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

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

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    9:30 AM

  • Duration

    6 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families

  • Languages

    English, French, Vietnamese

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 6

  • Difficulty

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

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Hat, Hiking boots, Mosquito repellent, Sunscreen lotion

  • 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.

Vetted & Visited By

Ribbon ambassadors
Nina & Dmytro
April 14, 2016

2 Visitor Reviews

    Evgenia Stergiopoulou ●  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!

    Didier M ●  Aug 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.

Tour Start Address

08 Thac Bac Road, Sapa, Vietnam

How To Get There

Visitors can be booked overnight trains, bus and transfers.

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