1.0 About Sapa
Sapa is certainly one of the most beautiful regions of the country when it comes to nature. Surrounded by the most amazing rice fields, hills and the ethnic minorities Red Dao and Black Hmong. These minorities are always working in a special way with rice plantation, which is very nice to see. Sapa has a refreshing climate that makes it easy to walk in the mountains. The landscape is amazing and absolutely photogenic enough to make other people jealous!
The ethnic minorities in Sapa dress and live differently from the rest of Vietnam. They wear colorful and warmer clothing, such as headdresses and wool. During the Real Sapa Experience you will learn more about the ethnic groups by trekking, eating, sleeping and talking with the local population.
Sapa has become very popular thanks to the local weekend market. You can buy colorful products such as bags, shirts and other handmade items. It also has love markets that took place on Saturday. Parents send their single children looking for a nice boy or a girl.
Because it is a very touristy place, there are plenty of restaurants and accommodations nearby, so you do not have to worry when you decide to go to Sapa alone. We recommend taking a tour to get the real local experience. In addition, you do not have to worry about your accommodation, walking route and food! The best time to visit Sapa is from September to November and from March to May.
How to get there?
TRAIN - To get by train to Sapa you take the sleeper train to Lao Cai and transfer there on another train to Sapa. Prices vary per train and seat. The train from Hanoi takes around 8.5 hours to Lao Cai and then one more hour to Sapa.
BUS - The best way to go to Sapa is by bus. It takes about 6 hours including one or two 30-minute stop(s).
How long to stay?
2 - 4 days