Sapa Escape 3 Days

This ethnic minorities tour in Sapa is a perfect choice for discover a rugged scenery and rich cultural diversity of this mountainous town in the northern Vietnam. The journey is away from the crowds and homestay at a ethnic Dzao’s home amongst the rice paddy fields. Being a part of the local family and learn their tradition, culture and lifestyle will be the unforgettable experience of your trip in Vietnam.  And another interesting activity and highlight of the ethnicity in Sapa are the famous hilltribe market of Bac Ha Sun day market and a wonderful boat trip on Chay river. Come and enjoy it on your way.

Type of trip: Private tour – Adventure Vietnam Tour
Trip Duration:
3 days 4 nights (2 nights on train and 2 nights at hotel in Sapa)
Start city:
End city:
Lao Cai – Sapa
Every Thursday.
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Night 1: Hanoi train station – Night train to Lao Cai
This evening you will be transferred to Hanoi train station for boarding your night train to Lao Cai (departs around 8PM).
Overnight on train in the 4 soft berths cabin with A/C.

Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Sapa, trek to Ta Phin ( ~ 14km) (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning, the train arrives at about 5AM. Look for the “Vietnam Tours Expert” welcome sign when you exit the train station, as our guide will pick you up there. Take a scenic drive through the clouds by car / van to Sapa, about 1.5 hours. When you arrive in Sapa you will be taken to a local restaurant for a morning basic shower, breakfast, a short rest and some last preparations before our inspiring trek.
We will then take short ride from Sapa to our trekking point. Our trek through the terraced valleys, up and down hills will take about 5 to 6 hours. We will pass rice paddies, bamboo forests, and minority villages. Lunch break along the way depending on our pace. When we arrive in Taphin village, our Dzao host family will welcome us to their home where we will share in an ethnic style dinner and stay the night.
Overnight in local ethnic house – Homestay.

Day 2: Trekking to explore the minorities – Drive back to Sapa (Meals: Breakfast)
At the first gleam of daylight, you will see and hear the sounds of morning village life. You can join your host family in some of their morning activities like feeding the animals, cleaning the houses, gardening or preparing breakfast. After breakfast, we can take a short wander around the village or spend more time enjoying the view and company at the homestay.
You will be then supported by our car / van back to Sapa (30 minutes). When we arrive back in Sapa, check into the hotel, shower, and pause for lunch on your own. At 2:30 pm we will take an easy 5 km walk to Cat Cat village, home of Black H’mong hill tribe, and to take part in a traditional ethnic music performance put on by the ethnic minority people. Dinner and the evening on your own.
Note: The music show in Cat Cat is closed on Tuesday afternoon, an alternative will be arranged.
Overnight in your hotel in Sapa.

Day 3: Visit Bac Ha Sunday market – Boat trip on Chay river – Night train back to Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast)
Sunday is a common market day for many tribes in Northwest Vietnam and Bac Ha has become renowned for its colourfulness. The market is packed different ethnic minorities coming from different villages. Their vibrant trading activities last from early morning till midday. Look for hand-made fabrics, the black smithing area, as well as the buffalo zone.
We will leave Sapa early by 7:00 am so that we can be there on time. Please pay respect to the locals here and ask permission before you taking a photo of anyone.
Lunch in Bac Ha on your own account then we will leave for a boat trip along the Chay river. The boat ride is about 1.5 hours.
Return to Lao Cai near the train station. Dinner on your own well before the train leaves for Hanoi.
Overnight on train in a 4 soft beths cabin with A/C.


Trip cost depends on your group size, travel period and your specific tour needs. Please send us an enquiry for availability and the most updated price. Our travel consultants will contact you shortly for the right price!

Tour cost included:

  • Private transport by good quality van with A/C, all transfer in/out
  • A roundtrip train ticket in a sharing 4 soft berths cabin with A/C from Hanoi to Lao Cai and vice versa
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the tour programme, admission fees to tour sites
  • Accommodation in Double or Twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels and local house
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day, Government tax, service charge

Tour cost excluded:

  • International & Domestic airfare and other not mention up above.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Travel insurance, Vietnam Entry Visa fee
  • Banking transfer fee/Bank commission charge
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels