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Being one of the most enchanting towns in North Vietnam, Sapa has become a popular destination thanks to the natural beauty created by pictuesque landscape of mountains, green hills and valley and small villages. Along with Vietnam day tours, this special journey from Hanoi to Sapa on a night train will be a memorable experience during your Vietnam holiday packages.

Highlights

  • Explore our North with Hanoi capital to understand more about our culture, history and of course, our cuisine
  • Have a whole view of Sa Pa with beautiful terraces and picturesque scenes with diversity of local cultures
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Trip Code: VNZA-800

Trip Duration: 3 Days

Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam

Finishing: Hanoi, Vietnam

Destination: Vietnam

Type of trip: Soft adventure

Theme: Nature, culture

Ages: Above 7

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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This evening, our guide and driver will meet and take you to Hanoi Railway Station for an overnight train to Lao Cai located on the north of Vietnam. Next early morning, you will reach Lao Cai where your exciting adventure will be truly started.

After getting at Lao Cai station, you will be transferred uphill the great Hoang Lien Son mountain to Sapa - one of the interesting destinations in north Vietnam. The scenic drive will take you through the vast valleys and beautiful rice paddies offering stunning scenery.

After breakfast, set off your walking tour to a local market where you can be surprised by the colorfulness of traditional clothes of the locals who come and sell their local products. You could buy something as a gift to save your amazing trip in this charming land. Take the chance to interact with the friendly locals and have some memorable pictures with them.

After some time exploring the market, transfer uphill to the top of Ham Rong Mountain - home to different kinds of flowers with their enchanting beauty welcoming any tourist. This makes the place an interesting place to enjoy and relax in the beauty of nature. You also visit a mini museum which provides you a deeper knowledge about different ethnic minorities on the peaceful land of Sapa.

In the afternoon, our experienced guide and driver will accompany you on the way to the beautiful Silver Waterfall - a popular attraction in this mountainous area. After immersing in the natural beauty, continue onto Tram Ton - the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. Here, you will be rewarded with the magnificent views of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and the surrounding areas.

Head back to the hotel for relaxing. Dinner on your own. Overnight at your hotel. 

Start your new day with an excursion to the fabulous Muong Hoa Valley. Leaving the busy town behind, you will follow a beautiful road surrounded by mountain range and the charming valley. There is no better way to unwind in the nature like this. During your trip, you will be welcomed by the delightful sound of birds and the verdant scenery.

Along the way, there will be some stops to visit several tribal villages such as Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, Ta Van. There are various chances to observe and experience the unqiue local way of life of different ethnic minorities such as Day, H'mong, Red Dao.

In the afternoon, transfer back to Sapa as your adventure comes to an end. After a short rest, it's time to say goodbye to Sapa. Transfer back to Lao Cai station for an overnight train back to Hanoi. In the next morning, arrive in Hanoi. End of services.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 3 day tour of Sapa exploring the picturesque beauty and colourful hill tribes.
  • 3 nights' accommodation - 1 night in Sapa and 2 nights on the overnight train. 
  • 4 meals included in the package.
  • Return overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai Station. 
  • All transfers – You will be taken to the train station in Hanoi, collected in Lao Cai on arrival, all transport throughout your time in Sapa and again you will be met at the station in Hanoi and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi. 
  • Air conditioned mini van for all overland transport.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.

Exclusions

  • International flight tickets – We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from South Africa to Vietnam are approximately $700-$1100 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! Let’s contact us for more details.
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee: 25USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Meals

  • Breakfast: 2
  • Lunch: 2

Transport

  • Private car 
  • Train

Included Activities

  • Walking tour to explore Sapa Town, Silver Waterfall & Tram Ton Pass
  • Exploring Muong Hoa Valley

Special Note:

This is one of the best options for travelers to choose when traveling to Northern Vietnam. Sapa has too many interesting things to explore and activities to join.

Depending on your time, you can stay longer in Sapa and explore deeper about local ethnic minorities. Contact your travel consultant to discuss about special activities such as hard trekking, biking, motorbike or home stay.

The best time to visit Sapa:

September: best time for harvest season

December: cool weather

March until April: normal weather - not too hot or too cool

May till August: quite hot but sunny 

October and November: foggy

There are some special notes for this Sapa trip:

We will arrange our local guide to meet you at your hotel in Hanoi and then assist you to Hanoi Station to check in your cabin.

The cabin is shared cabin with 4 soft sleepers. If you want to stay in a private cabin, you can pay extra. For example, if your group has 2 persons, you can pay extra 80USD/ cabin/ way.

On your arrival Lao Cai station, you will meet our local guide there.

On the day back to Hanoi station, you will manage the transportation to your next destination on your own. If you want to have pick up guide and car, please contact with your travel consultant for more details.

If you want to travel to Sapa in the weekend or during Vietnamese holidays (the end of April and August), you should have early plan to avoid fully booked of train tickets and hotels in Sapa

Beside train option, you can consider tourist bus from Hanoi - Sapa - Hanoi 

Our prices are valid for daily departures (except some special case as explained below) for group from 1 to 6 pax. If your party has more than 6 adults, please send us an email, we will advise our best price for your group.

Our prices are not valid for some special occasions and peak season as below:

° Christmas and New Year (normally, there will be surcharge for Gala Dinner on 24.Dec and 31.Dec Eves – applied for 4 and 5 star hotels)

 

° Vietnam Lunar New Year – from 25.Feb.2020 – 03.Mar.2020 – if you travel during this period, there will have surcharge for some services – we will advise you clearly at the time of booking

Cancellation by Customer

Should you need to cancel your holiday once it has been confirmed, the party leader must immediately advise us in writing sent to us via fax or email. The following cancellation charges will be applied:

  • More than 21 days prior to departure: The total of deposit paid to us (30% of the Tour value).
  • 7- 21 days  prior to departure: 50% on total value of the trip charged, due to hotel charges for no-shows and organizing fees.
  • Within 1-6 days  prior to departure: 100% on total charged.
  • No-Show: 100% on total charged.

Note: Insurance premiums and amendment charges are not refundable in the event of cancellation.  

Cancellation of domestic or international flights:

If the cancellation occurs after a deposit was paid to the Airlines, a cancellation fees, of 25 – 40 % of the airfare for the domestic flight and USD30 – 50/pax for the international flight, is required (according to the policy of the Airlines).

Unused services:

No refunds or exchanges can be made with respect to accommodation, meals, sightseeing tours, transport or any other services, included in the tour price, but not utilized by the tour members. 

Children Policy

For children, please note:

  • Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (maximum 2 adults with 1 child under 2 years old)
  • Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% price of adults
  • Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% price of adults
  • Children from 12 years old: as adult

Reviews

Reviews from actual Seni travelers. We publish all reviews.

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Based on 46 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Elmarie Ed

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 03-06-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

My husband and I just arrived back in Cape Town from the best ever Asian holiday, arranged by Vietnam Travel - Ha Nguyen (Sales1@Vietnam Travel). From the time I made contact with Ha, till we left Vietnam, she was inconstantly assisting and advising via WhatsApp and calls. She was 24/7 just a message or a call away. Our tailor-made holiday she arranged and booked with our agreement, suited us like a glove.

From arriving at Hanoi Airport, as mentioned in our correspondence by Ha, we were met by staff who quickly assisted us with the visa on arrival. We met the most dearest and friendly Ha outside to transport us to the hotel. She even booked us in at the hotel while we had a welcome tea.

The pickups were always on time, the tours with English speaking guides were all excellent. Mrs Trang in Hue and Mt Yen Toan in Ho Chi Minh City must be complimented for their knowledge and manner they have engaged with us.

The Ha Long Bay trip on the V Spirit Premier was an experience not to be missed. Hoi An with all the lanterns and soft street music is the most romantic city ever experienced in Asia. Our accommodation was perfect and of a high standard as well as the breakfast at the different hotels, from Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh.

I would highly recommend Vietnam Tour for any traveler from any country to Vietnam.

Once again a big thank you to Ha who became a friend of us.

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Pamemla Harvey

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 06-07-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We landed in Ho Chi Minh and spent three days there. We went to see the tunnels that were excavated in the Vietnam War. Very interesting and thought-provoking. Did a local boat trip on the Mekong Delta. We were introduced to the way of life there and a had a splendid luncheon Prawns, fish, salads, etc. Something for everyone. Then on to De Nang. A very different experience. Wonderful markets with a variety of clothing, curiosities, food, and drink. Splendid Spa treatments. Went to the market umpteen times. Very good local restaurants all within walking distance of our hotel. Last stop was Hanoi. Another exciting experience. A highlight was meeting our agent Nguyĕn Thu Hà who was the most divine soul. She is extremely helpful and NOTHING is too much trouble. All our transport was arranged to and from airports and to venues and trips. The trip on Ha Long Bay on a cruise liner was fabulous. A country full of diversity and kind, happy and helpful people! A must visit. Try something different.

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Landy Lowe

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 06-07-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We traveled from North to South in Vietnam over a two week period. It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Ha from Vietnam Travel! From the first contact, she made me feel that I was her only client. I changed our itinerary, added people and flights, had many questions- she took it in her stride. She understood my needs and within minutes she would have a recommendation or a price ready.

I cannot recommend her services highly enough. My travel agent became a friend!

Thank you Ha- I will always think of you with happy memories when I think of our two weeks in Vietnam.

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Barbara

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 30/04/2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Ha Nguyen from Vietnam tours was beyond excellent in her service in putting together the most amazing 2-week trip. We started in the south in Ho Chi Min and ended in the North. Having a local agent in Vietnam made a huge difference. All arrangements, transfers, and tours went like clockwork and she checked in all the time to ensure that all was Ok. Our homestay in Quoc Khanh Bamboo Homestay in Ninh Binh is also highly recommended. Beautiful countryside and if you have the time, really worthwhile taking a 2-hour drive cab from Hanoi and staying in a homestay once there. Contact Ha Nguyen by her WhatsApp number +84 915078294

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A Response from Seni World 30/08/2019

Not only is the first tour operator in Vietnam focusing only on travelers from South Africa but Vietnamtour.co.za also has been receiving a lot of positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Moreover, we also have a representative in South Africa  - Mrs. Katrine Putick. You can contact her to book and confirm your tour to Vietnam right in South Africa. 

Ms. KATRINE PUTTICK

  • Address: Bay Farm, Main Rd, Hout Bay Cape Province, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Phone: (+27 (83) 261 1693)
  • Email: kputtick@iafrica.com
A Response from Seni World 26/04/2019

Tipping is not customary in Vietnam but it's highly appreciated. Most the high-end services include a service fee but if you receive a service that exceeded your expectation, then a tip is highly recommended. Normally, you should tip at least 1-3 USD/pax/day for your guide and driver.

A Response from Seni World 18/07/2019

Vietnam's weather is tropical climate with high humidity creating a favorable condition for many insects especially mosquitoes. Whenever you head outside especially in mountainous areas, be sure to apply repellent to all areas of exposed skin. 

A Response from Seni World 15/04/2019

Depending on individual hotels, most of the hotels in Vietnam are equipped with all necessary amenities such as hair dryers, private bathroom, safety box, shampoo, body lotion and more. If you're not sure about the quality of these kinds of stuff, you can bring your own or buy outside.

A Response from Seni World 07/12/2018

You can easily find an ATM at any major cities across the country. Though, it's hard to find one in local areas, so make sure you prepare enough money for a journey out of the city.  Do not keep too much money along you to avoid the risk of theft. 

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