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Booking Information

Trip Dates
May 6-9, 2017 (8 registered, 4 spots left)
Pricing
4-7 people – $999
8+ people – $750

Additional Information

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Activities: Trekking
Difficulty: 3  

Sapa Valley is known to be of the most beautiful parts of Southeast Asia. On this 4-day extension to the Vietnam Cultural Adventure, you trek through the lush terraced hillsides into the Sapa region of northern Vietnam. You will pass through multiple villages and be graciously welcomed by cultural minorities who love to share their traditional customs and way of life with visitors. You will have dinner and spend the night with a local family in their guest home. The next day you trek out of the Sapa region, stopping at beautiful waterfalls and visiting multiple villages along the way. An overnight train takes you back to Hanoi, where you will begin the Vietnam Cultural Adventure.

  • The capital of Vietnam is the city of Hanoi, home to over 7 million people.
  • Many cultural minorities live in the Sapa Region of northeastern Vietnam.
  • It is important to respect the local people here, as you are their guests. Asking for consent before taking photos is imperative. Men and women sleep in separate areas during the homestay (even in you are married) and public displays of affection – especially kissing – are forbidden.
  • The Sapa Valley region is known for its rugged terrain and cultural diversity. The weather remains relatively cool throughout the year, but can change very quickly. It is important to be prepared for any kind of weather.

Day 1 (Friday, May 6th): Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam. Transfer to your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. Get settled in and enjoy some down time before meeting up with your guides and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a nice restaurant in Hanoi.

Day 2 (Saturday, May 7th): Today is a free day to overcome any jet lag and explore the City of Hanoi at your own pace. After breakfast in the hotel, you are free to do your own thing (we will provide suggestions for activities to do) until we get together for dinner as a group. After dinner, we will get picked up by private vehicle and taken to the Hanoi train station. We will catch an overnight train to Lao Cai. The train is air-conditioned and each sleeper car accommodates 4 individuals.

Day 3 (Sunday, May 8th): Arrive in Lao Cai early in the morning. Take a car up to the Sapa region and have breakfast in a local restaurant. We begin trekking at 10am. We trek to the Muong Hua River and eventually reach the Black H’mong village of Lo Chai. The Black H’mong people are one of the largest minority groups in the Sapa region. They are very proud of their cultural and traditional ways of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigo blue clothing. After this, we continue to the Ta Van village to visit the Zay people. Zay are a fairly small minority group of about 38,000 who live mainly in the mountains in NW Vietnam. Many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green color. The Zay houses are built of wood and bamboo with clay floors. We will stay overnight with a local family and have dinner here.

Day 4 (Monday, May 9th): After breakfast, we continue trekking to visit the Red Dao people at Giang Ta Chai where we also have a short break near a hanging bridge made from cane and a beautiful waterfall. The Red Dao women have very colorful embroidery and coins adorning their traditional attire. They wear red scarves and some of them shave their eyebrows due to a Red Zao legend. We continue along small paths through the rice fields, cross the Muong Hua River, and meet a van to transfer back to the Sapa region. We have lunch and explore the Sapa town before heading to the train station to catch an overnight sleeper train back to Hanoi.

Day 5 (Tuesday, May 10th): Arrive in Hanoi at 5am, transfer to our hotel in Old Town Hanoi. Free day to explore Hanoi until the rest of the group arrives for the main portion of the Vietnam Adventure Trip. See itinerary for the Vietnam Adventure Trip.

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Trip FAQs

What's included?

Airport transfers, all in-country transportation, all hotels and family homestay, overnight air-conditioned sleeper train tickets to and from Hanoi, expert local English-speaking guides, U.S. based Backwoods trip leader, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through Dinner on Day 4, purified water, all sightseeing fees and local taxes.

What's not included?

International airfare, alcoholic beverages, personal souvenirs and extra snacks or drinks, extras such as laundry, massage or internet, guide tips, tourist Visa and travel insurance.

Meals

The focus of this trip is on culture, and food is one of the best ways to showcase the local culture. We strive to provide the best meals available in the area in which we are staying. We do not skimp on meals because we understand that well-fed travelers are happy travelers!

Accommodations

2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Hanoi, 2 nights on an overnight air-conditioned sleeper train, and 1 night with a local Sapa family at their guesthouse.

Passport / Vias Requirements

A current U.S. passport is required for entry into Vietnam. We recommend that your passport be valid for at least 6 months beyond the end date of the trip. A tourist visa is also required to visit Vietnam. We will help facilitate this process for you when you put down your deposit for the Vietnam trip.

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