At Sapa you will learn about the different minority villages in the region and the life of the locals. Enjoy light hikes, taking in spectacular views and discover the most-colorful hill tribal markets in North Vietnam.
This evening you will be met at your place/hotel in Hanoi and transferred to the railway station to board your overnight soft sleeper train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on night train in a Wooden A/C 4 berth sharing cabin
Early this morning arrive at Lao Cai railway station and travel to Sapa for breakfast at your hotel and leave our luggage here before hanging around with our tour guide to Sapa market and then take a walking tour to Lao Chai & Ta Van Village of H’mong people to visit the daily life of the H’mong ethnic group and enjoy the landscape of village, then climb up the Silver water fall and Heaven Gate to have the panorama of Sapa with pine trees, old colonial-styled villas and numerous hill tribal people.
Overnight in Sapa
Today, we would like to suggest you visit one of the most colorful markets in Lao Cai :
- Sunday: Bac Ha market
- Tuesday: Coc Ly market
- Wednesday: Cao Son market
- Thursday: Lung Khau Nhin market
- Saturday: Can Cau market.
To reach any of them, we will drive from Sapa about 3 hours to the marketplace, where hundreds of people from tribes Hmong, Tay, Dzay, Dzao, Kinh gather for meeting, hanging around, shopping and exchanging their goods, especially fabrics and handicrafts weekly. After enjoying the market for 2-3 hours, we can visit a village nearby the marketplace before transfer to Lao Cai for a night train to Hanoi.
Overnight on night train in a Wooden A/C 4 berth sharing cabin
Arrive at Hanoi railway station early this morning. Trip ends here.
*Tip: you can take a taxi from Hanoi Railway station to your hotel. Please take a taxi inside the railway station, ask them the fee before getting on the taxi. Please note that you just pay them maximum VND 100.000 to go to a hotel in Old Quarter.
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This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.
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After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).
Step 4: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry visa; $65 for 1 month multiple entry visa and $95 for 3 multiple entry visa). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.
Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.
What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?
It is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You only need fill out the visa application form online instead of visiting the Vietnam embassies or sending documents to Embassies over by post.The online visa application does not require sending your passport away.You get a visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department indicating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam and have your visa stamped upon arrival at one of Vietnam international airports.
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