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Muong Hoa Valley Trek & Homestay Experience - 4D3N

3 reviews
5/5
  • 4 days experience
  • Moderate to challenging
  • Cultural immersion & active adventure
  • Mountains, valley, rice fields & villages
  • ​Private tours
  • Vegan-friendly
In this tour, you will be taken by our experienced local guide across 8 different villages of the Hmong, Giay, Tay and Red Dao local ethnic minorities. Enjoy Sapa’s breath-taking natural landscapes, main rivers, and valleys while learning about the culture, customs, and traditions of the 3 main local ethnic minorities of the region. Let yourself be surprised – don’t miss the chance to learn first-hand about Hmong’s unique marriage traditions, rice fieldwork techniques, traditional house rituals, and much more!

Reasons to book this experience

01. 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.

02. Get to see the famous and biggest rice terrace fields in Vietnam, the biggest river and valley in Sapa.

03. Trekking tours off the beaten tracks.

04. Meet good people and eat good foods.

05. Genuine homestay experience with authentic, local food.
06. Main attractions and points of interest include Vietnam’s rice terraces, bamboo forest, mountain trekking up to 1.800 meters above sea level.

Itinerary

Day 1: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (15 km or 6.5 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 the break, you will make it to Ta Van, a village of the famous Giay minority, where your local host family will welcome you. 

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!

Day 2: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Ban Ho (12 km or 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, we will make our way to Su Pan, a community of the Black Hmong minority. 

And then continue walking to the Ban Ho village, where you will meet three ethnic minorities such as Red Dao, Tay, and the Black Hmong. 

A Tay family and check-in will welcome us to their family. 

You will then have time to rest, take a hot shower, and wait for your dinner.

Day 3: Ban Ho – Nam Tong – My Son – Thanh Phu (3km around 6 hours)

After an excellent breakfast in Ban Ho, we continue walking to the village Nam Toong, about 3km from Ban Ho. 

In this village, you can learn everything about the Red Dzao minority that lives here. The Red Dzao are famous for the red scarfs they wear on their heads. 

We will then follow a buffalo trail through sprawling rice terraces, taking in the spectacular views of Hoang Lien 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: Thanh Phu – Ban Ho – Sapa (6km around 4 hours)

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!

Good to know

Price details

Muong Hoa valley and homestay experience 4D3N

Pickup

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

Drop Off

In your hotel in Sapa or Sapa center

The tour will include

  • 3 breakfast + 4 lunches + 3 dinner
  • 3-nights accommodation (homestay)
  • English speaking guide
  • Village entry fees
  • 1 big bottle of water
  • Transport back to Sapa

The tour will NOT include

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Extra drinks (e.g. bottled water or beer) on the way
  • Tips

Things you should bring

  • Trekking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent

Our convenience & note

01. 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.

02.  We can arrange a bus or train for you from Hanoi – Sapa and back Hanoi. If you need any helps with the service, please contact us for more information.

03. 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

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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3 Reviews

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5/5
Aislinn R
Aislinn R
June 2019
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There aren't enough words to describe how much we loved our experience with Sinh and his wife. We opted for the 3 day trek, which for us was perfect. We trekked on a range of terrains: forest paths, mountain side, fields and on the road side. The scenery we saw was breathtaking. Sapa is one of the most beautiful places we've ever seen. The homestays were wonderful and a great way to feel immersed in the community. The Hmong hospitality and the food (OMG) was amazing! Especially the 2nd night in Ban Ho Village. Sinh and his wife were the best guide team we could have asked for, as both of them grew up in a Sapa village. Patient, knowledgeable, funny and so helpful on those slippy hills (I did not pack the right shoes). Sinh, not only knew the area like the back of his hand, he also knew everything there was to know about each of the ethnic minority communities. We learnt about the Hmong, Tay and Red Dao tribes in the Sapa, their way of life and their rare skills with textiles. We especially enjoyed learning about Sinh's own life, how he grew up and meeting his family. We felt that he was more than just a tour guide, he became our friend. Absolutely choose this tour and you will not be disappointed. Notes from our tour: - We got the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, getting off the platform there's lots of people waiting to take you on buses to Sapa City, this cost us 50,000 per person. If you can afford to, I would recommend using Sinh's best friend, he owns a private taxi and you would be supporting a local, this cost us 400,000 for a 45 minute drive. (Lái xe: A Dê - (+84) 0912436697), or you can sort it out through Sinh. - We hiked in trainers. These, I think, would have been fine had it not rained heavily in the area the previous week. The paths were muddy and slippery, we needed a lot of help getting down the trails. And obviously our shoes were wet and muddy at the end of each day. Which we just embraced :p Sinh and his wife walked in rain boots, which you can pick up in Sapa. We would highly recommend all weather trekking shoes with a good grip, the weather is variable. - There will be 3ish local women that will come with your group. This is inevitable and not a threat at all. They are very friendly. We would have struggled more without them, they helped us when our shoes lost grip on the paths. They came with us each morning, and helped us. At lunch time, they showed us their crafts, these were authentic batik designs on cushions, scarfs, bags and purses. We bought things as we wanted to support the local minority culture and as a thank you for their help. If you're not interested in buying from them, tell them at the beginning of the trek as they won't ask for anything until the end of the trek. To Bring • Trekking Shoes • Waterproof • Sunscreen • Bug Spray • Clean clothes for after nightly showers (We trekked in the same thing each day) • Waterproof for bags Provided • One big bottle of water per person • All food (with exception of beer, soft drinks etc) • Mosquito nets • Towels • WiFi • Flipflops • Bedding
 Chris Arnesen
Chris Arnesen
December 2018
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Sinh who I later came to know as Mr. Sun met us promptly on the morning of day 1 of our trek. The prospect of spending 3 days with a random dude from the internet can be scary, but his huge smile and affable nature put us right at ease. We mostly made small talk as we made our way out of the town, but it soon became clear that Mr. Sun was the real deal, a true local guide. Over the next 3 days we had the pleasure of trekking with him through his homeland. I appreciate a lot about the time we spent together. A few things in particular stand out. We trekked some pretty obscure off-the-beaten paths that you wouldn't find with a transplant guide. Many times that we'd cross paths with some locals Mr. Sun would pause and shoot the breeze. It was inevitably a friend of his from high school or brother of an in-law. One time it was someone he didn't know, but knew him, which confirmed my theory that he's a bit of a local celebrity. I'm really curious and asked a lot of questions, “what's this?” and “why that?”. He almost always had a good answer and when he didn't he looked it up and reported back later, e.g. "it's cassava!". The homestay that we stayed at on our first night was great. We had a private room. It was very clean. The food was tasty. We had a ton of fun at dinner chatting with the family and the other guests late into the evening over homemade apple wine. On day 2 we made a pit stop at Mr. Sun’s family home. It was an honor to get a peak into where he grew up and still lives today. By the end of day 2 we were exhausted from trekking! We had another nice evening in a different homestay again having fun chatting with the other guests, guides, and the family that lived there, this time over rice wine 🙂 The morning of the third day we had a tasty breakfast of crepes and locally-grown bananas before completing another half day of trekking. Finally Sinh had arranged for us to go by car back to Sapa city. Overall the experience was amazing. We learned so much about the people and culture of the region. It was a lot of hiking, which is exactly what we were looking for. I wholeheartedly recommend Sinh and his company Trekking Tour Sapa.
Jiří Pavlinec
Jiří Pavlinec
December 2018
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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!
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