Travel by overnight train from Hanoi to Sapa on this three night tour.

Arrive early morning at Lao Cai on the Chinese border before transferring to Sapa. Sneak through the market and leave the busy town behind as you head downhill to Cat Cat Village. Trek via dirt trails through rice paddy terraces all whilst taking in the spectacular scenery along a narrow river. Visit villages of the Black H’mong minorities enlivened by the flashes of shining jewellery from the necks and wrists of indigo-clad women. Enjoy time at leisure to self-explore Sapa or visit one of the areas weekly markets which rotate on a daily basis, selling wonderful crafts all made by the local ethnic tribes.

Destination Vietnam
City Sapa
Departure Location Hotel
Duration 4 Days / 3 Nights

Tour Schedule

Tour Dates Departs Daily


Day 1: Hanoi - Sapa (Overnight train)

This evening, you will be collected from your Hanoi hotel and transferred to Hanoi Railway Station for your overnight train to Lao Cai on the Chinese border.
Please Note: The standard trains in Vietnam are basic – you will travel in an air-conditioned 4 berth shared sleeper which offers beds in an upper and lower bunk configuration with a toilet at the end of each carriage.

Day 2: Sapa (B)

Early morning you’ll arrive at Lao Cai on the Chinese border where a local car meets you for the transfer to Sapa. A one hour drive through the winding hills brings you to Sapa, a small town which is the centre point of the surrounding villages. Breakfast is included upon arrival at the hotel.

At around 10am, begin your trek, firstly sneaking through the market to leave the busy town behind. Follow the road downhill to arrive at Cat Cat Village. Stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a short break before you continue along a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. Take in the spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. Eventually arrive in the Y Linh Ho Village home to the Black Hmong minority. After resting, head to the Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through the village of Lao Chai and its Black Hmong minority and then move onto Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. At one of the viewing points you can enjoy a unique valley view as well as swim in the river nearby. Your guide will take you back to the hotel early evening.

Day 3: Sapa - Hanoi (Overnight Train) (B, L)

Today is your choice to either spend time at leisure to self-explore Sapa or to visit one of the areas weekly markets which rotates on a daily basis (additional cost, please advise at the time of booking).
You’ll witness the local ethnic people including the Flower Hmong, Black Hmong, Dzay, and Dzao and other ethnic groups who are famous for their wonderful crafts, hand-made decorative clothing and textiles, coming to the market. The markets are very much a social event. After spending the morning exploring the market, a simple lunch will be served in a local restaurant. After lunch return to Sapa with time at leisure before your transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station for an overnight train back to Hanoi.

Market Days: Coc Ly – Tuesday; Cao Son – Wednesday; Tam Duong or Lung Khau Nhin – Thursday; Can Cau – Saturday; Bac Ha – Sunday. No markets on Monday or Friday.

Day 4: Hanoi

Early morning, arrive back at Hanoi Railway Station where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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