This tour combines the cultural heritage of Hanoi with the scenic mountains of Sapa. Vietnam's capital is a city of wide tree lined boulevards and colonial villa's has a more sedate pace than other Asian cities. Sapa is one of Vietnam's most intriguing destinations, set high in the mountains near the China border; it is most famous for its terraced rice paddies and colorful local markets. Home to numerous ethnic tribes and boasting the highest mountain in Indochina, visitors to the region will understand why the area was a favourite with French colonialists as far back as 1920.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (Dinner)

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you down town for dinner at local restaurant. Next, we go to hotel for check in then you are free to relax.

Overnight in hotel in Hanoi 

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Overnight train to Lao Cai (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

After breakfast, we start our day with the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam built in 11th century which reveals the Vietnamese spirit of study in the past. The following is the Presidential Palace (formerly Palace of the Governor-General of French Indochina), Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilt and nearby One Pillar Pagoda. We then take a short drive out of the city centre for a special lunch at a local house. The Chef makes a rice pancake demonstration before you are invited to join in a delightful meal at garden.

We continue our trip to the History Museum, originally established in the 1920s as the Musée Louis Finot. The museum traces the history of the Vietnamese people from the earliest times to the present day using displays of cultural and ethnological significance. Five minutes walking from the History Museum to the Hanoi Opera House for photos.

Then we explore the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Spending hours walking around the Old quarter may make you feel thirsty. Stop over at a coffee shop where you see how the local people enjoy life, you may also award yourself with a unique drink known as “bitter sweet” coffee at Café Giảng - the oldest coffee brand in Hanoi (since 1946). We will end the day with “thousand year old” Water puppet Show.

After dinner, we transfer to the train station for departing to Lao Cai.  

Overnight on train

Day 3: Sapa (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Upon arrival at Lao Cai, journey up the terraced hillsides to Sapa, a former French hill resort and home to some of Vietnam’s most vibrant ethnic groups. Be greeted by a hearty breakfast at a local restaurant. After breakfast, stop by the central market to see how the local people market their wares. Next, you will get to take a look at how the local ethnic minorities live. Firstly, walk through the vibrant villages, rice fields and thatched roof homes to see the Red Dzao at work and at play in their distinctive red traditional dress. After lunch, check into hotel and take a short rest. Proceed on to visit Cat Cat Cultural Village where the Black H’mong ethnic minorities live. Enjoy the view at the scenic silver waterfall.

Overnight in hotel in Sapa.

Day 4: Sapa Ethnic Market (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We will spend this day visiting one ethnic market. Ethnic market will be held as below:

Coc Ly Tuesday Market:

It takes about 2 hours by car from Sapa to Coc Ly Market. It is the colourful market in a mountainous area where the Flower H’mong mainly gathers to exchange their homemade products. After visiting the market we go on a boat on the Chay River with beautiful mountains on both sides. On the way we will have a short trek to Trung Do village (Tay) This is a unique opportunity for you to the see the traditional lifestyle of tribal minorities and their costumes and handicrafts. And then get back to Lao Cai station to take night train to Hanoi

Lung Khau Nhin Thursday market:

Lung Khau Nhin is held on Thirsday. You will enjoy beautiful scenery along the road until you arrive in Muong Khuong. From there, you turn in a dirt road, which goes up in mountains. Pine trees forests and villages surround the tinny market. Flower Hmong, Tu Di, Tay and Giay ethnic minorities come to buy and sell local products such as food and material for agriculture and fabric. After exploring the market, your car will take you heading to Cao Son - the most stunning part of Lao Cai province. You will then be able to visit to the most secluded peaceful village - Tin Thang and have an oppoturnity to see people still distill the wine from corn, making bacon in the most basic way and offering special corn cake to anyone who drop by their house. After that, get back to Lao Cai station to take night train to Hanoi

Can Cau Saturday market:

After having breakfast in Sapa we go to the Can Cau Saturday Market by a van. It takes us 2 hours to get there. This is a colourful market situated in a small village in the mountain. You will see several different minority groups here but mainly the Flower H’mong people. The local people come here to buy and sell clothes, vegetables, meat and cattle. In the afternoon we will have a short trek to Ban Pho village (Flower H’Mong). Transfer back to Lao Cai for the night train to Hanoi

Bac Ha Sunday market:

This is the largest market in the region, a place where many ethnic groups gather to buy and sell, eat and drink together. There are 10 minority groups in the Bac Ha region. You can buy homemade handicrafts and clothes. In the afternoon we will have a 2 hour trek to Ban Pho village (Flower H’Mong people). In the village we can have a look in their house and understand little more about their lifestyle and traditional customs. Especially, we can try homemade wine from corn. And then we drive back to Lao Cai Railway station for night train back to Hanoi.

Overnight on train

Day 5: Hanoi Departure (Breakfast)

Upon arrival in Hanoi station, we will transfer for breakfast with noodle before going to the airport for your flight.

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