Located Northwest of the country, Sapa is one of the famous tourist destination of Vietnam. The town attractive in clouds with majestic mountain views and a unique experience, exploring the lives of ethnic minorities.
Sapa is a highland district of Lao Cai Province, a land of majestic mountains. The natural landscape of Sapa is combined with the creativity of the people, along with the terrain of the mountains, the blue of the forest, as a beautiful natural picture. From the center of the town you can zoom in to see the high peaks.
Situated at an average elevation of 1,500m - 1,800m, the climate of sapa is very fresh and cool, with an average temperature of 15-18 ° C. From May to August, Sapa has a lot of rain. At the end of the year, when the winter comes, the temperature in Sapa can drop below 0 degrees, sometimes with snow.
The good time to travel Sapa is from September to November or from March to 5. This time, the weather of Sapa is stable, dry days and cold nights.
From April to May, ethnic minority people transplant rice on terraced fields. And this is also the bloom season of many beautiful flowers. The rice field is very beautiful, the photographer come here at this season.
September to October is the harvest of rice, then all the views of Sapa are golden.
December to February is very cold, there may be ice and occasional snow. This is also cherry blossom season.
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The Sapa town is 38km from Lao Cai city and 376 km from Hanoi city. You can get there by the train or the bus.
You can by one ticket from travel agency in Hanoi old town or book online via website: vietnamamazingtours.com. The bus pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi old town and departure sapa town.
Pick up time
Drop off time
Hanoi - Sapa
6:15 – 6:45
12:30 – 13:00
13:00 – 13:30
21:00 – 21:30
21:00 - 21:30
4:00 – 4:30
Sapa – Hanoi
7:30 – 8:00
14:00 – 14:30
15:00 - 15:30
21:30 – 22:00
21:30 - 22:00
4:00 – 4:30
You can go from Hanoi to Lao Cai by the train and then get a bus to Sapa town. You can buy ticket at Tran Quy Cap station, travel agency and online.
Hanoi – Lao Cai: The trains departs from Tran Quy Cap station at 10:00 pm and arrive at Lao Cai staition at 6:30 the next morning
Lao Cai – Hanoi: The trains departs from Lao Cai station at 09:05 pm and arrive at Tran Quy Cap staition at 5:30 the next morning
You should come before 8:50 pm to do the procedure.
the train rate is very messy. Sometimes you book via web or travel agent better than the purchase ticker from the train company. However, the price varies from 450 000 (22$) to 600 000 vnd (30$) for 1 bed in 4-bed cabin (2 bunk beds in 1 cabin). Cabin with 6 beds is cheaper, but it’s very crowed and stuffy. In addition, there are some luxury trains, it’s the higher price as victoria express…
Way 1: rent a motorbike for about 120,000-180,000 VND/car, not including gasoline to drive. Note the calculation day in Sapa is the only in 1 day (06:00-18:00), should you hire from the morning or from the afternoon also applies a price. You must pay the motorbike at 06:00, 8:00 is the latest.
Way 2: you get a taxi to go to the sights
Vietnamamazingtours.com would like to introduce to you someplaces of interest below:
Sapa Church constructed in 1895, is considered a mark of ancient architectural integrity of the French left. The Church was embellished and conservation, becoming an indispensable image when prompted to Sapa town.
Catcat village is only 2 kilometers from Sapa town. It is the oldest of the Mong. They lived next to each other along the mountain side and cultivated surrounding their home. It also retains preserves traditional craft such as growing cotton, linen and textile and crafted jewelry.
You take about 30 minutes to reach here by motorbike from Sapa town. It has a beautiful natural landscape, the rich culture of theRed Dao’s people. Come here, you can see interesting things like the harvest of the medicinal plants; the silk embroidery of Dao clothings; the work in the corn fields; the harvesting of the rice fields or beautiful cave near there. There many interesting stalactites, forests, sparkling tree...
Ta Van is about 8 km from Sapa town. It is a small village located in a Muong Hoa valley. Here, Travellers will have the opportunity to be more about the lifestyle of the Giay people. The road into the Giay village is small, narrow and sugar land. The two sides of the road are the terraces rice with the green color of corns and rice plants. Going on inside the village, you will be amazed by the tidy and clean appearance of the village.
Sin Chai village may not be a well-known attraction for tourist. This place is still preserved. This is a Black Mongwith population of about 1400 people. Besides cultivating rice and maize on the fields, they also planted cardamom.
Muong Hoa Valley is between the town and the Tonkinese Alps. Muong Hoa Valley is famous as an attractive tourist venue for its charming natural scenery, unique rice terraces along with the hospitable local people. There are beautiful streams stretching about 15 km, through Lao Chai, Ta Van, Hau Thao villages and ending in Ban Ho village.
If you want to see the panorama of sapa, you need to climb the mountain Ham Rong. you can see Muong Hoa valley, Ta Phin village in the mist from here. In sunny days, from here tourists can even see the peak of Fansipan under clear sky with white cloud floating around.
Fansipan is the highest mountain of the Indochinese Peninsula (3,143 m), located in the center of Hoang Lien Son Range. It’s about 9km southwest of Sapa town. You can take a tour of the travel company or travel yourself from sapa town. Fansipan is considered as the Roof of Vietnam and Indochina. Standing between heaven and earth, the mountain has challenged any climbing enthusiasts. Journey to conquer Fansipan Mountain will certainly be one of the unforgettable experiences for any tourists.
Thac Bac Waterfall is aboput 13kms from Sapa town. It lies beside National Highway No 4D. Thac Bac Waterfall is formed by sources of water from the Lo Sui Tong mountain peak. From the distance, the waterfall looks like a white dragon looking down from the sky.From there you can see stunning view of the surrounding mountains and the last forests belonging to Hoang Lien National Park. Tourists will be feel that the waterfall is flowing toward them while Climbing from down of the waterfall to the altitude. The small water flows rumble down in order to catch up with the streams below
The sky gate (O QUY HO)
The sky gate is about 19 km from Sapa town. Road to the sky Sapa winding, bend with many narrow road with one side is high cliffs, the other is deep
Standing in the middle of Sapa's sky gate, visitors can see the panoramic view of the vast valley at the bottom with beautiful terraces, rice fields, green fields of local people. From above, you can see the road as a giant snake.
Situated in Bat Xat district, 7km from Lao Cai city, Coc San is a majestic natural combo of caves and waterfalls. The road to Crag San is very winding, dark and covered by rocks. It is still wild and natural. If you look carefully, after each waterfall will be a small cave. If you go alone, you can hire a motorbike which cost 7 – 10 usd forn one way. Remember to take the map. you will have a chance to see the stunning scenery of mountains, rice terraces and villages along the way. You go in a group, hiring a taxi from 15 USD to 20 USD for a one-way trip. You will have to pay some extra money if you want the taxi driver to wait for you and take you back to your hotel.
Hoang A Tuong residence is in the centre of Bac Ha Town, Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province. It was built in the combination of Asian and European styles with a rectangular structure closed loop.
Bac Ha Market is one of the biggest in the North Vietnam. Bac Ha Market is open only on Sundays from morning to 2 pm. This is the ideal market to explore the primitive, bold identity of the North West.
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