Day 2: Lao Cai / Sapa
Day 3: Sapa / Lao Cai / Hanoi - night train
Day 4: Hanoi arrival
DAY 1: HANOI / LAO CAI - night train
Pick up at your hotel and move to the railway station to catch the night train to Lao Cai (Departure: 21h15 on the local train. Note that Victoria train depart at 21h55). Overnight on board.
DAY 2: LAO CAI / SAPA
Arrive at Lao Cai station in the early morning and drive by winding road to Sapa (1 hour). Sapa is home to numerous colorful hill tribes (Black H'mong, Flower H'mong, Red Dao) and to Vietnam’s highest peak Mount Fansipan. Breakfast on arrival just after check-in. In the afternoon, visit the Thac Bac waterfalls and climb up the Ham Rong Mountain with its orchid garden and beautiful panoramic views of Sapa. Return to Sapa town and visit its local market. Overnight in Sapa.
DAY 3: SAPA / LAO CAI / HANOI - night train
After breakfast, spend a full day in Sapa’s surroundings countryside involving light trekking to explore scenic villages. The journey begins from Sapa by car to Lao Chai village, a Black Hmong settlement. From here, you can walk to Ta Van village where the Day (pronounced Zay) minority lives and have a rest and enjoy a picnic lunch. After lunch, the walk continues through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao minority village. After taking a well-earned rest near a waterfall, you will climb uphill to a road where the car is waiting to bring you back to Sapa. Depart to Lao Cai for the overnight local train to Hanoi leaving at 20h15 (Note that Victoria train depart at 21h05). Overnight on the train.
DAY 4: HANOI ARRIVAL
Arrive in Hanoi at around 4h30 (local train) or 5h30 (Victoria train).