My Tours

Since I am an individual working privately, I have no set itinerary — rather, I allow you, the traveler, to let me know what you are interested in seeing.

Each tour is customized to your needs. Let me know what you are interested in seeing and doing so I can formulate a custom itinerary just for you.

Check out the destination section of the blog to get a glimpse of some of the areas in and around Sapa region that interests you and I will do my best to piece together a customized, private tour of the area with little or no interaction with other tourists.

As each trip is different, rates and prices may vary. I will work with you as we plan your trip and will come to a trip price as we finalize your custom itinerary. I promise that the end trip rate will be significantly lower than any other tourist packages offered by large and foreign tour/trekking companies you will find in Hanoi, HCMC, or even here in Sapa.

I work independently, I am a local who has lived in Sapa all my life, I know the ins and outs of every trail of my hometown. You will be receiving genuine service without the hassle of being corralled in hoards.

Suggested time to start 7:30am
Explore Sapa Town > Y Linh Ho Village  > Lao Chai  > Ta Van Village (full day)

Since you arrive Sapa from Lao Cai around 6:00am-6:30am, I will come and pick you up at your hotel and we can start the day by exploring Sapa Town. Then we will trek down to Y Linh Ho Village where we will encounter many local people going on about their daily business, many animals, and enjoy the landscape as we descend into the valley. We will come upon Lao Chai Village where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the rice paddies and eventually end up in Ta Van Village where we will get picked up and driven back to Sapa Town.

Staying in small local hotels is a great way to get a feel for the culture you’re visiting but if you really want to understand more about the daily lives of the local people, then there really is no substitute for spending a few days as a homestay guest.

Of course, this style of travel isn’t for everyone… Conditions at my village is fairly basic – a typical home is often a fairly basic wooden affair with mats on the floor to sleep on, cold-water showers and definitely no air-conditioning… but if you’re up for a little bit of an adventure and come with an open-mind, you’ll soon find that the minor discomforts are far out-weighed by the benefits of this unique experience.

You’ll also quickly discover that homestays are actually a two-way cultural exchange as your hosts are very likely to be as interested in your culture as you are in theirs… Don’t forget to bring some pictures of home and prepared to arrive as a guest but to leave as a friend…

I offer custom private homestay in my village. I am Red Dao, so you will be among the Dao people and of course my family. Custom homestay will depend on your group party size, length of travel, and comfortability.

If you’d like to know more about setting up a  homestay with me and my family, please do not hesitate to shoot me an email

Private Tour Guide in Sapa
Pham May Ly

4 Responses to “My Tours”
  1. Please can you tell me the cost of 2 days trekking and 3 daystay in your homestay in September.
    we have not made any final decisions yet of the length of time in Sapa as we do not really know and would appreciate some advise.
    we live in england and i am a nurse in a hospital. My husband is retired.
    We look forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you

    • Hi Christine,

      Thank you for getting in touch with us. I have forwarded your question regarding the private Sapa Tour to Pham and she will be getting in touch with you in the next couple of days! I hope you enjoy your trip to Vietnam! Let me know if you need any trip advice.


  2. Sheryl Soh says:

    Hi, am interested in a 2-day trek and 1-night homestay with Pham! Have dropped her an email as well – hope to hear from her soon!:)


  3. Colleen Duke says:

    Four friends and I did a homestay with Pham in April. Of the three weeks we spent in Vietnam and Cambodia, it was by far the highlight! You are in excellent hands with her and the lovely Red Dzao people.

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