Huc Bridge, Haan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tailor Made: Vietnam - Sapa Extension

5 days
incl. taxes
Tailor Made
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
Way to Travel:
Private Group Adventures

Extend your stay in Vietnam to visit Sapa

Treat this sample itinerary as inspiration, your trip can be created specifically for you by one of our Tailormade experts and we will help you choose how you wish to travel through this destination. Maybe add in an extra day’s sightseeing, take time out to relax or we can change accommodation to your budget. It will be your adventure, your way!

Sa Pa is a town in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains of northwestern Vietnam. A popular trekking base, it overlooks the terraced rice fields of the Muong Hoa Valley, and is near the 3,143m-tall Phang Xi Pang peak, which is climbable via a steep, multiday guided walk. Hill tribes, such as the Hmong, Tay and Dao, make up much of the town's local population.


  • Sapa
  • Ma Tra Village
  • Can Cau Hill Tribe
  • Free time in Hanoi

What's included

  • All breakfasts and x2 lunches
  • All airport transfers
  • Overnight sleeper back to Hanoi in a 4 berth soft sleeper. (An upgrade to a 2 berth soft sleeper can be arranged from £30 per person)
  • Transfer to Sapa from Hanoi

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Any visas required
  • Optional activities and other services than mentioned
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips for local guide/driver/porters, Travel insurance
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087

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  • Day 1

    Arrive in Hanoi

    Upon arrival in Noi Bai International Airport, meet our local guide and transfer to the hotel in Hanoi for check in.
    (Standard hotel check in time at 14:00, early check in subject to availability and not included)

    The rest of the day is free at leisure.


    Accommodation: May De Ville Old Quarter

  • Day 2

    Sapa - Ma Tra Village

    After having breakfast, we will take a private transfer to Sapa. The journey takes about 5 hours and you will arrive in Sapa around noon. In the afternoon, we start to visit Sapa by a 5km road transfer out of Sapa town. The walk starts from here, downhill and across the stream to the other bank where Suoi Ho village beautifully sits on the top of a low hill. Spend half an hour to visit several local homes and learn about the local life before continuing walking to Ma Tra village. This portion of the walk offers beautiful scenery of the valley and terraced paddies as well as a flower farm. Pay a visit to a ruined of the French Catholic church at the end of the walk then transfer by road back to Sapa.


    Accommodation: Sapa Legend Hotel

  • Day 3

    Ban Khoang Village

    Leaving Sapa at about 08.30am, head northwards along the national road 4C for 8km to O Quy Ho with several stops to view the magnificent landscapes of Fansipan, Sin Chai valley and especially amazing flower and vegetable farms. Drive through a wild region with thick rainforest covering walled-up mountains, passing a beautiful waterfall before arriving to Ban Khoang, home to the Black Hmong & Red Zao ethnic peoples who live their unique way of life and well maintain their traditional values. The villages here are prosperous thanks to the combination of wet rice cultivation on the terraced fields with cardamom farming under the shade of the thick rainforest. Spend over an hour walking to explore this remote village for a brief understanding of local life. Leaving Ban Khoang, head to Ta Giang Phin valley inhabited by the Black Hmong who live in several hamlets scattered along a peaceful stream. Enjoy an hour lunch break on the bank of the stream. Enjoy about 2 hours walking along the village path which connects hamlets to hamlets witnessing the daily activities of local life such as people ploughing and harrowing the fields, growing, harvesting or doing house chores. In the leisure months, men often gather to build new houses or repair parts of the old ones while women stay home making their traditional costumes. The walk ends in mid afternoon. You will be picked up for your drive back to Sapa.


    Accommodation: Sapa Legend Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Can Cau Hill Tribe

    Early departure from Sapa at about 07.00am. Transfer by road 122km to Can Cau via Lao Cai city and Bac Ha Town. The road is good but has sharp bends with a long descent and ascent which takes about 3 hours. Arrive at the market place at about 10.00 am. Spend two hours joining the local tribal people including Flower H’mong, Black Zao, Phu La and Tay for the festive market activities where people in their best traditional costumes gather every Saturday for shopping and socializing. This is an ideal opportunity for taking photos, not only of people in colorful traditional costumes but also breathtaking landscapes. Leaving the market around noon, drirve 20 km back to Bac Ha town for lunch. Leaving Bac Ha after lunch for a half an hour drive downhill to Trung Do village which hides itself in a lush valley on the eastern bank of the Chay River. Take a leisurely walk to explore this prosperous village of the Tay ethnic people who live in spacious houses built on stilts and their interesting culture. Walk to the river bank mid afternoon, get on board a local motor boat and cruise down the mighty Chay River to Bao Nhai. The boat trip ends at Bao Tan Village. Transfer 45km back to Lao Cai and head for the station for your overnight train.


    Accommodation: Sleeper Train

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Arrive in Hanoi

    Arrive in Hanoi early in the morning and transfer to your hotel.

    The rest of the day is free.


    Accommodation: May De Ville Old Quarter

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info



**UPDATE 11.03.2020** The below visa advice is not valid at the current moment in time. If you are booked to travel to Vietnam within the next month, Exodus will contact you with further information when it becomes available.

A visa is no longer needed for British, German, French, Spanish and Italian citizens travelling to Vietnam (for all purposes) for a period of up to 15 days, and on the basis of meeting all conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws. The visa exemption period will end on 30 June 2021. All other nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam and this must be obtained prior to departure.

For further information please check the FCO site and check under Vietnam / 'Entry Requirements'. If you have any questions about whether you need a visa for your trip please contact the Customer Operations department.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria. The risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking


4 breakfasts and 2 lunches


In much of Vietnam, the weather will be hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 28ºC to 34ºC in the day, and a little cooler at nights. Vietnam offers a range of seasons between the north and south. Hanoi is cool in autumn, and gets chilly between November and February, with drizzly rain (10º- 20ºC). The south up to Hue has a distinct dry season between December to April and a rainy season from May to November, where short heavy bursts of rain with bright sunshine in between is common. There is no ideal time to visit Vietnam; weather can be described as pleasant all year round, but due to the shape of the country it is unlikely that the weather will be perfect for the entire duration of the trip. The dry season, between November and April, is characterised by hot days and mostly clear skies, but expect the odd shower. The monsoon period running from May to October is generally overcast with short and sharp bursts of rain, but this can be a very atmospheric time to travel – just bring an umbrella or a cheap local poncho! April and October are transition months


Is this trip for you?

There’s a world of life-changing experiences out there, and all our trips are hand-crafted to showcase the best, wherever you’re headed. But what happens if you want to take a detour? Linger a while longer? Or want something completely unique to you? With Exodus’ Tailormade Adventures we can tailor almost any holiday to suit you, creating a bespoke adventure. Every element can be tailored to suit your requirements: we can sort flights and hotel upgrades, extra nights, regional departures, beach extensions, stop overs and more. 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087


Tailormade Accommodation

Whether the destination is more important than the accommodation, or you would like to overnight in comfort, our Tailormade team can offer a wide variety of accommodation options from camping and village houses, to some of the finest hotels around. We do this so we can offer accommodation to suit every budget. The team will listen to your requirements to insure we find the right accommodation to suit you.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087

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