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Explore Muong Hum Market and Sapa villages: 3Days, 4Nights Tour

Tour code: MP04
Duration:
 3 days/ 4 nights at Hotelstay & Homestay
Departure: Every evening from Hanoi 
Pick up: At your hotel in Hanoi 
Grade: trekking and walking market

Night 1 ( saturday night ): Hanoi to Lao Cai by the night train

Take overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. Pick up from you hotel or be ready at our office at 20.00 for a short transfer to Hanoi Station to take the overnight train to Lao Cai City. Overnight on the train.        

¨ Day01 ( Sunday ): Lao Cai - Muong Hum Market - Sapa
Early arrival in Lao Cai, at the Chinese border, you will meet your local guide and driver as soon as you check out the station, freshen up and Breakfast before taking an hour drive through scenic countryside to Muong Hum. Arriving at the market at about 09.00Am, joining the locals for the market activities. It is here at this market place where you can see and meet the most diversity of ethnic minority peoples living in Lao Cai Province: The four H’mong sub groups: Black, Flower, Red and Blue; Red Zao, Black Zao, Zao Tuyen; Ha Nhi; Zay; Nung…You will realize easily women from many different groups by watching at traditional costumes they wear. The Zay wear black trousers, pink or blue blouse or shirt with a woolen headscarf, the Flower H’mong and Red H’mong wear colorful skirts which decorated with thick red and yellow embroidery on the batik patterns, silver ear rings and necklaces while the Black H’mong choose the simple indigo color with light decorative embroidery…
Time has passed away fast and the market coming to an end. Let’s sit down on a large and flat rock by the river to relax and enjoy picnic lunch before taking the road ride to Sapa. You’ll enjoy some stops for sightseeing along the way. Check in your hotel upon arrival in Sapa and time is set free at your leisure.

* Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
* Accommodation: hotel in Sapa town

¨ Day 02 ( Monday): Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van villages - Homestay
After freshening up and having breakfast you are free to take a walk around the charming little town of Sapa. Pay a visit to the fascinating market and or the old cathedral where you can meet and greet some of the local ethnic minority people. The Black H'Mong and Red Zao come into town daily to sell their farming produce and hand made crafts - you will spot them easily in their bright traditional dress. We will set off to begin trekking and exploring the Muong Hoa valley. 
We begin by driving approximately 3 kms to Cat Cat village - here we start walking. This village is home to the H'Mong. There is a pretty waterfall to enjoy and an old hydro power station built by the French is nearby. A further 12kms of trekking will see us visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages. Here we will have lunch with a local family or in a drinking shop by the river, we continue hiking to Ta Van village (here resides the Dzay people) where we settle for the night in a local village family home. This provides a great opportunity to share their customs and home life. Your tour guide and host family will set up a temporary cooking class so you can share a Vietnamese cooking experience.

* Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
* Accommodation: homestay at Ta Van village

¨ Day3 ( Tuesday): Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – SuPan – Sapa – Lao Cai - night train to Hanoi
Leaving Ta van village after breakfast, you will head off on an uphill trail, past fascinating terraced rice fields and small pockets of H'Mong housing before walking through a bamboo forest to a picturesque waterfall. Here, we rest briefly and admire the scenery, following this we continue walking for about half and hour to Giang Ta Chai village, home of the Red Zao people- this sits on top of a hill and overlooks the Muong Hoa River. After spending time with the villagers and enjoying their genuine hospitality we will cross the river via a suspension bridge and head upwards again to visit a local handicraft centre where H'Mong and Zao women gather to share their crafts and skills and have a good chat!
A late lunch will be prepared for you near the craft centre and then it is time to relax and become acquainted with the local school children and their teachers. Later, a short drive will return you to Sapa, you are free to shower and enjoy a couple of hours free time in town before transferring down the mountain to Lao Cai station. Transport back to your hotel is by yourself. 

* Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner includes.
* Accommodation: On the train

Tour Price per person in US Dollars: ( private tour ) 
Join Group tour: 149 USD/per
Private Tour:

No of pax
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Price
219
184
179
172
166
159
152
149
Chidren Policy
Under 5 free, from 6 to 10 charge 75 %, 12 years and above pay for adult price

Notice: upgrade 2beds cabin( private cabin on train): USD/ 2person/ way

Included:

•  Pick up at the hotel you stay in Hanoi to Hanoi train station, we take you to the train cabin
• Accommodation: 1 night in hotel in Sapa town and 1 night at homestay.
• Return overnight train deluxe class in 4 berth cabin with air-conditioning.
• Transfer with private car as indicated in day by day itinerary.
• All meals as listed in day by day itinerary.
• Visiting fee, tax and service charge.
• Local English speaking tour guide.

Excluded:

  • Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls etc.).
  • Drinks, tips and gratuities.
  • Services not clearly mentioned above.

Packing list: Passport, towels, change of clothes, sun block, sun glasses, sun hat, insect repellent, proper hiking shoes, warm clothes in the winter time (Sapa is a coolest place in Vietnam) and rain coat

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