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Travel into the lush green hills of Sapa on this three-day Independent journey in northwest Vietnam. The beauty of independent travel is having the luxury to explore at your own pace. After meeting your guide, wander through the peaceful village of Ta Van; browse embroidered fabrics, crafted by local H’mong women, at a roadside stall; trek through the hills to Lech Village, home to the Red Dzao group. Take your time to soak up the atmosphere and culture on this peaceful adventure through beautiful Vietnam. 

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Sapa, Vietnam
Sapa, Vietnam
Physical rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • Wander through idyllic rice paddies in the tranquil location of Ta Van. This is a part of the country that's synonymous with the idea of Vietnam

  • Interact with Black H'mong, Giay and Red Dzao minorities in the small mountain villages of this region - a true Peregrine experience

  • Trek through the lush green hills on your way to Lech Village. Northern Vietnam is home to some amazing landscapes

  • Plenty of free time affords you the space to explore Sapa at your own pace. You can do as little or as much as you like

Is this trip right for you?

  • Walking in the hills to the villages is the main highlight of this trip, so a moderate level of fitness will add to your enjoyment. If this is a problem for you, it may be possible to make alterations to the walking distances with your local guide.

  • It's important to bring sturdy walking shoes with you, as the terrain can be quite unpredictable in this area. Uneven, unpaved and slippery surfaces can be really challenging if you don't bring the right footwear.

  • If you decide to visit between November to February (winter), conditions can be very cold, wet and foggy at times. Be prepared for this by bringing the necessary clothing such as coat, base layers, hat etc. Please see the 'What to take' section for more information.

  • Even if you're visiting outside of the winter seasons, Sapa is know for having four seasons in one day. It's best to be prepared for varied conditions throughout the day, and for cooler nights.


Your independent experience of Sapa starts early today in Lao Chai, with an arrival transfer from the train station where you will also meet your local guide. Travel to your accommodation to have some breakfast and then travel into Lao Chai to begin your walk to Ta Van village. Here you'll meet the local community of the Black H'mong & Giay minority, and you'll be able to observe their daily way of life. Later in the afternoon, travel back to your accommodation with the rest of your evening free to do as you wish.
  • Topas Ecolodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Be prepared for approximately 3 -4 hours walking today, as you make your way to Lech Village on foot to observe the daily life of the Red Dzao minority people. The walk is around three to four hours return in total and a picnic lunch will be provided in the afternoon. On return to your accommodation later in day, the rest of your evening is free.
  • Topas Ecolodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your independent experience of Sapa ends this morning, as there are no more activities planned. You're free to check out of the accommodation at any time. A transfer to the train station is included in the cost of the trip, but depending on your departure plans, you may have some free time for shopping or sights. Additional accommodation is available to extend your stay (subject to availability) or you may like to add on another one of our independent experiences in Vietnam or South East Asia.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


3 breakfasts, 2 lunches


Private vehicle


Comfortable hotel

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Important notes

1. Arrival and departure transfers are included from and to the Lao Cai train station. Please provide your arrival details to your booking agent in advance.
2. Peregrine can assist with booking return overnight train journeys from and to Hanoi, as well as transport between each experience, or additional nights accommodation. Please ask your booking agent for more information.

Essential Trip Information

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