Sapa travel guide: how to get to Sapa, hotel tips, weather, warnings, trekking tips and other travel advices
Some tips for travelling Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam:
- How to get there: There are many trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai. However almost all sleeper seats are controlled by travel agents. It is ipossible to buy sleeper tickets. The seat tickets are available and a few 2nd class sleeper may be available at the train station without makeup. From Lao Cai train station to Sapa (35km). Many minibuses are waiting at the train station for Sapa. They are offering the service with 3 USD/person. More about How to get to Sapa Trains and Transport
- When to go: Tourist Peak & Dry Season: Mar – May, Oct – Nov. Good season for trekking. to join the regional markets, please see when to go
- Weather in Sapa: The climate of Sapa is unique to Vietnam. It is highly seasonal, with a subtropical climate in summer and a temperate climate during the winter. The hottest months are May and June when temperature may goes up to 29°C and the coldest months are December and January when temperature may drops down to 1°C. More about Weather in Sapa
- Maps of Sapa and around: Sapa map, trekking map and the Fansipan map
- What to do in Sapa when you are there: do some excursions in Sapa to the villages, waterfalls and trek Fansipan
- How about Halong Bay after or before the trip to Sapa: I recommend the Dragon Pearl Junk for overnight
Fansipan Mount Map
Before trekking to the Fansipan, print your map to the mount and bring with you for your adventure
Visiting different minority ethnic groups who live in remote area, spending a night in a home-stay of a Red Dzao family; enjoy beautiful scenery along the trip. Itinerary: Day 1: Sapa – Ban Ho – Thanh Phu – Sin Chai (L, D) Met up at your hotel in Sapa by Sapa local guide and driver then transferred to Ban Ho. We will trek through the scenic valley of “Ban Ho”. This is a village of Tay ethnic minority. The Tay preserve a traditional and fairly developed agriculture with cultivation...
Visit the Black H’mong ethnic in Cat Cat and Y Linh Ho villages. Enjoy the sceneries along the way trekking and the waterfall in Cat Cat, Lao Chai village with Tay and Dzay tribes. TaVan village is so nice in the valley of Sapa where is supposed to be the most beautiful place in the area. Itinerary: Get started: Take the night train from Hanoi Railway Station to Laocai Station. Sleep on the train. Day 1: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van 05h30: Arrive...
What to buy in Sapa?
Sapa, the small tourist town of Vietnam’s northwest region, reminds us of a wildly beautiful area where travellers can gain great trekking experience while discovering the rich culture of ethnic minorities groups. The wet markets and souvenir shops here are also the perfect places for ones who are longing to buy local unique gifts
Sapa Sliver Shop
Sa Pa Silver shop specializes in handcrafted silver jewelry. This little shop is so special that you can actually watch the silversmith named Duc Khanh at work making the glittering pieces of splendid silver jewelry
In Sapa there is a high chance that every female meet on the street will try to sell you handcrafted goods. It is an amazing scene to see them making colorful handmade crafts which could make unique presents to bring home whenever they sit down for a moment
Wild Orchid Shop
Wild Orchid Shop is a small shop with very colorful and interesting paintings about the daily life of minority people. Its owner is the designer of all the styles of minority people’s costumes, specializing in Homing and Dzao people. The cheapest thing in the shop is a small scarf at the price of US$3