SAPA – GROUP TOUR 3D2N (budget by bus)
Sapa is a delightful French hill station built in the early years of the century and one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Vietnam. High in the mountains of northwestern Vietnam, Sapa offers great trekking and a kaleidoscope of ethnic groups. This trip provides you a glimpse of local hill tribes and opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Sapa and the surrounding Muong Hoa valley..
- Itinerary Details
- Sapa – what to bring
- What’s included?
- What’s excluded?
- What do I need to bring?
- Useful information
Hanoi – Sapa
Our guidance service will pick you up at your hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi at around 21:00 – 21:50 and transfer you to the bus stop for the overnight bus to Sapa. Overnight is in an air-conditioned sleeper bus.
Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B-L-D)
From the bus station (early arrival!) your pick-up service will drive you to the hotel.
You will have breakfast at the hotel before we start our 12km trekking to visit Lao Chai village, inhabited by Hmong people. The trekking route offers some challenges as you balance on the rice terraces and a small trail on the steep mountainside. The vegetation is dense as the trail leads up to a peaceful village perched on the Hoang Lien mountainside. We head downhill and relax at a local stream for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we continue trekking to Ta Van village, inhabited by Dzay people where we have a unique home stay experience.
We will overnight in the homestay in Ta Van village.
Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Supan – Sapa – Hanoi (B-L)
After breakfast, we start the day with an easy trek of 10 km to visit 2 villages, which are inhabited, by red Dzao and Hmong people, Giang Ta Chai and Su Pan. The trekking will take you along local paths, up and down rice terraces and into the villages and home of local hill tribes. Enjoy a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge with picturesque landscapes… We head though the bamboo forest on the way to the main road to get the jeep to return to the hotel in Sapa for some free time and to fresh-up. At 16:00 we take the comfortable sleeper bus back to Ha Noi.
The bus will drop you near Hoan Kiem Lake (this will be around 21:30) so you can walk the short distance to your accommodation.
We can of course arrange the overnight sleeper bus at 22:00 back to Hanoi if you prefer. Just let us know.
Bring as little as possible but bring everything you need. Travelling light is much less of a hassle so do not bring things you can do without. You can leave some of your luggage at your hotel in Hanoi, especially when you return there.
Thanks to its geographic condition, Sapa has one of the most favourable climates in Vietnam. The temperature remains stably cool throughout the year though winter may see more severe changes, with frost and even snow for a few days per year (mostly from mid-December to mid-January). In the valley the altitude is 1000 meters and temperatures don’t drop below 6 degrees Celsius.
Trying to predict the weather in Sapa is almost impossible. However, here is our best attempt:
Sapa weather is characterized by a sub-tropical climate. However, as a result of the high altitude, the weather in Sapa is cool all year round. In summer, Sapa does not suffer the harsh heat like that on the coastal plains. Temperatures in summer fluctuate from 10-18°C at night and 20-28°C during the day.
When the sun shines, it can be harsh, even on cloudy days so expect to need sun protection. Rain and fog is possible throughout the year.
In winter, Sapa Town is often blanketed by fog and cold air, temperatures may drop below zero degrees Celsius some days.
Luggage and bags:
A daypack to bring on your treks is a good idea. These can be easily bought in Hanoi or Sapa.
Clothing/ Shoes/ Weather Gear:
Bring clothes to suit the local weather.
Always keep your spare clothes in a watertight bag to ensure they stay dry if there is a sudden downpour. The Sapa climate is totally unlike the rest of Vietnam.
Essential items to have for the trek are some layers of warm & light clothing (mornings can be cold but you may get pretty warm during the day as you trek). A pair of sturdy trekking shoes is essential.
In January to March it can be quite cold, foggy and rainy. A fleece and raincoat/ poncho is advisable and gumboots/ Wellington boots.
These items are available in Sapa at good prices.
Bring your camera! Any camera will do, or you will be sure to regret it.
Recommended kit list for homestays
- Long-Sleeved Shirt/ T-Shirt
- Fleece for evenings
- Trousers (Such As Lightweight Cargo Trousers, avoid Jeans)
- Shorts Optional
- Swimwear Optional
- Lightweight Water & Wind Proof (Jacket & Trousers)
- Walking Shoes (Sturdy, with good grip)
- Gumboots/ Wellington boots (for the wet and wintery periods)
- Sun Hat and sun protection
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste,
- Ear Plugs & Eye Mask Optional
- Flash light
- Transfer service to the bus stop in Hanoi
- Sleeper bus from Hanoi to Sapa and Sapa to Hanoi (this can also be the late afternoon bus)
- Pick up service from Sapa to the hotel
- Meals: day 2 breakfast, lunch and dinner, day breakfast and lunch
- Transportation from Giang Ta Chai to Sapa
- Homestay in the valley
- English speaking tour guide
- Beverages, Tips and Personal Expenses
- Travel insurance
- All not indicated in our itinerary
- Booking voucher from us
- Valid Passport with valid visa
- Cash for personal expense
Specific food requests
Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.
Especially for the north and central Vietnam;
In the period between November and April, the weather is variable, from sunny to cold and rainy. It is advisable during this period to bring some rain gear with some warmer clothes. In the period from April to November, it is good to pack a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen (at least SPF15) and a reliable insect repellent. A thin rain poncho is useful all year round.
The south of Vietnam is generally a lot warmer all year round, so warm clothing is not really necessary.
Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!
What do I need to know?
During the period March to November it will good to pack your swimming gear, a towel, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera and lots of batteries. Warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March is advised. How much luggage can I take? Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or soft over-night bag and include a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc. Inhibitions can be left in the luggage storage rooms at your hotel with your other unwanted baggage.
Get Up and Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!