2 days trekking starts from $ 185 | $ 92 per day
all incl. Sleeping train + 2 days trekking + homestay + cooking with locals + meals & more..
Daily departure at +/- 8 PM by evening sleeper train from Hanoi only small groups 6-8 pax
We know our stuff over the years and we don’t mince our words.
Going by sleeping train to Lao Cai Sapa in a relaxed way with your own soft sleeper berth in cabin of 4 pax. Travel in a relax way going by luxury sleeper train to Sapa!
Designed with great variety, these trekking experience are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, non-touristic trekking and local cultures.
Are you ready for the "Real Sapa Experience"?
Real Sapa Experience 4D/3N - Time Schedule - 2 days trekking & homestay in Sapa
|Day 1||Depart by sleeper train (soft sleeper berth)||-||Hanoi||08:30 PM|
|Day 2||Real Sapa Experience - trekking - homestay||B,L,D||Sapa|
|Day 3||Real Sapa Experience - trekking||B,L,D||Sapa|
|Depart by sleeper train (soft sleeper berth)||Sapa||08:00 PM|
|Day 4||Arrive Hanoi||B||Hanoi||06:00 AM|
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After a pretty comfortable drive by train from Hanoi we arrive in the early morning in Sapa. Such a colorful town thanks to the H’mong and Dzao people from the local hill tribes who head into the town’s market every day to trade their produce. The region as also known as “the Tonkinese Alps”, Sapa is just a lovely hill station town in Northern Vietnam near the Chinese border.
Enjoy a very warm welcome from our local (Hmong or Red Dzao) tour guide who will guide you through this stunning piece of Vietnam. From the lush terraced rice paddies to the rustic charm of the native dwellings, Sapa is a place you’re sure to fall in love with! Many diverse groups like the Dzay, Dzao, Tay, Xa Pho or Hmong populate this richly cultural northern territory.
You’ll sample their unique delights as you pass through each village, trek 2 days and overnight with the local Hmong minority in an traditional homestay, enjoy cooking with locals & lovely 30 min herbal foot massage.
We hope you are ready for our unique non-touristic trekking.
This is a trip you’ll remember for the rest of your life...
With this trip, we have built our reputation!
FRIENDS TRAVEL VIETNAM’S LOUNGE WAITING AREA & SERVICES
As special privilege for our clients Friends Travel Vietnam has his own private Lounge waiting area at our Office in Hanoi, just for your convenience to relax or to get refreshed.
Free services: Breakfast service, drinks, shower service, internet, computer & print service, lounge coaches/beds, secure lugage storage room, Hanoi City map, trekking shoes & gear
Extra Services: Laundry service.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW ABOUT REAL SAPA EXPERIENCE BEFORE YOU BOOK WITH US
Please note that we try at all time to give an accurate illustration of the proposed itinerary for your Real Sapa Experience. This is our strength to be open and honest and to be clear in information to our clients with our reputation during the time we operate, you are traveling to most popular touristic destination in Vietnam.
Friends Travel Vietnam spend a lot of time in writing our trip notes, this as our intentions are not to create over expectation of your trip, and giving you a clear view what to expect on a trip like this as also what to prepare and to take with you.
That’s why we would like to share joining a trip like this with clear directions and details to give you all a great ones in a time life experience, just to caught a glimpse of breathtaking Sapa and a real local life experience in 2 days.
TRANSPORTATION OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN FROM HANOI TO SAPA TOWN & RETURN HANOI
You booked the overnight sleeper train journey from Hanoi to Sapa town our guide will guide you to the train station into your cabin, on arrival in Lao Cai (Sapa) our driver is waiting you for your +/- 1 hour drive to Sapa town on your return we will drive you from Sapa town to Lao Cai train station, upon your arrival in Hanoi you will be required finding on your own the way to our office as this is quite easy to do by foot or by taxi.
For a cozy & relaxed way of travelling many trains operated on the same route going to Sapa and return is one of the most popular choices of passengers with this luxurious train carrier when it comes to traveling to Sapa.
Not only do we offer normal 4-berth cabins but also VIP 2-berth cabins for couple or friends who value more privacy and space, is not only fully-equipped with modern and comfort facilities but also positively reviewed by our customers thanks to excellent service and professional staff.
All cabins are wooden paneled, equipped with air-conditional and soft linens and basic necessities like individual reading light with the aim of making your stay the most enjoyable. The presence of large window allows passengers to be immersed in breathtaking view of the outside landscape if travelling on the day. Though restaurant carriage is not available. Each carriage also includes one toilet at the end
SP1: Depart Hanoi – Lao Cai: (21:40 - 05:45) # SP2: Depart Lao Cai - Hanoi (20:35 - 4:45)
SP3: Depart Hanoi – Lao Cai: (22:00 - 06:30) # SP4: Depart Lao Cai - Hanoi (21:05 - 5:30)
Important: The bunk berths are pretty comfortable, but if you’re over 6 foot (1.83cm) you won’t be able to fully stretch out, if you are over 6 foot or (1.85cm) you might pull your legs a bit, however the ride is comfortable but it can be noisy of the train track is a bit bumpy ride.
IS THIS TRIP THE RIGHT ON FOR YOU?
1. Our basic trips include one night or more in simple homestay accommodation with local family, and there a few ways to better understand a country and its people. You will sleep on mattresses on the floor in a mixed-gender dormitory style if this is not your cup of tea we will advise you to book the hotel option.
2. This trip includes a moderate level of hiking in the hills and mountains during this trip, ranging from 6 to 8+ hours. Although this hiking is possible for most travellers, a good level of fitness will help increase your enjoyment of this experience.
3. Weather conditions might affect the level of hiking into challenging to difficult level tracking. We strictly advice to be prepared for the weather conditions with the right gear, our tracks can be on muddy roads where it might be slippery where some situations the track can be classified as dangerous.
4. In very bad weather conditions as, thunderstorms, storm or typhoons we cancel a part or the whole tour, with heavy rain or rain fall we might delay the trip and adjust the road depending on the weather forecast.
5. Pregnant women will be not advice to join this trip, people with heart diseases or heart problems or weak fit level are not advice to join this trip.
6. Please note many of our Adventures tours operate with a minimum of 1 person, so there may be instances where you are the only person on the trip.
7. The group size for our Real Sapa Experience is limited to 6-8 persons who join in the tour, to create an unique experience. For group tours booking we might run higher number of attendants as an private group tour booking.
8. This experience is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means for some portions of this trip, such as at the homestay, you may join-in with other travellers who have booked on a different style of trip, or through other companies Friends Travel Vietnam work with.
If you booked a complete private tour with private homestay this will not applicable.
CANCELLATION POLICY FOR REAL SAPA EXPERIENCE BOOKINGS
- More than 30 days prior to check-in: free of charge
- From 30 to 7 days prior to check-in: 10% of total rates
- From 6 to 3 days prior to check in: 50% of total rates.
- Less than 3 days prior to check-in: 100% of total rates.
- No-Show: 100% of total rates.
Cancellation notice must be send to us via email. Refunds will be processed in between 48 hours or directly at our office during openings hours.
CANCELLATION DECISION MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITY
When cancellation decision are made by teh local authority on the day of the trip in case of bad weather conditions or other safety matters. In such case, we will make alternative travel arrangement for you on request or offer refund in accordance with the cruise policy on the non joined services following your itinerary. Refunds will be processed directly at our office during openings hours.
This information has been compiled with care and good faith. They give an accurate illustration of the proposed arrangements for this holiday. Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research.
The information given in your itinerary may be slightly different on the day of your departure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Itinerary & Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans, we always handover before your departure our latest updated itinerary. If you have any queries, please contact us directly we are here to help you!
While we operate successful different options for our “Real Sapa Experience” trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries. Circumstances beyond our control such as changes in local conditions, inclement weather to timetables and transport routes or other reasons could force us to make changes to this itinerary. Any costs shown are subject to change, though are an accurate reflection of costs at time of writing.
This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Please also note that visa requirements are subject to change and are the responsibility of the traveller and not that of Friends Travel Vietnam.
To secure your booking, you have to settle your down-payment with us. The balance due is payable upon your arrival in Hanoi at Friends Travel Vietnam office at 62 Hang Buom street, on the day before your scheduled departure. It’s possible to settle by cash or credit card (settle by card there might be an applicable transaction fee).
Be aware that our prices are not inclusive of transfer fees levied by your bank and oversea bank - please ask your bank to transfer the sum prior deduction or any shortfall.
The booking is only confirmed when full payment is completed on at least a day before your departure or if agreed others by email. We reserve the right to release part or full booking if the full payment is not completed as deadline. Payment in Vietnam Dong is to be made equivalent to the amount in United States Dollars at the official exchange rate of the VietcomBank at the time of your booking.
We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field.
- Sa Pả
- Lào Cai
- tt. Sa Pa
- Linh Hồ
- Lao Chải
- Tả Ván
- Giàng Tả Chải - Tả Van
- Lào Cai
- Hà Noi
The information below on your itinerary and details are intended to assist you as you consider your travel options for Vietnam with Friends Travel Vietnam. In addition to the detailed itinerary each tour has been supported with some useful information to provide you with an overview of your accommodation & meals, all things as money, passports, visas, vaccinations, insurance, clothing, tipping culture,personal equipment & much more to help you with your travel preparations to have the best experiences for your planned trip.
As part of our free services program for the Real Sapa Experiences, we offer a free trekking gear for good prepared trekking & experiences:
Low heel trekking shoes, winterjacket(s), day backpack(s), disposable rain ponchos, goody bag,
DAY 1 # Hanoi - Sapa
Tonight we are departing from Hanoi, by overnight sleeper train. You will have a Meet & greet at 62 Hang Buom Street before 6:30PM for instructions about your Sapa trekking. We will pick you up at our discussed meeting point for your train departure, our guide will guide you to the train station all the way to your cabin, you will be required to be on time at the meeting point.
It’s possible to leave & store your luggage not needed for your Sapa trekking at our office and before your departure. You can use our lounge area to refresh yourself. You will receive from us a train ticket or voucher for Hanoi to Sapa and return.
The sleeper train throughout Vietnam are quite comfortable and an experience on its own. We booked standard a berth in 4-berth cabin, each of you will have your own sleeper berth. All bedding is provided. The sleeper train is air-conditioned and has Western style toilets your luggage can be stored under the berth. Though restaurant carriage is not available, food and drinks are not available for purchase . Each carriage also includes one toilet at the end.
Our guide will pick you up from meeting point and will guide you to the train station all the way to your train cabin.
|Meet & Greet tour instructions||Meeting Point Train departure|
|Where: Friends Travel Vietnam Office||Where: see printable intructions|
|62 Hang Buom Street, Hanoi Vietnam||8 or 8:30PM present to exchange vouchers|
|Time: before 6:30PM||Train Departing Time: Between 9:40 or 10PM|
DAY 2 # Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai (B,L,D)
Route 1st Day trekking: Lai Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai, unique route less-non touristic on the rice paddy fields and buffalo tracks, 17KM+/-
Are you ready for the "Real Sapa Experience"! After arriving at Lao Cai train station in the early morning around 6 AM, our driver is waiting you a signboard with your name on it and will pick you up from Lao Cai train station for a +/- 1 hour drive to Sapa town by join in bus.
On arrival at our hotel you'll be offered a refreshing shower and enjoy breakfast on the top floor with stunning views of Sapa town and the Muong Hoa valley. Our local Hmong or Red Dzao tour guide is waiting you, who will guide you through this stunning piece of Vietnam. From the lush terraced rice paddies to the rustic charm of the native dwellings, Sapa is a place you’re sure to fall in love with!
Many diverse groups like the Dzay, Dzao, Tay, Xa Pho or Hmong populate this richly cultural northern territory. You’ll sample their unique delights as you pass through each village where we trek on the rice paddy fields and buffalo tracks on a less-non touristic unique. Traditional meals with a local family. Cook & prepare the food with the family on the traditional way, enjoy 30 min foot massage.
Overnight at our local homestay with the family the accommodation for the evening is clean, basic bedding and mosquito nets are provided, western toilet & shower, just a great place to be. You will sleep on mattresses on the floor in a mixed-gender dormitory style and there a few ways to better understand a country and its people.
Note: Your local guide will meet you at Sapa Eden Hotel. Be ready as your tour starts at +/- 7:30 AM.
DAY 3 # Lao Chai - Giang Ta Chai - Sapa (B,L,D)
Route 2nd Day trekking: Lao Chai - Giang Ta Chai - Sapa, unique route non touristic on the rice paddy fields and buffalo tracks, 12KM+/-
On day 3, after a traditional breakfast we leave the homestay and continue our trek to visit the minorities in Giang Ta Chai village. We pass bamboo forest and stunning scenery and a lovely waterfall along our route. The terrain can be steep at times and slightly challenging.
However, passengers with a moderate fitness level should be fine. Our journey leads us along the small paths edging the rice fields, across the Muong Hoa River and lunch will be on the way at a fantastic spot. We’ll head back after our second amazing trekking in the afternoon where we enjoy our lunch before slowly heading back to Sapa town, we arrive around +/-4PM.
You have free time to discover Sapa town on your own if you like, shower service available and dinner will offered around 6PM at our hotel. Your train is departing between 9-10 PM our driver will pick you up from our hotel, it's +/- 1 hour drive to Lao Cai station, please ask our staff on this day of arrival what time dinner will be served and what time your departure is to Lao Cai station for your depart to Hanoi. Please note to present at the registration desk to exchange your train voucher into train ticket.
|Meeting Point Train departure|
|Where: see printable intructions|
|6:30 or 7PM present for departure|
|Traon Departing Time: Between 9-10PM|
DAY 4 # SAPA - HANOI (B)
Arriving back at Hanoi, arrival times are early, between 4:45 and 5:30 AM, it might be possible to stay at the appointed recommendations till 6 AM. You will be required to find your way back to our office yourself, pick up service not included. Our office is open at 6 AM, where a lovely breakfast, coffee and a refreshing shower is waiting you.
It's possible to get a direct connection for tours to Halong Bay the departure times are around +/-7:30AM & 8 AM.
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Meals 3xB, 2xL, 2xD, Trekking tour, 2 days, Local Homestay, Train tickets (2 ways softsleeper), English speaking Minority guide, Vietnamese Cuisine, Cooking with locals, 30 min foot masage, Trekking shoes & gear, All transfer, All entree fees, and more... All indicated in our itinerary
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase), Gratuities (optional), Personal expenses
The following experiences suggestions for the packing list are based on our and feedback from our past travellers. Our packing list should be used as a guide only and is not intended to be a complete packing list. Any other items that you wish to pack are at your own discretion; Most travellers carry their luggage in a day backpack, though an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would be fine if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are NOT convenient to.
Bagpack: You will also need a daypack/bag to carry water and a camera etc and personal stuff.
Walking or Hiking: Comfortable walking shoes with good grip/profile, Sandals/flip-flops (for evening), Hiking poles/walking sticks, Trekking socks
Sightseeing: Binoculars, Camera equipment, Film or memory cards, Spare batteries/charger, Dust proof camera bag
Personal items: Toiletries, Rubber flip-flops for showers, Small sewing kit & safety pins
Winter or Extreme Weather: Thermal underwear or base layers, Beanie/woolly hat/balaclava, Gloves / Hand warmers
Wet Weather:Raincoat, Small Umbrella, Waterproof bags for rain protection while walking, waterproof & windproof jacket, Waterproof trousers
Personal Health: First aid kit, Personal medication/prescriptions, Prescription glasses, Contact lenses and solution High protection sunscreen (25+), Lip balm/lip salve, Hat/wide brim hat, Sunglasses, Insect repellent, Antihistamine/insect bite cream, Antibacterial gel/wipes, Travel sickness tablets, Travel vaccination certificates, After-sun moisturizer, Anti-malaria pills (if recommended by doctor), Aspirin and/or paracetamol, Dehydration powder (salts & glucose), Anti-diarrhea pills (consult your doctor for more detailed advice)
Luggage: On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage also during the trekking.
- Remember to bring a plastic bag for dirty clothes.
This is at your discretion and we must stress that tips do not form part of the wages of your guide, porter or trek crew, although with the influx of tourism and also different nationalities in tipping cultures, tip is increasingly becoming expected in one way as an incentive, therefore we would like to be a light in the dark after getting many questions about this.
Thankfully, Vietnamese people are as a rule incredibly cheerful and friendly and nothing ever seems too much trouble for them. Your guide and trek crew will be no exception and as a tip is the accepted form of saying ‘thank you’ if you have received good service, a tip at the end of your trek will be greatly and genuinely appreciated. However giving a tip might be struggle also, as in the Vietnamese culture you might see that the person you would like to refuses this, as showing there form of respect not to be greed, where you should resist that it will be accepted and giving it gentle or putting it in someone’s pocket en then walk away and ignore it what just happened, a nice challenge!
The following amounts are per person, suggestions are based on local considerations and feedback for a 2 days & 1 night trek from our past travellers, for tipping your guide, porter or trek crew: 50.000VND to 100.000VND per person similar to 2,50$ to 5$USD
What to know about the ethnic minorities
Increase of tourism, created growing number of tourists who visit the ethnic minorities and evolving trend of commerce in the areas where the ethnic resident live, but also gives an opportunity for very poor inhabitants to earn money. Residents in these areas very quickly grasped the elements of a simple business. They offer their handmade accessories, clothing, bags etc. helping hand with trekking all-in return to earn a bit to support their families, something we need to accept and respect. By buying some local handmade souviniers you are really supporting the local minorities.
Rules to follow in a village of ethnic minorities
During your travel and trekking in mountain areas you will meet people from ethnic minorities in their villages. It is recommended to follow these rules of behavior:
1. Do not use drugs – use or sale of drugs is illegal in Vietnam
2. Do not touch the sacred objects
3. Dress appropriately (long pants preferable, dresses…)
4. Do not drink alcohol in the village and do not be noisy (you can drink the rice wine in their presence)
5. It is not recommended to kiss in public in the village
6. Be careful when taking pictures (especially the elderly and children, ask for permission and then show the photo)
7. Enter into their home only when you are invited (you can also bring a small gift – eg. fruit and balloons for children)
8. Do not give money and sweets to small children (it is better to give some small items, toys…)
9. You can purchase a handmade object for their hospitality
10. If you got the helped hand during your trekking as support during the day, purchase a handmade object for their help, what might cause that more locals who joined that day also would like that you will buy something from them. Good luck and keep in mind that every dime spend is really going to support the local minorities families.
MEETING POINT START TOUR:
- From "Friends Travel Vietnam's" office
- Address Hanoi Old Quarter at 62 Hang Buom street.
Not being on time or being present is seeing as non-shown up!
DIETARY OR SPECIAL FOOD REQUEST
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ADVANCED REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED
Please provide us your passport information (name, date of birth, passport number, visa validity) prior to departure.