SAPA TREKKING AND BIKING HOMESTAY 2D3N

Hard Trek | Homestay | Private Touring
On this trip, the ride takes you along Lao Chai, Ta Van Village and then deep into Ban Ho valley, which is home of Tay, Red Dao minorities. You will enjoy beautiful landscape, meet friendly local people and spend one night in the Tay's stilt house, which could be an unique experience that you have ever had.
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SAPA TREKKING & BIKING HOMESTAY - 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT
Hard Trek | Homestay | Private Touring


OVERVIEW:

On this trip, the ride takes you along Lao Chai, Ta Van Village and then deep into Ban Ho valley, which is home of Tay, Red Dao minorities. You will enjoy beautiful landscape, meet friendly local people and spend one night in the Tay's stilt house, which could be an unique experience that you have ever had.

Duration: 2 days & 3 nights
Grade: Hard Trek
Activities: 2 Days trekking/biking
Accommodation: 1 night home stay and 2 overnight trains

HIGHLIGHTS:

•    Visit the Black H'Mong people and Ta Van and Lao Chai Village to meet the local Dzay people.
•    Cycle to Thanh Phu then Nam Sai villages to visit Xa Pho and Red Dzao to know more about custom and culture in daily life of ethnic minority groups.
•    Be guided  by an operator who is one of the pioneer Sapa tour operator and their extensive knowledge of the region has allow us to offer and  deliver high-quality trekking, biking and village encounters

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE:

              Night 1: 8pm boarding Hanoi – Lao Cai overnight train
              Inclusion: transportation, train
DAY 1: LAO CAI - SAPA – LAO CHAI – TA VAN – BAN HO
              Inclusion:  Transfer, guide, entrance fees, full-day meals, permit, homestay.   

DAY 2: BAN HO – THANH PHU – NAM SAI – LAO CAI STATION
              Inclusion:  Transfer, guide, entrance fees, full-day meals, train ticket   
              8pm boarding Lao Cai – Hanoi overnight train, 5am following day arrive Hanoi.

DETAIL 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 by our staff. Boarding the train, Finnegans prefer to take you to your cabin before saying good bye and will meet you again here on the day you are back Hanoi.

 Inclusion:
Train ticket (4 Soft sleeper A/C wooden cabin - sharing cabin), transfer

DAY 1: LAO CAI - SAPA – LAO CHAI – TA VAN – BAN HO
Arrive Lao Cai Train Station around 5:30. Then take an one hour bus ride uphill to the beautiful town of Sapa. The ride gives you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces that make Sapa famous with travelers.
Have breakfast and freshen up before your morning adventure. Glide for 9km to Lao Chai Village to visit the Black H'Mong people, and then continue 2km along a trail to Ta Van Village to meet the local Dzay people. You will get the chances to see the traditional houses of these ethnic groups as well as enjoy seeing those rice terraces up close.

Have picnic lunch at a family in Su Pan, and then ride another 10km of rocky road down the valley to Ban Ho Village. Stop at the home stay of your Tay host to drop off your gear, then take a walk around the village or have a swim at the village's waterfall for unwinding.

Free to exploring until a simple but fresh and tasteful dinner in a local house. Overnight in the Tay's stilt house.

Biking and Trekking: 21 km
Night 2: Home stay
Inclusion: Transfer, private guide, full-day meals (B, L – picnic lunch, D), biking, homestay, entrance fees.

DAY 2: BAN HO – THANH PHU – NAM SAI – LAO CAI STATION
In the morning, wake up in your homestay and enjoy the morning, cool fresh air. Have a breakfast prepared by your host.
Then cycle 8km to Thanh Phu Village, then do a 7km loop along the trail to Nam Sai Village to visit Xa Pho and Red Dzao ethnic minority groups. You will be exploring the further and more remote part of Sapa as well as meet people that are rarely be seen around the busy town.

Head back to Thanh Phu for lunch in a local house, then cycle down the stunning valley to a hanging bridge where your jeep will meet you on the main road. Drive back up the valley to Sa Pa.

Free at leisure until transfer to Lao Cai station at 17:00. Overnight on the train back to Hanoi.

Biking and Trekking: 15 km
Night 3: train
Inclusion: Transfer, private guide, train ticket (4 Soft sleeper A/C wooden cabin - sharing cabin), full-day meals (B, L - picnic, D), biking, entrance fees.

DAY 3: HANOI ARRIVAL

8pm boarding the train, after 8 hours we arrive at Tran Quy Cap railway station in Hanoi, our staff are ready to pick you up and take you to our hotel for shower and breakfast. End service.

Inclusion: Transfer, breakfast, shower.

Important Notes:
PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
Warning: There is some cheating at Lao Cai train station that some guys try to see your travel voucher, then they say, they are looking for you, invite you to the bus, then force you to pay at $30 for a seat on the bus to Sapa. So please do not pay for any body here, and be aware of this problem.
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.

Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. The policy seems to benefit the tour operators, more than the local economies or travelers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the cost and risk of cash handling to travelers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices we have chosen a policy not to ask for such payments.

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