Sapa Short Stay


Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of mountain ranges, sweeping rice terraces and minority villages in the hill area of Sapa in the north of Vietnam.

tour duration 5 Days from
tour price 390pp
tour type Short Stay

Places Visited

Overnight train (1N) - Sapa (2N) - Overnight train (1N)

Tour Highlights

Take the overnight train from Hanoi to Sapa for stunning vistas of Vietnam’s northern countryside
Trek through the rice fields of verdant Sapa
Meet the local H’mong hill tribe people who call Sapa ‘home’

Day 1 Hanoi to Lao Cai
Transfer from your hotel in Hanoi to Hanoi Railway Station and board the overnight train to Lao Cai. Accommodation on the train will be on a shared basis in a four berth soft sleeper compartment.
Day 1 Hanoi to Lao Cai
Days 2-3 Lao Cai - Sapa
Arrive at Lao Cai station and transfer to your hotel in Sapa. Continue to Hau Thao village, where the Black Hmong people live. After a picnic lunch hike towards Sa Seng Village, enjoying the views over Muong Hoa Village. Return to Sapa and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. The next day, take a light hike to Cat Cat Village. See a stunning waterfall and a hydraulic power station built by the French in 1925. (B,L & B,L)
Days 2-3 Lao Cai - Sapa
Day 4 Sapa to Hanoi
This morning is free at your leisure. After lunch, explore Suoi Ho Village, Ma Tra Village and Ta Phin Village where the Red Dao people live, before returning to Sapa. Later you will be transferred to Lao Cai railway station to board your overnight soft sleeper train back to Hanoi. (B,L)
Day 4 Sapa to Hanoi
Day 5 Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi early in the morning and transfer to your Hanoi hotel where your arrangements end.
Day 5 Hanoi

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If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

01-Jan > 31-Dec - £390 BOOK NOW

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3* Single Supplement from £40
3* Sole Passenger price from £170
4* Accommodation from £390
4* Single Supplement from £60
4* Sole Passenger price from £330
5* Accommodation from £520
5* Single Supplement from £140
5* Sole Passenger price from £270
All tours depart any day subject to availability.
Price is subject to seasonal variation.

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Additional Price Information:


3* Single Supplement from £40
3* Sole Passenger price from £170
4* Accommodation from £390
4* Single Supplement from £60
4* Sole Passenger price from £330
5* Accommodation from £520
5* Single Supplement from £140
5* Sole Passenger price from £270
All tours depart any day subject to availability.
Price is subject to seasonal variation.

UK citizens will not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a single entry stay of up to 15 days. Entry visas for Vietnam are required for stays longer than 15 days or for multiple entries into Vietnam within a 30 day period. To allow for unforeseen circumstances if your tour includes a stay of 15 days or more in Vietnam the standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. Currently the visa exemption rule applies until 30th June 2017. Should the visa requirements for UK citizens travelling to Vietnam change after 30th June 2017 you will be contacted by Wendy Wu Tours regarding your visa requirements.
 
If you do require a visa Wendy Wu Tours Visa Department can assist you with the process of obtaining one. We will supply you with all paperwork and submit the visa application on your behalf. Visas for Vietnam are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the dates stated on the visa application form. Travel must be completed within those dates. Please be advised that your passport must have at least 6-months validity left on it when you arrive back into UK. Visa application forms and all relevant documentation are due in our office 8 weeks prior to departure; if received after this, urgent visa processing fees will apply. Please note we do not accept passports and visa applications within 30 days prior to departure. Passports will usually be returned within 4 weeks of your tour’s scheduled departure.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

What's Included

Domestic transportation
Accommodations as stated
Meals as stated
Touring with private guides
Private car with driver
Entrance fees for sights visited
Price excludes flights and current taxes, visa fees and tipping.

Why Book This Tour?

This extension is suitable for those who wish to visit Sapa and are interested in walking and outdoor activities. This extension is private and therefore not all meals are included, which gives you the opportunity to occasionally select your own dining venue, allowing you to immerse further into Vietnamese culture. This extension includes two overnight train journeys. This itinerary includes walking over steep terrain and good fitness is required.

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