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Vietnam is home to 54 distinct ethnic minority groups - and this tour is the perfect way to meet them. Get comfortable in the capital of Hanoi before trekking to remote tribes in Sapa, beautiful brightly-colored embroidered clothes of the Hmong people, silver headpieces of the Tay people, or easily spotted red turbans of the Dao women are just a glimpse of daily life in Sapa, home of various ethnic minorities in Vietnam.
Depart from Hanoi and transfer to Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where still preserve many hundred-year-old houses.
Upon arrival, walk along the tiny ancient alleys to visit Mong Phu temple in Mong Phu hamlet - the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact, dedicated to national heroes. Continue riding around the village to discover the daily life and farming tasks of local peasants, stop to visit ancient houses dated back to 400 years ago.
Visit then the temples dedicated to two national heroes - Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung. Continue to Mia Pagoda built in 15th century and admire 287 statues of all sizes, along with are famous sculpture such as the statue of Buddha in the Himalayas and the statues of the Eight Vajra Deities.
After lunch transfer to Nghia Lo, visit ethnic village on the way.
Overnight at homestay in Nghia Lo.
Enjoy breakfast with stunning view in the morning, transfer from Nghia Lo to Tu Le.
Taking the 2hour road while passing through the stunning mountainous landscape and amazing rice terraces. Take a slow trek along the trail which connects villages in the valley, meet up with different tribal people who you can differentiate by the color of their clothes and discover their living style by the locations of the village: The Thai occupy low land almost at the bottom of valleys. They gather near to river or streams and plant wet rice intensively by using water wheels to transfer water into rice paddies. The H’mong in contrast settle at the highest elevation, grow corn and dry rice on the burn-over land, whereas the Zao live in the middle altitude, practice both methods of farming.
Overnight in Mu Cang Chai.
After breakfast, transfer from Mu Cang Chai to Sapa via Than Uyen where you can admire the grandeur of mountainous scenic.
Upon arrival in Sapa, visit Ham Rong Mountain where you can climb up to cloud yard San May to enjoy the panorama of Sapa Town. Take the stone pathway up to the mountain, where you can see small streams slowly run through the bushy foliages, stop for a visit on the way to an orchid garden with more than 400 species.
Arrive in Sapa, check in hotel and at your leisure to discover Sapa at your own pace until dinner time. Overnight in Sapa.
Approx: 1 hours driving/ 2 hours walking.
You will commence your short journey by driving south toward Muong Hoa valley. You will then start your walk by descending into the valley, which is the largest rice paddy terraced among Sapa area. The guide can provide you interesting information about rice. If you visit the valley sometime in between May and October, you will be able to observe and experience how the local do planting and harvesting, one of the most important activities in the daily life. The walk takes you from Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority to Ta Van village of Giay minority.
Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigo blue clothing.
Giay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. The development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green color. The Giay’s houses are build of wood and bamboo with a clay floor.
After visiting Ta Van, the car will return you to Sapa.
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