The different ethnic minority groups in Sapa
In the Sapa area there are different ethnic minority groups living. The first of them arrived centuries ago. Over the years they created the stunning ricefields in the mountains. In Sapa you can meet minority groups such as Hmong, Red Dzao, Zay, Xa Pho and Tay. A great way to get to know them is spending a night in one of the many homestays.
The gateway to the ethnic minority villages
Sapa is a frontier town in the northwest of Vietnam, once established as hill station by the French because of its cool climate. Nowadays Sapa is a market town where ethnic minority people and tourist meet, to explore the local villages in the valleys and mountains surrounding the town.
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Let me tell you more about myself. My name is Ly Thi Mu. I'm a Hmong girl born and raised in the village of Lao Chai. My family has a traditional farm up in the mountains, where they grow rice.Since more then ten years I work as a tourguide and show my guest around in the villages.
Are you looking for private trekking tours in Sapa with an independant, experienced tour guide? My name is Mu and I'm a Hmong tour guide born and raised in a village around Sapa. I would love to show you around in the beautiful local villages where I grew up and introduce you to the different colourful ethnic minority groups. My goal is to give you an insight in the real village life of the hilltribes in Vietnam. During these treks we will avoid big tourist groups to give you a real local experience.
To design the perfect tailor made trekking adventure, before the trek I will explain you about the different trails and villages. You can choose where you would like to go and this way we can always find the trek that best suits your wishes.
When you choose to go on a hike with me I can bring you to my family members who live a traditional life in the mountains around Sapa. We will walk through stunning landscapes where you'll meet the people of my ethnic group (Black Hmong) and other ethnic minority groups such as the Red Dzao and Zay.I show you how local people, like my father, grow rice, corn and vegetables and take care of their animals. I also will explain you our local customs and traditions.
During the trek you will have the opportunity to spend one or more nights in a homestay in one of the villages. I can teach you how to cook a local meal or you can use the time to explore the village a little bit more.
I really love our way of living and I hope you will enjoy to be a part of it for a couple days. I hope to see you soon in Sapa!
With kind regards,
Trekking in remote areas around Sapa
Sapa town is getting more busy every year. The town is growing rapidly and construction works are very common. Even more reason to join a trekking tour and spend one ore more nights in a homestay in one of the ethnic minority villages. When we go on a trek we leave the town and it’s bustle behind us and walk through beautiful scenery. The villages are relatively untouched. I always try to take the most quiet and remote trails.
If you would like to trek to even more remote areas it’s also possible to take a car and start the trek 10 to 20 km away from Sapa town. This way you have the chance to visit more isolated villages and avoid most of the tourist groups.
Tram Ton Pass
Sapa - Ta Phin - Ta Van
Possible Sapa trekking tours
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All the tours are private. This way you have the chance to ask more questions and get a better understanding of the culture.
Design your tour. Before you start the trek I will explain you about the different routes you can take, so can choose the trek that best suits your wishes.
If you like to visit the most remote villages it's possible to take a car and start your trek about 10 to 20 km from Sapa.
When you book a tour me, my sister or sister-in-law will be your tour guide. We are all born and raised in the area, speak good English and have years of experience as a guide.
Choose a more traditional homestay in one of the ethnic minority villages or a larger, more comfortable homestay with more guests.