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Sapa, Muong Hoa Valley - 3 Day Hiking & Cultural Experience
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Sapa, Muong Hoa Valley - 3 Day Hiking & Cultural Experience

By Dragon Mountain Family
About
This 3 day hiking and cultural tour which introduces you to some of the tribes of the region while hiking though the spectacular Muong Hoa Valley with its rice terraces & rivers in your vista. If that wasn't enough, you also have the Dragon Mountain range in the background! Your hiking and cultural guide is a member of the Black Hmong who have lived in the same region for hundreds of years and know the area better than anyone. These private tour groups are small so you are guaranteed a personal experience and memories to last a lifetime. If there is a little extra something you would like to do or see, please just ask us and we will see how we can make your trip just that little bit extra special. There is also a 2 day version of this hike if you would prefer.
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$231.12
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Ages 10-80
Duration: 3 days
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Live guide: English
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  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Lunch

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Ngõ Cầu Mây, Ng. Cầu Mây, tt. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
Pickup details
  • We will pick you up from your hotel in Sa Pa.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 140603P2

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      About the operator
      Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
      • Dragon Mountain Family
        19
        Sapa, Vietnam
        Joined in April 2019
      • Destination560133
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The BEST trekking experience - thank you Pang!
        We can’t give this review high enough ratings. Our guide, Pang, gave us the highlight of our entire trip to Vietnam with this trek. She spoke wonderful English, and set up all our transportation to and from the train station for seamless transfers. She even met us at the train station and rode back there with us to make sure we had our tickets set up correctly so we didn’t have to worry about any potential language barriers. While on the trek she listened to us and took us on a trail that she thought we would enjoy more which included a long walk by the river where we got to see a lot of locals playing in the rivers and planting crops for the upcoming seasons. She was so kind, and answered any questions we had while we taught her some new English words. She was so joyful and truly gave us a better experience than we ever expected. HIGHLY recommend trekking with this company. They are wonderful people and made our experience seamless with their effective communication. Thank you for a wonderful experience Pang!
        Written April 11, 2024
      • Madvej
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly disappointed. Our guide was switched last minute for someone inexperienced.
        We were disappointed by the trip organized by Zen (dragon mountain family) for a few reasons (5 fays / 4 nights in march 2024): 1. Zen confirmed that she will be our guide (conversation screenshots below). This is also what the website advertises. Zen has many amazing reviews online and we were thrilled to have her as our guide. The price was a little higher than other companies, but it seemed to be totally worth it. 2. However, at the last minute (literally at 7.58 am, only 2 minutes before picking us up on the 1st day), she informed us that “something came up”, she could not be our guide and that her “brother” will replace her. We find it very unprofessional. Zen clearly has years of experience as a guide, tons of good reviews, this is why we booked her. Switching to a random person at the last minute is simply unprofessional. We believe she should have told us beforehand. 3. After this last-minute change, Zen also wrote down that she will “see us later during our trip”. For the record, we never saw her during that trip, she also never called us to see how everything was going. 4. The “last minute” new guide could speak good English and was a very nice. However, he was not a guide but more of a “helper”, here to help with translations in restaurants and make the trip comfortable. He did not have much knowledge and did not share much about local culture. We were expecting (and excited!) to learn about local culture, know more about ethnic minorities, see different customs and visit truly local places (rather than tourists traps). This did not happen. Again, this “last minute” guide was a very nice person, but not a real knowledgeable guide. 5. This last-minute guide also appeared to be somewhat “greedy”. Often asking for presents or things in gift shops. On the last day, I gave him a reasonable tip of 50 usd. He immediately turned to my wife and asked “What about you madam, any tip?”. This is a bit rich; we believe we already paid a fair price for the tour and our guide. The driver was given the same tip amount and did not show such attitude. On the + side: 1. Ha Giang was amazing. The landscapes are incredible. It’s a MUST DO for sure. 2. Our driver was AMAZING. He drove very safely and always tried to help. Although he could not speak English, he was so happy to drive us and used google translate several times to share information about some buildings, landscapes, and local customs. Some interesting information that our “last minute” guide seemed to have had no idea about.
        Written March 21, 2024
      • samrQ7898HS
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        It's like travelling with a friend
        Ying was the guide for our trip to Sa Pa and Ha Giang, where we did a couple of treks. Best thing about travelling with Ying was that it felt more like travelling with a friend instead of with just a tour guide. Along the 4-day trip, we all conversed about life and Ying was always willing to share just enough details about the places, culture, and the people we encountered. That way, we still had space on our own to pause, observe, listen and experience.
        Written March 17, 2024
      • rossgS5982PH
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing off the beaten track
        Our guide Su took us on an adventure along trails and rice fields no other tourists were on. On day 2-4 we literally saw no other tourists as we hiked along the Buffalo Trails. The homestays were welcoming and the food perfect. If you're fit and willing to take some risks the 4 day trek with Su is more than worth it. Highly recommend.
        Written February 29, 2024
      • joepI9901ZI
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Lovely guide + tour
        A decent sized hike through the valleys and mountains with lovely sights all around. A very friendly/informative guide from an authentic Hmong family
        Written February 24, 2024
      • G3677KHrobertb
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best in class tours!
        I went with Zen on a four day tour of Ha Giang loop. I highly recommend Zen. She really is the best! Read her reviews, and you will know why. She will customize the trip to your needs and skill level. (my skill level is low) Weather you want to Trek, motor bike or go by car talk with Zen.
        Written October 18, 2023
      • mericson1608
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing Tour of Ninh Binh!
        We took a one day tour from Hanoi to Ninh Binh with Sa after we received a recommendation from fellow travelers and had the best time! We started the morning by going on a small local boat ride down the Tam Coc River, along rice fields and mountains, and even into caves. We then had a delicious lunch in the small “downtown” area, followed by a bike ride in the local villages to the Hoa Lu temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties, climbing the 500 steps to get to the top and take in breathtaking views of the towns & river below. Sa was an amazing tour guide all along the way and gave great insight into Vietnamese culture. We highly recommend taking a tour with Sa!
        Written December 30, 2022
      • CarolineD357
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Tour of Sunday market in Bac Ha, visit to a local village, visit to the Chinese border
        Tour guide Zen is delightful, very knowledgeable, and speaks excellent English. She is also of the Hmong ethnic minority, so can provide an insider view of this important local population. Market is wonderful, sells anything one could want, from handicrafts to animals. Originating in Sapa, the trip is a bit long, about 2 1/2 hours each way, though our driver was very adept. Would definitely recommend Zen.
        Written March 9, 2020
      • JRMJYA
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A fantastic experience!
        Zen has a great energy to her. Her traditional upbringing in Sapa combined with her now modern life in Hanoi means she can answer any questions you have in regards to life in Vietnam. English is great, very positive personality, will adapt to any specific requests you might have in terms of itinerary changes or restrictions. We did a 5 day tour with her in Ha Giang and couldn't be more happy with the trip.
        Written January 3, 2020
      • K8073JDdaveg
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Ha Giang 2 Days - Amazing
        Zen was an amazing guide, very knowledgeable, great English and excellent company. We did a 2 day trip in Ha Giang, trekking on first day and private car on second. Highly recommend, a great way to see the area with lovely homestay and good food throughout.
        Written September 17, 2019
      • Diana A
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great guides, amazing experience!
        We used Ding and this trip to help her have our amazing adventure in Ha Giang and Halong Bay, while we were at Hanoi! She is very helpful, we had an amazing time, everything was right on time, super thoughtful and just perfect! Highly recommend!!!
        Written September 12, 2019
      • Jullz003
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Loveliest family in Vietnam
        A friend of mine put me in contact with Zen when I was in Vietnam in 2013, she became a really good friend after that. Went back many times in Vietnam to see Zen and her family. Zen knows everything you need to know about SaPa, Hanoi, her tribe... Its always a really interesting cultural experience and its easy to fall in love with this family. I recommend 100% to book a tour with them, you wont be disappointed.
        Written May 18, 2019
      • rolandlawrence
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        2 Day tour with some extras!
        We went for the 2 day package with a few extras. Tour guide Zen organised a European style coach up to Sapa from Hanoi & also a hotel. Being taller, I really appreciated the extra room on the coach for only a little extra money. The scenery was amazing in Sapa as we walked through the villages of the valley. It was easy to do, I don't recall how many KM's in total oh hiking, but I would recommend that you are fit enough to hike 7-10km in a day. We met some local villagers, saw how they made the traditional clothes & had a little rice wine in the evening. After travelling in Asia and staying in Hanoi, Sapa was a welcome break especially with its cooler temperatures. We had a great time overall and our tour guide helped us with everything and spoke perfect English. Easy to recommend, with a few friends or family is perfect.
        Written May 12, 2019
      • Ambassador542862
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Travels in the northern Vietnam
        I have travelled with Zen several times to Sapa, Ha Giang, and Mai Chau. Each experience felt authentic and Zen was very knowledgeable about all the areas we visited. The trips were a good mix of exercise, culture and relaxation. I am sure I will continue to travel with Zen when we make further trips to northern Vietnam.
        Written May 2, 2019
      • Curtis H
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great service
        Had the most helpful and wonderful experience with this company. Tour guide Zen was more than helpful and friendly. They helped me organise walking tours, hotel bookings and bus tickets. Would 100% recommend. Brilliant service.
        Written April 24, 2019
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      Daniel
      5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2024 • Solo
      I just came back from a 3 day trekking with Sue, Zen's sister. I have had such a wonderful time i find it difficult to find the right words. The views were amazing, decent accommodations, tasty food and nice interactions with locals. What set Sue and Zen apart though is the following. I've been in touch with Zen voor de booking process. This went incredibly smooth. She answered every question i had almost immediately. Every request i had was met with a smile. I foe example asked for a private driver to take me from the airport to my hotel in Sapa. Or a more lively homestay. Also Sue adjusted the trekking routes and increased the intensity to my experience level. Sue shared so many insights about her culture and the other villages. She was very cheerful and has a great sense of humor. She took me to delicious restaurants as well. It felt like i had a friend instead of only a guide. I'm grateful for my time in Sapa and would love to come back. In that case I'll make sure to contact Sue and Zen again. Thanks for everything!
      Written March 22, 2024
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      Ian W
      Singapore10 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2019
      It was initially the wife's idea - I wouldn't normally choose trekking as a trip However, I was fast converted by the incredibly beautiful scenery - not just the lush greenery, but the temples and village and people - amazing experience, We very much plan on doing it once more. The food was fantastic, the homestay very comfortable and the guide called Zen proved to be quite a character - perfect English, highly knowledgeable and capable and boundless enthusiasm. Considering the price - bargain!!
      Written November 5, 2019
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      Florence L
      12 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2023 • Solo
      Energetic 3-day trekking tour - definitely not one for normal sneakers, especially not in the rain!
      Guide Xa threaded us through rice terraces, bamboo forests, and mountain views. Don't forget to get up early in the morning - the pics will be worth it.
      Both homestays were welcoming, friendly, clean, and comfortable. The first one had a private bathroom. The second one had a fan. Both had mosquito nets, so you can sleep undisturbed.
      Food was homestyle and shared with the homestay family. I also took some time to hang out with the homestay kids and participate in their chores - use this chance to live the local lifestyle!
      Two things to beware of: the vendors are quite persistent on the first day, first stretch of trekking into Ta Van. They do create most of their stuff, and it is quite beautiful, but beware that once you say yes to one, the rest will swarm you, especially the kids. I learned to say a polite "No thank you".
      Second, if you're looking for a deep dive exploration of the tribes, how they operate, what makes them different from each other, and how they all came to live here, I did not get that information during this tour. Maybe it was a bit lost in translation. I don't know if there's any tour that can clearly explain these things in Sapa. If this is what you're after, I'd recommend reading up on the different tribes first (the tribe names/itinerary/villages in the tour description are accurate), or maybe this tour isn't for you.
      Otherwise, an enjoyable experience all around!
      Written May 31, 2023
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