Sapa & Yunnan Explorer

05/20/2020 through 11/21/2021
05/20/2020 through 11/24/2021
Intrepid Travel

Sapa & Yunnan Explorer

Discover the remote mountains of northwest Vietnam and southwest China on a trip from Hanoi to Kunming, taking in all the attractions in between. Leaving the graceful boulevards of Hanoi behind, travel to Sapa before traversing the bumpy mountain roads to Ha Giang, Dong Van and cruising the waters of Ba Be Lake. Experience breathtaking mountain views and meet friendly locals along the way. Venture into the spectacular southern reaches of China. Stay in a Hani village in the colors of the draw dropping Yuanyang rice terrace , step back in time among the pristine Qing and Ming dynasty masterpieces in Jianshui, and wander the busy streets in Kunming.


  • Sapa – Lao Chai trek and homestay
  • Ba Be – Waterfall
  • Hanoi – KOTO dinner
  • Mengzi – Bisezhai Station
  • Yuanyang – Rice Terraces
  • Yuanyang – Sunrise from Duoyishu Rice Terraces
  • Yuanyang – Village walk
  • Jianshui – Zhu Family Garden
  • Jianshui – Walking tour
  • Jianshui – Confucius Temple
  • Jianshui – Tuanshan Villlage
  • Kunming – Stone Forest


  • This combination trip includes one of our most popular trips in Vietnam and one of our most exciting new itineraries in China. 
  • Stay in a local homestay and get to know our H’mong hosts invite you to learn about their rich culture, to share stories and to try some of their local home cooked cuisine.
  • As the dramatic mountains of Heaven’s Gate soar above the green forests and rice paddies of Ha Giang, a deep appreciation of this region’s landscape will be understood as you journey through it.
  • Mrs Mai’s Responsible Tourism project in Dong Van is an eye-opening insight into the world of human trafficking. Learn about the amazing efforts made by an inspirational project to free their country of this crime
  • Float along the lake, viewing magnificent waterfalls and wildlife in the Ba Be National Park. A traditional homestay is the perfect way to access remote parts of this region and to get a real glimpse of Vietnamese life
  • Follow the Yunnan-Vietnam railway and visit the one of the oldest train stations on this line at Bisezhai village for a fascinating glimpse into history
  • Explore idyllic Yuangyang on a guided half-day walk, snapping photos of the spectacular rice terrace landscapes and learning a thing or two about their makers, the Hani people
  • Discover the Ming and Qing marvels of Jianshui Ancient Town on a guided walk. Visit Zhu’s Family Garden, the Confucius temple and the amazingly preserved Tuanshan village
  • Kunming is yours for the taking. Enjoy plenty of free time in the liveable, laid-back ‘Spring City’ to make your own discoveries


Day 1 Hanoi
Day 2 Sapa Homestay
Day 3 Sapa
Day 4 Ha Giang
Day 5 Dong Van
Day 6 Dong Van
Day 7 Bao Lac
Day 8 Ba Be Lake
Day 9 Hanoi
Day 10 Hanoi
Day 11 Mengzi
Day 12 Mengzi
Day 13 Yuanyang
Day 14 Yuanyang
Day 15 Jianshui
Day 16 Jianshui
Day 17 Kunming
Day 18 Kunming

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