Leave Hanoi behind as you head to the village of Cat Cat by overnight train. Spend a few days hiking through pastoral landscapes and down jungle trails lined with cascading waterfalls. Learn an ancient painting technique and get the chance to stay at the home of a gracious local on this 4-day excursion.
Grab your bags and meet up with your driver outside your Hanoi hotel. Ride to the train station and climb aboard to find your sleeper berth and settle in for an overnight ride to Cat Cat.
Wake up and watch the scenery drift by as you come into Cat Cat. Disembark the train, tuck into a quick breakfast, and then head to a nearby trail to start a hike that winds between rice paddies and river valleys. You can stop off for a refreshing break near the water, snap photos from lofty viewpoints, and savor lunch at a small village before ending your hike in Lao Chai.
Next, relax with a cup of hot tea, practice the art of batik color dyeing, and then turn in for the night at a local's home, where you can feast on a homemade meal and take a soothing foot bath before going to bed.
Fill up at breakfast and finish out your hike, climbing through bamboo forests and more waterfalls before arriving in Giang Ta Chai. Check out the colorful garments worn by the area's Red Dao people and then cross a small stream to reach an ideal spot for a picnic lunch. Refuel here and then head to the train station in Sapa where you can catch a ride to Hanoi.
Wake up as your train pulls into Hanoi, where you can meet up with your driver and catch a lift back to your hotel.