Travel from Hanoi to Sapa and back on this Vietnam adventure

Northwest Vietnam is a captivating mix of dramatic mountainscapes, crisp fresh air and colourfully-clothed hilltribes. Set on the slopes of a beautiful emerald green valley, Sapa is the heart of this unique piece of Vietnam. Travel to this peaceful land and meet resplendently dressed ethnic minorities at the local market, visit neighbouring villages and hike through iridescent rice terraces, witnessing how the current of life has bubbled along here for centuries. This five-day trekking adventure is full of opportunities to be immersed in traditional hilltribe culture and cuisine, while relishing the striking landscapes of Sapa and its surrounds.

Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
Explorer, Short Breaks
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
101kg pp per trip


  • Wind through dramatic Sapa scenery
  • Meet the residents of Cat Cat village
  • Trek past a patchwork of rice terraces
  • Stay with a local Zay family
  • 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 French colonial architecture that decorates the tangled laneways, indulge in a decadent Vietnamese coffee while 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 generous, enjoy unhindered views out towards the 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.
Awaken 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, Private vehicle
Homestay (1 night), Hotel (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)


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1. Please note that this trip finishes on arrival in Hanoi on day 5 at approx 5am. Please ensure onward flights are not booked until after midday to cater for any delays.
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