Our Insider Experience
- Perched on a mountain‘s edge, stay at the charming Topas Ecolodge, recently acknowledged by National Geographic as a ’unique lodge‘, and help support Sapa‘s hiltribe communities and the environent.
- Delve deeper into the lives of the Red Dzao people, one of Vietnam‘s most facinating minority groups.
- Take a memorable walk through the breathtaking rice terraces of Nam Cang and gain insights into many mountain- dwelling communities that call Sapa home.
Day 1: WELCOME TO SAPA
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to Fanxipan overnight train where you will begin your onward journey to Sapa.
ACCOMMODATION 1 night FANXIPAN TRAIN (OR SIMILAR) – Deluxe cabin
Day 2: SAPA
Itinerary As dawn approaches, arrive early into Lao Cai station, where you will disembark and transfer to your hotel in Sapa town. Along the way, take in the spectacular panoramic mountain scenery. Located in the far northwest of Vietnam in the mountains bordering China, Sapa is home to deep mountain valleys and traditional villages. On arrival at your hotel, check in and enjoy a delightful breakfast with your fellow travellers. Spend your afternoon admiring the beauty of Sapa on-board the Fansipan Cable Car that will take you 3000m to the upmost peak of Fansipan to explore the many temples as well as admire the natural beauty of Hoang Lien Son and Muong Hoa Valley Breakfast included
ACCOMMODATION 1 night BAMBOO HOTEL (OR SIMILAR) – Superior Mountain View 018 Muong Hoa Road Sapa 0084 Vietnam Tel: +84 91 551 06 89
Day 3: SAPA
Itinerary Enjoy a full day of guided touring with a journey to discover the rich culture of the many hill tribes that call Sapa home. Gaze at the beautifully terraced rice paddy fields and stunning vistas as you drive to the villages of the Xa Pho and Tay people. Discover the fascinating culture and heart-warming hospitality of these unique people before departing to indulge in a leisurely walk through the expansive rice terraces of Nam Cang. Take a break and further indulge in the peaceful surrounds at the Nam Cang Riverside Lodge for lunch. Continue your afternoon with a visit to one of the area’s most colourful minority communities, the Red Dzao. The Red Dzao women wear bright red turbans, shave their heads and eyebrows, and are known for their knowledge of local medicines and embroidery skills. As late afternoon approaches arrive at the Topas Ecolodge for check in and your overnight stay. Perched over the surrounding valley and built using sustainable principles, in collaboration with the Red Dzao, its environmentally-friendly features include solar power, waste water treatment and a natural water source from the nearby mountains. The property has been recognised by National Geographic as a ‘unique lodge’. Breakfast and Lunch included
ACCOMMODATION 1 night TOPAS ECOLODGE (OR SIMILAR) – Premium Executive Bungalow 24 Muong Hoa Sapa 12345 Vietnam Tel: +84 24 3715 1005
Day 4: SAPA TO HANOI
Itinerary After breakfast enjoy some free time at the Ecolodge, where you might like to try a spa treatment or take a short walk into the surrounding area. Later check out of the lodge before journeying back to Hanoi, around 5 hours, where your tour will end. If you are departing from Hanoi on a late afternoon or evening flight you will be dropped directly at the airport, or at your hotel if you have further arrangements with Insider Journeys. Although it’s time to say goodbye think of all the wonderful stories you will take home. Breakfast included.
- 2 nights hotel accommodation
- 1 night train accommodation
- Breakfast daily
- 1 lunches
- Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
- Small group touring
- Entrance fees
- English speaking tour leader
- Tipping and arrival and departure transfers.
- Meals other than those specified
- Visa fees
- Insurance and personal expenses such as laundry, mini-bar, telephone and drinks.
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Specification: Sapa by train
From $855 AUD