A tour operator near Sa Pa is launching a new hiking package through minority villages in the northern highlands.
Topas Ecolodge, 18 kilometers from Sa Pa, will take customers for a trip through the entire Muong Hoa Valley, which many ethnic minority communities have made their home.
Customers will take a night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, where they will take a Topas bus to Sa Pa for breakfast, before a full-day walk through the town and along a dirt trail through vegetable gardens and rice paddy terraces, as well as along a river at the end of the valley.
The package has been designed to highlight the best of northern Vietnam: the ethnic communities with their unique cultures, the deep valleys covered by terraced rice fields and the breathtaking mountains.
Customers will have dinner and an overnight stay at the Topas bungalows overlooking the valley.
On the third and final day, they will be able to spend some time at an ethnic village to experience daily life there.
The hiking package includes an English/French speaking guide, meals, one night at the Topas Ecolodge and a return train ticket to Hanoi.
Topas also offers a package tour of northern Vietnamese markets, colorful meeting places for the hill tribes of the country.
The package allows customers to visit various tribes in their colorful traditional dress, enjoy fresh items sold at the markets such as exotic herbs and spices, rice wine and local souvenirs.
The four markets included are where nearby hill tribes gather one morning each week not only to shop but also as a social event.