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The Sapa Ethnics, Vietnam

Depart: 14th March 2015 (Saturday)
Return: 18th March 2015 (Wednesday)
Price: SGD680 (Twin) / SGD750 (Single)
Group Size : 10 (min) / 16 (max)

Highlights:

  • Lao Cai, a province of the mountainous Northwest region of Vietnam bordering the province of Yunnan in China
  • Bac Ha market only held on Sunday, where many different minority tribes such as Flower H’Mong, Red Dao, Nung, Phu la and Tay who dress in colorful costumes and come here to trade 
  • Sapa, located at 1500 meters above sea level in Vietnam's remote northwest mountains, is famous for both its fine scenery and also its rich cultural diversity
  • Sin Chai, located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, a village of the Red Dao ethnic people
  • Cat cat,  an age-old village of H’Mong ethnic group
  • Ham Rong Mountain, home to orchid gardens and "rock gardens", is also known for the beautiful scenery of Sapa

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Singapore - Hanoi (D)

Depart from Changi Airport and arrive Hanoi, capital city of Vietnam by noon. Transfer to Old Quarter Hanoi for dinner, and to train station. Board the overnight sleep train to Lao Cai. 

Lao Cai - Bac Ha (B/L/D)

Arrive at Lao Cai train station and transfer to Ba Cha, it is a big market crowded with many different hill-tribes. This is the most colorful market in North Vietnam. Here, you have chance to enjoy the Bac Ha people's simple but unique kinds of food with special wines made from rice, cassavas, corn and different sorts of fruits such as plums, apples and peaches. Reach Sapa late in the afternoon, check in hotel and enjoy the cool weather of Sapa located at the mountainous area of Northwest Vietnam. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at Sapa. 

Sin Chai - Cat cat  (B/L/D)

After breakfast , you will start the trekking journey in Sapa.  Trek around 12 km to visit SinChai village. SinChai is located at the foothill of Fansipan Mountain, the roof of Indochina. You can enjoy the beautiful landscapes here and meet the Red Dao ethnic people, whose women wear beautifully embroidered clothes with distinctive silver jewelry and an enormous red turban. Before heading back to Sapa, you will have the chance to visit Catcat to learn about the life of black H’mong people. Overnight at Sapa.  

Sapa - Lao Cai (B/L/D)

Visit Central market at Sapa town, where the local Vietnamese and the minority tribes come and buy their daily necessities. Followed by a visit to Ham Rong Mountain. The mountain is home to orchid gardens and "rock gardens". From Ham Rong Mountain, you can have the best view of Sapa and Mount Fansipan. After lunch, you may roam around the town at your own leisure. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to Lao Cai for night express train back to Hanoi. Overnight at the air-conditioned soft sleeper wooden cabin. 

Hanoi - Singapore (B)

Arrive in Hanoi around 5.00 am, and early depart to Hanoi airport. 

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Inclusions :

  • 2 way overnight express sleeper trains Hanoi <=> Lao Cai at soft sleeper wooden cabin
  • 2 way transport Lao Cai <=> SaPa
  • Fully private tour in vehicle in Hanoi
  • 2 nights accommodation at SaPa
  • All entrance fees and permit
  • All meals as stated per itinerary above
  • Xing Asia tour leader (x1) and local guide (x1)
  • One hour pre trip briefing and departure notes

Exclusions :

  • Visa entry to Vietnam (if applicable)
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Additional beverages (including alcohol) not included in meals
  • Any other incidental expenses incurred by participants
  • Tips for both driver and local guide per person (voluntary basis)
Remarks

Weather :

  • Hanoi temperature : 24° /  18°
  • SaPa temperature : 18° /  11°

Fitness :

  • Able to carry own photography equipment and personal chores
  • 6 hours trekking at SaPa 

Flight detail as follow :

  • Airline : Jetstar 
  • Online promotion : SGD337 onwards
  • Depart : Saturday 14 Marc 2015 / Jetstar / 0710 1600 
  • Return : Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 / Jetstar / 1605 0015 (+1 day)

or 

  • Airline : Vietnam Airlines
  • Online promotion : SGD250 onwards
  • Depart : Saturday 14 Marc 2015 / Jetstar / 1325 1540 
  • Return : Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 / Jetstar / 1045 1505
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