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SP08: Challenge On Foot - Homestay

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Duration: 5 days Transportation:

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Languages: English Tiếng Việt (View map)
us$ 196
(per person)

This five days hard trekking trip offers a chance to explore the most stunning area of Sapa district which is under protection of Hoang Lien Son nature reserve. Trekking from 6 to 7 hours every day you will follow foot paths up and down mountains, through forest, terraced rice paddies, crossing river and water streams by suspension bridges… from village to village of different ethnic minorities including H’mong, Zao, Tay, Xa Pho,.. paying visit to local homes, witnessing daily life activities and especially village home staying will bring the interesting insight of local life.

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Night 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa
You will be picked up from your hotel lobby by our representative at 20:00 for a short transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for boarding to Lao Cai by Express Train leaving at 21:10.
Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request).

Day 1: Lao Cai - Sapa - Visit 3 ethnic villages (B, L, D)
Y Linh Ho | Lao Chai | Ta Van village | Homestay

6:00 AM Arrival at Lao Cai railways station, welcomed by your local guide and driver for one and a haft hour drive on an exciting curving road, surrounded by steep mountains and terraced rice fields to Sapa town. After freshen up and Breakfast in a local restaurant, you are driven by car to the end of the dirt track, from where the only means of transport is by foot. 

This part offers spectacular scenery of the highest part of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and in a nice day, Fansipan Peak can be seen. Crossing the river by a suspension bridge you will challenge your feet uphill to Y Linh Ho village. Here you will pay visiting to some H’mong families, watching them doing their daily works. 
After picnic Lunch, the trail continues up and down hill for about 2 hours as you reach to Lao Chai, a large village of the H’mong and then following the river bank to Ta Van of the Zay people, paying visiting to local homes, village schools… you will enjoy much your cultural discovery of local ethnic peoples as well as breathtaking scenery of the Muong Hoa Valley. Tonight you will enjoy a home stay in Ta Van Village at a Dzay family on the floor in a private house for an unique life experience.

Night 2: Overnight at Homestay
Meals included: Breakfast at local restaurant. Picnic Lunch and Dinner at Homestay

Day 2: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan - Ban Ho Village (B, L, D)
Leaving Ta Van village after Breakfast and following the foot path uphill, you will pass through impressive terraced rice paddies on the hill slopes before getting through a bamboo forest, a huge waterfall to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zao peoples. Walking around the village you will meet many women with their embroidery work to make their traditional dresses, occasionally you can see the blacksmiths making farming tools and even hunting riffles. Passing the Muong Hoa river again and then trek uphill to Su Pan village passing the rocks field with unique carving which is believed to be the messages of the ancient peoples. In this village you will see the special technique to build houses on the steep rocky land. From Su Pan trekking downhill for an hour, Ban Ho valley will open wide in your sight. Arriving to Ban Ho of the Tay minority late in the afternoon, check in the spacious local house built on stilts for Dinner and Homestay. After dinner, resting or chatting with the local family to learn their customs and daily life… 
Night 3: Overnight at Homestay

Meals included: Breakfast at Homestay.
Picnic Lunch and Dinner at Homestay

Day 3: Ban Ho - Nam Toong - My Son (B, L, D)
Get up early in the morning for fresh air and peaceful daily life of the local people. After Breakfast we spend an hour walking to explore Ban Ho, a large village of the Tay peoples who live on spacious wooden houses built on stilts and very well organized before ascending uphill to Nam Toong village of the Red Zao. The trail of this part is really steep but the higher you reach to, the more stunning scenery will open in your sight. The village locates on the top of a hill and almost isolated and the houses are rudimentary but the peoples are very welcoming. After Nam Toong, the trail winds its way up and down hill slopes for an hour to Nam Ken and My Son, the two small villages of the Xa Pho ethnic whose population is only about 4000 in Vietnam. Most of the Xa Pho are still living the most primitive way basing on forest gathering, hunting and practicing slash and burn agriculture. Every family here built a small house on stilts away form their living house to avoid catching fire for store their food and valuable property. You will stay overnight in this village. 


Night 4: Overnight at Homestay


Meals included: Breakfast at Homestay. Picnic Lunch and Dinner at Homestay

Day 4: My Son - Thanh Phu - Sapa (B, L, -)
Wake up early for fresh air watching local life before Breakfast. The amazing thing here is watching children walking some kilometers up and down hill to school and it seems that they enjoy their school hours very much! Leaving this poor village, walking downhill to the river for a crossing and then uphill again to Thanh Phu, another Tay village where you will spend about two hours wandering around the village before Lunch. 
In the afternoon, continue trekking for few hours along the way back which offers panorama view of Ban Ho valley before picked up and transferred back to Sapa town. On the way back, visit the ancient stone circle (stones decorated with ancient carvings which are said to have described the life of the people lost in the mists of prehistory). Check in hotel and your evening is free.


Night 5: Overnight at hotel in Sapa town.


Meals included: Breakfast at Homestay. Picnic Lunch and Dinner on your own

Day 5: Sapa free day - Lao Cai - Ha Noi (B, -)
Breakfast at Hotel. Today is set free for your own plan to explore Sapa town. Our recommendation is to take a walk to Sapa market, where you can meet tribal ethnic peoples such as Black H’mong, Red Zao, Zay… from nearby villages come every day selling their farming, gathering products: Vegetable, bamboo shoot, mushroom… and of course handicrafts for souvenir. Continue walking the steps from the market to the church and then onto the top of Ham Rong Mountain where you can visit an orchid garden and a small museum about ethnic peoples of the Northwest. Check out hotel room is on or before 12.00 (noon).
You will be picked up from your hotel lobby in the afternoon at about 16.00 by private car for a transfer downhill to Lao Cai station to catch the overnight train back to Hanoi leaving at 20:15
Night 6: Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request).

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel. Lunch and Dinner on your own


Arrival in Hanoi around 5:00 AM next day.

You will be picked up at Hanoi station and walk to our Hotel - Hanoi View 2 Hotel (5 minutes walking) for breakfast and short rest. Check out time is on or before 12.00 (noon)

 
All rates are in US dollars and per person based on half twin.

 
Price includes:

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Transportation by air conditioned vehicle as tour program indicated.
- Return train ticket basing on first class 4 berth shared cabin with air-conditioner (Soft sleeper wooden cabin).
- Sightseeing fees and permits. 
- Local English speaking guide (French speaking guide on request at additional cost US$ 15.00/day per group).
- Meals as mentioned in program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
- Accommodation as program: 3 nights in Homestay, 1 night at hotel in Sapa town.
- The above private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group.


Price excludes:  
- Drinks, except otherwise mentioned
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- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- Mineral water and chilled tissue served on trip.
- Insurance, Personal expenses, Tips and emergency transfers.

 

Notes:

- Prices are per person. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Christmas period (Dec 24-26), New Year period (Dec 31-Jan 02). 
- Group tours are not available for this tour option.
- For additional hotel night cost to the packages, please contact us for the rates.
- If one person prefers to stay in one room, the single room supplement must be paid as follows:

Hotel category   Price per person for 01 night stay at hotel
02/5/2012-30/9/2012 01/10/2012-31/12/2012
Economy (2 star hotel) US$ 12 US$ 12
Standard (3 star hotel) US$ 22 US$ 22
Deluxe (4 star hotel) US$ 24
US$ 38
Luxury (5 star hotel) US$ 77
US$ 82


- 2 bed cabin on the night train at extra cost US$ 98 per person on request. 

- This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your Sapa travel plan. You can also disregard full package tours and choose whatever travel items you need. We can quote the tours you really want. Usually travel insurance is not covered in our quotations.

- Keep your luggage and money by yourself.

- Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.

- Take original passports, good and comfortable trekking shoes, insect repellent, torches, sun scream, towels, rain gear and extra warm clothes. All customers must obey the order of your guide for your safety.


Very Important notice from TUN Travel: 
- Child definition: From Age 3 to 9 Years (usually enjoying 10%-20% discount. Contact our trip advisors for the actual discount for your case). 9 Years old and above will be charged as Adult Price.

- All tours & transfers are all based in English Speaking local guides. For other languages, please contact our trip advisors for new quotations.
 
- Itinerary Change to the confirmed itinerary may happen because of traffic, weather, or any other conditions not under our control such as war, strike, fire, acts of government, riot, etc. We will do our best to make sure that all the travel will be similar. Tun Travel can substitute the itinerary upon your agreement.

- Transportation and Restaurants:
The cars, vans or coaches for the land transportation should be in good shape with air conditioner. All restaurants should be tidy and clean.

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