Rice Terraced Fields & Homestay Experience

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In this tour, Trekkingtoursapa’s guide will take you to visit 5 different villages of the Hmong, Giay and Red Dao ethnic minorities.

The tour will give you the chance to enjoy fantastic mountain landscapes as well as to see Sapa’s biggest river and valley. You will also see the famous rice terrace fields and learn more about the culture, customs, and traditions of the three main different ethnic minorities in Sapa.

Our tour guide will also introduce you to Hmong’s unique marriage traditions, rice fields, work and house building techniques, and much more!

Video Sapa Trekking 2 Days 1 Night

Reasons to book this experience

01. Adventurous mountain trekking up to 1.800 m above sea level.

02. Private guided visit to 3 different ethnic minority villages in Sapa.

03. 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.

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

05. Meeting the country’s most representative animals such as the water buffalo.

06. Meet good people and eat good foods.

Itinerary

Day 1: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (15 km ~ 6 hours)

The tour starts at 9 am. Our local guide will meet you at your hotel in Sapa Town or in front of the local main church. 

After a brief introduction, you will be taken 2km down to Cat Cat’s road, a well-known village of the Hmong minority. From there, you will be reaching the hanging bridge of Muong Hoa river and then continue uphill into the mountains and through a bamboo forest. 

From there, you will get the chance to admire some of the biggest and most beautiful rice terraces in Vietnam as well as enjoy the majestic mountain view on top of the Hoang Lien Son mountain. 

You will then head down to Y Linh Ho village and have lunch at a small, traditional restaurant ran by a local Hmong family. 

After lunch, we will make our way to Lao Chai, where is Hmong village – one of the oldest and largest Hmong communities in the area.

From Lao Chai, we will walk to Ta Van Village, where we will stay overnight, mostly inhabited by the Giay and Hmong ethnic minorities. If it is the right time of the year, you can see the people planting rice or harvesting it. We will teach you all about the differences between ethnic minority groups.

You will then have some time to rest, take a hot shower, and get ready for your dinner – if you want, you will also have the chance to take part in an informal cooking class with the host for dinner!

Day 2: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa (11km ~ 5 hours)

Enjoy a cup of hot coffee or tea and discover your homestay’s surrounding area and the nearby rice fields. After breakfast, you will be retaken uphill into the mountain till the waterfalls of Giang Ta Chai.

You will then enter the Red Dao area where, together with your local guide, you will learn more in detail about their culture and daily life.

After a short visit at a Red Dao family, you will then head back to the waterfalls by taking an alternative trail and across a second hanging bridge.

You will then have your lunch in Giang Ta Chai village at a small, local restaurant run by a Hmong family. After the break, our bus will be waiting for you, and you will then head back to Sapa Town.

(The tour will end at about 15:00 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

07:00, 13:00, 21:10 (at 419 Giai Phong) ⇔ Arive (at 436 Đường Điện Biên Phủ)

13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 22:00 (at 436 Đường Điện Biên Phủ) ⇔ Arive (at 419 Giai Phong)

Good to know

Price for a private tour

(Recommend)
USD85 : One person
USD150 : 2 people($75/per person)
USD210 : 3 people(70USD/per person)
USD260: 4 people(65USD/per person)
USD300: 5 people(60USD/per person)
USD330: 6 people(55USD/per person)
USD364: 7 people(52USD/per person)
USD416: 8 people(52USD/per person)
USD468: 9 people(52USD/per person)
USD520: 10 people(52USD/per person)

Price for a group tour

(Second recommend)
USD65 : 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 charge USD10 (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 breakfast + 2 lunches + 1 dinner
♦️ 1-night accommodation (homestay)
♦️ 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 at homestays.
♦️ 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

🔉If you have a big bag or a big suitcase, no worries. I have a store in Sapa where you can leave your luggage when you arrive as well as take a shower before you leave Sapa. Then you can bring a small bag while trekking.
🔉 We can arrange a bus or train for you from Hanoi - to Sapa and back Hanoi. If you need any help with the service, please contact us for more information.
🔉 The tour starts at 9 am, ends at around 3 pm

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.

Authentic
Get the real Sa Pa Experience.

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

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

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28 Reviews

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Einelille
Einelille
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Tzu is an awesome guide with a quirky sense of humour - So we booked everything through Sinh and he has a great level of english. We had a conference call with him via WhatsApp and arranged everything even paid the 60 USD in advance and we couldn’t be happier to have booked it with him. His sister in law (Tzu) was the one who took us on the actual trekking tour and she was a bright spark with a quirky sense of humour. She made the whole experience so much more amazing. The trek is not for the faint of heart. We did the 2D 1N and it rained throughout. It did not stop raining the whole time we were in Sapa or in the valley and I’m not exaggerating. Nothing that a good pair of raincoats and boots couldn’t handle though. The views were astoundingly beautiful. The simple way of life the locals lead is nothing short of happiness. Love love loved it. The trek through the bamboo forest is tough but the waterfall at the end is spectacular. Prepare for the rain (just in case) take your things in plastic bags, don’t underestimate it like we did. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my entire life. Definitely recommend it, don’t miss it for the world
Einelille
Einelille
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What an experience! it will no doubt stay with us forever. We booked overnight train, transfer to sapa and 2 days trekking with homestay via Sinh, and i can only recommend it. we travelled with 2 kids, aged 7 & 11. Sinh was patient and generous with his advise in the run up, answering 200 questions via email. every element of the experience was smooth, great communication and service, superb guide, reliable and on time drivers. Sapa is incredibly beautiful and the experience will stay with us forever, covering water buffallos to rice fields, swimming in waterfalls and dining with a local family. The trek is fairly demanding for kids, but so rich of experiences it kept even the 7 year old motivated to the end.
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B4779LTseanm
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Wow! Where to start.... The booking process was simple and blew our minds how easy it all was once we got to the hanoi train station! The train exceeded expectations, the transfer from the station to sapa was flawless, friendly driver and the period between drop off and meeting our guide was filled with delicious breakfast and kind hosts at the restaurant! We meet our fabulous guide Xee, who walked in with a cheeky friendly fun smile and we knew this was going to be fun. Xee was patient as we got organised and selected new shoes for the trip as it was pouring with rain, he told us the plan for the day and got us moving. Xee's english was great and he stopped along the way for beautiful photo opportunities and information about the area, the rice paddys and the life and culture of the local people. Xee had many laughs with us and provided epic support along the very wet and at times challenge areas of the hike! We got to the home stay- again wow! The hosts were so very friendly and the room was exceptional. Our view was over the valley and just watching as the clouds passed by was awesome. Sue and her family provided delicious food- some of the best we have had this trip. We all ate together and we were able to join conversation and watch the children play, we felt welcomed and part of the family. The second day was again rainy and Xee organised our bags to meet us after the hike as the trail was going to be a lot harder. Our hike was a lot more challenging then the previous day and thre was a lot of laughter, and close calls with bums hitting the ground! Xee lead us through and joined our fun. Lunches both das were delicious and in some of the beautiful country side. We got back to sapa and runited with our bags with ease. We can not thank Xee and Sinh for the wonderful trip and the organisation of the whole process for us. We would most certainly recommend this team and would return in a heart beat for another hike with this team. Thank you for a memorable experience and a chance to see you beautiful area. 10/10 Note: would recommend taking decent walking shoes that will get wet and dirty and light weight bags with water proof jackets, we were not that organised.
Liza N
Liza N
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We booked a trip with Sinh and his family to see Sapa rice terraces and everything went perfect. We asked them to take care of our trip from the train in Hanoi, and they did. They booked our train tickets (Hanoi-Lao Cai), our bus (Lao Cai-Sapa), where our guide girl Tzu and Ky picked us up to start the trekking. We choose 2 day trekking. The views were great, the guides spoke good english and were very patient with us taking pictures. The homestay was cozy and with good food. The company is a family company from the Hmong minority, by supporting them you are also supporting local buisness in their village. 100% reccommended. Liza Guatemala
Mbnguyen
Mbnguyen
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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!
Ryan Tevebaugh
Ryan Tevebaugh
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We just finished the 3 day / 2 night trekking tour with Sinh and it was awesome!! Highlight of our trip so far. He is an experienced guide and is extremely genuine so it’s easy to becomes friends fast. He does a really good job communicating the trip plan and schedule each day so you feel your in good hands the whole time. The food and homestays were both very good as well! He also will teach you about his family, the plant and animal life, and the different ethnic minorities that call Sapa home along the way. I highly recommend his tour company to anyone that wants to avoid the crowds and experience the amazing views and villages around Sapa. Tips: buy rain boots in town as the trails are very muddy in the winter, pack some snacks or buy some along the way to carry you between the provided meals (which were really good)
Kim S
Kim S
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This was a really great experience, going on a local trek with Sinh through the majestic and wondrous area around Sapa. Sinh is a truly thoughtful, knowledgeable and positive host who encouraged questions. I took that encouragement to heart and probably asked dozens of questions about the countryside, the flora and fauna, the Hmong people of this area and even about how he met his beautiful and gracious wife who accompanied us on the trek. I would highly recommend Sinh as a guide and his trek as an amazing experience.
Etienne B
Etienne B
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The trek we did me and my friend with Sinh was absolutely fabulous. We walked 3 days/2 nights trought the beautiful landscapes and mountains around Sapa. Sinh is a wonderful guide and person. He loves what he does. The homestays were great and the food delicious. So, if you want to discover Sapa region, do it with Sinh, you will love your experience.
Freedomtravel
Freedomtravel
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I have been traveling South East Asia for 6 months, Vietnam for over 4 months and this was one of my best experiences so far. We started in the south and I have found that this country just gets more and more beautiful the further north we go. I had seen pictures of Sapa and knew I wanted to take my daughter when she came to visit. I usually avoid guided tours and prefer to do things alone, finding my own way. But I was really keen to learn about the Hmong ethnic minority so I decided to book a trek. That's when I found Sinh, and I'm so very glad I did! Sinh was absolutely wonderful from start to finish. I had so many questions before I booked with him and he patiently and professionally answered them all. The whole experience was absolutely magical. We were a group of 12 and right from the beginning we all bonded so well. The trekking was amazing, the sights, the sounds, and the people. The homestays that Sinh had arranged for us were such beautiful little relaxing retreats after long days trekking, the food was authentic, so tasty and plentiful … and the apple rice wine … wow! Sinh is part of the H’mong ethnic minority, and his English is fantastic which meant that we all got to learn so much about the culture, the people and the land. It was amazing to learn so much about all we were seeing and the daily lives of the people. Sinh's a wonderfully warm person. Very friendly and great fun, his enthusiasm is infectious. Thank you so much Sinh, your knowledge, positive energy, and warm personality made the tour so much more than we could have expected. I can't recommend highly enough !!!
JP SONNY S
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.
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!
 Jwalther
Jwalther
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Sinh is one of the friendliest persons I’ve ever met. Always with a bright smile, he told us everything important about the area, vegetation, history and the people living in Sa Pa. My favourite moment during our tour was the visit in his family. Sinh explained us a lot things about his ethnic minority and the work in the rice fields. I was really impressed and became so emotional about the stories, that I had to think about this conversation the next days. (Honestly, it was a lifechanging moment for me.) Sinh, thank you for everything. We could never find a better guide than you and I am so thankful to meet you. See you, when I will come back to Vietnam.
JP F
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!
Paula E
Paula E
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Sometimes when traveling it is difficult to receive an authentic and true experience when going with a guide, but with Sinh it is truly going on an adventure with a long time friend. He was able to accommodate the trip and make it even more enjoyable than expected. I also loved how up front he was with everything and we did not have any surprises regarding trip details. We got to practice some Vietnamese, English and Spanish. He is very sweet and knowledgeable about Sapa and the surrounding areas and he really enjoyed sharing his culture with us. Thank you Sinh for making our experience in Sapa better than we could have hoped. Thank you!
Ljm12_85
Ljm12_85
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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!
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.
 Samel
Samel
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Sinh is an extremely friendly person who I would definitely recommend meeting. He was knowledgable and accommodating. We booked a day trek with him and asked about transportation. He arranged for a shuttle to pick up the six of us at Lao Cai train station and take us to our hotel. Thing is .. we booked the wrong week! We booked a week later than we arrived. We sent a message to Sinh at 6:00 AM when we arrived at the train station the morning of our intended trek day. He was understanding and luckily, was free for a tour. We had to arrange alternative transportation because it was last second and we were already at the train station. Sinh met us at our hotel promptly at 9 AM. He brought us each a bottle of water and explained the route he would be taking us on. He examined our footwear to make sure they were appropriate for the trek. Along the trek, he made the effort to have some conversation with each person in the group. He was there to help us when we seemed stuck on the trail. He arranged for lunch part way through the hike which was pretty good. He also had a shuttle pick us up when we were done trekking to take us back to our hotel. It took us about 6ish hours to complete the trek. Time will depend on how fast your group moves. This was a great experience at a brand new place. Sinh definitely helped make it great. Thank you, Sinh!!
Mike
Mike
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We hiked 2 days one night with Tzu, Sinh's sister. We traveled several villages and slept in a cottage in Ta Van. Tzu is an amazing guide. She answers all our questions in excellent English. We had a great time with him. Thank you for sharing your culture with so passion. We recommand this tour for sure. Isabelle et Michel
Alice Strafford
Alice Strafford
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Sinh and his wife's trekking experience was exceptional. My boyfriend and I felt an instant connection to both and enjoyed hearing stories and facts about their culture and Sa Pa. We felt very looked after by Sinh and his wife, who obviously knew the land so well. We felt very safe throughout and enjoyed the stunning views. Sinh also provided us with lunch and water, which was an added bonus. We would recommend Sinh for an authentic experience trekking through Sa Pa. We'll never forget such a beautiful day 🙂
Mathieu R
Mathieu R
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Trekking with Sinh was by far the highlight of our stay in Sapa. Sinh is a Hmong guide and while you walk, he will teach you the culture of the different indigenous people of the Sapa valley. As guide he is always trying to give you the best experience and make sure you are safe (rocks are often slippery) Sinh will adapt to all kind of needs. You can do a small trek or, like us, a one day 20km trek. You can even do homestay in a village. You can't go wrong with Sinh
Shenay R
Shenay R
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We had a great 6 hour village trek. He is very friendly & helpful, also good English. Great adventure & learned many things! 🙂 He even ran back to the village to buy us raincoats when it rained, thank you!
Packystache
Packystache
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I was so bloody happy to supppry Sinh as a member of the Black H’mong. Many guiding experiences do not benefit the local villages due to foreign ownership. Sinh connected me with other locals and was so fun to run down the trails with. If you’re in shape and looking to get a good sweat and laugh along the way, he’s your man. I spent a total of 4 days with Sinh on various treks throughout the valley and up Fansipan. I feel fortunate to have found him on Airbnb and make a new friend in Sapa.
Manon
Manon
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Nous avons fait la randonnée d’une journée avec Xoov, la soeur de Sinh. Elle est une guide merveilleuse. Son anglais est excellent et elle a une grande facilité à partager ses connaissances. Elle s'est très bien occupée de nous. Le lunch pris à mi-parcours était excellent. C’est une excellent activité hors des sentiers touristiques traditionnels. Nous la recommandons sans aucune hésitation. Manon et Sébastien
lethihueht1993
lethihueht1993
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Sinh is a wonderful guide, We walked 2d/1 nights trought the beautiful landscapes and mountains around Sapa. The homestays very beautiful and the food delicious. If you choose trekking tour at Sapa, I highly recommend you should take a tour with him.
 Daisy
Daisy
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I got trip 02 days 01 night, really memorable trip with nice and helpful tour guide. He gave us a lots fun and experience about H'Mong life. Most guest for this tour are foreigner, however, we are first vietnamese to join this tour ( me and one more girl ). We walked nearly 20km, seeing all terraced fields, peaceful scenery in the afternoon, bamboo forest, especially, I see plum and peach blossom. If you choose trekking tour at Sapa, I highly recommend you should take a tour with him.
Jiří Pavlinec
Jiří Pavlinec
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Awesome trekking experience. Sinh Is great tour guide!!!! forget about all travel agencies and go diretly with this guy. This was my 2nd time in SaPa and compare to the agency trip, this was much better! Sinh thank you very much for this experience my friend!
 Ian B
Ian B
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We did a 2 day, 1 night trek with Sinh and had a truly splendid experience. Sinh met us at the Sapa city center (Notre Dame cathedral), introduced himself and his Wife who is currently his "training guide" explained the trip itinerary and we set off on a beautiful adventure. The terrain was a mixture of rugged side hill trails, small dirt roads, paved (yet remote) scooter trails, and viaduct paths. We never grew tired of the views, unclose encounters with vietnamese farm life was a pleasant surprise, meals were everything we could have hoped for, the homestay was clean, the shower was hot, everybody was friendly. You will notice that Sapa is the center of massive tourist development by huge corporations. It was really cool to support Sinh in his small business entrepreneurship. For a kid who grew up without electricity, in a family of rice farmers it is pretty impressive that he learned english, and built a trekking tour company from scratch. If you would rather hike than sit in a shuttle bus, this is the experience for you.
MasayuAbdullah
MasayuAbdullah
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I did 2days trekking at Sapa with Sinh. It was a light and easy trekking we did due to raining and the road was so muddy. It was unfortunate due to rain and the view was so cloudy. Sinh is a good local guide and can speak English. We also have Chu follow us along the trek and she also helped me during my trekking.
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