Railways & Rice Fields of Sapa

5-Day Sapa Train Tour - From Hanoi, Vietnam

Prices from £355 pp

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Duration5 days / 4 nights

LocationHanoi - Sapa - Villages - Sapa - Hanoi

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Take the overnight train to Sapa, trek in the mist-topped mountains and sleep as guests in a genuine hill tribe home. With a remote and real homestay in the mix, this trip is an authentic glimpse of gentle highland life. Wander through green terraces and plunging valleys, watching daily mountain life unfold around you. The treks are some of the longer and more challenging ones in the area, making it a great option for anyone that loves hill-walking. You'll stray away from the beaten track, where tourism has not compromised age-old custom and a simple way of life remains.

What's included

  • Train fares
  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport to Sapa
  • Sapa trek to hill tribes, with guide

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Overnight Train to Sapa and trek into the hills

You’ll board the sleeper train in Hanoi and steam off towards Lao Cai, an hour or so from Sapa. The 4-bed cabins aren’t huge, but they’re comfortable enough for an evening. Once the train pulls in, you’ll join a transfer to Sapa where you can stretch your legs and enjoy a tasty breakfast.

Women smiling in sleeper train cabin Vietnam

Afterwards, you’ll be met by a local guide who’ll lead you on a private 5km hike into the countryside, stopping at several hill tribe villages along the way. In the final village you’ll stop to spend the night with a hill tribe family, who will give you a large dose of local hospitality and some delicious homecooked food to fill your belly after a long day. The accommodation is simple but gives a real experience of life in this part of the world.

Local girls in Sapa

Sapa and Surrounding Area

You’ll cover a fair bit of ground today, and you’ll stop in to see the Giang Ta Chai and Red Dzao tribes, who have both wandered these hills for centuries. As the trek is private, you can set the pace, stopping for scenic breathers whenever you need a break. In the afternoon, you’ll stop for lunch at a picturesque spot before returning back along the mountain roads to Sapa, arriving late afternoon. You’ll stay in the heart of Sapa, the lively tourist hub of the highlands.

Sapa and Surrounding Area

Cat Cat Village & Overnight Train

This morning you’ll hike to Cat Cat, a Black H’mong village not far from Sapa. The Black H’mong are known for their striking black dress and are one of the biggest hill tribes in these mountains. Being so close to Sapa, Cat Cat itself is no stranger to tourism, but it’s still a great place to pick up souvenirs. You’ll visit the village during the morning, and will have the afternoon free to relax in Sapa. Finally, you’ll be taken back to the station for the overnight journey back to Hanoi.

*It costs a little more, but if you’d rather get back to Hanoi a little quicker then we can arrange an earlier road transfer which would get you there in the evening, so you can sleep in a hotel bed….just ask!

Phoenix with luggage by train in Vietnam

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