The north-west of Vietnam is a captivating blend of dramatic mountain landscapes and colourful hilltribes. Set in a spectacularly beautiful valley, Sapa is the heart of this breathtaking region. Meet resplendently-dressed ethnic minorities at the local market and visit nearby villages to see how they live and work in rice terraces. This trip is full of opportunities to discover hilltribe culture as well as the striking scenery of Sapa and its surrounds.

Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
Explorer, Short Breaks - Group Adventures
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
56kg pp per trip


  • Explore the 36 streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter


Xin chao and welcome to Hanoi! Dive into the barrage of bikes, boulevards and bustling life that characterise this lively city. Take time to explore the divine French colonial architecture that decorates the tangled laneways, indulge in a decadent Vietnamese coffee whilst people-watching from street-side cafes, or step back in time on an exploration of the Old Quarter. Board an overnight sleeper train bound for Sapa via Lao Cai.
If the weather is feeling particularly generous, enjoy unhindered views out towards the astounding giant staircase of rice terraces that cascade down the side of the mountains. Otherwise, delight in the enigmatic mists that often shroud the Sapa hillsides. Spend time trekking to hilltribe villages, and pass through the communities of the Blue H’mong, Red Dao and Tay people. Rest weary feet at a local family homestay in Ta Van Village.
Awake early for a final chance to trek through the hillside on the return to Sapa. Make the most of free time and explore the town itself before boarding the overnight train for the return journey to Hanoi.
Spend a final day in Hanoi at your leisure, soaking up the grace of this dynamic city that is the epitome of modern Vietnam.
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2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Minibus, Overnight sleeper train
Homestay (1 night), Hotel (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Guided trek


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