Sapa O’Chau: Sapa Trek Tour: Rustic Farms and Historic Ruins

Sapa Trek Tour: Rustic Farms and Historic Ruins

Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa O’Chau

Social Enterprise

6 hours
From$25 USDPer person

100% of host revenue is invested back into the local community

Sapa O’Chau helps non-Vietnamese speakers ease into Vietnamese language and culture while still receiving high-quality schooling.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore a historic and agrarian Vietnamese region, and help raise educational standards for local students.
  • Explore the endless fields filled with colorful rice paddies and livestock on a tour through a traditional village.
  • Take a herbal remedy bath in ingredients prepared from local resources for an authentic Vietnamese experience.

Tour revenue will be invested in helping integrate and educate students from ethnic minorities who do not speak Vietnamese by providing them with the tools and resources they need to excel.

Tour Details

  • Frequency


  • Start Time

    9:30 AM

  • Duration

    6 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families

  • Languages

    English, French, Vietnamese

  • Difficulty

    Hard (over 6 miles/ 9 km walking distance, intense physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Hat, Hiking boots, Mosquito repellent, Sunscreen lotion

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 6

  • Volunteer Opportunities


Tour Description

Your day will begin with a mild trek through the breathtaking landscape of the diverse Suoi Ho village, home to a large Hmong population. From here, you will enjoy eye-opening sights of the endless rice terraces and gentle animals domesticated by local farmers. Continuing on to Matra village, you will come across the historic ruins of a convent dating back to the French occupation of the early 1900s. This is the perfect place for photos, as it is a symbol of our unique and flavorful past that many visitors do not get to see. Hike to the remote village of Ta Phin where you will have the chance to meet both Black Hmong and Red Dao minorities. The Red Dao are known for their expertise in herbal medicine and how to use local plants to treat illnesses naturally. Your guide will introduce you to some Red Dao women who can tell you more about their many remedies and how they're made. A Red Dao herbal medicine bath can be arranged for you if you like, so please ask. Transportation will be provided from Ta Phin back to Sapa.

Guests interested in extending their Sapa O’Chau experience have the option to add an overnight homestay and a second day of trekking to their visit. At the end of Day 1, visitors will be welcomed into the home of a Red Dao family. After enjoying a hearty meal cooked on an open fire, you can relax by soaking in an herbal bath and sleeping soundly in the serenity of the mountains. On Day 2, the resident rooster will kindly let you know when it’s time to wake up, and if that doesn’t rouse you, perhaps the pigs asking for their food will. After breakfast, you will embark on a journey to Trung Chai Village. You will have several trekking routes to choose from based on the weather and your preferences. Nestled among the mountains, Trung Chai is a home to Red Dao and Hmong ethnic minorities and boasts a breathtaking natural landscape. You will share a picnic lunch on the way to Trung Chai and be transported back to Sapa Town after exploring the village.

Vetted & Visited By

Ribbon ambassadors
Nina & Dmytro
April 14, 2016

6 Visitor Reviews

  • May 15, 2017

    It was a great experience and our guides were so helpful and offered us a great tour! We visited their school and we've seen with our own eyes their effort that all of them put for obtaining a better education. It was one of the best experiences in my life. Thank you!

  • August 9, 2016

    Nous avons été accompagné d'un guide très sympa: Pay et avons parcouru la région, dormis chez l'habitant mais pas du genre "pour tourisme de masse": une vraie famille authentique chaleureuse: un vrais bonheur.
    Roulage en toute sécurité et prise de photos incroyables.
    L'organisme a une vraie philosophie: celle de vouloir préserver le mode de vie des Minorités tout en les encourageant à accueillir dès touristes chez eux sans modifier leur façon d'être, sans transformer leur habitation tout en proposant un confort minimum très agréable.

  • June 26, 2016

    Nous avons booké le Hmong Homestay Trek de 2 jours avec Sapa O'Chau et nous avons adoré! Notre guide, de la tribu des Dzao rouges, était excellente! Elle parlait très bien anglais et nous a donné plein d'infos sur la région, les coutumes des différentes tribus, les plantes médicinales, la culture du riz, la fabrication des vêtements traditionnels et de l'alcool de riz, etc. La randonnée n'était pas très difficile (quoique ça pourrait être très glissant en cas de pluie) et les paysages étaient magnifiques. Nous avons très bien dormi au son des cigales et criquets dans un homestay charmant et nous avons bien plus de nourriture délicieuse que nous ne pouvions en manger! En plus l'organisation encourage les minorités locales et soutien l'éducation de 35 élèves. Je recommande fortement!

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More About Sapa O’Chau


To get all Sapa O'Chau students back to school and into sustainable careers.

Main Programs

  • Schooling for children who would not otherwise be able to complete their education due to financial or geographical limitations.

  • Trekking & home-stays.

  • Café.

  • Hmong handicraft center.

  • Volunteer programs.

Awards & Recognition

World Responsible Tourism Awards
Longlist, 2015
World Travel & Tourism Council
Destination Award Finalist, 2016