A must do in Sapa – choose a less touristed route

A must do in Sapa – choose a less touristed route

Posted in Reviews

We organized our trek through the Sapa Travel located just off the main square, as we weren’t sure what we wanted to do. We did this the same day we arrived for the following day. We asked for a tour where we wouldn’t encounter too many other tourists and that our 10 yr old daughter could handle. The guy recommended a 14km trek, passing through 3 different villages (not exactly sure what it is called). He arranged a local girl as our guide and she met us at our hotel at 8:30am the next morning.

golden stream sapa

golden stream sapa

Chau was a 19 year old local Hmong girl with excellent English and was just lovely. She was happy to answer all our questions and was full of local knowledge. The trek started by walking out of town past the new market building being constructed then headed up into the hills. We had the usual 3-4 other local women tagging along in the hopes of selling us stuff – but they were harmless, very friendly and even helpful at times it got tough. The trek itself wasn’t the easiest – lots of up and down and the track was often slippery because of the rain the day before (the day of the trek was gorgeous and sunny) – but, that said – it was worth every step. We only ever encountered one other couple doing the same trek the entire time. The scenery was breathtaking and walking casually through the villages was quite an experience and a good chance to see how they lived. The villagers basically ignored us and we loved seeing the baby farm animals and wildlife as we walked along. Up high, we spend a lot of time walking in and out of the clouds and then they would clear and the scenery was wow.

Lunch was supplied by Chau – very simple baguette with ham, egg, tomato, cucumber, cheese and an apple. We took plenty of water and she had a couple of small bottles as well. There is no where to buy stuff along the way – so come well prepared.

At the finish, we stopped at a ‘cafe’ of sorts and met a minivan which took us back to Sapa. It was only about a 15min ride back to town and we got there around 3:30 – 4:00pm. It is normal to tip the guide – which we did, as she was great.

Others

  • Great place, great food and great serviceGreat place, great food and great service We had a real great time in Sapa with Sapa Travel, Bam, our guide was great and she was so helpful. While your local manager there is so professional. We all love the train from Hanoi to […]
  • Sapa tours by bus 2 daysSapa tours by bus 2 days This 2 day tour is designed for travelers who want to spend a short trip to Sapa. This short excursion from Hanoi is to save your time but you still visit the most popular travel sites in […]
  • IndigoIndigo Indigo is a special boutique run by Tanh, a local Hmoung minority, and her Japanese expat husband. The place offers simple, modern takes on traditional ethnic clothing. Specially, the […]
  • Where to stay in SapaWhere to stay in Sapa Sapa is a beautiful, mountainous town in northern Vietnam along the border with China. Located at 1650 m above sea level in Vietnam's remote northwest mountains, Sapa is famous for […]
Travel Sapa