Homestay Trekking in Sapa

Explore Sapa town and it’s surrounding villages on this cultural trekking experience, staying overnight in a Red Dao’s homestay.

1 Night

Discover the authentic lifestyle of the local ethnic tribes as you hike the hills of Sapa in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains. Trekking from village to village, you’ll mix with the natives and spend your evenings living as they live.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 2 days trekking
  • 1-night homestay accommodation
  • Local, certified guide
  • Meals
  • Local transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for

Anyone with a sense of adventure looking to explore a different way of life. The trekking will be easy so don’t worry if you’re new to this.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:
- Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for your guides (optional)
- Drinks
- Drinks at the homestay
- Airport Transfers (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people. Please note that the trip can also go ahead if you’re the only person on the trip. In that case, your host asks for a small single supplement of $55.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Your host recommends to pack: - Comfortable trekking shoes
- Sunscreen
- Hat
- Mosquito repellent

Your host suggests flying to Hanoi. From here you can either travel by train or bus, or ask you host to arrange a transfer.

Your host can arrange train ticketing between Hanoi and Lao Cai ($28/ticket, per way for the King Express train; $35/deluxe ticket and $27/superior ticket, per way for the Chapa Express train. It is a soft sleeper berth in a 4 berth cabin).

Your host can also arrange transport on a sleeper bus between Hanoi and Sapa, which costs $12/person/one way.

Your host can arrange a bus transfer between Lao Cai train station and Sapa for $3/person, one way.

Yes, children from the age of 16 are welcome to join this trip, if you’re booking as a private group.

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Sapa is known to be an area consisting of four seasons in one day, therefore the weather can change quite rapidly, altering from heavy mist and fog to warm sunny days. Clear views from the top of the mountain cannot be guaranteed. It can be muddy in wet weather, which makes the trek more difficult and longer to complete.

Your host can offer a securely locked room to leave your luggage in while you are out trekking, within their office in Hanoi or head office in Sapa.


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Sapa is a small, mountain town in Lao Cai Province, located 350 km northwest of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border. Here, you’ll find the Hoang Lien Son range of mountains, including Fansipan—the country’s highest peak and therefore nicknamed ‘The Roof of Indochina’.

This quiet Vietnamese town is home to many different ethnic tribal groups and welcomes a diverse range of visitors attracted by the highland tribes, iconic rice paddies and forest treks. The whole area is blessed with awe-inspiring natural beauty.

Start point

You’ll meet your host at 09:00 in Sapa town. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point

You’ll be dropped off back in Sapa town in the afternoon of the last day of the trip.

What to Expect

Day 1: Trek to Suoi Thau Village

You’ll meet your guide at 09:00 in Sapa town for the transfer to Ta Phin commune, home to the Red Dao and Black Hmong people; witness the authentic lifestyle of the locals as you stroll the streets and enjoy the mountainous beauty of your surroundings.

After a steady stroll, your trek will begin; you’ll journey uphill through mountains, valleys, forests and rice fields, arriving in the village of Phin Ho in time for lunch with members of a local tribe.

Leaving behind panoramic views of Ban Khoang valley, you’ll continue your trek downhill to Lu Khau village, where you will receive a warm welcome from the Red Dao and the Blue Hmong people and visit the local salmon farm.

At the end of a long day, you’ll trek the unpaved path to Suoi Thau village where you will meet your Red Dao host for tonight’s stay; experience their lifestyle, help cook their traditional dinner, and relax in a new and welcoming environment.

Day 2: Explore the Villages and Back to Sapa

After breakfast this morning, you’ll take a short trek around Suoi Thau village where you’ll witness the daily life of the Red Dao tribe before you say your farewells.

You’ll continue your trek to Gia Thau village and the vast local rice fields, before moving on to Kim Ngan village to enjoy a picnic with a local family against a spectacular backdrop.

With a full stomach and yet more native insight, you’ll trek the short uphill path to Ta Giang Phinh village and Budda’s Hand mountain. Once in the centre of the village, you’ll visit a local Blue Hmong at home and discover the differences in tradition and costume between the ethnic tribes you have visited.

As the trip draws to an end, your transfer will arrive to take you back to Sapa but don’t worry, along the way you’ll have a chance to snap the Cold Waterfall and Mount Fansipan and you say goodbye to this magnificent part of Vietnam.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


You’ll spend your evening in a homestay of a local Red Dao family in Suoi Thau village; you’ll sleep in an authentic Red Dao home in a room which is basic but warm and welcoming. Here, you will enjoy dinner and breakfast in a traditional manner.

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