This is northern Vietnam's premier trekking base, from where hikers launch themselves into a surrounding countryside of cascading rice terraces and tiny hill-tribe villages that seem a world apart. Once you've stepped out into the lush fields, you'll understand the Sapa area's real charm.


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Overnight Sapa Tour from Hanoi

ItineraryDay 1: Hanoi – Sa Pa (Lunch, Dinner)Stop At: Cat Cat village, Sapa, Lao Cai ProvinceNestled in a beautiful valley about three kilometers from Sapa Town, Cat Cat- the old village of ethnic groups- attracts tourists from all over the world for its distinctive customs and practices which have been lost in almost ethnic villages. The village is within easy walking distance from any hotel in downtown Sapa.Nestled in a beautiful valley about three kilometers from Sapa Town, Cat Cat- the old village of ethnic groups- attracts tourists from all over the world for its distinctive customs and practices which have been lost in almost ethnic villages. The village is within easy walking distance from any hotel in downtown Sapa.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: Lunch and Dinner is includedAccommodation included: 3-star hotelDay 2: Long Trek and Sapa to Hanoi by Bus (Breakfast, Lunch)Stop At: Ta Van Village, Sapa, Lao Cai ProvinceTa Van village is hidden in the foggy cloud, far away from Sapa busy streets. All its natural beauty are well reserved by over 110 households living in this village. Though you can definitely to get there and back in a day, many choose to stay overnight at the homestay in Ta Van village to fully experience a day with the minorities groups culture other than H’mong, one of the most popular minorities group in Sapa region.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: Breakfast and Lunch is includedNo accommodation included on this day.

$196 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Hanoi to Lao Cai and Sapa 3-Night Private Trekking Tour

Day 1 : Hanoi - Overnight train to Sapa  on 4-berth cabin on air-conditioned sleeper train Day 2: Lao Cai – Sapa (B, L, D)Upon arrival in Lao Cai at dawn, you’re transferred to Sapa. You can leave your luggage at the tour office and enjoy a shower plus a full buffet breakfast at Hotel. Once you’re refreshed and fortified, your morning trek departs from Sapa to Ta Phin valley. Walk with your experienced guide through the town for about 20 minutes before turning down a dirt road to Ma Tra, a Black Hmong village defined by its traditional clothing and customs. The moderate hiking route through this rural community offers more picturesque vistas of vegetable gardens and rice terraces flanked by green mountains rising in the background. You have time to visit with local families and learn about traditional fiber processing before continuing your trek to Ta Phin village, located in one of the most scenic valleys in Vietnam. Stop here for a simple picnic lunch before exploring the village, admiring the embroidered clothing and red headscarves worn by the tribal women of this ethnic group called the Red Dao. In the afternoon, you’ll return to Sapa by private, air-conditioned vehicle to check in to your hotel and eat dinner. You’re free to explore the charming town's sloping streets or the market with many colorful handicrafts, or head up to Ham Rong peak for a fantastic photo op over Sapa (depending on weather conditions; entrance fee not included). Overnight in Paris Boutique Hotel, Sapa Diamond Hotel or similar (3 stars option)Overnight in Sapa Legend Hotel, Amazing SapaHotel or similar (4 stars option)Day 3 Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi (B, L)Following a hotel breakfast, meet your guide in the morning and depart on a second trek from the town of Sapa to Golden Stream valley. Today’s hike offers more stunning views of rice terraces and gardens as well as Mt Fansipan, whose summit rises 10,312 feet (3,143 meters) above sea level. After crossing a suspension bridge, marvel at the breathtaking scenery as you continue through the Golden Stream valley, stopping at Lao Chai village for lunch. After your meal, follow your guide on a walk through this village where Black Hmong people reside, and continue on to Ta Van village, home to the Dzay tribe. This part of the hike is relatively easy, though the trail can be quite slippery if it rains, so good footwear is recommended. You’ll visit with some local families and learn about their daily lifestyle and fascinating culture, before departing to the main road to meet up with your driver and return to Sapa. A shower is available at the hotel, followed by an afternoon free to explore the town on your own. In the evening, depart Sapa for Lao Cai, where you’ll take the night train back to Hanoi.

$89 Outdoor Activities

SAPA TREKKING TOURS - 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT STAY AT HOMESTAY

Day 1: Hanoi – Day Bus to Sapa – Cat Cat Village (5km walking, 2-3 hour walking) L,D 6:30 – 7:00: our team will pick up you in your hotel in hanoi city center old quarter and then depart for Sapa. You will have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful scenery of the region on the road. 12:00: After about a 5- hour driver with short break en route, you arrive Sapa Town. Enjoy lunch in local restaurant and check in 02:00 P.M: meeting our local guide then we have a short walk to visit Cat Cat Village which is the home to Black Hmong Tribe. 03:00 P.M, arriving at the village, photo opportunity, coming into the local house to study their culture, custom as well as see how to make handicraft from natural material of hemp and indigo by the local 04:00 P.M relaxing at the waterfall before walking 2,5 km uphill back to Sapa 05:30 P.M, arrive at your homestayAccommodation: Homestay Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho Village – Lao chai Village – Ta Van Village  – Sapa – Day Bus to Hanoi (10km walking, 3- 4 hour walking) B,L After having breakfast, we have a short walk of 5km along mountain trail to visit Y Linh Ho village which is inhabited by black Hmong tribe and completely secluded from tourists, especially you are able to embrace raw Sapa culture and community by coming into some native houses to discover their own culture and custom as well as study how the local tribe make handicraft from natural materials such as: hemp, indigo…ect. Continuing to walk down Muong Hoa River where you can take a rest or swim before trekking uphill to Lao Chai village where your picnic lunch will be served. After lunch, you will visit the Day and Red Dzao tribes of Tavan village, which lies in the middle of Muong Hoa valley where excellent panoramas of rice terraced fields. Climbing to the main road, you are transferred to Sapa by car. At 04:00 P.M, we will catch our bus to Hanoi. Arriving in Hanoi at 09:00 P.M, ends the tour

$128 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Sapa, Muong Hoa Valley 3-Day Trek and Homestay from Hanoi

Night 1: Take overnight train from Hanoi to Lao CaiBe ready at your hotel lobby at 8:00 p.m, our tour guide and driver will meet and pick you up for a short transfer to Hanoi Station to take the overnight train to Lao Cai City.Overnight on the train Day 1 :Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van ( B,L,D)Picked up at Lao Cai Station upon your early arrival for over an hour drive uphill in a shared mini van to Sapa. After freshen up and Breakfast in a local restaurant you will enjoy a free walk around this charming town, paying visit to Sapa market and the old cathedral where you can meet a lot of local ethnic minority peoples such as Black H’mong and Red Zao wearing their traditional colorful dresses selling their farming and gathering products and handicrafts for souvenir. Back to our Sapa office at about 10.30 and begin your exploration trip to Muong Hoa valley. You will follow the main road heading south for about an hour before turning right to a foot path down hill to Muong Hoa Valley. This part offers spectacular scenery of the highest part of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and in a nice day, Fansipan Peak can be seen. Crossing the river by a suspension bridge you will challenge your feet uphill to Y Linh Ho village. Here you will pay visiting to some H’mong families, watching them doing their daily works. After picnic Lunch, the trail continues up and down hill for about 2 hours as you reach to Lao Chai, a large village of the H’mong and then following the river bank to Ta Van of the Zay people. Paying visiting to local homes, village schools… you will enjoy much your cultural discovery of local ethnic peoples as well as breathtaking scenery of the Muong Hoa Valley. Settle down in Ta Van village for an overnight home stay.Accommodation: Homestay in Ta Van Village Day 2 : Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Hau Thao - Sapa - Overnight train to Hanoi (B,L,D)Leaving Ta Van village after Breakfast, you will take the trail uphill, passing fascinating terraced rice field and some small hamlets of the H’mong before getting through a bamboo forest to a waterfall, enjoy a break for magnificent scenery and then continue walking for half an hour to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zao peoples which sits on the top of a hill and looks down Muong Hoa river. After spending time visiting the village, making friend with the Zao and experiencing the hospitality you will cross the river by another suspension bridge and then uphill again to Hau Thao village where you will pay visiting to a local handicraft center where H’mong and Zao women gather for exchanging experience and skill of making handicrafts. A late Lunch will be prepare here nearby this center and then you have time relaxing as well as getting acquaintance with local school boys, girls and their teachers as well.

$175 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Sapa Tour from Hanoi by Deluxe Bus

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa (L,D)6:30am-7:00am You will be picked up from your hotel begin your trip to Sapa. 9:30am You'll have a first break on your way to Lao Cai city. 11:00am Another short break upon arrival to Lao Cai City. Once arrived to Sapa at 1pm You will meet local ethnic people of H’mong, Dzao, Tay tribes in their colorful traditional costumes. Enjoy local Vietnamese lunch and check-in to your hotel after.2:30pm You'll continue your tour by driving to Cat Cat village, a home to the Black H’mong people, which is located at the foot of Fansipan Peak. Your local guide will introduce you to daily life activities of the locals, trek down to the valley.The 2-hour trekking distance is about 2.5 km (1.5 miles). In the afternoon you will be transferred back to Sapa for dinner at 6pm and your overnight stay.Day 2: Sapa - Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van village (B,L,D)7:00am-7:45am Have breakfast at hotel and prepare a light pack for a long 5-km (3-mile) trek. Take a short ride to Y Linh Ho, then trek through the rice terraces, along Muong Hoa Stream to Black Hmong village of Lao Chai to see spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. Then trek to Ta Van village – home of Dzay ethnic people. Total trekking distance is about 9 km (5.6 miles) and it lasts 4 hours. 11:30am A bus will pick you up at Ta Van Bridge to head back to Sapa. After lunch at 12:00pm enjoy free time in the afternoon and discover Sapa town by yourself. In the evening return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.Day 3: Sapa – Ham Rong Mountain – Bus to Ha Noi (B,L)8:30am After breakfast the tour guide will pick you up at trek to Ham Rong (Dragon’s Jaw) Mountain. There are several well-tended flower gardens along the way. Walking up through two Heaven Gates you will get to the top of Ham Rong Mountain to observe a spectacular view. This 2-hour trekking route is approximately 2 km (1.2 miles) long.11:00am You will be back to your hotel to check out and have lunch. 3:00pm you will meet with group members and by 3:30pm you will leave back to Hanoi. On your way back you will have two stops for breaks and arrive at your hotel in Hanoi at 9:00pm.

$79 Multi-day & Extended Tours

SAPA TREK TOURS - 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT STAY AT 3*** HOTEL IN SAPA TOWN

Day 1: Hanoi – Day Bus to Sapa – Cat Cat Village (5km walking, 2-3 hour walking) L,D6:30 – 7:00: our team will pick up you in your hotel in hanoi city center old quarter and then depart for Sapa. You will have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful scenery of the region on the road.12:00: After about a 5- hour driver with short break en route, you arrive Sapa Town. Enjoy lunch in local restaurant and check in02:00 P.M: meeting our local guide then we have a short walk to visit Cat Cat Village which is the home to Black Hmong Tribe.03:00 P.M, arriving at the village, photo opportunity, coming into the local house to study their culture, custom as well as see how to make handicraft from natural material of hemp and indigo by the local04:00 P.M relaxing at the waterfall before walking 2,5 km uphill back to Sapa05:30 P.M, arrive at the hotelAccommodation: Hotel 3*** in Sapa Town Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho Village – Lao chai Village – Ta Van Village  – Sapa – Day Bus to Hanoi (10km walking, 3- 4 hour walking) B,LAfter having breakfast, we have a short walk of 5km along mountain trail to visit Y Linh Ho village which is inhabited by black Hmong tribe and completely secluded from tourists, especially you are able to embrace raw Sapa culture and community by coming into some native houses to discover their own culture and custom as well as study how the local tribe make handicraft from natural materials such as: hemp, indigo…ect. Continuing to walk down Muong Hoa River where you can take a rest or swim before trekking uphill to Lao Chai village where your picnic lunch will be served. After lunch, you will visit the Day and Red Dzao tribes of Tavan village, which lies in the middle of Muong Hoa valley where excellent panoramas of rice terraced fields. Climbing to the main road, you are transferred to Sapa by car. At 04:00 P.M, we will catch our bus to Hanoi. Arriving in Hanoi at 09:00 P.M, ends the tour