DAY 2 LAO CAI – SAPA – TA VAN VILLAGE
Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner | Accommodation: homestay in Ta Van village
Around 6.30 am – Arrive in Lao Cai and be transferred by shuttle bus to Sapa. The bus ride uphill to Sapa takes a little over an hour giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. On arrival, you will stop by our office, meet your tour guide and leave your luggage and take a shower in our partner’s hotel if you would like.
After a full buffet breakfast, our local guide will meet you at 9:00 and we’re then ready for a full day trek on the foothill of Mount Fan Si Pan to the Golden Stream valley. The first part goes downhill for about an hour and a half toward Y Linh Ho hamlet. After crossing a suspension bridge, you will see some stunning views of the rice terraces, gardens, and houses. The trail leads up to Lao Chai San village where we have a simple lunch.
13:00 – After lunch, we walk down through the villages Lao Chai (Black H’mong) and Ta Van (Dzay). This is the biggest and the most scenic valley in Sapa. This trek is relatively easy and offers opportunities to visit local families and learn about their daily life and fascinating culture before arriving at the homestay in Ta Van. We have dinner here and stay overnight.
With the ‘Homestay’ experience, your overnight accommodation is provided by a local family in their traditional house-on-silts. There’s no private room and you’ll sleep on the floor in a large communal area. The sleeping corner is set up with a single mattress (thin, but adequate), blankets (ditto), pillow, and mosquito net. The restroom is at international standard and a few steps from the main house.