Night 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai
Viet Bamboo Travel's car comes to pick you up from your hotel then transfer to Ha Noi railway station and catch the night train to Lao Cai (soft sleeper with airconditioning). Overnight on train.
Day 1: Lao Cai - Giang Ta Chai - Ban Ho (B, L, D)
5.30am - Arrive in Lao Cai. Driving to Sapa takes a little over an hour, giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. You'll have breakfast in a local Restaurant, then drive (30 minutes) to the Golden Stream Valley, stopping at Ta Van village. Walk down through the village from the main road and start trekking to Giang Ta Chai village. The trekking route offers some challenge as you balance on the rice terraces and a small trail on the steep mountainside. The vegetation is dense as the trail leads up to a peaceful village perched on the Hoang Lien mountainside. Head downhill and relax by a local stream for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, trek about 1.5 hours uphill before descending down to the quaint Tay hill tribe village of Ban Ho. Dinner and overnight in home stay.
Day 2: Ban Ho - Nam Toong - Lao Cai (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will start the day with an easy trek on dirt paths. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the valley with its traditional stilt houses and rice terraces. Make your way along a stream to cross a hanging bridge before arriving in Nam Toong village. In this picturesque valley, you'll pass some remote villages of the Red Dzao ethnic minority communities set amongst the rice and corn fields. After a picnic lunch, walk back to the meeting point where our driver is waiting to take you back to Sapa for a shower at the hotel in Sapa town. Our bus pick you up and transfer to Lao Cai train station. Catch the night train back to Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi - Arrival
Arrive in Hanoi early morning. Take a taxi to your hotel by your own.