Arrive in Lao Caiat 6 am, pick up and transfer to a local hotel to freshen up before taking breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, we drive from Sapa to Su Pan by jeep – approx 25 km, from where we descend from the end of the dirt road at Su Pan to the Tay village of Ban Ho. After enjoying a swim in the nearby river, we continue towards another Tay village, Thanh Phu. Here we have lunch in a local house. After lunch we have an about 2 hours walk before we reach the Red Dao people in Sin Chai village.
Overnight in Sin Chai village. Approx. 5 hours walk (B, L, D)
First we have a 2-hour descent down to the village of Nam Sai (Tay tribe). From there we cross the river and walk up to one of the four Xa Pho villages (Xa Pho tribe). There we will have the chance to visit the local school, whilst our cook is preparing our lunch, after which we continue along the mountainside through 2 other Xa Pho villages before we reach the Xa Phovillage of Nam Keng
Overnight in a local house in Xa Pho. Approx. 5 hours walk (B, L, D)
From Nam Keng we pass several suspended bridges before we reach the Tay village of Ban Ho where we will be able to take a swim in a beautiful river, whilst our cook is preparing the lunch. We enjoy our lunch at the riverside before going up to Su Pan and back to Sapa by jeep. Take a chance to quickly freshen up at hotel before transferring back to the train station in Lao Cai for the overnight train back to Hanoi.
Overnight on Tulinco/Ratraco train. Approx. 4 hour walk (B, L)