Lao Chai village: Located 7 Kms from Sapa, it is quite approachable from Sapa for a travllers who do not have much time. In this village which you will have a welcome feeling at any house of the hospitable people there. You can interact them, learn about their culture and customs.
Ta Van is located in the northern province of Lao Cai, about 5 kilometres from Sapa, at an altitude of 1, 816 meters. This province borders the province of Yunnan in south-west China, and the indigenous people here share many cultural features with their Chinese neighbours.
5.30am – Arrive in Lao Cai. 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. You’ll have breakfast in a local Restaurant.
At 9 am we start trekking. The first part is on the road but we soon turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River along Y Linh Ho valley and from here lead to the Black H’mong village 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 indigio blue clothing. After this you 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 build of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. We stay overnight with a local family in Ta Van and have our dinner here.
Take night train from Lao Cai station to go back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi next morning.End of services.
· Private car pick up from your hotel to Hanoi train station.
· Local English speaking guide, Other languges upon your request
· Meal as mentioned in program ( B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner ), acommodation in Village
· Sightseeing fees
· Purified water and wet towel
· Transport as programe
· Personal expense (drinks, telephone…)
· Tips and gratuities
· Sun Block
· Wide brim hat
· Camera + Film
· Comfortable shoes
· Rain gear
· Warm clothes
· Insect Repellent
· Original Passport