My husband and I took a five day tour from Hanoi and it is one I highly recommend. The first, we got the overnight train from the capital to Lao Cai Station where we caught some shut-eye in our cabin. We arrived a little weary due to the bumpy ride but it was the first day of our trip and we were excited. A bus awaited us at the station and took us to our destination. We dumped our belongings at the hotel and quickly showered and had breakfast before we took a car ride along the gorgeous Muonh Ha Valley to visit the Rattan Bridge, the stunning silver waterfall and then visited in Giang Ta Chai village which is home to the Red Dzao tribe.
That was time to build up a sweat as we trekked through the forests of the Fanxipan range which was daunting but rewarding before we reached the Seo Chong Ho Village. Not many tourists reach this part of the area and we enjoyed a wonderful waterfall which is apparently the nicest in Sapa. We rested up had food and were put up by a lovely Dzao family, who were so nice and even made us breakfast the next day before it was time to trek up another mountain to Ta Trung Ho village which is located 1450meters above sea level. Which was great news for those who suffer from vertigo like my husband, he barely survived. We had lunch and then headed downhill, thankfully for my hubby’s sake, to Ban Ho village to meet the Tay people and their stilt houses.
We had a little party and stayed the night in a stilt house before seeing yet another waterfall Lavie which was discovered by the French and then Supan village and finally back to the car and Sapa.
At last we got some time to ourselves to explore the town, buy some souvenirs for family, have a nice romantic meal and go for a stroll around. We were hoping to stay the night in Sapa but forgot we had to get a late bus to Lao Cai Station where out night train to Hanoi awaited us. I wish we could have stayed that extra night as I felt our trip was just beginning. Oh well, maybe next time.
By Nga Phan in Sapa