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Conquering Mount Fansipan in 4 days

Fansipan Peak

Fansipan Peak

Mount Fansipan is located on the Hoang Lien Mountain Range, some kilometters from Sapa town. Fansipan peak, at 3,143 metter above sea level, is dubbed ”the roof of Indochina”. Climbing Fansipan is an ideal way of exploring the beautiful nature and challenging yourselves. This package is well organized to offer you the best way for conquering the mount.

Tour name: Conquering Mount Fansipan

Duration: 5 nights 4 days

Start: Hanoi

End: Hanoi



Short Itinerary:

Night 1: Take night train from Hanoi Train Stataion to Lao Cai

Day 1-3: Conquering the Fansipan summit. Start climbing from

tarraced field sapa

tarraced field sapa

Sin Chai village inhabited by the Back H’Mong minority group. The hilly trails are through dense tropical forests of big woods, canes and bamboo trees. Spend nights in tents: first camp base at 2300m ASL and the second one at 2900m ASL. The trek offers opportunities to observe wildlife, see diversified flora and fauna and enjoy the bird-eye views over the picturesque Sapa valley. The active trek, with 6-7 hours walking per day, requires some effort, endurance and plenty of high spirit. In day 4’s afternoon, the trek finishes at Tram Ton, the gate of Hoang Lien National Park, where you have a transfer to hotel in Sapa town.

Day 4: Day at leisure in Sapa. Late afternoon take night train back to Hanoi from Lao Cai Station.

Day 5: Arrive back in Hanoi



English Speaking Guide during excursions

Porter(s) and other necessary equipment for trekking

All indicated transportation

Accommodation based on twin sharing room for 1 night

Tent based on twin sharing for overnight stay during trekking time

All indicated meals (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

Return train ticket (soft sleeper in 4-berth AC cabin)

Entrance fees




Pre and post trip accommodation

Private expenses

Drinks and Beverage

All other services not mentioned as inclusive

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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Hanoi Sapa Tours


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Ultimate Trek and Home Stay in 4 days

Have the ultimate Sapa experience with this four day trek, taking in all the regions highlights

ultimate trek and home stay

ultimate trek and home stay

Route: Sapa —> Cat Cat —> Ylinh Ho —> Lao Chai —> Tavan —> Giang Tachai —> Supan —> Banho —> Nam Toong —> My Son —> Thanh Phu —> Ban Ho

Distance Covered: 53 km

Grade: Medium


Have the ultimate Sapa experience with this four day trek, taking in all the regions highlights.

Day 1 – 16 km: Cat Cat- Y Linh Ho

On Day 1 we will leave Sapa at 9am and trek down to Cat Cat village, taking in the stunning waterfall at the bottom of the hill. After a slight retrace of steps (but not all the way back up!) we will take a turn towards Ylinh Ho and begin a 2km walk through rice terraces. Ylinh Ho is home to the H’mong minority, and their established rice terraces are around 100 years old. Rice appeared after the French left at the turn of the century – before this the H’mong traditionally hunted animals for food. This is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in true H’mong culture. From Ylinh Ho we will make our way to Lao Chai, an established H’mong minority village which has been inhabited for centuries. See the product of this minority at its best with established rice terraces, homes and a vibrant community. You will be welcomed warmly by Mai and her family who run the first ever homestay owned and run by H’mong Minority in the Sapa regionTravelSapa supported Mai in setting up this homestay and we hope it’s the first of many!

Day 2 – 17km: Ta Van- Giang Ta Chai- Supan- Ban Ho

When you awake on Day 2, open the window and have a look outside – weather permitting you will be treated to amazing views across the rice terraces in the valley. After breakfast you will make your way toTavan where you will visit the Giay minority people. This tribe traditionally fished for a living and as a result established themselves close to rivers. They have mastered the art of fishing with bamboo sticks, and cook the fish in the bamboo. Nowadays however you are more likely to see the Giay working in fields planting or harvesting rice. We will continue our walk through an impressive bamboo forest to Giang Tachai, and then on to the village of Supan where you will be able to rest your legs and take in the stunning mountain scenery as we stop for a picnic lunch.

Feeling revitalized, we will hike the final 6km to Ban Ho village where will spend the night at another homestay. This building is particularly special as it sits on stilts overlooking rice terraces. Dinner is cooked on an open fire, and some local speciality rice wine will be on offer to help you wind down!

Day 3 – 16 km : Nam Toong- My Son- Thanh Phu

On Day 3 you will know when it’s time to wake up when you hear the patter of feet on bamboo heading up the stairs to the bathroom. After a filling breakfast in the homestay we will walk 3km to Nam Toong village, home to the Red Dao minority.  We will then follow a buffalo trail through sprawling rice terraces, taking in the spectacular views of Halong National Park as we make our way to My Son village. Here you can meet the Xa Pho minority, one of the smallest tribes in the Sapa area. We will spend the night in the village of Thanh Phu, where you enjoy local food and a warm bed in a Tay minority stilt house.

Day 4 – 6 km : Ban Ho- Sapa

We will start Day 4 with a filling breakfast, after which we walk from Thanh Phu back to Ban Ho by a different route, following the Muong Hoa River. It is an easy but beautiful route to wind down from the last three days, and it will give you the chance to absorb as much of the remaining scenery as possible. There will also be a chance to swim in the river if the weather is good (or even if it’s not if you are brave!). Transport will be waiting in Ban Ho to take you back to Sapa for a well deserved rest!

PRICE in USD per person

Number of persons 2 3 4 5 6-7 8
Price 150 145 140 135 120 110



Breakfast (day 2, 3, 4), Lunch (every day), dinner (day 1, 2, 3), tour guide, transport, village entrance fees


Personal travel insurance, tips.


trekking shoes, waterproof jacket, suitable clothing, mosquito repellent

Once you’ve seen our itinerary for Ultimate Trek and Home Stay in Sapa, you can make any changes you wish. We are a very flexible tailor-made tour operator and we can design tours to meet our clients’ precise requirements.

Please send email to Sapa Travel for information about Sapa Tours  in Vietnam and our sample tours. Book now for getting promotion rates from First Choice.

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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Excursions


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Sapa and Red Dragon Cruise in 4 days

Northern Vietnam Tour: Based on many requests from the customers, First Choice will launched a popular travel packages: Halong Bay & Sapa.

Sapa_Can Cau market

Sapa_Can Cau market

With the success of the Red Dragon Cruises on Halong Bay (, many customers come to us with an extensions to Sapa, the hill tribe town in Northern Vietnam.

After Halong Bay with Red Dragon, First Choice will arrange the combined trip to Sapa by overnight train

First Choice will use first-class trains like King Express, Livitrans, Orient Express and Hara Royal Trains.

We set up an excellent accommodation in Sapa like Bamboo, Chau Long Hotel (new wing), Victoria Resort & Spa. Home-Stay is also a good choice for travelers to gain another experience.


The night before: 19.45 pm transfer to the Hanoi train station for boarding at 21:10. You will be in shared AC soft sleeper cabins to travel North to Lao Cai town.

Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Sapa, trek to Ta Phin (~ 14 km)

Today’s morning: The train arrives at about 6:30 am; look for your name sign when you exit the train station, as our guide will pick you up. Then take a morning drive through the clouds by car / van to Sapa (~ 1 hour). When you arrive in Sapa you will be taken to a local restaurant for a morning shower & breakfast.  We will then take short ride from Sapa to our trekking base where we start our trek up and down hills through terraced rice fields, bamboo ranges and many minority villages. Lunch break before we keep hitting the road to Ta Phin village. Our Dao host family will welcome you to their traditional home where we will share in an ethnic style dinner and stay the night.

Day 2: More in Ta Phin, back to Sapa, then Lao Cai for night train to Hanoi

At the first gleam of daylight, you will see and hear the sounds of morning village life. You can join your host family in some of their activities like feeding the animals, cleaning the houses, gardening or preparing breakfast. After breakfast, we could take a short morning wander around the village or resulting in more time spent with the host family.  You will be then supported by our car / van back to Sapa (30 minutes). When we arrive back in Sapa. Take a rest and pause for lunch on your own. At 14:30 we will take an easy walk (~ 5km) to Cat Cat village, homeland of Black H’mong hill tribe and to take part in a traditional ethnic music performance put on by the ethnic minority people. We will then be picked up at Sapa town for our ride to Lao Cai. Dinner on your own well before the train leaves for Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at about 5:00 A.M. Please find your own way back to your hotel.  Note: The music show in Cat Cat is closed on Wed afternoon, an alternative will be arranged.

Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long, welcome on the boat

Arrival in Hanoi in the early morning at around 5:00 am. Please find your way by foot back to a mini hotel near the Tran Quy Cap station gate to have shower and basic set menu breakfast.  Depart, 8:00 – 8: 30 am on a shared van from your hotel to Halong city. After 3.5 hours driving and viewing simple, country side, rice paddy life, we arrive at the at port. At 12.00, the junk crews welcome guests on board at Hon Gai Wharf. Check- in, enjoy welcome drink & cruise briefing. Lunch with fresh local seafood while cruising to Bai Tu Long bay via Indochina film studio, Teapot islet, Blockhouse islet, Goat Head islet. Stop for swimming, visit mysterious Thien Canh cave. Relax at a wild beach, swim & kayak to explore the bay. Back to junk to enjoy relaxing or the sunset. Dinner and overnight on board nearby Vong Vieng village or Trinh Nu cave.

Day 4: Explore the tranquil scenery in Bai Tu Long bay, back to Hanoi.

Early risers can enjoy the sunrise and the quiet breath-taking beauty of Bay’s landscape. From 7.30 to 8:00 am have breakfast in the fresh air then visit Vong Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat. Meet the locals, visit floating school & fish farms. More time to swim in the middle of the bay. From 10: 15, we serve on a La-Carte-Menu, you can order any dishes in the menu whenever you want for breakfast and lunch. Continue cruising through the bay, along the way seeing more of the fascinating formations. 11: 45 check out cabin while cruising back. By noon at 12:00, we will be ashore then hit the road back to Hanoi at around 4:00 pm. Tour ends at your hotel in Hanoi.

PRICE in USD per person


1 pax

2 pax

4 pax

6 pax

8 pax

10 pax up

Single Supp.










Train tickets Hanoi- Lao Cai- Hanoi  Guide

Car & transportation  Meals as mentioned

Entrance fees


Cruise with full meals on board

Minivan Hanoi- Halong- Hanoi



Tips to guide

Taxi to hotel in Hanoi (morning after Sapa train)

Hotel for morning before Halong Tour


– Sleeper Train to Sapa: Livitrans, Orient Express

– Homestay condition: Very basic

– Meals: Vietnam food

– Halong Bay tour: We share mini – van, deluxe Red Dragon or Prince Junk with maximum 10 people and twin shared cabin aboard.

– Car / Van Quality: Using new AC car or van depending on your group size

– Tour guide: English speaking guides (on site).

– The trek time is just approximate and depending on speed and weather.

– Please be aware that flight times, trains, hotels and other services are subject to availability. Where flights/trains are cancelled or delayed First Choice will endeavor to secure alternative arrangements of similar value,

– Train’s details will be updated at time of booking confirmed (your email of confirmation)

– Check – in: 14:00; out: 12:00 noon. Early check in if it is subject to availability.

– This itinerary and supplementary information has been complied in good faith and was accurate at time of writing

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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Trains to Sapa


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