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Taphin village - 1 day tour

Discover the lifestyle of ethnic minorities Black Hmong and Red Dao people with an ethnic guide living in Taphin.

*as low as $30 per person

Trekking Ta Phin villages Trekking Ta Phin surroundings with our local guides from Taphin village will make you discover the area a unique way. Not only because those Red Dao guides live here since forever but mostly because it’s their playground and they know the area like no other : Our local guides is your guarantee of the best experience there is.

Trekking Ta Phin rice fields paradise

Located few kilometers from Sapa town, outside the Muong Hoa valley, you’ll be heading to the home of the Hmong and Red Dao of Ta Phin commune. Starting from the main road from Sapa to Lao Cai, you’ll quit the road soon enough to make the trek through the rice fields paradise and enjoy the panorama view of the whole area, trekking for about 12 Km with some hills who divide the valley in different parts. First by going across Suoi Ho and Ma Tra villages to end up in Ta Phin village where the Red Dao and the Black Hmong share the same land. The Hmong are living higher in the mountains while the Dao cultivate, work and living on the flat fields in the center of the valley. You’ll be returning to Sapa by car, which is taking about half an hour.

Your day trekking Ta Phin commune & villages

You can expect lot’s of fun, lot’s of children and lot’s of opportunity of taking beautiful photography. You’ll be visiting homes and see how people really live, you’ll probably learn in a few things during the day, not counting visiting the cave, the monastery, the community house, the center of the village with it’s constant activities and experiencing a local lunch with the locals. As a conclusion : your trekking Ta Phin experience will be a memorable souvenir you’re not ready to forget.

Your trek in Taphin (1 day tour) usually looks like this :
8h- Breakfast on your own
Muong Hoa valley in Sapa

8h- Breakfast on your own

You will meet your guide after breakfast at your hotel reception, and start walking thru mountains.
9h- Be ready to leave Sapa
A nice trek is waiting for you

9h- Be ready to leave Sapa

Enjoy the Sapa lake and few green tea fields on the way to Suoi Ho and Ma Tra villages in rice paddies.
10h- Discover Suoi Ho village
Suoi Ho will be the first village

10h- Discover Suoi Ho village

Take pictures of the Ma Tra valley, then enjoy going through rice fields paddies paradise (june - october.)
11h- Cross Ma Tra village
Rice paddies paradise

11h- Cross Ma Tra village

A nice walk on a stone road which goes through the village, rice fields, cornfields and mountains.
12h- Arrive in Taphin village
Hello, where are you from :)

12h- Arrive in Taphin village

Arrival in Ta Phin village after a beautiful walk in the rice paddies to enjoy the Red Dao welcome hospitality.
13h- Lunch time (the Dao way)
Taste everything

13h- Lunch time (the Dao way)

Have a break for lunch and a good time to shop for a few local embroidery handmade souvenirs.
14h- Visit Taphin cave
Seeing is believing

14h- Visit Taphin cave

From a mere 20, to 120 minutes stroll deep in Ta Phin cave, everyone can enjoy that place.
15h- Explore Taphin deeper
Customize your experience

15h- Explore Taphin deeper

Have a walk around the village, or enjoy the traditional Red Dao herbal bath, or ask your guide to ...
16h- Discover Taphin monastery
Built in the 18th century

16h- Discover Taphin monastery

You will stop you close to the old french church and your guide will explain you its architecture.
17h- Visit the community house
You may understand lot's of things

17h- Visit the community house

Discover the new community house and learn more about Red Dao cultures and traditions.
18h- Hen gap lai
Not easy to say goodbye

18h- Hen gap lai

It is time to say good bye and leave Taphin paradise. A comfortable van will bring you back to Sapa.
19h- Back to Sapa town
Sapa won't be the same after that

19h- Back to Sapa town

End of tour, dispose the rest of the day at your discretion, Sapa nightlife is waiting for you.

OUR OFFER : Discover Taphin village with a Taphin villager.

Take no chance and avoid last minute surprise : The number of our guides living in Taphin are limited, we strongly suggest you to make your booking as soon as possible (Book NOW) It will guarantee you to live the best experience there is to visit Taphin village with a guide from Taphin.

We will manage the following for your pleasure

Those items are included in your Taphin tour

  • A local ethnic minority guide opening you all the doors in the villages
  • With surprising english speaking skills answering any of your questions
  • A smiling attitude you won't forget (guarantee or your money back)
  • Transportation + tickets entrance fees + free lunch in the middle of the day
  • A picture souvenir (of you) in the "Friends of Taphin" section on Taphin.com

  • It is obvious but we prefer mention it (to avoid confusion..)

    Those items are not included with your tour purchase

  • Insurance and Visa
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft drink (beer, coca cola…)
  • Gifts and Souvenirs
  • Tip to your guide

  • Have a bigger group ? No problem, contact us for details

    Taphin village is a paradise for photographers

  • 1-2 = $60 per person
  • 3-4 = $50 per person
  • 5-6 = $40 per person
  • 7-10 = $30 per person
  • *no more than 10 per group (per guide)

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    Visitors Testimonials

    • I found the red dao people incredible with their simplicity and it's been an inspiration for me. I can not say much about the black mong because I have not seen them in Taphin. The trek and the landscape was wonderful but my best souvenirs will be the kids following us, and the people in general.
      Antoine, Montpellier, France
    • I've been to Sapa 3 times already but there was no real local guides back then. Traveling in Taphin with a guide coming from Taphin. You girls have the best formula, congratulations. I can't wait to return.
      John, UK
    • I really appreciated going inside the houses. It was like a time travel and discovering another century. You have to see it to believe it.
      Mr. Takashi, Tokyo, Japan