Check out hotel at 07.30am and leave Hanoi for 4 hours road trip plus 30 minutes break along the newly built highway to Lao Cai City on the border to China. Enjoy lunch break at La Bordoux Restaurant with local dishes. Drive after lunch for an hour uphill to Sa Pa along national road 4C with a photo break at midway before turning to a narrow tarmac for 8km to Sa Seng Village of the Black H’mong.
Get off the vehicle at the highest point of the motorway where the whole fascinating valley of Sa Seng opens wide and affers breathtaking scenery of the limestone mountains surrounding impressive terraced fields and small villages of the Black H’mong ethnic peoples. Start the two hours walking trip from here along the village path which winds its way amongst terraced fields from hamlet to hamlets, enjoy stunning scenery which changes after every corner and bend as well as drop in some local homes, meet hospitable H’mong peoples who live their quiet life in small wooden houses built in traditional style and do their everyday works.
The walk ends up at about 5.30pm as the village path meets the motorway where vehicle and driver waiting, picked up and transfer shortly to hotel in Sa Pa town let. Check in upon arrival and relax. Dinner will be served at 07.00pm in a local restaurant with Sapa’s speciality.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner // Acc: Sapa View Hotel or in other with the same category.
Breakfast, check out hotel and leave noisy and touristy Sa Pa at 8.30am. The excursiion today offers spectacular landscapes of Hoang Lien Mountain Range, fascinating valleys of Ban Khoang, Ta Giang Phinh and Kieng Lao Valleys as chances to visit villages and meet hill-tribal peoples from Red Zao, Black H’mong, Ha Nhi and Zay groups.
Once getting out of Sapa, the road trip within an hour offers great view of Fansipan Mountain, Roses vegy and cardamom farms as well as lush and thick rain forest. Stop driving in Ta Giang Phinh Valley and take leisure walk for nearly 2 hours through three vilages of the H’mong for an unique discovery of local culture and way of life. Meeting the car again and drive along the quiet country tarmac sneaking amongst mountains, valleys and streams 18km to Muong Hum. Check in home-stay here, freshen up and have lunch break.
Afternoon excursion takes nearly 3 hours for exploring the Pieng Lao Valley. Drive shortly from home-stay to Sin Chai Village of the Ha Nhi Ethnic whose population is only some 16 thousands individual living in Vietnam. Walk through the village, pay visit to some local homes before continue the trip to Ta Le Village of the Red Zao. Walk through Ta Le Village before coming down to Pieng Lao Valley, home to the Zay peoples who is famoous for wet rice farming.
Picked up again at about 5.00pm and transfer back to home-stay in Muong Hum.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner // Accommodation: Home-stay in wooden house
It is great if today falls on SUNDAY. It is festive day to local tribal peoples. In best colorful traditional costumes, they go to the market for shopping, of course, but more important than that: They go to the market for meeting, for socializing and for family re-union. Meeting at the market place they talk, drink corn wine a lot…youngsters try to find friends and partners, members of families who live away from one others talk, laugh and cry…
Spend the whole morning for attending the market for interesting understanding of local life. This is chance happened only once a week!
Back to home-stay at noon. Freshen up and lunch. Check out and leave home-stay at 1.30pm for 6 hours road trip to Lao Cai and onto Hanoi. Arrival back to the center of Hanoi at 10.00pm, drop off at hotel and trip ends.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch