5 days, 4 nights
This intrepid hiking adventure takes us through the remotest part of Sapa – northern Vietnam’s trekking focal point. We hit meandering trails that wind through rugged mountains and verdant valleys with lush rice terraces spilling down their slopes as we explore Sapa’s simply stunning scenery. This immersive trek takes us through many of the small hill tribe villages that dot the remote landscape and we meet locals and learn more about their way of life. Each of the tribes boasts their own language, traditional costumes and customs.
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you have the day to spend at your leisure to soak up the capital’s vibrant sights and sounds ahead of our overnight train trip. Hanoi’s streets are littered with food stalls serving fresh and flavorsome meals to feast on and keep hunger at bay during our journey. Chow down on Banh Canh, Vietnamese noodles with crab meat, chili, lime juice and coconut dip; the national dish of pho, a rice noodle soup with beef and herbs; or Goi Cuon, a fresh spring roll made of rice paper packed with fresh vegetables, pork and prawns, served with a sweet soya sauce dip. In the evening, we drive to the train station to board the night train bound for the mountainous north-western province of Lao Cai. Please note: The train is a local train, with four-berth cabins.
The train arrives in Lao Cai in the early morning. We drive to Sapa for breakfast before heading to the starting point of today’s trek (moderate, six hours) in the remotest part of Hoang Lien National Park. We start at the Tay minority village of Thanh Phu and meander through verdant valleys and alongside emerald rice terraces that cascade down hillslopes, passing by animals, including water buffalos, mountain goats and pigs that belong to the Tay and Red Dao minorities that call this rugged landscape home. As we hike along the winding trails, we are blessed with beautiful views that stretch across to the Hoang Lien mountain range. Lunch is a picnic served in these stunning surroundings before passing by one of the few colorful Black Hmong villages in the area. The hike ends in the Red Dao village of Nam Cang. We spend the afternoon relaxing and swimming in the river. The overnight accommodation is a house converted into a lodge that is owned by a Red Dao family
Nature serves as our alarm clock this morning as we wake to the soothing sound of the nearby river, birdsong and villagers rising early to start the day’s chores. Breakfast is served on the river-front veranda, gifted with beautiful morning views of the surroundings. Today’s hike (moderate, seven hours) takes us higher into the mountains, along trails that are usually only used by the local farmers. We cross rivers and streams as we wind upwards, visiting the remote Red Dao village of Nam Ngan. Here, we get the chance to enjoy tea, or locally-brewed rice wine, with a family in their home before we hit wider trails that take us to My Son, which is home to one of the area’s smallest tribes, the Xa Pho minority. After a local lunch, we end the hike close to Muong Bo River and drive back to Sapa. Dinner is charged to your own account.
Today sees us take a break from trekking, with the day free to explore Sapa town at your leisure. This former French hill station is flanked by rugged mountain ranges, lush rolling hills and sprawling emerald rice paddies. Take a walk around the compact town to visit the bustling local market, Notre Dame Cathedral and Ham Rong Mountain, which sits next to the town and is home to a colorful range of flowers and orchards. Stone paths lined with hydrangea, ox-eyed daisy and cherry blossom meander through wild peach forests, orchid gardens and trees overhanging with plums, peaches and pears. This is also a great opportunity to snap up souvenirs, with the hill tribe women who call this region home selling abundant handmade bracelets, scarves, jewellery, bags and shoes. In the late-afternoon we hit the road for a scenic drive to Lao Cai, where we board an overnight train to the vibrant capital city of Hanoi.
Early arrive in Hanoi around 5.30 am, bringing this immersive tour to an end. You will then transfer for the onward leg of your travels, or have the rest of the day to explore this bustling capital city (by your own arrangement). You can spend some time exploring Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter, soaking up the bustling area’s sights and sounds, before joining the mix of locals and tourists for a stroll around picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake (Turtle Lake). The benches and public spaces that line the lake are full of people hanging out in the dappled shade of ancient trees, watching local entertainment on the pedestrian walkways, or feasting on food from the carts. Alternatively, get a dose of culture with a traditional Tuong, Ca Tru performance. This water puppet show originates in Hanoi’s rice fields in the 11th century when the paddies were flooded and villagers would wade waist-deep into the water to perform with puppets as a form of entertainment.
5 days, 4 nights
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