Sapa Trekking

As the ambassador of responsible tourism, choosing Sapa Trekking & Homestays means you will not be disappointed by your experience. Our team of expert English-speaking ethnic minority guides has years of experience and will lead you through Sapa’s famous terraced paddy fields, past waterfalls and mountains, to authentic homestays where you will be welcomed by

As the ambassador of responsible tourism, choosing Sapa Trekking & Homestays means you will not be disappointed by your experience.

Our team of expert English-speaking ethnic minority guides has years of experience and will lead you through Sapa’s famous terraced paddy fields, past waterfalls and mountains, to authentic homestays where you will be welcomed by local families and experience what traditional life is like in the mountains of Sapa.

Sapa Trekking & Homestays has a wide range of itineraries, from half-day and one-day tours of hill tribe villages to week-long adventures of Northwest Vietnam. View our Treks & Tours page for itineraries, or contact us to let us know what you’d like to do, and we’ll do our best to make your time in Sapa memorable.

Sa Pa has become one of Viet Nam’s premier tourist destinations. Known for its trekking, landscapes, climate, and ethnic minorities, Sa Pa will undoubtedly continue on a path of rapid development. The Capilano University Community Based Tourism project is making efforts to see that a more sustainable option of development is chosen. As tourists, you can help too. Here is some valuable information to help you along your way.

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As a trekking destination the region offers a multitude of options. Alas, it appears, when searching for possibly trekking tours, that there are few options. Furthermore, some of the options have not honestly met travellers’ expectations, nor have they contributed in a way that is sustainable to the communities and environments they guide tourists to.

On the Tours in Sapa page we have listed a variety of villages that ususally define your tour option for your Sa Pa trip. Your best next step is to take a look at a map of Sa Pa and decide on a route that matches what you want to see and your schedule. Once you have made some decisions you can advise and recommend your travel consultant or tour operator to design a tour for you.

Booking your tour will more than likely happen in one of three places: on the internet, in Ha Noi, or in Sa Pa. If you are booking on the internet you are probably looking into a private tour. Most of the companies you will deal with will be able to coordinate anything you decide.

If you are planning on booking your tour in Ha Noi you will have a multitude of companies to check out. Most people book through their hotel, who will then book with a tour operator in Sa Pa. Tours will be limited, but with the information you will now have on the Sa Pa region you will be able to conduct a little added research to ensure you get what you want.

If you plan to book in Sa Pa, and are a budget traveller, the option offered to you may be to join in on a group. Be sure to ask all kinds of questions before you start your tour to be sure that you get exactly what you want.

 

Sa Pa Trekking and Village Hopping

When you finally decide on a tour and / or arrive in Sa Pa, be sure that you have organized an extra free day. The free day will be extremely beneficial for getting acclimatized, getting sufficient rest after the night train, and adjusting to the weather. Take some of this time to meet with some of the people from the different ethnic minorities (Red Dao and Black Hmong to start), and to get aquainted with the geography.

Your best bet is to get a map, track out your trekking routes and look into some possible extra little jaunts and explorations to some neighboring villages to your routes and destinations. You might even be able to talk to your guide and adjust your route!

As you trek and village-hop it is recommended that you reflect on where your money is going. Can you insure that you buy a little something from every ethnic minority, and it is possible that you spread out where you buy simple things like your bottled water from. All of this will be helpful in creating a more equitable tourism economy.

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