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TRIP CODE: MKS-M-2  |  Departure: every Friday & every Saturday, from Hanoi  |  Tour type: private

 

Summary
In the festive atmosphere of the region’s biggest market, Muong Khuong offers a chance to encounter peoples from some very small ethnic groups: The Pa Zi, Tu Zi and Tu Lao beside the H’mong and Zao who can be met in most other markets in Lao Cai. Together with two days exploring Sapa’s tribal villages your vacation will be highlighted by nature wonders, new culture discovery and excitement.

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Destinations
Hanoi - Lao Cai - Muong Khuong market - Lao Chai - Ta Van.

Highlights

  • Join in Special hill-tribe market, discover the daily life of Flower H'mong, Red Dzao people.
  • Visit Muong Khuong market.    

Brief itinerary:

DateActivitiesMeal
Day 1 Taking overnight train from Hanoi city to Sapa.
 
Day 2
Visiting Muong Khuong market
B, L
Day 3
Easy trekking in Lao Chai and Ta Van
B, L

Note: The itinerary is flexible, you can also visit Muong Khuong market (opening on Sunday only) on the Day 3 of the trip.

 

What to bring?

  • Original passport with valid visa
  • Camera and rolls of film
  • Sun block
  • Sun glasses
  • Wide brim hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Warm clothes
  • Small amount of cash
  • Personal medicines
  • Insect repellent
  • Joy and big smiles

 

Note: The itinerary is flexible, you can also visit Muong Khuong market (opening on Sunday only) on the Day 3 of the trip.


Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai (night train)
We will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi at 7.00 pm and transfer you to Hanoi train station for the overnight train to Lao Cai province. Experience the romantic overnight train travel.

Transfer from hotel to train station | Night train: 4-soft sleeper A/C shared cabin | Meals: not applicable.

Day 2: Lao Cai station - Muong Khuong market on Sunday (B, L)
Meeting your Sapa guide and driver upon your arrival to Lao Cai Station early in the morning, freshen up and Breakfast before transferring 55km to Muong Khuong. The road was recently upgraded to ensure smooth drive and enjoy beautiful scenery of the lush mountainous region along the way with some stops for nature wanders and photos. Arriving to the market place you will spend the whole morning joining the local tribal peoples of different groups coming from remote villages to attend the market for their most important week end activities. Shopping? Of course. You can see a variety of things for sales from farming products, medicinal herbs, spices to Chinese made electronic appliances… but is not as important as meeting, contacting, socializing and enjoying food! It is easy to realize the H’mong and Zao through their colorful dresses and head gears who are the massive at the market. The Ha Nhi, Tu Zi, Tu Lao peoples in smaller numbers and wear unique traditional costumes which are not so colorful but beautiful. You will sit down for a simple Lunch while the market is getting over. The trip back to Lao Cai is more interesting for having lot chances for personal contacts with locals on the way back to their villages. Then the road goes uphill to Sapa offers spectacular view of mountain and valleys to make the drive shorter. Arriving in Sapa in middle afternoon, check in hotel and enjoying a leisured walk around this charming town.

Transfer from Lao Cai station to Sapa | Trek: 8km, easy grade | Hotel: Bamboo Sapa (or equivalent) |English speaking guide Freshen up services | Meals: B, L.

Day 3: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Lao Cai station (B, L)
Today morning, you will explore the spectacular Muong Hoa. A Jeep will take us out of the town, following the only road built on the side of a mountain range, looking down the valley, over viewing magnificent landscapes composed of high mountains, deep valleys, and stream of water winding, waterfalls and terraced rice paddies…walking trail can be seen clearly from the road winding up and down hills on the other side of Muong Hoa River to connect village to villages… Our suggested walk starts from Lao Chai village of the H’mong along the river to Ta Van, the Zay village. Our Jeep will pick us up at Ta Van Bridge and drive back to Sa Pa at noon. Afternoon is at your leisure for wandering Sapa town and market until late afternoon when transfer down hill to Lao Cai station for taking the overnight train back to Hanoi

Transfer from Lao Cai station to Sapa | Trek: 14km, easy grade | English speaking guide Meals: B, L.

 

 

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Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

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  • If the price goes down after you book, we will refund the difference — guaranteed.
Hotel optionsPriceSingle supplement 
Standard 3* (Bamboo Sapa hotel or equivalent) $229 $15
Superior 3*+ (Chau Long hotel or equivalent) $255 $25
Deluxe 4* (Victoria Sapa hotel) $305 $39

 
What's included?

  • Pick-up and transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the program.
  • Return overnight train tickets in 4-berth cabin (A/C wooden soft sleeper). If you would like to upgrade to the private 2-berth cabin, please contact us.
  • Twin /double sharing room at hotel in Sapa.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle and/or a private jeep with an experienced safe driver.
  • Meals as mentioned in program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) in the local restaurants or picnics where no suitable restaurant available.
  • Local English speaking guide (other language guide is upon your request).
  • Freshen up service.
  • Entrance fees, sight seeing fee for all visits as mentioned in the program.
  • All taxes and service charge.

Special offer

  • We'll arrange Vietnam visa (1 month, single entry) for all members of your group for free of charge

What's excluded?

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Drinks, tips, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance.
  • Other things not clearly mentioned in the included list.