Sapa Authenticity - 3 Days

HardTrek | 1 Night Homestay | Private Touring
This 3 day, 4 night tour is a perfect combination of trek and culture while visiting hill tribe villages at a pace and style that complements you. Journey away from the crowds and homestay at a traditional Giay family. Learn and participate in village life and truly feel the warmth and hospitality of these incredible people, and support a community based tourism project. This is an unforgettable soft adventure to Sapa that should be part of everyone’s time in Vietnam. A Finnegans favourite!
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SAPA AUTHENTICITY
This 3 day, 4 night tour is a perfect combination of trek and culture while visiting hill tribe villages at a pace and style that complements you. Journey away from the crowds and homestay at a traditional Giay family. Learn and participate in village life and truly feel the warmth and hospitality of these incredible people, and support a community based tourism project. This is an unforgettable soft adventure to Sapa that should be part of everyone’s time in Vietnam. A Finnegans favourite!

Duration: 3 days & 4 nights
Grade: Hard Trek
Activities: 3 days trek with flexibility
Accommodation: 1 night homestay, 2 overnight train, and 1 night hotel

Highlight
Trek and hike on the roads less traveled and that are beautiful
Homestay at the Giay’s ethnic minority
Supporting our community based tourism
Attention to your personal needs before and after the trek

Itinerary at a glance
              Night 1: 8pm boarding Hanoi – Lao Cai overnight train
DAY 1: Sapa - Sa Seng - Hang Da - Hau Thao - Giang Ta Chai (B,L,D)
              Inclusion:  Transfer, guide, entrance fees, train tickets, full-day meals, permit, homestay. 
   
DAY 2:  Giang Ta Chai - Ta Van - Lao Chai - Y Linh Ho - Sapa (B,L,D)
             Inclusion:  Breakfast, transfer, guide, entrance fees,  hotel.    

DAY 3: Cat Cat - Sapa - Lao Cai - Night train ( B,L,D)
              8pm boarding Lao Cai – Hanoi train overnight, 5am following day arrive Hanoi.
              Inclusion: Transfer, guide, train ticket, entrance fees, all meals, permit.
              
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai Overnight Train
8pm you will be met by our travel expert to fulfill the pack list and escorted to Hanoi railway station. Boarding the train.

Day 1: Sapa - Sa Seng - Hang Da - Hau Thao - Giang Ta Chai - Homestay (B,L,D)

Around 6AM,  get pick  up at Lao Cai station to Sapa town and  have breakfast.

9 AM: meet the tour guide and follow a small trail, that will take you up the hill for 2 hours to the Den Thang range. Reach the top to enjoy the great view of the Fansipan Peak and the stunning Muong Hoa Valley as the trek approaches Hang Da Village - the home of Hmong which is at 1,800m above sea level and overlooks the Muong Hoa Valley. Discover the village and then have a picnic lunch.

After a short rest we will continue walking to Hau Thao village. You will see the stunning view of Muong Hoa valley. Arrive at Hau Thao Commune, you will have a chance to discover the daily life of the Black Hmong minority and their traditional customs and costume.

Continue trekking to Pho village then down the hill to Giang Ta Chai village where you will sleep in a homestay of Giay people. Your homestay is near the hanging bridge. Have dinner and relax.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, train ticket, entrance fees, all meals (B, L, D), permit, homestay.

Day 2: Giang Ta Chai - Ta Van - Lao Chai - Y Linh Ho  - Sapa (B,L,D)
Enjoy the dawn and fresh air in the village, have a nice breakfast served by the house owner.

Start the trek by climbing the mountain on a small trail near the waterfall. Stop for a while to take photos on top of the waterfall. The trek will lead you through the bamboo forest to Ta Van village of Giay people. Have lunch in a local house near the Muong Hoa river bank.

In the afternoon, you will keep going to Lao Chai village - the home of Black Hmong people. Enjoy the view of the largest rice terrace fields in Sapa.

In the afternoon, continue walking to Y Linh Ho village then up the main road and you will return Sapa town by car.
Check in hotel - relax and enjoy Sapa town by your self.

Inclusion: Full-day meals (B, L, D), transfer, guide, entrance fees, hotel.

DAY 3: Cat Cat - Lao Cai - night train ( B,L,D) 

Today we tak a short walk down to Cat Cat Village of Blach H’mong next to a waterfalls, discover the handicraft textile with traditional technique. After lunch, discover Sapa market, shoping and take a road ride down hill to Lao Cai. In late afternoon, depart from your hotel for the Lao Cai at 5:30 pm. Dinner  in a local restaurant before boarding Lao Cai – Hanoi overnight train.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, train ticket, full-day meals (B, L, D), entrance fees.

8pm boarding the train, after 8 hours we arrive at Tran Quy Cap railway station in Hanoi. End service.
Train Schedule
SP1: Depart Hanoi – Lao Cai: (21:40 - 05:45) 
SP3: Depart Hanoi – Lao Cai: (22:00 - 06:30) 
SP2: Depart Lao Cai - Hanoi (20:35 - 4:45)
SP4: Depart Lao Cai - Hanoi (21:05 - 5:30)

All cabins are equipped with air-conditional and soft linens and basic necessities like individual reading light with the aim of making your stay the most enjoyable. Each carriage has one toilet at the end and open during journey.
The bunk berths are  comfortable, but if  you are taller than 1.83cm, you won’t be able to fully stretch out. You might pull your legs a bit. The ride is comfortable but it can be noisy of the train track is a bit bumpy ride. 

Based on experiences from our past travellers, we have some tips which may help you to have better trip to Sapa:
Luggage: You have to carry your own luggage during the trekking hence you should have a bagpack to carry necessary things like water, camera, personal stuff..

What to wear? You shoud have comfortable walking shoes, sandals, flip-flops, warm clothes for Winter ( Nov – April), raincoat, small umbrella, waterproof bags ( for the wet day) 

What to bring? Personal health care, insect repellent,  anti-diarrhea pills , spare batteries or charger, plastic bags for dirty clothes, toiletries ( specially when you’re going to sleep in village)...

How much for tip? Tip is welcomed and it depends on your budget. A tip after receiving good services will be greatly and genuinely. ( Generally around 50,000 vnd – 200,000 vnd per person – equal 2 usd – 10 usd)

Something you should not DO: don’t use drugs, don’t touch the sacred objests , don’t drink too much and make noise, don’t kiss in public, don’t take photos before asking their permission ( specially to elderly)

Why travel with Finnegans?
Our expert local guides are the best available and to ensure the smooth operation of all trips, our partners in Sapa continually work with us to improve our itineraries to ensure we are taking the ‘paths less travelled’. Most importantly, our adventures always aim to benefit the local people we interact with, safeguard the ecosystems we explore and contribute to the sustainability of travel in the regions we experience.

More than a tour operator - Finnegans team offer service of dedication for our clients.

Luguage store – Before you leave for the trip, our travel expert will give you advises what to pack up and necessary gear to enjoy your vacation at comfort, your big bag are store in the hotel with a safety store.

Hand-picked itineraries – Not like the other hotel, you are disturbed to get involved through day and night to book the tour with, our hotels are your peaceful bases during Hanoi, and tour booking is out of your obligation. Who wants to explore the exciting regions of Sapa, our travel experts are always ready to help you to design your itinerary to your specific needs.  Our extensive knowledge and year-contacts in each region enable us to tailor your trips with boundless possibilities. We sell you what we are experts at.

Service like no other- Travel production is invisible, and words of advertising are flying-wing one, the traveled only experience the real promise after the trip. At finnegans, we do like no other with taking your deposit and balance after the tour finished to confident to state that our service is like no other.

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