Hanoi to Hanoi

4D / 3N - $484*

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Visiting 1 country: Vietnam

Covering a section of Vietnam’s indigenous H’mong lands and their absorbing culture, this trip is jam-packed yet only scrapes the surface of what is tucked away high in the rice paddies of Sapa. Visit O Quy Ho, a H’mong village and stay with a H’mong homestay host, explore the Muong Hoa valley and its ethnic villages, and express yourself at a batik painting master class.

Day 1: Hanoi to Sapa, Vietnam

Ease into your Sapa round trip with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi. Boasting a dedicated display to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities and rumoured to be the best museum in the country, you’ve got a lot to learn in one afternoon.

Grab an early dinner before we high-tail it by train to Lao Cai, an unassuming town on the Vietnam-China border. We’ll overnight in comfortable sleeper berths en route.

Included today:
-Overnight train to Sapa through rural Vietnam
-Museum of Etymology

Meals: Dinner.

Day 2: Sapa

Wake up in a different city before we make our way to the small Giay village of Ta Van in the Muong Hoa Valley. Today we traverse across the gaping mouth-worthy rice paddies and on towards the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai (not related to Chai, btw). With rice terraces blanketing the mountain like coiffed faux grass, now’s your chance to snap every angle and get your Insta fix before we arrive at the home of a local Black H’mong lady by the name of Ms Moo.

Soak in the views while hearing stories about the life and culture of the Black H’mong people, then work out those foot kinks with a traditional H’mong herbal foot bath. Next up, opt to join a master class led by a local expert to learn the dying art of Batik painting. The best part – you get to bring your creation home whilst taking part in a sustainable tourism project supporting local women and ensuring the art form is passed on to the next generation. Tonight we get to stay at Ms Moo’s as homestay guests.

Included today:
-Muong Hoa valley and ethnic villages
-Local homestay
-Batik painting master class

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 3: Sapa

This morning you’re onwards and upwards to the peaceful valleys and gorges surrounding the village of O Quy Ho, north of Sapa. Indochina’s highest peak, Fangxipan Mountain towers over the valleys as a welcome reprieve from the blistering sun, providing pano-worthy shots on clear days. Breathe in the oolong tea scent as you trek past tea farms.

Look down (and snap away) as you walk along the footpaths that contour around the rice terraces, passing grazing buffalo, and hear the century-old migration stories of the Black H’mong (could this be any more magical?).

This afternoon visit a local family’s Black H’mong house (mind your manners), then it’s back to Sapa to board an overnight train.

Included today:
-O Quy Ho village

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4: Sapa to Hanoi

Arrive back in Hanoi for one last pho and rice paper roll.