The north-west of Vietnam is a captivating blend of dramatic mountain landscapes and colourful hilltribes. Set in a spectacularly beautiful valley, Sapa is where we base ourselves for explorations of this breathtaking region. Meet resplendently-dressed ethnic minorities at the local market, visit nearby villages to see how they live and trek through rice terraces - this trip is full of opportunities to discover hilltribe culture and the striking scenery of Sapa and its surrounds.
Day 5 Hanoi
The adventure comes full circle in Hanoi.
Day 1 Hanoi
Wander around the parks and lakes that help make Hanoi one of the greenest cities in Asia or sit and spot the turtles in Hoan Kiem Lake. Board a sleeper train bound for the town of Lao Cai.
Days 2-3 Sapa trek
On arrival be transferred to Sapa and enjoy a trek to the village of Cat Cat. Meet Blue and Black H'mong tribespeople and perhaps pick up local handicrafts at a colourful village market. The next day enjoy a scenic trek along buffalo paths. Stop in at hilltribe villages, enjoy a picnic lunch and spend a memorable night in the home of a Zay family in Ta Van village. Zay tribespeople are adept at rice cultivation and are responsible for the manicured terraces that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Day 4 Sapa
Hike through stunning rural countryside before returning to Sapa. There's time for a cup of Vietnamese coffee before boarding a train back to the capital.