The trekking trip through the villages and rise paddies around Sa Pa with Vega Travel was great. We had a very small group of only 3 tourists and we went on a trek away from the other tourist groups. The trek was about 24 km and we walked for 7-8 hours in total on those two days. The route was very adventurous and required some physical fitness. But it's doable for all ages.
The train ride was ok too. There are a lot of tourist on the night train. It feels pretty safe.
Our tour guide, Tu, is a local guide. His English is very good and he provided a lot of information and answered all our questions sufficiently. Otherwise the itinerary provided by the company is followed by the guide.
The homestay is an amazing experience. With Vega Travel you will stay in a village away from all the other tourist places. The family was extremely welcoming and the food was awesome.
Overall everything was very well organized. And considering that the train ride is very expensive, you get a good value for money with this tour. Just keep in mind that you will need tips for the local ladies following and helping you along the trek.
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