An overnight train ride leads to Lao Cai, the gateway to the picturesque Sapa Mountains. At Sapa, you will trek past scenic rice terraces, meet colourful hill tribes and wander through bustling ethnic markets.

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Highlands of Sapa

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Day 1

Hanoi - Lao Cai

You’ll be transferred in the evening to Hanoi train station for the overnight train to Lao Cai, the gateway to Sapa.

Day 2

Lao Cai - Sapa

On arrival in the border town of Lao Cai transfer to the former hill station of Sapa. In the terraced hills and mountains of this area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colours of its hill tribe population. Take a morning walking tour of Sapa to visit the busy market where a few of the ethnic minority tribes converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts and to buy provisions. Continue with a walk to a hilltribe village and visit some local homes. (B)(L)

Day 3

Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi

Travel to Ma Tra Valley, where a downhill walk takes you to Suoi Ho village, sitting beautifully on top of a low hill. Visit several local homes and gain an insight into local life, before continuing on to Ma Tra village, with its terraced scenery and flower farm. Return to Sapa for lunch, then board the bus to travel by road back to Hanoi, arriving late evening. (B)(L)

Day 4

Hanoi

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