After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive 30 minutes south of Sapa town into the Muong Hoa valley, home to the largest terraced rice fields in Vietnam. If your visit is between May and October, it will coincide with the planting and harvesting time, and provides a chance to see the local farmers in action.
The walk takes you from Lao Chai village of the Black Hmong minority to Ta Van village of the Giay minority. The magnificent views of the terraced fields, Fansipan mountain range and the cool climate all contribute to an excellent experience. Enjoy boxed lunch on the way.
Continue to trek through farmlands and rolling hills to Giang Ta Chai village to visit Red Dao people. Then trek back to the road where your driver will take you to Lao Cai with optional visits to the Tran Hung Dao temple, the century-old banyan tree, and the Chinese-Vietnamese border.
Transfer to the local Thien Hai hotel to freshen up before taking an overnight train back to Hanoi. Spend the night on board where you may purchase food and other essentials although it may be advised to bring your own.