SAPA – GROUP TOUR 2D1N (midrange by day bus)
This tour is ideal for travellers who have limited time, don’t want to travel overnight but want to experience 1 night at a basic home stay in a hill tribe village and to go for a trek to the most popular travel areas around Sapa in the Muong Hoa valley and of course, all with quality service.
Enjoy a very warm welcome from our local tour guide who will guide you through this stunning piece of Vietnam. From the lush terraced rice paddies to the rustic charm of the native dwellings, Sapa and its surroundings is a place you’re sure to fall in love with! Many diverse groups like the Dzay, Dzao, Tay, Xa Pho or Hmong populate this richly cultural northern territory. You’ll sample their unique delights as you pass through each village.
- Itinerary Details
- Sapa – what to bring
- What’s included?
- What’s excluded?
- What do I need to bring?
- Useful information
Hanoi – Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Ta Van (L-D)
06:00 – 06:30 Pick up from your hotel/ stay in the old quarter of Hanoi, transfer to the big bus and depart for Sapa Town.
09:30 We follow the highway to Lao Cai city with the first comfort break.
11:00 Second comfort break at Lao Cai city before approaching Sapa.
13:00 Arrive Sapa Town with colorful traditional costumes of Hmong, Dzao and Tay ethnic people.
- Welcome drink and itinerary briefing
- Enjoy a lunch with local Vietnamese dishes
14:15 We take a short drive to Y Linh Ho and then trek through the rice terraces and along the Muong Hoa stream to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain and approach Ta Van village which is inhabited by Zay ethnic people late in the afternoon. Trekking distance is about 9km and it takes around 3.5 hours.
17:45 Check in at the homestay and introduction to the Dzay family. We spend time to enjoy the mountain life at sunset. You may attend cooking local dishes with the family and enjoy dinner in peace. In the evening, you can join the local bar nearby with music and socialize with other tourists. We will overnight at the homestay.
Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa – Hanoi (B-L)
08:00 We have breakfast prepared by the family and start a new day with more interesting trekking.
08:45 Keep walking to the rice paddies where you have a nice photo opportunity of the amazing surrounding landscapes. We trek through the bamboo forest and stop to have a panorama view of Giang Ta Chai village – home to red Dzao People. Trekking distance is about 4km and it takes around 2 hours.
11:00 We trek over the Giang Ta Chai Bridge to main road where the bus picks you up to go back Sapa Town.
12:00 – 15:00 Have a shower at hotel, enjoy lunch and take some free leisure time.
15:00 Meet all group members at the hotel to get ready for the trip Back to Hanoi.
15:15 Get on the bus to go back to Hanoi with two comfort breaks.
21:15 We say goodbye to you at the bus stop at the edge of Old Quarter Hanoi. Please have a short walk to your accommodation. Trip ends.
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
- Modern A/C sleeper bus with comfortable seat from Hanoi to Sapa and vice versa
- Complimentary bottle of water on the bus
- Pick up and drop off service in Hanoi
- Meals: Day 1 lunch and dinner – Day 2 breakfast and lunch
- English speaking tour leader and tour guide in Sapa
- Entrance fees
- Accommodation at homestay, simple single bed
- Insurance during bus time
- 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!