Mount Fansipan Temple, Sapa
Topas Ecolodge Pool Sapa
Victoria Sapa Resort Tribe
Topas Ecolodge Sapa
Sapa Town
Topas Ecolodge Pool Sapa

Sapa By Train

4 day Private Tour - from £579

Departs from Hanoi

Immerse yourself in the scenery and culture of northern Vietnam on this four day rail excursion to Sapa, a quaint mountain town perched in the shadow of the country’s highest mountain.


  • Take the overnight train from Hanoi to Sapa
  • Ride the cable car through the clouds to the peak of Mount Fansipan
  • Visit local hill tribes, to learn about their culture and way of life
  • Relax in the mountainside infinity pool at the Topas Ecolodge
Expand All Collapse All

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Hanoi to Sapa

Today you will be met by your local guide and transferred to the Fanxipan Overnight train to begin your onward journey to Sapa.

Train: Fanxipan Overnight Train

Day 2 – Sapa

As dawn approaches, arrive early into Lao Cai station, where you will disembark and transfer to your hotel in Sapa town. Along the way, take in the spectacular panoramic mountain scenery. Located in the far northwest of Vietnam in the mountains bordering China, Sapa is home to deep mountain valleys and traditional villages. On arrival at your hotel, check-in and enjoy a delightful breakfast with your fellow travellers.

Spend your afternoon admiring the beauty of Sapa on-board the Fansipan Cable Car that will take you 3000 m to the peak of Fansipan to explore the many temples as well as admire the natural beauty of Hoang Lien Son and Muong Hoa Valley.

Hotel: Bamboo Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – Village visits

Enjoy a full day of guided touring with a journey to discover the rich culture of the many hill tribes that call Sapa home. Gaze at the beautifully terraced rice paddy fields and stunning vistas as you drive to the villages of the Xa Pho and Tay people. Discover the fascinating culture and heart-warming hospitality of these unique people before departing to indulge in a leisurely walk through the expansive rice terraces of Nam Cang. Take a break and further indulge in the peaceful surrounds at the Nam Cang Riverside Lodge for lunch. Continue your afternoon with a visit to one of the area’s most colourful minority communities, the Red Dzao. The Red Dzao women wear bright red turbans, shave their heads and eyebrows, and are known for their knowledge of local medicines and embroidery skills.

As late afternoon approaches arrive at your accommodation for the evening. Perched over the surrounding valley and built using sustainable principles, in collaboration with the Red Dzao, its environmentally- friendly features include solar power, waste water treatment and a natural water source from the nearby mountains. The property has been recognised by National Geographic as a ‘unique lodge’.

Hotel: Topas Ecolodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4 – Sapa to Hanoi

After breakfast, enjoy a morning of free time exploring the lodge before your return drive back to Hanoi for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

4 day Private Tour - from £579

Include this Private Tour in an Asia holiday
designed for you

Add to wish list Enquire now

All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Talk to an Asian Expert for departure dates and availability.

Sapa by Train Map

Your Touring Experience

Touring at its very best with a private driver/guide and vehicle and time to explore at your own pace.

Your private tour includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 1 overnight train journey
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Private tour guide/vehicle
  • Arrival/departure transfers


Departure dates:

Tour departs daily.

See more Vietnam tours…

See more South East Asia rail experiences…

For advice or to start planning your holiday

talk to an Asia Expert on 0333 234 3112