2 days trekking starts from $ 99 | $ 49 per day
all incl 2 days trekking + homestay + cooking with locals + meals & more..
Daily departure at +/- 8 AM from the meeting point in Sapa only small groups 6-8 pax
We know our stuff over the years and we don’t mince our words.
Designed with a 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 2D/1N - Time Schedule - 2 days trekking & homestay in Sapa
|Day 1||Real Sapa Experience - trekking - homestay||L, D||Sapa|
|Day 2||Real Sapa Experience - trekking||B, L||Sapa|
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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 a 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 a 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,
IMPORTANT TO KNOW ABOUT REAL SAPA EXPERIENCE BEFORE YOU BOOK WITH US
Please note that we try at all the 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 the most popular touristic destination in Vietnam.
Friends Travel Vietnam spends 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 of 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 great ones in a time life experience, just to catch a glimpse of breathtaking Sapa and real local life experience in 2 days.
IS THIS TRIP RIGHT ON FOR YOU?
1. Our basic trips include one night or more in simple homestay accommodation with the 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 advise you 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 of the whole tour, with heavy rain or rainfall 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 a unique experience. For group tour booking we might run higher number of attendants as a 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 be 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 is made by the local authority on the day of the trip in case of bad weather conditions or other safety matters. In such case, we will make an alternative travel arrangement for you on request or offer a 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 the 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.
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, winter jacket(s), day backpack(s), disposable rain ponchos, goody bag,
DAY 1 # Giang Ta Chai - Lao Chai (L, D)
Trekking Route: Giang Ta Chai - Lao Chai, unique route non-touristic mountain area & on the rice paddy fields and buffalo tracks, 12KM+/-
Meeting point: Sapa Eden Hotel - 64 Fansipan street
Meeting time: 07.30 AM
After meeting at our hotel in Sapa our local Hmong or Red Dzao tour guide and the car is ready to bring you to Giang Ta Chai village. Our trekking starts from Giang Ta Chai to Lao Chai Village. The local guide will guide you through this stunning piece of Vietnam. From the lush terraced rice paddies to the rustic charm of the native dwellings, where we trek on the rice paddy fields and buffalo tracks on a less-non touristic & unique 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 will be on the way at a fantastic spot.
Traditional meals with a local family. Cook & prepare the food with the family in the traditional way, enjoy 30 min foot massage.
Overnight at 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.
DAY 2 # Lao Chai - Y Linh Ho - Cat Cat - Sapa (B, L)
Trekking Route: Lao Chai - Y Linh Ho - Cat Cat - Sapa, unique route non-touristic on the rice paddy fields and buffalo tracks, 15 KM+/-
Rise and shine…Enjoy our breakfast at our homestay at 7:30 today we start early at 8:00 so be prepared for your trek. Today we might see 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.
We’ll head back after our second amazing trekking in the afternoon where we enjoy our lunch before slowly heading to Cat Cat village, what we need to reach at 3:00 PM as our driver is waiting for you for a short drive to Sapa town.
Here your tour ends.
Meals 1xB, 2xL, 1xD, Trekking tour in 2 days, Local Homestay, English speaking Minority tour guide, Vietnamese Cuisine, Cooking with locals, 30 min foot massage, 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 too.
Backpack: 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 the 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 their form of respect not to be greed, where you should resist that it will be accepted and giving it gently 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 the 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
The increase of tourism created a growing number of tourists who visit the ethnic minorities and the 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 souvenirs 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 " SAPA EDEN HOTEL "
- Address : 64 Fansipan street, Sapa
Not being on time or being present is seeing as non-shown up!
DIETARY OR SPECIAL FOOD REQUEST
In order to take care of your special food request we would like you to inform us by email in advance. firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVANCED REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED
Please provide us your passport information (name, date of birth, passport number, visa validity) prior to departure.