Sapa Tour 2days 1 night by bus Cat Cat village, trekking Ta Phin
Join this tour you will be trekking in Ta Phin and Cat Cat village. Ta Phin is the nearest village of Red Dao’s ethnic group within the area of Sapa district. From Sapa, it will take about 30 minutes to reach here by motorbike.
Through times, Ta Phin Village, however, still can remain its special traditions. If you are lucky enough, you can have a chance to participate in a Red Dao’s wedding, seeing how carefully they prepare and many complicated customs for this occasion. There are also several local festivals such as “dancing festival”, “greeting for the new house”, “oath-taking ceremony” that will help you understand more about the simple but happy and amiable life of ethnic people.
English speaking guide during the tour (enthusiastic, experienced)
Meals as mentioned on itinerary (B: breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner).
Other personal expenses (tip, laundry, drink with meals,…)
THINGS TO BRING
Do not buy from street venders.
Do not use service from street venders or brokers.
Do not give children who on street money or candy.
Ask before taking photo.
Take a legal taxi with the help of the tour operator.
Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa – Cat Cat (/L/D)
06:30: Free pick up at your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and transfer to Sapa Express' Office, No.12 Ly Thai To Street.
07:00: Start departure to Sapa. The tour guide will explain to you about the trip and Sapa. Then you will be served mineral water and some snacks.
Along the way, you will have chance to contemplate the beauty of northwest mountains that terraced fields are sparkling in sunlight or dim in thick fog. Have a short break for 30 minutes then continue the trip to Sapa.
12:30: Arrive in Sapa, check in hotel and have lunch.
Afternoon: start trekking to Cat Cat Village, about 45 minutes walk from Sapa, this is the village of Black H’Mong hill tribe. The village is on the slope of the hill and easy walking, rice and corn are grown here.
Visiting Cat Cat village, you will have a chance to visit a big waterfall on the stream and the old Hydro Electric Power Station built by French people. That is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds. When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed and embroidered with beautiful designs. A note worthy is that H’Mong women use indigo plants and leaves to dye these brocade fabrics. And then they roll around and smooth section of wood covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their colors durable.
Evening: After dinner, you are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night, enjoy roasted corn, baked eggs beside charcoal fire or go shopping. Especially on Saturday night, we highly recommend a stop at the Love Market which is one of unique cultures of ethnic minorities HMong, Dzao in Lao Cai in particular and North West of Vietnam in general.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 2: Trekking Ta Phin – Sapa – Hanoi (B/L/)
5km by car or jeep before taking a trail along local paths and through rice fields to the Black H'mong Village of Ma Tra. During the day, you will also be able to visit a local school.
After lunch, we continue walking through beautiful scenery to the Red Dao village of Ta Phin. There is plenty of time to walk around the village and soak up the atmosphere. You will enjoy walking among local people. The trip also offers you the opportunity to visit some local houses as well as visit the local caves.
Ta Phin Village now is also a famous destination for trekking tours. Whether the tourists choose to stay overnight in the village or just visit for a day, the locals will be happy to organize a tour for them through the village. The tourists may meet locals working in the field, see traditional houses, visit caves and have medicine bath complex or go for a long walk through the rice paddies and mountain views. A common sight in the village is to see the woman and the girls sitting together, gossiping and laughing, head down focused on a piece of indigo coloured cloth. They make their embroidery and brocade products that are sold and traded amongst the villages and visitors. The locals are friendly and will invite the tourists to go to their homes to show how they live and what they have.
14:00: Our bus will take you from Taphin village to Sapa.
16:00: It‘s time to say “Good bye Sapa!” and get back to Hanoi.