Duration: 5 Days/ 4 nights
Start/ End: Hanoi / Hanoi
Tour Routes: Hanoi – Sapa- Cat Cat Village – Fansipan Mountain – Hanoi
Tour Categories: Hanoi Local Tours
Tour Customizable: Definitely!
Guide: Local Guide ( English Speaking Guide, other languages upon request )
Transportation: private transportation by air-conditioned car, train.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Overnight on Train to Lao Cai
Day 2: Sapa – Cat Cat Village – Fansipan Mountain by Cable Car
Day 3: Sapa – Lao Chai Ta Van – Hanoi By Shuttle Bus
Day 4: Hanoi City Tour
Day 5: Hanoi Departure
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Take a train to Lao Cai
Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa, and then clear Immigration and Customs. Our tour guide and driver will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to your lovely hotel in Hanoi.
At night, our driver will transfer you to Hanoi train station to catch the night train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on train to Lao Cai
Day 2: Sapa – Cat Cat Village – Fansipan Mountain by Cable Car (B, L)
Arrive at Lao Cai train station, you will be welcomed by our local tour guide and transferred to a local restaurant near the railway station for showering and breakfast. Then drive uphill to Sapa. Along the way, you can stop anywhere to admire green valleys, rice terraces, and local people – hill tribes working on the slope of a hill, water buffalo, or pigs on the slope of mountains.
Set your feet in Sapa town, start a day tour to visit: From 2 km at Sapa Town, Cat Cat Village is an age-old village of the H’Mong ethnic group remaining traditional custom that is lots in other villages. Come to the village, visitors have an opportunity to admire a lively and colorful picture of the local daily life. That maybe is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds.
Then, we head to the Sapa Cable Station for the very amazing trip to Indochina’s Rooftop – Mount Fanxipan by cable car. This is particularly interesting in these northern mountains of the country, where travelers seek the rice terraces and traditional arts of minority peoples. Located around 2,200 meters from the altitude are the ethnic minorities the lowland Vietnamese generically call ‘Meo’ – savages – and above them looms the bulk of Hua Xi Pan: “giant protruding rock”. You can challenge yourself when hiking 600 stone stairs more to reach the rocky peak of The Roof of Indochina.
After all, you will be privately transferred back to your hotel and have your own leisure time.
Stay overnight in Sapa
Day 3: Sapa – Lao Chai Ta Van – Hanoi By Shuttle Bus (B, L)
From Sapa, we trek via Y Linh Ho through beautiful scenery to the Black H’ mong village of Lao Chai where we spend time looking around the village and learning about life in the village.
Then, we walk through rice terraces and on local paths to the Zay village of Ta Van.
This is the only village in the Sa Pa area where the Dzay people live. We spend time looking around the village.
At 14:00, you get on the shuttle bus to go back to Hanoi (no guide).
Stay overnight in Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
In the morning, we start our day tour to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, where Ho Chi Minh president lived and worked till the end of his life.
As a symbol of gratitude and respect of the Vietnamese people for president Ho Chi Minh, The Ho Chi Minh Museum is the preserver of everything memorable related to Ho Chi Minh.
Closed by, go to visit one of the famous temples, One Pillar Pagoda which was designed in special architecture, and is built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter. Designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is the national flower, as well as a symbol of a Buddhist symbol of purity, since lotus blossoms in a muddy pond.
Then, visiting the Temple of Literature (Vietnamese name is Quoc Tu Giam) – Vietnam’s first University, which was built in 1070 in honor of Confucius, his followers, and Chu Van An, a moral figure in Vietnamese education.
After that, visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, where they can look at a vivid picture of the miniaturized Vietnamese ethnic community’s life. It can be said that almost no foreign tourists to Hanoi refuse to visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Sip a cup of coffee at a coffee shop in the Old Quater where you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the peaceful life of the locals and listen to Vietnam traditional music.
We visit Ngoc Son Temple which is located at the northern end of Sword lake from the shore, walking on The Huc bridge that leads to the island.
Admire buildings of the temple, including the Pen Tower, the ink-slab,
the Moon Contemplation Pavilion,
all of which have symbolic meaning.
Take your time wandering and exploring the Hanoi 36 Old Quarter streets which are famous for the history, the architecture, the enormous amount and diversity of products, and even the everyday life of its residents. Strolling Hanoi Old Quarter, where you will see another experience about Hanoi, which mixed both ancient and modern beauty of Vietnam.
Continue with Hanoi Street food tour through the wet market to grilled pork, fried pancake, Vietnamese traditional bread, dried beef salad, mixed fruit, Hanoi beer, dessert sweet soup, or coffee with chicken egg (you can eat as much as you can – pay on your own).
Stay overnight in Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi Departure (B)
After enjoying breakfast at your lovely hotel, you will have your own free leisure time to sample souvenirs and relax before heading to the airport.