Investigate frozen-in-time cultures and trek through serene landscapes draped in terraced rice paddies. Learn the ancient art of batik color dyeing, visit with local villagers, and enjoy freshly prepared Vietnamese dishes in tranquil settings on this 4-day excursion around Sapa.
Catch a lift from your Hanoi hotel and cruise to the train station, where you can enjoy the overnight ride to Sapa in a comfortable sleeper berth.
Wake up and grab breakfast on the train before you arrive at your destination and grab a ride to the village of Ta Van. Along the way, admire stunning views of the verdant hills of the Muong Hoa Valley. Go for a trek around farm-flecked landscapes, snap photos of quiet farms, and check in at the home of a local resident.
Rest your feet with an herbal foot bath before continuing on to Lao Chai for a lesson on the delicate art of batik, used to dye fabrics in vibrant colors. As your evening draws to a close, check in at your hotel and tuck into a delicious Vietnamese dinner.
After breakfast, lace up your hiking shoes for an active trek through aromatic pine forests just outside of Sapa. Reach the village of Suoi Ho for up-close looks at the traditions and practices of the Black Hmong people, stop off in Ma Tra for a scrumptious lunch and green tea, and then spend some time in Taphin, where you can chat with another ethnic minority in Vietnam, the Red Dao people.
Conclude your trek with a look at a local salmon farm and a quick ride back to Sapa, where you can check into your hotel.
Pack your bags and meet up with your driver for your transfer to the train station and your return trip to Hanoi with a transfer directly to your hotel.