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Hanoi – Sapa – CIP 5D4N

Hanoi – Sapa – CIP 5D4N

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Hanoi Arrival – Hanoi City Tour – Lao Chai – Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Ban Ho – Sapa – Hanoi – Departure

Itinerary in brief:

Day 1: Ha Noi arrival (-/L/D)

Day 2: Lao Cai – Sa Pa – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/L/D)

Day 3: Lao Chai – Ban Ho (B/L/D)

Day 4: Ban Ho – Sa Pa (B/L/D)

Day 5: Ha Noi tour – Departure (B/-/-)

Day 1: Ha Noi arrival                                                                                                         

Up on arrival at Noi Bai international airport by SQ 176 SIN – HAN (09h50 – 12h20), meet up our guide then transfer to Vietnamese restaurant for lunch.

PM: Visit:

Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake: The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan Kiem Lake, its history dating back to the 13th century. The temple is reached by crossing the Huc Bridge which literally means the ‘Place Touched by Morning Sunbeams’. The Hoan Kiem Lake is the local point of the city and the source of many legends. One legend has it that in the 15th century Emperor Le Thai To vanquished the invading Chinese with the help of a magical sword. Whilst rowing on the lake an enormous turtle seized the sword from his grasp. The Emperor took this to mean that peace had returned and the sword had been given back to its guardian spirit. In honors of the event he renamed the lake ‘Ho Hoan Kiem’ – Lake of the Restored Sword.

One hour cyclo tour through the Old Quarter – a must for any visitor to Hanoi! A cyclo (pronounced see-clo) is a Vietnamese version of a cycle rickshaw, originally used as the main form of transportation in Vietnam, it has now been overtaken by motorbikes, but still very much remains at the heart of Vietnamese culture. Sit back and relax as you witness the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life from the comfort of

your arm chair! The Old Quarter, also known as the 36 streets, is a bustling area of narrow streets home to literally thousands of small businesses, shopkeepers and street vendors, selling everything from bananas to books. Originally each of the 36 streets names’ was related to the products being sold there. Hence you can walk from Fish Street to Tin Street to Bamboo Street. It’s a great place to explore and the slow pace of a cyclo will enable numerous photo opportunities. Check in hotel for taking shower. Later, enjoy the special Vietnam traditional Water puppet show and dinner at Vietnamese restaurant, before transfer to Hanoi Station for night train to Lao Cai.

Overnight on train. 

 

Day 2: Lao Cai – Sa Pa – Lao Chai – Ta Van                                                       

Picked up at Lao Cai Station upon your early arrival for over an hour drive uphill in a shared mini van to Sapa. After breakfast at hotel you will enjoy a free walk around this charming town, paying visit to Sapa market and the old cathedral where you can meet a lot of local ethnic minority peoples such as Black H’mong and Red Zao wearing their traditional colorful dresses selling their farming and gathering products and handicrafts for souvenir.

PM: Our guide takes you to villages populated by H’mong and Dzay peoples, respectively called Lao Chai and Ta Van villages. Lao Chai is about 8 – 9 km southeast of Sapa town on the west bank of Muong Hoa River. It is a commune composed by three large villages with over 100 families of the Black H’mong ethnic. From a high point of the main road 8 km from Sapa town, great view of the whole village open wide to offer the marvelous panorama of the village, backed by high mountains and facing the river. The H’mong people in this village experience rice intensive farming on the lower land near the bottom of the valley as main source of earning while growing corn on the mountain slopes at the back of the village.

Next to Lao Chai on the same side of Muong Hoa River is Ta Van village where the Zay and H’mong ethnic people live together. This is one of the best places to see the different traditional ways of living as well as cultural assimilation. The Zay live a sedentary style and always choose the low land near valleys’ bottom and river for growing wet rice while the H’mong prefer higher elevation for corn farming. Especially some decade ago when poppy cultivation for opium was not forbidden. Recently, the H’mong changed from sifting into sedentary way of life they gradually move to lower land and learn many things from others. We will join in farm work with local people such as activities:

ð Plant vegetable, or harvest sticky rice on the late November

ð Gathering forest products such as: bamboo shoot, mushroom

ð Repair & decorate the class room (wall painting, repairing chairs & tables…).

We will cook dinner by yourself…

Overnight at home-stay

 

Day 3: Lao Chai – Ban Ho                                                                                   

Get up early and have breakfast at home-stay, drive to Ban Ho village. Upon arrival in Ban Ho community at 10:00, you will meet represents of trekking management board about tour program. Check in Tay house and having lunch at home-stay. In the afternoon, you will plant trees near Ban Ho hydro electric power. In the evening, concentrated at Community Cultural House to exchange relationship, songs, and dances and display instrument in Tay and Red Zao style.

Overnight at home-stay

 

Day 4: Ban Ho – Sa Pa                                                                                             

After breakfast, our guide takes you to Sa Pa. Lunch in Sa Pa Town.

PM: Later in the afternoon, you may wish to continue your walk down hill to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong, 5 km away or drop in a local terraced café to enjoy your self as the cloud comes and goes. Back to Lao Cai. Freshen up at hotel. You’ll eat dinner at local restaurant before catching a night train back to Hanoi, arriving the next morning at 05:00 am.

Overnight on train

 

Day 5: Ha Noi tour – Departure                                                                           

Arrive in Ha Noi in the early morning. Breakfast. We will have a half day to visit Ha Noi.

AM:
Ho Chi Minh Complex: Completed in 1975 the complex contains Ho Chi Minh’s former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh museum.

The Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. Inside are the stone stele mounted on the backs of turtles, inscribed with the names of the university’s graduates. The complex is divided into five courtyards with different paths that would originally have been reserved for the Emperor and his mandarins. One of the courtyards contains the statue of Confucius guarded by two beautiful bronze storks standing on turtles. The temple highlights the importance influence that Vietnamese society has placed on education.

11h00: Transfer to Noi Bai Airport for flight to your home by SQ 175 HAN – SIN (13:15 – 17:40).

Ends of our service