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Sapa rice terrace-Ethnic market

- Code: MN-09
- Duration: 3 days-4 nights
- Departure: Ha Noi

The mountain ranges in the North are related to the far away Himalayas. This region offers big potential for trekking with rocks and mountains and tropical jungle covered by lush vegetation. Here, you will encounter an impressive variety of ethnic minorities. H'Mong and Dzao people live on high altitude in their traditional villages. Thai, Nhang and Lu minorities inhabit the surrounding valleys. These hill tribes still preserve their authentic lifestyle and customs, despite influences of modern life.

From Sapa, the French former hill station at an altitude of 1,640 m, a stunning view is offered over Sapa Valley and the numerous traditional villages of the hill tribe people. This is the place for those who are seeking traditional cultural values.


Hanoi / Lao Cai / Sapa / Lao Cai / Hanoi

3 days- 4 nights  / Private or group tour ( 2 night on train , 2 nights in sapa)

Night 1: Hanoi / Lao Cai
Day 1: Lao Cai / Sa Pa
Day 2: Sa Pa
Day 3: Sa Pa / Lao Cai
Night 4: Ha Noi



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Pick up at your hotel at around 20h30 and transfer to the railway station to catch the night train to Lao Cai (Departure: 21h15 on the local train. Note that Victoria train depart at 21h55).

Overnight on board.

Day 1 LAO CAI / SAPA (B ,L,)

Arrive at Lao Cai station early in the morning and then drive to Sapa (1 hour), home to over 30 colourful hill tribes (including Black H'mong, Flower H'mong, Red Dao) and to Vietnam's highest peak: Mount Fansipan.

Breakfast on arrival just after check-in. In the afternoon, explore Sapa town and its local market as well as Thac Bac, Love Waterfalls.Heaven gate

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 2 SAPA (light trekking) (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel. A full day discovering the minority villages located in the Sapa Valley. Drive to Lao Chai and then trek (2 km) through rice fields to a traditional Black H'Mong house and then continue the trek to Ta Van village (2 km) to visit a Giay minority village.

Then walk through a bamboo forest until you reach Giangtachai, a Red Dzao village. This part of the trip is fascinating with beautiful scenery and colourful ethnic minorities such as the Red Dao with their unique customs and traditions.

Your driver will be waiting for you at Giangtachai to bring you back to hotel. Local lunch in Sapa.

Overnight at the hotel in Sapa. or homestay in village

Day 3 SAPA (minority market) (B/L)

After breakfast at the hotel, you check out. You will then have an excursion to one of the charming minority markets in the region (depending on which day of the week it is).
After a local lunch, drive to Lao Cai for the overnight local train to Hanoi leaving at 20h15 (Note that Victoria train depart at 21h05).

Overnight on the train.

Market days:

Mondays: Paso market (110 km from Sapa or 150 km from lao cai).
Wednesdays: Chin Xen (116 km from Lao Cai or 156 km from Sapa) or Cao Son (80 km from Lao Cai or 120 km from Sapa).
Thursdays: Lung Khau Nhi (61 km from Lao Cai or 90 km from Sapa).
Saturdays: Can Cau market. located in a neighboring valley to Sapa. To reach the market, follow a spectacular road with beautiful scenery. This market is the weekly meeting point of the flower H'Mong, Fula, Black H'Mong and is one the most authentic markets in the region. After the market, visit some nearby villages before returning leisurely to Lao Cai.
Sundays: Muong Khuong or Bac Ha markets: the busiest market of the region where you will meet the H'Mongs, Fula, Dao and other ethnic minorities who come and exchange not only the goods but the gossips from their own community.

Night 4 HANOI

Arrive in Hanoi at around 4h30 (local train) or 5h30 (Victoria train) and proceed to your hotel.

End of our services.



Our prices include:

  • Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Accommodation in twin or double shared room including breakfast. or Homestay
  • Local train Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi in sleeping carriages of 4 berths with air-conditioning.
  • Meals as mentioned on the program: (B) for breakfast and (L) for lunch.
  • Taxes.

Our prices do not include:

  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned.
  • Accommodation in Hanoi.


  • Day 4: Room for day use at Lao Cai until the train's departure (recommended).
  • Day 5: Day use room in Hanoi upon arrival.
  • Train Victoria Express (Superior cabin) available for clients staying at Victoria Sapa only.


  • Day 4: After visiting the market, return to Hanoi by road (360 km=7h) along the Red River. On the way, we could stop to visit some minority villages. Arrive in Hanoi early in the evening. Overnight in Hanoi.
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