Best of Sapa

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Sapa
The valley town of Sapa lies amid the spectacular landscapes of northwest Vietnam. Rolling, forest-covered peaks, rushing rivers and steeply terraced rice fields are all part of the backdrop of this remote region five hours from Hanoi. Sapa has a handful of attractions, but most travelers are only passing through as they head into tiny jungle-clad villages in the hills. There visitors can enjoy homestays among the Dzao, Hmong, Thai and other diverse ethnic groups. 

Sapa is one of the top trekking destinations in Vietnam, and you can travel between Hill Tribe villages, meeting locals in the fields and stopping for lunch at waterfalls and scenic overlooks along the way. Staying with host families immerses you in village life, and you’ll have the opportunity to help out with cooking, gardening, tending the livestock and other activities. You might also be able to catch a bustling market day as colorfully garbed traders come from all over the region. Although the region is an increasingly popular tourist destination, it’s possible to get off the beaten path as you travel to the fringes of Lao Cai province.
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A lush green landscape in the Vietnamese countryside
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Best of Northern Vietnam - 7 Days

Experience the best of northern Vietnam on this weeklong getaway. You'll tour the historic streets of old Hanoi, travel to mountain villages home to ethnic communities, and hike around the terraced rice fields of Vietnam's highland region. The adventure culminates with an unforgettable boat ride in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hạ Long Bay.

Discover Vietnam from the vantage of a traditional sampan
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Family Adventure in Vietnam: North to South - 14 Days

Take the family on an in-depth discovery of a singularly beautiful country that's the well-spring of a deep culture: Vietnam. Over two weeks, you'll see it all, from the colonial Old Quarter of Hanoi to the terraced rice fields of Sapa and the historic fishing ports of the central coast. The trip culminates around the former Saigon, where you'll tour Ho Chi Minh City and explore the Mekong Delta by boat.

Golden-sailed junk boats in Hạ Long Bay
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Honeymoon in Northern Vietnam: From Hanoi to Hoi An - 10 Days

Tied the knot and want a customized trip to celebrate your love? Try honeymooning in Vietnam. This 10-day tour combines culture, relaxation, beautiful landscapes, and a touch of adventure, perfect for an unforgettable honeymoon. Starting in Hanoi, you'll spend two luxurious nights in the esteemed Topas Ecolodge amid some of the region's most remote hill tribe communities, overnight in a private cabin on Hạ Long Bay, and end your stay in postcard-perfect Hoi An.

Northern Vietnam landscape
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Vietnam Off the Beaten Track - 14 Days

Spend 13 days exploring some of the far corners and favorite cities of Vietnam. You'll not only explore Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City but also trek through the mountainous northwest, visiting ethnic minority villages. Cruise through limestone formations to Cat Ba island and along the Mekong river to see what life is like across the country.

Hmong woman moving her herd.
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Trekking in Rural Vietnam - 8 Days

Vietnam is made up of over 52 different ethnic groups, all with their own customs, dress, architectural styles, and languages. Trekking through the mountains along the Vietnam-China border, you will stay in the homes of Red Yao (Dao), Zay (Dzay), Black Hmong, Xa Pho, and Tay villagers. This journey takes you through terraced rice fields and farming villages, enjoying local hospitality along the way.

Jayavarman II Cambodian sculpture
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Discover Vietnam & Cambodia - 14 Days

This two-week odyssey includes visits to some of the most historic cultural sites not only in Vietnam but in Cambodia, too. Beginning in Vietnam, you'll tour the capital of Hanoi, cruise along gorgeous Hạ Long Bay, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage river town of Hội An. After a stop in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), you'll jet off to Cambodia and tour the largest religious temple site in the world: Angkor Wat.

Hội An's colorful riverfront
Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia - 15 Days

Cultural wonders and natural beauty abound on this 15-day journey through Vietnam and Cambodia. With an itinerary packed full of world-famous highlights and off-the-beaten-path gems, you'll set out from the buzzy capital of Hanoi to cruise through the magnificent Ha Long Bay, cycle through the countryside of Hue, and learn to fish with the locals in Hội An. After a trip through Ho Chi Minh's past and a leisurely float down the Mekong Delta, it's time to hop over to Cambodia and end your adventure among the ancient temples of Angkor Wat.

Other popular travel destinations in Vietnam
Hanoi · Ho Chi Minh City · Halong Bay · Hoi An · Hue · Can Tho · Ninh Binh · Pu Luong Nature Reserve · Phu Quoc