Monday, November 11, 2013

Roong Pooc Festival of the Giay Ethnic Group

Roong Pooc Festival of the Giay Ethnic Group
Every year on the snake day of January according to lunar calendar, the Giay ethnic group in Ta Van Commune, Sa Pa district, Lao Cai Province organizes the Roong Pooc (going to the field) Festival to pray for bumper harvests, peace, prosperity and clement weather.
Have many exciting activites, especially Con - throwing. The firs, people plant a Con pole, over 20m high. The game activities start with the Con-throwing, the shuttlecock goes through the center of a paper-covered circle on top of the Con pole. The men’s group (symbolizing the sun) is always the winner and the women’s group (symbolizing the moon) pretends to be the loser. This means the whole village will have good harvests throughout the year.After the Con - throwing game, Giay ethnic people begin a new crop.


Sa Pa town to launch weekend walking street

Sa Pa Tourist
To celebrate 110 years of tourism in Sa Pa, the district town's People's Committee has decided to turn Cau May Street into a walking street for tourists.

Located in the town centre, the street will be closed for vehicles every Friday and Saturday. On these days, residents will be allowed to sell souvenirs, brocades, and food along the street. The street is expected to become a special cultural space that tourists from other places and within the country can enjoy.

It is also a place for craftsmen and local residents to promote traditional industries and their cuisine culture. — VNS

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sapa Lung Khau Nhin Market

Lung Khau Nhin market
Lung Khau Nhin is small market but still keeps its originals. The Flower H’mong and Black Dao people will come to this market on every Thursday and bring a lot of things to exchange and sell.
Although not being so big or famous among visitors as Coc Ly, Bac Ha, hau Nhin market, beside a normal shopping place, play an important role to spiritual life of local ethnic peoples Flower H’mong, Black Zao, Zay, and especially to those who come from very small ethnic groups such as Pa Zi, Tou Zi, Tou Lao who live in small and isolated villages around this corner of the country, come for meeting, socializing…
Walk from section to sections, corner to coerners, seeing and smelling of different local products such as: spices, vegetable, farming tools, handicraft…meeting smiling peoples everywhere.Lung Khau Nhin brings an interesting view into the life of Vietnam hill tribes.
It is very ideal when driving toward the market in the early morning via the beautiful beautiful landscape of North west region.

Sapa Sin Cheng market

Sin Cheng market
Located in Sin Cheng Commune center. It is far Si Ma Cai district about 10 kilometers. Sin Cheng market opens on every Wednesdays. It offers the opportunity to discover a colourful gathering point of many local minorities (Flower Hmong, Tay or Giay).

On the way to the market along the Chinese border, you will enjoy amazing mountain scenery, charming rivers and terraced rice fields. People from the area meet at the market to exchange tobacco, clothes, fruits, horses, buffaloes and many other local products.

Sa Pa aims to capture international tourists

Sa Pa Tourist
Sa Pa town in the northern province of Lao Cai is set to become an international standard tourist site able to receive 3-4 million visitors annually by 2030.
Under a plan recently announced by Lao Cai People’s Committee, Sa Pa is expected to record an average growth rate of 7.2 percent annually, becoming an economic and cultural centre of the province.

The plan is the outcome of cooperation between the Lao Cai People’s Committee and experts of the Aquitaine region of France .

The town will work as a cultural bridge for ethnic minorities in the northern region and a key trade hub in the north-western mountainous region and the Vietnam-China border area.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The beauty of Sapa Rattan Bridge

Cau May

It would be a miss if you travel to Sapa without visiting Silver Waterfall and Rattan bridge. Especially, Rattan bridge is a well-known bridge made from rattan which acrosses Muong Hoa River. If you visit the bridge in foggy days, you will feel like you are covered by cloud.

Cau May is 17km from the south-east of the centre of Sa Pa Town. In order to reach Cau May, you can go along for 3km from the main road. It is very interesting to enjoy a cloud air at Cau May. This is really an interesting place to enjoy the most wonderful feelings.

All year round, the white water flow pours down to the stream. It looks like a picture with two main colors: green from the forest and white from the waterfall.

Sapa Museum

Sa Pa Museum
Visiting a museum is not top of most people's list of things to do when visiting Sapa, but for those interested in the history of the region and the culture of its inhabitants, the Sapa museum is worth half an hour of your time.
The museum is housed in an attractive stilt house with a static exhibit upstairs which runs uninspiringly through the history of the Sapa region before moving on to some slightly more engaging exhibits about the culture of the ethnic minorities. It's like the Ethnology Museum or Women's Museum in Hanoi, but far smaller and dustier.
On our last visit, downstairs was home to a sponsored exhibit about the crafts and customs of the Hmong and Red Dao people. It specifically focuses on their handicrafts as part of the Sapa Fair Craft project to promote these traditional crafts and help provide new economic opportunities. Entry is free but a stall is located inside so you may end up paying more than you expect; it's not a hard sell though.
More details
Sapa Museum is located halfway up the steps between Fansipan and Thac Bac, near Baguette and Chocolat.
Opening Hours: 07:30 - 11:30, 13:30 - 17:00

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sapa View Hotel

Address: 41 Muong Hoa Road, Sapa, Lao Cai province, Vietnam 
Sapa View
From: US$ 45

Overview 
The Sapa View Hotel is a new hotel, 3-star standard international. Situated in a strongholdlike building it is one of the most characteristic hotels in Sapa.30 rooms are overlooking the beautiful valley that surrounds the formal hill station that Sapa was. The other rooms have garden view.

Bamboo Hotel Sapa

Bamboo Hotel Sapa
Address: 018 Muong Hoa Road, Sapa Town, Lao Cai, Vietnam
 From: US$ 45

Over View
Bamboo Sapa Hotel is nestled in the heart of Sapa town, Laocai province, among the Hoang Lien Mountain range where are both the center for tourists and near the love market. Sapa is 380 km to the Northwest of Hanoi and located at 1.650 m above the sea level. The minority cultures, pristine environment, special cool climate, the roof of Vietnam and Indochina ? Fansipan peak (3.143 meters above the sea level) and breathtakingly - unparalleled landscapes, which make Sapa one of the most well known destination in Vietnam, are the most interesting to see, discover & enjoy in Sapa.
Bamboo Sapa Hotel is established in September 2002 and renovated in 2010
Bamboo Sapa Hotel is rated 3 stars and now it is considered one of the leading hotels in Sapa, particularly its views to the greatest valley and its perfect service plans, which enable guests to have something, special, different from others.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Seven famous hot springs in North Vietnam

Kim Boi
When the cold wind comes, it’s time for tourists to visit hot mineral springs. Not only relaxing, bathing in these springs helps restore health, cure some skin, joint and heart diseases. Below are the seven hot springs for you in the northern Vietnam.

1. Quang Hanh in Quang Ninh province
Located in Cam Pha town, more than 10 km from the center of Ha Long city, Quang Hanh hot spring is familiar to local people. Lying on the tourism road from Ha Long to Van Don and Mong Cai, Quang Hanh hot spring is also the favorite stop for many tourists.


Motobiking

Motobiking to Sa Pa
If you're not a trekker but are keen to explore the area, renting a motorbike is an alternative. Bikes can be rented from a number of locations around town or ask at your hotel.
Daily rental prices as of July 2013 were US$4 for a semi-automatic and US$6 for an automatic. If you're after a manual, head to Hung's on Muong Hoa, where you can rent a Win-style imported bike for US$7.
As for routes, from Sapa one option is to head down Muong Hoa Street towards Ta Van, Cau May or Ban Ho village – all clearly signposted from the main road. The road hugs the side of the mountain with unobstructed views of the valleys and mountains to the south, with some truly jaw-dropping outlooks onto the stepped paddy climbing up the slopes. But take care: it's possible to drive off the edge when distracted by the sense-tingling views.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Trekking background: Minorities in Lao Cai

Sapa
Vietnam is a multi-ethnic country with 54 distinct groups; the largest group is the Kinh (or Viet), which accounts for around 86% of the population, with the other 53 groups referred to as the minority groups. Lao Cai province counts more than 20 minorities, with the largest being Hmong, followed by Tay and Dao. In Sapa you will come across mostly Black Hmong and Red Dao, while Bac Ha is in the heart of Flower Hmong district.
As with other minorities spread across Vietnam, families of these groups tend to live in small villages, following traditional ways of life. They live off the land, often making their own clothing and following particular customs when it comes to births, marriages and deaths. Most live in poorer conditions than the Kinh, with a lack of access to sufficient sanitation and water, no access to health services and far lower incomes.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sapa tourist attractions listed in Vietnam’s record book

Tourist in Sa Pa
Two famous tourist attractions in Sapa district of the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai have been listed in Vietnam Records Book, according to the Lao Cai provincial Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism.
They are O Quy Ho pass, known as the longest one in Vietnam, on Highway 4D running through the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. The 50-km lies on the way from Lao Cai to Lai Chau provinces.
The Vietnam Record Book Centre (Vietkings) also enlisted the terraced field in Vu Lung Sung hamlet, Trung Chai commune, as the most beautiful one with a record number of 121 steps.

Ma Tra – new venue for tourists in Sapa

Ma Tra Hamlet

Sapa in Lao Cai Province is a must-visit destination for those keen to discover the unique beauty of Vietnam’s ethnic mountainous life as it combines spectacular landscapes with an exotic lifestyle.
Sapa District has added Ma Tra Hamlet into its growing list of stunning destinations in the area.
Located five kilometers from southeast Sapa Town, the hamlet is home to Mong ethnic people and only boasts around 50 homes. The villagers survive using their craft such as weaving brocade, silk, forging farming tools and carving silver.
The whole of Sapa District is dominated by the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range which boasts Vietnam’s highest mountain of Fansipan at a height of 3,142 meters above sea level. The town of Sapa lies at an altitude of about 1,600 meters, bringing in a cool and foggy look to the area.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sapa Homestay exploring 4 nights.

Sapa homestay
Tour routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan - Ban Ho - Nam Toong - My Son - Thanh Phu - Sapa - Hanoi
Duration: 4 days 5 nights
Tour class: private tour only
Price: contact us for best price

Description

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.         

Home stay and walking tour in Sapa 4 days 5 nights

Sapa trekking
Tour routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Ta Van  - Seo Mi Ty - Den Thang - Ta Trung Ho - Nam Toong - Ban Ho - Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Duration: 4 days 5 nights
Tour class: private tour only
Price: contact us for best price

Description
Three days trekking from the centre of spectacular Muong Hoa valley up and down hills you will challenge your feet with hard trekking while enjoying beauty of nature, meeting and making acquaintance to tribal peoples from different ethnic groups to enrich your knowledge with different culture and way of life. You also have chance to experience peoples and especially their hospitality while staying two nights in their homes.     

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Muong Thanh, the largest field in Northwest Vietnam

Most tourists only know about the terrace fields in the Northwest region of Vietnam but this place is also famous for its four large rice fields. Topping the list is the Muong Thanh field with an area of over 140 km2, in Dien Bien province.
Canh dong Muong Thanh

The three others are Muong Lo in Yen Bai, Muong Than in Lai Chau and Muong Tac in Son La.
Located at an altitude of more than 400 m above sea level, Muong Thanh field stretches over 20 km with an average width of 6 km.
In the past, it was very difficult for tourists to go to Dien Bien because of the hindrances from many winding steeps and rugged high mountain passes. In particular, the Pha Din Pass - one of the four most dangerous in Vietnam - was really a hardship that is not easy to overcome. Today with the launch of the Hanoi - Dien Bien air route, the movement becomes easier and the opportunity to explore the Northwestern region is available for any tourist.

Dong Van Karst Plateau to become national tourist site

Ha Giang ProvinceThe Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has made a survey in the districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, Meo Vac and discussed with Ha Giang province authorities on developing tourism in this province. Accordingly, the global geological park of Dong Van Karst Plateau will be built into a national tourism site.
Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark joined the Global Geopark Network on October 3, 2010. Its administrative area covers 2,356 sq. kilometers in four districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van and Meo Vac. The plateau features geological heritage, cultural heritage and biodiversity.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Stone Church of Sa Pa

Nha tho da Sa Pa
Located on a prime location next to the Ham Rong mountain is a shield, the front is broad, flat. It is considered as the heart of Sa Pa town, standing at the four sides can be observed relic.

The church was built from the early 20th century by the French. The shape and the architecture of the church is elegant. The whole church was built by stone that are linked by a mixture of sand, lime and molasses. With total area over 6000m2, Sapa church has space for the layout of the area.

Since it was built until now, the church of Pa is always the site of many cultural traditions of the peoples here. The church of Sapa is always a place where holds many traditional cultural activities of ethnic minorities. With flute, trumpet leaves, “xòe” dance… created sparkling, magical atmosphere in Sapa.

Besides, due to a construction project is very early, with the land and the people here, Sa Pa Church is experiencing a lot of historical events. The first, the church always has priests in order to offer parishioners. Many years later, the activities of the church have stalled because of the presence of Japanese troops. After that, the church became he repository of rice.
With a taciturn character as the inherent nature, the Sa Pa is the hidden mysteries are still dormant waiting to be discovered.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Binh Lu - Tam Duong market ( Sunday only )

Binh Lu - Tam Duong Market
Location: Binh Lu and Tam Duong market is located on the other side of Sapa, passing the 1900 meter Tram Ton pass, Viet Nam's highest mountain pass and considered the most beautiful stretch of road in the country.

The market open every Sunday Every from 8 am to 1 pm. Being set up just on the side of the main road and surrounded by steep mountains and hills covered with green tea plantation, the Tam Duong market is held on every Sunday. It is not as big and colorful as the markets in Bac Ha and Muong Hum and crowded on some moths from September to April but is worth to spend an hour attending these 2 markets as additional activity to the Northwest trip.

The town is bustling with activity as the local hill tribes gather for their weekly market day, amazing tribal markets in Binh Lu where thousand of Thai Kadai language groups such as Tai Lu, Tai Laos, White Tai, and H'mong - Yao group (black Yao, Yao Lantien..) Giay, Khomu.. comes to buy and sell their own produces.



Ban Pho Commune in Sa Pa

The Hmong villagers are some of the kindest people you’ll meet in Vietnam.  Moreover , these villages are very beautiful ,and Ban Ho is one of these villages. Especially  Ban Pho is very famous for its specialty “corn wine”.
Ban Pho commune

Monday, October 14, 2013

Train Seats and Berths

Going by train to go to Sa Pa, tourist have plenty of choice about ticket. There are four main option:

Hard-seat
Hard Seat
 Hard-berth has three tiers of beds (six berths per cabin). The upper berth is cheapest and the lower is most expensive and their level of comfort ascends by the price.
Hard berth

 Soft-seat includes vinyl-covered seats.
Soft Seat

 Soft-berth has two tiers of beds (four berths per cabin). Within this soft-berth option, the cabin quality also varies, ranging from wood-paneled one to harsh plastic one.
Sort-berth

From Hanoi to Sa Pa, there is a supremely luxurious option, which have two berths per room with luxurious facilities as found in 4 or 5 star hotels. This includes  Livitrans Train, King Express, Sapaly and Victoria trains. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Biking-1 Day – MaTra – Tafin – Tako - Sapa – Lao Cai Train station (B, L, D)

Takco mineral water
Price: 155 usd/person
Routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - MaTra – Tafin – Tako - Sapa – Lao Cai - Hanoi
Duration: 1 day/2 night
ITINERARY:

Night 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai
PM 7:30pm - Depart from your hotel in Hanoi by private car/van to Ha Noi Railway Station to catch the night train (soft sleeper 4 berth sharing cabin with air conditioning) to Lao Cai.

Day 1: Lao Cai - Sapa - MaTra – Tafin – Tako - Sapa – Lao Cai (B,L,D)

5.00am - Arrive in Lao Cai. Get to the exit of the train station where you can find your name sign held by Sapa Pathfinder guide. The bus ride uphill to Sa Pa takes a little over an hour, giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sapa trekking - Can Cau market - Bac Ha market ( 3 days - 4 nights )

Giang Ta Chai village
Tour routes: Hanoi - Sapa - Catcat village - Laochai - Tavan Village - Giang Ta Chai Villages - Can Cau Market - Bac Ha Town - Bac Ha Market - Lao Cai Station - Ha Noi 
Duration: 3 days / 4 nights
Tour class: Private tour
Price: Contact us


Sapa has many famous markets: Bac Ha market, Lung Phin Market, Can Cau market, Coc Ly market, Tam Duong Market…It attracted so many tourist go to visit. This is one of the forms of tourism are more tourists love to visit is in Sapa, discover and experience the meetings market in the highlands. The market is most fully reflects life, culture and customs of a region. Market in Sapa highlands sell all kinds of jungle products such as fruits, flowers, birds, animals, rice, assorted clothing, fabric ...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Young intellectuals in UK assist Vietnamese students in career development

Young intellectuals in UK assist Vietnamese students in career development
(VOV) - Vietnam Professionals (VietPro) in the UK has established its partnership with VTCorp to assist Vietnamese students to begin their careers.

Under the one-year cooperation agreement, VTCorp will not only provide consultancy but also become the main sponsor and co-organizer of Prospect V 2013 on sharing experience and supporting job skills to be held in London and Newcastle in the coming time.

Vo Hien, President of VietPro said that the event aims to bring VietPro and the Vietnamese student community closer together and create favourable conditions for Vietnamese students to access the network of Vietnamese young intellectuals in the UK.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Quang Liem to compete in US Spice Cup 2013

Quang Liem to compete in US Spice Cup 2013
(VOV) - Vietnamese chess player Le Quang Liem and 16 international Grand Masters have registered to participate in the Spice Cup in the US from October 15-19.

Le Quang Liem defeats top Russian chess master
Liem will meet his mate Georg Meier (Germany) from the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE).

Liem (Elo of 2702), regarded as No.1 candidate for the champion title, will face other strong rivals including World Youth Champion GM Alexander Ipatov (Turkey, Elo of 2601), Dubai Open Champion Alexandr Rakhmanov (Russia, Elo of 2603), and leading American young chess player Ray Robson (USA, Elo of 2623).

Vinh Phuc to implement Tourism Stimulus Program 2013

Vinh Phuc to implement Tourism Stimulus Program 2013
(TITC) - Located in the northwest gateway of Ha Noi, Vinh Phuc Province owns diversified tourism resources and plays an important role in the regional and national economic development strategy. To develop tourism in the context of the economic crisis, Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vinh Phuc Province has issued and deployed the plan responding to the Tourism Stimulus Program 2013 launched by Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

The plan aims to mobilize tour operators, hotels, restaurants, transportation companies, tourist areas, shops and amusement areas to actively participate in the Tourism Stimulus Program to attract tourists to Vinh Phuc and stimulate their expenditure.

Royal Sapa hotel

Royal Sapa hotel
OVERVIEW
Located heartily in Sapa town, Royal Hotel brings the utmost comfort and convinience to guests in a very cozy atmosphere.

The hotel offers unrival view towards Muong Hoa valley, rice terraces and Fansipan mountain. Friendly staff and many useful facilities: IDD telephone, satelite TV, fire place, private bathrooms,..from our hotel will ensure your enjoyable stay in Sapa with us.

Royal Accommodation

- Satellite TV with international channels Private bathroom with bathtub or shower
- IDD Telephone Hair-dryer (on request) and Mini-bar Tea/Coffee making facility

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sapa Lodge Hotel

OVERVIEW

Sapa Lodge Hotel is located at the heart of this mysterious and beautiful city. Perfectly designed in each detail of architecture, guests will feel like staying at a very special place. From lobby to the 3rd floor where the restaurant serves breakfast, it offers panoramic views of the mountain.

At the Sapa Lodge Hotel, you and your loved one(s) will be closer to the mountainous nature to change your pace and simply relax as clean mountain air fills your lungs and cleanses your spirit.

Deluxe room

All rooms have a private balcony, can see over view of valley, and Fansipan mountain, also can see one of romantic city in night.

Chau Long Sapa hotel

OVERVIEW

Chau Long Sapa hotel
Chau Long Sapa Hotel can be found in a lane of Cau May street which is perched on a hill in this mountainous region. Designed as a red-stone castle, Chau Long Sapa Hotel - New wing & Old wing, is ideally located at the quite side street, in the heart of Sapa town - home to many colorful native hill tribes, within easy walking to Sapa market and the Church. Chau Long Hotel offers to its guests and visitors magnificent views of the Hoan Lien mountains range, cuddled in clouds, and the view point to the highest peak in Indochina - Fansipan Mountain (3,143m).

The new wing of Chau Long Sapa Hotel features 65 rooms. All our rooms recently renewed with new design and facilities, which provide very comfortable and pleasant stay for our precious guests. Our deluxe rooms have private balconies offering breathtaking view to Hoang Lien Mountains range.

Fansipan View hotel

OVERVIEW

Fansipan View hotel is one of those great finds, located up a quiet alley way so there is no traffic noise, but it is close to markets and all the Sapa attractions, 100m far from the Church; a nice boutique hotel with 15 tasty rooms.

The hotel occupies an unprecedented location overlooking the valleys of Sapa and the imposing Fansipan Mountain. Fansipan View stands out with its boutique interiors, attentive personalised customer service and incomparable value for money.

This French-style building has been lovingly refurbished to assure an unforgettable and truly authentic Sapa experience.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bac Ha homestay tour 3 days 4 nights

Bac Ha homestay tour 3 days 4 nights
Tour route: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Can Cau– Ta Van Chu – Bac Ha – Thai Giang Pho – Trung Do – Lao Cai
Tour duration: 03 Days 02 Night
Tour date: Friday – Saturday
Group size: Private tour

Brief description

Can Cau, Bac Ha and their surrounding villages combine with home stay is special design for particular traveler who would like to avoid touristy activities. Witnessing the amazing and colorful markets, trekking through beautiful rice terraced fields, enjoying green beauty landscape and so fresh environment of natural reserve, then meeting smiling and warm-hearted minority people will be great experience.

Lung Khau Nhin market tour on Thursday

Lung Khau Nhin market tour on Thursday
Tour routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Lung Khau Nhin market - Sapa - Ma Tra - Ta Phin - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Duration: 3 days 4 nights
Tour type: private
Price: contact us

OVERVIEW

A very rural tribal market in an touched region near Chinese border where ethnic minority peoples, some coming from very small groups, gather every Thursday, the Lung Khau Nhin Market is a highlight of this trip. Visiting this market as well as tribal villages in the two most beautiful valleys of Sapa the trip help you to focus on Vietnam's ethnicity and nature's beauty..

Muong Khuong market tour on Saturday

Muong Khuong market tour on Saturday
Tour routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Muong Khuong market - Sapa - Ma Tra - Ta Phin - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Duration: 2 days 3 nights
Tour type: private
Price: contact us

OVERVIEW

Big market with a wide range of ethnic groups: Hmong, Dao, Nung, and merchants from other ethnic groups who come all the way from China to sell their products. Several Pa Zi women sell traditional incense made from the bark and resin of scented trees.

Pha Long & Cao Son market 3 days

Pha Long & Cao Son market 3 days
Tour routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Pha Long market - Cao Son - Coc Ly market - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Duration: 3 days 4 nights
Tour type: private
Price: contact

OVERVIEW

Getting away from busy tourists popular attractions. deep yourselves in the beauty of primitive nature in the remote region near Chinese border, paying visit to tribal villages, making acquaintance with local peoples from ethnic minority groups including the Flower H’mong, Black Zao, Pa Zi, Tou Zi, Bo Y and joining them at the Pha Long Market for the significant event of the week. 

Ban Ho homestay 2 days

Ban Ho homestay 2 days
Tour routes: Hanoi - Sapa - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan - Ban Ho - Nam Toong - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Duration: 2 days 3 nights
Tour type: group
Price: $135/person

OVEVIEW

Breathtaking mountain scenery and tribal villages among perfect nature setting are highlights of Sapa. Getting off the beaten track and walking through villages where ethnic minority peoples live, paying visit to their homes, witnessing their every day activities,.. Although traveling in very basic condition, including 2 nights on the train, 1 night home stay in tribal village, the trip will bring unforgettable experiences.

Sapa - Bac Ha market tour 2 days

Sapa - Bac Ha market tour
Tour routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Bac Ha market - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Duration: 2 days 3 nights
Price: $175/person

OVERVIEW

A number of  our staff who take care of you from Hanoi, make you feel easy at the beginning until the end. This tour will bring you to the most Sapa beautiful valley with a day of trekking, A wide range of hotel to choose from for 1 night in Sapa, The other day you will visit BacHa market. This tour is feasible to start on Friday or Saturday from Hanoi.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fansipan conquering tour 2 days

Fansipan conquering tour 2 days
Tour routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Fansipan - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Duration: 2 days 3 nights
Tour class: private
Price: 

OVERVIEW

Fansipan is the highest peak of Hoang Lien Son mountain range with the height of 3.143 meters. In 1905, the French came to Vietnam and put a landmark on its peak and called it “the roof of Indochina”. At that time, conquering Fansipan is really a challenge.

Ta Van & Ban Ho homestay tour 3 days 4 nights

Sapa homestay tour 3 days 4 nights
Tour routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Giang Ta  Chai - Su Pan - Ban Ho - Nam Toong - Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Duration: 3 days 4 nights
Tour class: group tour
Tour price: $172

OVERVIEW

Ban Ho village is settled by ethnic minorities as Tay, Dao, H'mong... Ban Ho village is one of the most interesting places of Sapa. When coming here, you get chance not only to view wonderful spots, enjoy fresh air but also to see natural beauty. 

Bac Ha market tour on Sunday

Bac Ha market tour on Sunday
Tour routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Bac Ha - Sapa - Ma Tra - Ta Phin - Sapa - Hanoi
Duration: 2 days 3 nights
Tour class: Private tour 
Tour price: please contact us

Highlights

Beautiful, animated and colorful Sunday Market of the hill tribal peoples with festive atmosphere.
Magnificent and stunning landscapes of Bac Ha highland. Boat trip along Chay River.

Sapa - Muong Hum market tour

Sapa - Muong Hum market tour
Tour routes: Hanoi - Sapa - Suoi Ho - Ta phin - Sapa - Muong Hum Market - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Duration: 2 days 3 nights
Tour class: Private tour
Price: contact us

Highlights

This trip combine the shortly image of Sapa and Muong Hum vision, the market deeply shows the typical cultural features of Vietnam's remote areas.

TOUR ITINERARY

Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai (Night train)

At 08: 30pm our tour guide will pick you up at hotel lobby to escort you to the Hanoi railway station for night train to Sapa. The train conditions are very basic however we will travel in soft sleeper class which is compartment for 4 passengers. Stay overnight on the train.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

OVERVIEW

Sapa is located in Lao Cai Province, 380 km Northwest of Hanoi, in close proximity to the Chinese border. Famous for its terraced rice paddies & highlands, Sapa is home to more than 30 colorful hill tribes and close to Vietnam's highest peak, Mount Fansipan. 

The four star Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, the only luxury hotel in the region, was built as a traditional chalet with accented wooden décor, the Resort overhangs the village, blending perfectly with its natural surroundings. 

With its luxury dining and sleeping carriages, Victoria Express Train is the ideal means of transportation to travel from Hanoi to Lao Cai.

Hoang Ha Sapa hotel

OVERVIEW

Hoang Ha Sapa hotel
Hoang Ha Sapa hotel is beautifully located in the midst of lush green forests on a nice hill, right in the heart and quiet street of Sapa town in northern Vietnam surrounded by Muong Hoa valley and the highest mountain in Vietnam known as Fansipan. 

This lovely boutique hotel offers 55 spacious clean and comfortable rooms, consist of all the amenities that guests need with large balconies overlooking the valley and mountain offering guests a relaxing time. Hoang Ha Sapa Hotel ensures a comfortable and cozy stay offering guests to be one with nature. It's an easy walking distance to Sapa Market and the Church.

Ratraco Express Train

Highlight:

Ratraco Express Train
- Ratraco’s cabins are designed simple and closed
- Clean, convenient and comfortable 
- Drinks and refresh wipes are always ready to serve.
- Clean, spacious and pure private toilet at the end of each carriage

Introduce:

Ratraco Express Train is another top deluxe transportation service on the railway from Hanoi to Sapa.
This train has 2 carriages (the 12th and 13th carriage in SP1 and SP2). Each carriage has 7 cabins, accommodating 28 berths.

Hoa Phuong train

Highlights:

Hoa Phuong train
- Hoa Phuong’s cabins are designed simply and closely
- Clean, convenient and comfortable  
- Snack and drinks are always ready to serve.
- Clean, spacious and pure private toilet at the end of each carriage

Introduce:

Launched since 2009, Hoa Phuong has invested in high quality train from Hanoi to Lao Cai and vice versa. Hoa Phuong owns 2 carriages of SP3 with 28 soft berths per carriage. Deluxe 4 berth cabins are all well-equipped with air conditioners and wooden furniture.
In addition, young staff members are always enthusiastic and helpful which receive some good feedback.

Orient Express Train Sapa

Highlights:

Orient Express Train Sapa
- Orient Express Train is designed according to modern and convenient style.
- The comfort facilities of the wooden-paneling cabins will bring you the closeness and coziness.
- Well-equipped like a standard hotel’s room with LCD TV and air conditioners
- Luxury, inspiration and refreshment are main characters of Orient’s cabins.
- Clean and pure private bathroom cabin at the end of each carriage.
- Bottled water and refresh wipes are always ready to serve.

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Orient Express Train Sapa is a good reputation as a brand. Orient Express Train offers an inspirational experience onboard as well the time to enjoy the beauty of evocative destinations. Orient Express Train will ensure the most convenient trip for passengers to Sapa, Vietnam!

Pumpkin Express Train

Introduce:

Pumpkin Express Train
Pumpkin Express Train is another top deluxe transportation service on the railway from Hanoi to Sapa. Pumpkin is the 4th carriage of SP1 and SP2 , which includes 7 cabins with 28 berths, on each of them, each objects and furniture is situated with the same purpose to ensure that the guests are staying under the most indulged and pleasant environment.

Moreover, the cabin attendants will further comfort the trip with their enthusiasm, hospitality and helpfulness. 

In spite of providing such a perfect train service to passengers with top deluxe advantage, the ticket fare to get on those carriages is quite reasonable. However, the WC is not very pleasant.