Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Coc Ly Market Tours

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Tour summarySapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Coc Ly Market
Sapa, nestling in a beautiful valley on the border with China, is northwest Vietnam’s most colorful destination. Vivid green rice terraces are sculpted into the mountain sides while in the fields H’mong and Dao women work dressed in traditional colorful clothes. At the end of the week, the H’mong, Dao and other ethnic minorities trek down from their villages to trade goods at the weekend markets in Sapa, Bac Ha and other small towns. . .

Full Itinerary
Day 1 : ( Saturday ) Hanoi – Lao Cai
20: 30 pm – Pick up at your hotel and transfer to Hanoi railway station to board the express train to Laocai. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin (4 pax/ cabin or 2 pax/cabin on request).

Day 2 : (Sunday) Sapa – Lao Chai Village – Ta Van Village
6 : 00 am – Arrive at Laocai railway station. Welcome by your local guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel in Sapa for breakfast and a shower. Leave Sapa at 10am by jeep to visit an H’mong village nestling in a beautiful valley and a hydroelectric power station built by the French. Follow a small path to visit 2 other villages of the H’mong and the Dzay people (LaoChai and TaVan). Picnic lunch en route. Dinner with a Dzay family. Overnight in TaVan village. (5 hours trekking, 14 km, 3 villages)

Day 3 : (Monday) Ta Van Village – Giang Ta Chai Village -Sapa Breakfast at the homestay, then take the road to GiangTaChai village to see the Red Dzao people via a network of paths through terraces and bamboo forests. Visit a picturesque waterfall and a suspension bridge. Enjoy a picnic lunch and cross the river to visit an H’mong village on the mountainside. Return to Sapa by jeep. Visit an ancient stone circle. Check into hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Sapa. (5 hours trekking, 4 km, 2 villages)

Day 4 : (Tuesday) Sapa – Coc Ly Market – Boat Trip o­n Chay River  Breakfast at the hotel. Depart at 7am for CocLy market which is situated far from Sapa. Experience the peaceful life of the different ethnic tribes (Flower H’mong, Black Dzao, Tay, Dzay). The market gives them the chance to meet and share their joys and sorrows after the harvest. Bid farewell to the market and take an exhilarating boat trip along the Chay River, where you are bound to feel a sense of your own minuteness against the majestic backdrop of the high Rock Mountains and to be stunned by the breathtaking waterfalls. Visit TrungDo village of the Tay Minority. After the boat trip, visit a small town called BaoNhai, then return by jeep to Laocai station to board the night train to Hanoi. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin. End of services.

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