Discover rice fields and the nature of Sapa

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In this tour, you will see the most beautiful natural landscape, streams, cardamom plants, and terraced fields and experience the ethnic minority culture of Sapa.

This route is not what a lot of people know. You can’t do this trek using GPS navigation like maps, but by leading with our local expert guide, you will not worry about the trail- you will love this tour and enjoy it. 

You will see the whole Muong Hoa valley from the grasslands at scenic stops. You can admire the valley’s landscape and the villages at the mountain’s bottom. And enjoy the view of Sapa town. We will show you as much as the tour provides and more.

This tour is excellent for those who want to explore nature, learn about the flora of Hoang Lien National Park, and experience the national culture from housing, dining, traditional costumes, and daily life activities of the locals.

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Reasons to book this experience

Most of the locations on this tour are famous places to visit in Sapa, from Cat Cat village to Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, and Ta Van. Each area has different beauty in nature, tradition, culture, and people.

01. Cat Cat Village is a famous tourist destination in Sapa. Referring to Cat Cat refers to the Hmong people and their cultural traditions. Here you will admire the beautiful traditional costumes and colorful and traditional dances of the Hmong people.

02. You will admire the natural landscape; learn about the ecosystem, plants, and animals. We will be passing through the forest to the top; here, you will see villages of the Hmong with about 4 – 5 houses set up halfway up the mountain. You will be able to visit the homes of the Hmong and learn about their traditional culture.

03. Lao Chai is a village that everyone mentioned when traveling to Sapa; this is one of the most populous communities of the Black Hmong. They have joined and built a unique cultural system such as rice terraces, houses, costumes, and lifestyles.

04. This trek will be an exciting and meaningful tour that I think you will never forget when returning home. However, this tour requires you to have the good physical strength to conquer it.

05. A local private guide: A Local guide in a private tour only get your needs focused, and has enough time to answer all your questions.

06. Visit 3 different ethnic minorities and 3 different villages in Sapa

07. Get to see the Fansipan mountain, 3.143m highest in Indochina, as well as see the panorama view of nature in Sapa.

08. Enjoy visiting the bamboo forests as well as Vietnam’s most famous rice terraces – ideal photo shooting scenery.

09. Meeting the country’s most representative animals such as the water buffalo, and cows.

10. Meet good people and eat good foods.


In the morning: Nature View and Amazing Terraced Rice Fields

At 9 AM: Meeting at your hotel or Notre Dame Cathedral (Sapa’s Church). And start your tour.

We will trek down 2km to Cat Cat village. You can see the whole Cat Cat village at the foot of the mountain and terraced fields with Hmong houses in the distance.

At 9:30 AM: Arrive Cat Cat village. You will admire their traditional houses, costumes, and dances. Under the homes of the Hmong people is a small stream that is the headwaters of the Muong Hoa River. Here you will see the Tien Sa waterfall and Sapa power plant built during the French colonial period.

After 30 minutes visit, we will trek uphill to Y Linh Ho village. On the way, we can see the cardamom forest and flora of Hoang Lien National Park. There are many fruit trees on both sides of the road; you will be surprised.

At 10:30 PM: We will go to the meadow at the top of the mountain, where you can see all of Sapa town and Muong Hoa valley, where there are villages of Black Hmong and Giay people. We can take some pictures and then follow the trail of local people to get to the village.

At around 11:30 AM: We have a picnic lunch on the grassy hill of the mountain – have lunch and enjoy the landscapes.

In the afternoon: Traditional villages and Culture

At 1:00 PM, After lunch, we will continue trekking to visit the houses of the Hmong people, learn about their life and culture, and admire the natural landscape and terraced fields.

At around 2:00 PM: Arrive Lao Chai village. Here, we will learn about customs, habits, and life tools and listen to their experiences building houses and working on terraced fields.

At 3:00 PM: We will reach Ta Van, a village of Giay ethnic minorities. Here, you will learn about two cultures, the Back Hmong and the Giay people. You will see the design of those houses is different as well. Ta Van is also the last village on this tour.

At 3:30 PM: A car or bus will pick you up from the community back to Sapa.

At around 4:00 – 4:30 PM: Arrive Sapa at the end of the tour.

(The tour will end at about 4:30PM in Sapa town, so you can book a bus back to Hanoi or somewhere after that)

Bus From Hanoi to Sapa (Optionnal)

This is optional and will not include in the tour price.

Bus from Hanoi <=> Sapa, It takes about 6 hours. If you arrive at Sapa early, the bus will let you sleep until 5 AM.

The Cabin Sleeper Bus and Single Cabin Sleeper Bus are private, but if you are taller than 1m7, you might consider the Sleeper Bus because you can adjust the bed, making you more comfortable. However, if you want private, the other 2 options would be best.

Once we receive your booking, we will confirm and send you the bus tickets.

You can see the little Badge Text on the image below for more details about which bus to choose.

A Cabin Sleeper Bus/42USD/way: This is a cabin with 2 small beds that you can sleep 2 people. If you are a couple or want to make it private, this is the best choice (you can see it in the image).

A single cabin sleeper bus/22USD/way: This is a single cabin with 1 bed that you can sleep with 1 person (Meaning: 1 person/ 1 single cabin). If you are one person and want to make your bus trip private, nothing is better than this option (you can see it in the image).

Sleeper bus/17USD/way: This is a single bed (not private) that you can sleep with 1 person (you can see it in the image).

The times below apply to all bus types.

Pick Up Ha Noi <=6hours=> Arrive Sapa

Pick Up Sapa <=6hours=> Arrive Hanoi

06:30, 13:30, 21:30 (at 5 P. Trần Nguyên Hãn) ⇔ Arive (at 436 Đường Điện Biên Phủ)

13:30, 16:00, 22:00 (at 436 Đường Điện Biên Phủ) ⇔ Arive (at 5 P. Trần Nguyên Hãn)

Good to know

Price for a private tour

USD55: One person
USD80: 2 people($40/per person)
USD105: 3 people(35USD/per person)
USD132: 4 people(33USD/per person)
USD165: 5 people(33USD/per person)
USD198: 6 people(33USD/per person)
USD231: 7 people(33USD/per person)
USD240: 8 people(30USD/per person)
USD270: 9 people(30USD/per person)
USD300: 10 people(30USD/per person)

Price for a group tour

(In case you have 1 - 3 people)
USD37 /person: A group of 2 - 6 people
How it works?
* We will let you know a day before the tour starts about 'how many people will join you on the day.'
* Extra USD12 (pay later), if nobody joins you on the departure day, then your tour will be one private (only one person)
*But if you are above 2 people and you still want to make a group tour, there will NOT extra charge if nobody joins you on departure the day.

Pick Up

From your hotel in Sa Pa or in front of Sapa Church

Drop Off

In your hotel in Sapa or Sapa center

The tour will include

♦️ 1 lunch
♦️ Village entry fees
♦️ English speaking guide
♦️ 1 big bottle of water/per person
♦️ Transport back to Sapa after the end of the tour in villages

The tour will NOT include

♦️ Personal travel insurance
♦️ Extra drinks during hiking (e.g., bottled water or beer)
♦️ Tips

Things you should bring

♦️ Waterproof Jacket - Prepare in case of bad weather.
♦️ Comfortable clothes - Use while trekking, especially in summer
♦️ Mosquito repellent
♦️ Cash for additional purchases - You might want to buy some local traditional products or your drink.
♦️ Trekking shoes - Good shoes are OK, but trekking is the best.
♦️ A Jacket - Use when you do this tour in winter (The temperature is about 6 -10 °C in winter)
♦️ Sunscreen

Our convenience & note

🔉*Bonuses: If you have a hotel in Sapa, I highly recommend you leave your luggage there, if you don't have a hotel in Sapa you can leave your luggage with us once we meet you at Sapa Church at 9 AM and the shower is available after the tour

How Private Tour Works

Personal Travel Specialist
Dedicated travel specialist

Handpicked Accommodation (Homestay)
Best location & price

Flexible Meal Plan
Tickle your taste buds

Private Guide and Car
Hassle-free tour experience

Adjust the physical activity
We can adjust the difficulty of all of our hikes to your wishes and abilities.

Responsive Customer Service
24/7 care

How A Group Tour Works

It’s a great way to meet people The tour offers the chance to meet new friends and acquaintances, in some cases, from all over the globe

Lower price and FUNE
If you are looking to save money, a group tour is definitely the best way to do that

We make it FUN and SAFE
Travelling alone can be a little daunting. There are many people who feel the pull of last-minute solo holidays. With new friends, you will feel happier and time will pass faster.
All of the details are sorted out for you!
Whether you are travelling alone, or simply prefer the convenience of not having to spend an age online deciding where to stay and which route to take, group travel tours can be a complete lifesaver

Cancellation Policy

7+ days prior tour start date: 100% reimbursement of the tour price (no cancellation charges)

6 to 2-days prior tour start date: 25% reimbursement of the tour price

1 day prior or same day of tour start date: no reimbursement

Why Us?

Trekking Tour Sapa owned by a team of Hmong ethnic minorities in Sapa. We use our local knowledge to create hiking, trekking, and motorbike tours for those wanting to discover the best and most beautiful areas of Sapa. We were born and raised in this region which helps us to show you places that many companies else may not be able to provide.

Locally & Minority Owned
Benefiting the local Black H’mong and neighboring ethnic tribal people.

Get the real Sa Pa Experience.

Ethical Tribal Visits
Preserving the culture of the H’mong and other ethnic minority peoples.

See the beauty of Sapa and help to preserve its beauty for generations to come.

Book Your Private Trek Online

When Would You Like To Start The Tour?

(9AM - 10AM only)
(Bellow 8 years old)

Bus Hanoi <=> Sapa (Optional)

06:30, 13:30, 21:30 - Only
13:30, 16:00, 22:00 - Only
  • Total: $0

9 Review

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We did the six hour trekking tour with Xee through the stunning rice terraces in Sa Pa. An experience that we undoubtedly never forget. Xee is a very nice and good englisch-speaking guy who explained a lot and gave information about the region. We recommend the tour with Xee without limitations!
 Miho Tamura
Miho Tamura
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Trekking Through Rice Terraced Fields - 1Day​に参加しました。思っていたよりもがっつりトレッキングでしたが、山の中を歩くからこその素晴らしい景色でした。ガイドのシンさんはとてもジェントルマンで、トレッキング初心者の私にもとても親切にサポートしてくださいました。とても素晴らしい経験になりました。
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This was my favourite hike I have done so far in Sapa! It was amazingly unique. Sapa I’m unlike anywhere else I have seen in Vietnam. Sinh, our tour guide, spoke very good English. He was very knowledgeable in Sapa history and cultures. Bonus is that he was very kind and funny! I would recommend this tour for anybody who wants to see the unique sapa landscape! It is an excellent value for the price.
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After some easy and effective communication with Sinh to organise this trek, our local guide La met us at our hotel at 9am to get started. The trek was fantastic with La giving us insight into the local minorities, whilst taking us on the road less travelled and moving through the rice fields and villages. We came across very few other tourists as La wanted to take us on the quieter roads/paths. This meant that we saw small villages, families and the way of living. It felt very insightful and was very interesting. As we travelled further, taking in the beautiful scenery we stopped for lunch and enjoyed some fried noodles and vegetables. We finished the tour after crossing a river and visiting another local minority village which was a lot busier and seemed to be where a lot of the tourists went. However, La took as away from the main tracks and we took in the last of the beautiful views before being picked up and taken back to our hotel. This was a brilliant experience! Thank you to La!
Jp Sonny S
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We did a very nice 1 day rice field trekking tour with Sinh and his brother. Beginning of the tour was quite challeging but very fun. We got lot of information about the rice fields, area and the minority people. Lunch and sone water was included. Make sure you have good hiking shoes and some clothing for rain.
Jp F
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We enjoyed the trek with Sinh and his brother. We hiked through corn fields, went over barbed wire fences, crossed streams and balanced our way across muddy rice terraces. Our shoes were dirty compared to other tourists taking tours from other companies... and that's exactly what we were looking for. Thank you Sinh (and baby brother) for the fun experience. Tip: Wear trekking shoes with good grip!
John Doe
John Doe
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The trek was a challenging and an overall exciting experience. We went across a path that was least travelled.The guide was well informed and went a steady pleasant pace. Really loved every aspect of it.
James Brook
James Brook
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I was Invited to go to Sapa and enjoy the trip organized by Sinh. Expecting nothing as I had heard so many review on how Sapa is boring, I was shocked and amazed by the scenery of Sapa Sinh showed us through the tour. All the terraced rice field, the H’mong children smile, the sky, the cloud and much more than that totally rocks my mind. I am 100% sure that this is the Sapa I was looking for. Natural, untouched, beautiful and ... I guess you will have to discover that by yourself with Sinh (don’t wanna be a spoiler). Pls come and enjoy! Sinh is so far the best Sapa tour guide you need while staying in Sapa! Thank you Sinh, wish you and your family all the best wishes in the future!
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Great communication with agency. Guide was hands on, showed great knowledge of the area. Paid close attention to his customers and conditions during trekking. Spoke fairly good English. Would highly recommend!

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When Would You Like To Start The Tour?

From USD40/person

(9AM - 10AM only)
(Bellow 8 years old)

Bus Hanoi <=> Sapa (Optional)

06:30, 13:30, 21:30 - Only
13:30, 16:00, 22:00 - Only
  • Total: $0
9 reviews
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