Sapa Tourism - How To Be A Smart Traveler

Sapa is absolutely not a strange or new place to tourists in Vietnam anymore. It is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in Vietnam. Therefore, tourism services in Sapa are being developed quickly to meet the demand of visitors. The pros is you will be enjoying a more comfortable journey. However, you may feel that the place is to some extent becoming commercial and less natural. You will have to do a lot of research before buying or booking something in order not to be over charged or tricked.

We understand what you will have to face when travelling to Sapa, and what we are bringing you today is a comprehensive travel guide in Sapa!

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1. Weather in Sapa

There is a cool mountain region all year. For this reason, the weather is amazing, one day has four seasons. The morning is the spring, the afternoon is the summer, the afternoon is like autumn and the night is the cold of winter. Besides, the average temperature is about 15 ° C. In fact, summer is not as hot as other areas, at night only about 13 ° C – 15 ° C and 20 ° C – 25 ° C during the day. Winter is often cloudy and very cold, temperatures sometimes below 0 ° C, sometimes have snowfall. Rainfall is most concentrated in the period from May to August.

2.  Best time to travel to Sapa

In general, March to May and September to mid-December is two best times to visit this marvelous town. Sapa Weather In Brief: March – May: perfect weather – warm and dry – for trekking and outdoors activities. June – September: rainy weather and crowded with Vietnamese tourists.

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1. How to get to Sapa?

I will show you the way to get to Sapa from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. If you decide to depart from Ho Chi Minh City or any city in Vietnam, the easiest way that you must travel to Hanoi first.

After arriving in Ha Noi, you can choose suitable means of transportation to get to Sapa. In recently, Vietnamese young people tend to go by motorbike trip to enjoy all of the fantastic scenery along the road. But the distance from Hanoi to Sapa is quite far. Therefore, if you do not have long distance motorbike experience, it is not a good idea. Besides, you have lots of options, you’ll have to choose between a train, shuttle bus or private car.

Getting to Sapa by train – The most common way

Sapa is a tourist attraction so the status of the tickets quickly is sold out, especially at the weekend, guests buy at regular stations just can buy a hard chair. Therefore, to get a good seat on board, you can book through the agency. Moreover, train tickets from Hanoi to Lao Cai are easy to buy, but the reverse is difficult to buy, it is best to prepare in advance.

Arrive Lao Cai Station, take a bus to Sapa town (30km) about 2-3 US$ /person, there are many cars waiting out of the station. To save money, you can take the bus, usually 1 US$ /ticket but you have to walk a segment. The most expensive way is to take a taxi ride, from Lao Cai station cost about 1 US$, you can just go sightseeing and breathe fresh air.

Getting to Sapa by bus – The cheapest way 

There is also lots kind of bus for you to choose: shuttle bus, express bus, sleeper bus. It is easy to book these buses, you can book directly through your hotel receptionist in Hanoi for ease or you can get a ticket at almost any travel agency. You can also try booking online. The price ranges from 10 US$ to 20 US$, depending on the condition of the bus (wifi, outlets, water and snacks, toilet, etc.)

Getting to Sapa by private car – The most comfortable option 

You can arrange a private car through any travel agency in the Old Quarter of Hanoi or check with your hotel’s reception. Remember to ask for the price before booking one.

2. How to get around Sapa?

a. Getting around by motorbike – An exciting experience

Even if you get to Sapa by train, by bus or by private car, you can rent a motorbike or take “xe om”(motorcycle taxis) when you be in Sapa town. Motorbike is the easy way to travel in Sapa and surrounding areas.

b. Getting around on foot

One of the best ways to experience Sapa is on foot. All levels of trekking are possible, from short hour-long excursions to long multiple-day treks. The simplest way to trek in Sapa is with the accompaniment of a local guide.

While trekking, you will be able to pass through many small minority villages that specialize in different handicrafts, have their own special cuisines, and even speak their own languages.

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Like any tourist destination, Sapa has many places to stay for you to choose. Therefore, depending on what level of comfort and service you are looking for, prices vary greatly.

1. Homestay – An interesting experience

Sapa homestay is an interesting experience. I highly recommend you to try because it not only will be an unforgettable experience but also cost savings. When you decide to stay at a homestay, you should book it through an agent or directly with a local you meet at the bus station and be aware that you will be staying in someone’s home. This means that there likely won’t be a Western toilet, the food will probably also be very simple and almost everything is different. However, it will be a wonderful way to experience a different style of living get to know local people.

2. Hostel – Friendly as your home

Staying at a homestay with an open mind will make it a delightful adventure full of fun and surprises, which you will cherish for years to come. But if you are still looking for a hostel, hotel or even resort you can refer to the list below.

In addition, the most popular is the hotel, better service, facilities. Sapa has a lot to offer. If you need accommodation advice, please contact:

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It can be said, the special features only in Sapa have kept many visitors so long. To not miss the opportunity to explore here, we gave you the list of the most attractive places.

- Sapa town – A place not to be missed when setting foot on Sapa
- Sapa Rock Church –  A symbol of Sapa town
- Ham Rong mountain – The paradise in Sapa
- Cat Cat Village – A place to relax
- Ta Phin Village, Old Monastery – mysterious beauty
- Lao Chai, Ta Van Village – The ladder to the sky
- Mount Fansipan – Indochine’s roof
- The Silver Waterfall – Amazing scenery
-  The Sky Gate – An paradise place
- Thanh Kim, Sau Chua – Different experience

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1. Enjoy the wonderful sceneries

With these amazing sceneries above, you already have a lot of things to do. Conquering the roof of Indochina is the dream of many young people. For this reason, do not miss this opportunity.

Getting to Sapa, you also have the chance to see the terraces. The terraces in Sapa are honored to be one of the seven terrestrial terraces in the world. Observation of the town from the height of 1800m on Ham Rong is a special experience, interesting that anyone to Sapa should try.

2. Visiting Sapa’s Markets

Sapa and the surrounding towns have a number of markets. In there, you can get both local handicrafts and anything you might need for your journey. In the city center, most homestay and hotels you will find the main market offering a bit of everything including traditional clothing items, souvenirs and hiking gear.

Spread around the city, you will find many more little shops offering handmade items such as bags, musical instruments, or other locally designed items but you must be aware that many of these places will charge higher prices than markets outside of the city.

3. Participating in the unique festivals in Sapa

Sapa with seven main ethnic groups is H’Mong, Dao, Tay, Kinh, Day, Xa Pho (Phu La) and Hoa. Therefore, travel to Sapa in the end of year, you will have the opportunity to participate in the unique festival of the people here. Each festival is characterized by the culture of each ethnic minority, strange and extremely interesting.

4. Climbing Fansipan Mountain

Conquering the roof of Indochina is the dream of many young people. Thus, if you are passionate about the challenge and want to win yourself, just do it. Visiting Sapa without climbing Fansipan is unbelievable. Above is full tips to climb Fansipan that you can look for.  

5. Trekking  – A different experience

Trekking in Sapa will bring you a very different experience. Undoubtedly, Sapa is one of the longest walking destinations in the world. Therefore, you can walk a dozen kilometers, walk from morning to afternoon, go through residential areas, villages, rice fields, small streams, … Walk to slow down and enjoy the life, find out about the culture and people here. There is no longer the destination of the Sapa to trekking like Cat Cat, Muong Hoa valley, Ta Van, Ta Phin …

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Once you have reached Sapa, you do not have to worry about what to eat. There are countless specialties, culinary delights as well as wonderful restaurants in Sapa. Some famous and delicious dishes in Sapa that you definitely have to try.

- Lon cap nach
- Thang co (bone soup)
- Fresh vegetable
- Fresh sturgeon, salmon
- Any kind of grill
- Dried meat “Khang Gai”


There is something special in Sapa that you must to know before you go:

1. Sapa has a problem with touts

“You Buy” and “Buy from me”,  you’ll hear on the streets, along the way, and in the market. The women and children are everywhere, stalking tourist hotels to doggedly selling their wares. Therefore, be remember never answer a tribesperson with a “Maybe”, unless you really mean it. They’ll follow you until you purchase something for them.

2. Trekking to villages requires permits

Some villages will have pay stations at the entrance and you will need to show a permit, which is bought in advance at the tourist information center in town. As a result, if you don’t have it upon arrival, you’ll need to go back to town to buy one. However, if you’re on a trekking tour, it’s likely this is already covered in the fee.

3. Bring or buy poncho

It rains and around winter time (November to February) and it can get very cold.  If you do not have one, you can always buy them at a local trekking shop, it is very easy.

4. Bring trekking shoes or rent rubber boots

During winter, it rains a lot creating muddy hiking paths. Therefore, if you are trekking, you will need good shoes. Some paths can be narrow and with the mud and also very slippery. Good trekking shoes will give you traction.

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Sapa is a tourist destination cannot be missed when you travel to Vietnam. The above is the complete guidebook Sapa travel experience from A to Z fully we share with you. Hope that it can help you know everything to visit Sapa, cloudy town. Wish you have a useful and interesting trip in your whole life.