On the 21st, NUS Rovers returned to Sapa, Vietnam for a second year in a row. In a span of a few days, we took an overnight sleeper train from Hanoi to Sapa, trekked through the picturesque Sapa and experienced living in local homestays. We went up Mount Fansipan, which stands at 3,143m above sea level and is the highest mountain in Indochina. We ended off our adventure in the ancient capital of Hoa Lu where beautiful limestone mountains and ancient temples greeted us.
Vietnam was undoubtedly a beautiful country, but the experience wouldn’t have been such a great one without our lovely participants. A big thank you to all the participants of Expedition Sapa who made this trip a successful one!
When is the trip?
It is from 21 December to 27 December 2017 (7D6N). We will be meeting at Changi Airport on the 21th December at 1400 and arrive back in Singapore at around 1300 on 27th December.
What are some of the places we are visiting?
First, we will be heading to Sapa, LaoCai. There will be a 3 days 2 nights guided local trek in Sapa. You will get to see many rice terraces, villages and valleys! We will also take cable cars up to Fan Si Pan, tallest mountain in IndoChina, which is also in Sapa. Then we will head to Tam Coc, Ninh Binh. We will be visiting a few Temples before going on a sampan boat tour and leisure cycling. Lastly we will head back to Hanoi old quarters for free-and-easy around the city.
Where is Sapa and Tam Coc?
Sapa is located in the province of LaoCai, northern Vietnam. Sapa is less than 30km away from the Vietnam-China border, and over 300km away from Hanoi. Sapa is also home to Vietnam’s highest mountain, Fan Si Pan, 3143m above sea level.
Tam Coc is located in the province of Ninh Binh, slightly 100km away from Hanoi. The name Tam Coc is literally “three caves”, which lies along the Ngo Dong River. There are other sights that Ninh Binh province offer such as ancient temples in Hoa Lu (ancient capital of Vietnam), limestone formation and more rice fields!
What is the difficulty of this trek?
This trip is rated a 2.5/5. For most parts of the trek we will be walking on flat soil and occasional knolls (small hills). Trek difficulty is tailored based on our group’s’ ability and fitness level. Before the trek, we will meet our local tour guide to decide on route and difficulty. The cooling weather makes trekking very much more enjoyable and pleasant.
How much is this trip? What does it include?
The price for non-Rovers members is $750 SGD. Members are entitled to 5% discount to all Rovers trek, capped at a maximum of $50 per trip.
After the 5% discount, price for Rovers members is $713 (rounded up to the nearest dollar).
Trip fees cover visa, airfare, accommodations, trekking guides & permits, meals during the trek, transports and tours. Food before and after the trek, shopping costs and personal medication will be borne by participants themselves.
What is the brief itinerary?
Day 1 (21th December) : Flight from Singapore (SIN) to Hanoi (HAN) and proceed to take a sleeper train to Lao Cai.
Day 2: Arrive at Lao Cai in the morning and proceed to Sapa for start of trek. Accommodation at homestay in Sapa.
Day 3: Trek + cooking with homestay guides. Accommodation at homestay in Sapa.
Day 4: Mt. Fansipan + Transport to Hanoi. Accommodation at Hanoi Hostel.
Day 5: Day tour to Tam Coc. Bus with tour guide will bring us to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc wharves. Boat tour and cycling in Tam Coc + Secret Santa. Accommodation at Hanoi hostel.
Day 6: Free and easy in Hanoi. Accommodation at Hanoi hostel,
Day 7: Flight from Hanoi (HAN) to Singapore (SIN). Expected arrival at 1300
How’s the weather like?
Expect dry and cold climate in Vietnam with temperatures ranging from 7-15 degrees in Sapa and 18-19 degrees in Hanoi. There were reports of snow in Sapa in recent years so it is important to bring enough to keep yourself warm.
Where will we spend the nights?
The first night we will be sleeping on a sleeper express train (beds)! During the 2 nights when we trek, we will be sleeping in a big room provided by local Hmong family. In Hanoi we will be staying in hostels.
Will there be a local guide?
Yes, there will be a English speaking trek guide from the trek agency.
How many participants will be on this trek?
We are only accepting a total of 12 participants in this trek. Slots are limited, so sign up fast!
How is this trip different from the others?
The highlight of this trip does not just revolve around our 3D2N trek. After the trek, we will take a cable car up to Fansipan mountain (highest mountain in Indochina). The cable car ride is a already a feast for your eyes: Valleys, rice fields and clouds below you. At the top of the mountain, you may even get to see across Vietnam to China if the weather is right!
Visit the ancient capital of Vietnam, Hoa Lu. We will be going to King Dinh and Kinh Le temple. At Tam Coc, reward yourself with a boat tour along Ngo Dong River and sail below limestone caves in Tam Coc. Bicycles are also available to cycle around Tam Coc area!
Finally at Hanoi City, there are so many things you can try: Vietnamese Coffee, Pho, traditional puppet show, night markets and more! What’s more, we will be playing Secret Santa since it is the season of Christmas!