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With its numerous national parks, white sand beaches, colourful villages, pagodas and ancient monuments, forests and islands, Vietnam is a land of often surprising beauty, offering cultural depth and history, increasingly combined with tourism-friendly areas offering all the facilities a modern traveller could wish for.

Vietnam’s people are its greatest asset: gregarious, friendly and eager to meet visitors. In the bustling cities, the often chaotic streets contrast ox carts with limousines, ancient rituals with sophisticated technology, and are ruled by the ubiquitous moped.

Our strength is in translating these opportunities into detailed, practical itineraries. We do luxury travel and event planning, as well as a wide range of beach, family, honeymoon, adventure, golf, veteran and cultural tours.

There is no better way to experience a destination than through the perspective of the local people. At Water Puppet Tours, this key element of local insight drives every step of our process of tour design and delivery. We provide tailor-made tours individually crafted for each client, achieving this by emphasizing the direct working relationship between the client and the tour designer and operator.


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Travel Destination

Visit A Real Life Of Sapa 5 Days

A real life of sapa package is combination between the local special markets with the daily life of hill tribe at home stay along the Muong Hoa River with the Black H’mong village Lao Chai. This is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. Come and experience it.

Tour Route: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Bac Ha Market – Lao Chai – Ta Van village – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Lao Cai – Hanoi

Day 1: Hanoi – Night train to Lao Cai (Driver Pickup)

A car will arrive to take you to Hanoi railway station in time to board the 21.10 p.m. overnight sleeper to Lao Cai. You will spend the night on the train.

Day 2: Lao Cai – Ethnic Minority Markets – Sapa (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

You’ll arrive in the early morning, where you’ll be met and taken by car to visit a market frequented by ethnic minority peoples and also be a place where many ethnic groups gather to buy and sell, eat and drink together. You can buy homemade handicrafts and clothes. After a picnic lunch, you’ll return to Lao Cai and continue your journey into the mountains to Sapa, a small town perched on the mountainside opposite Mt. Fan Si Pan, Vietnam’s highest peak. You’ll arrive with time to relax and stroll around the town. You’ll spend the night in a Sapa hotel with good mountain views.

Although it’s quite a long drive, the landscape is attractive and the ethnic markets are a fascinating experience. Unlike those in the tourist areas, the markets that we choose are for not only for buying and selling, but are also meeting places for ethnic minority people to meet and exchange news. There will be plenty of colour and authentic costumes, but very little to buy as souvenirs unless you want to barter for a water buffalo or a sack of fertiliser!

The trips to ethnic minority markets must be on Tuesday (Coc Ly or Ban Cam market), Thursday (Lung Khau Nhin market), Saturday (Can Cau) or Sunday (Bac Ha, Muong Hum or Muong Khuong markets).

Day 3: Sapa – Lao Chai - Ta Van Village and Stay overnight in a Homestay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast, you will leave your hotel at 10 am to start your trekking day. You will take the short part before turn right to walk on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River then to the Black H’mong village in Lao Chai. Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigo blue clothing. After that, you will continue to Ta Van village (1.200 m) to visit Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. The development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green color. The Zay houses are built of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. Tonight, you will stay overnight with a local family in Ta Van and have your dinner here.

Day 4: Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan - Sapa – Night train back to Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After the breakfast, you will continue to visit Red Dao people at Giang Ta Chai where you can see a waterfall. The Red Dao women have very colorful red embroidery and coins on their clothing. On their head, they wear a red scarf. Some of the women have shaved off their eyebrows because of a nice Red Zao Legend.

You will continue along small paths in the rice fields, cross the Muong Hoa River and trek up to Su Pan where you will meet your transportation to transfer back to Sapa. You will have time to refresh before being transferred back to Lao Cai railway to catch the overnight train to Hanoi. You will spend the night on the train.

Day 5: Hanoi (Breakfast, Driver Pick Up)

You will arrive in the early morning then you will be transferred to your hotel for refreshment and have breakfast. Tour Ends

Please note: hotel for refreshment is upon your request.

Inclusive

  • Free Vietnam Visa Intivation letter.
  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • Return train tickets: Hanoi – Lao Cai (air-conditioned soft four-berth cabin, good local standard in Fanxipan Train carriage or similar)
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • VAT and other taxes
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Exclusive

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance
  • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee

Other services not mentioned above.

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