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Sapa Tourism And Travel Guide
24.2° C / 75.5° F
March to May
2 to 4 Days
Noi Bai International Airport (290 kms)
Lao Cai Railway Station (40 kms)
Sapa is a primarily rural hill-station situated in the Lao Cai region, approximately 350 km away from Hanoi. The town is home to the country’s highest mountain peak, namely the Fan Si Pan Mountain. Sapa serves as a welcome change from the excessive energy and commotion of city life. It is remote, and more peaceful, which is exactly what makes it appealing to visitors. It is equally easy to reach by rail or road. Tourism in Sapa is booming normally between March and May when the weather is well-balanced. This travel guide to Sapa will give visitors a more detailed understanding of this hidden gem in northern Vietnam.
How To Reach
Having no local airport, international visitors have no choice but to first fly out to Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi and then take a connecting bus or train to get to Sapa.
The journey via road from Hanoi is equally long as compared to taking a train. It remains one of the most convenient and scenic ways for visitors to travel to Sapa.
The best and most convenient way to reach Sapa is by taking the overnight train to Lao Cai Railway Station, followed by a shuttle bus to get to this hill-station.
Weather And Best Time To Visit
Dry Season (October – April):
This is the preferred season for travel to Sapa, owing to the reduced rainfall and humidity levels and relatively high visibility.
Monsoon Season (May – September):
In the monsoon, rainfall levels have increased significantly over the last few years and hence visitors are advised to proceed with caution when travelling here.
Things To Do
Visit the Sapa Museum:
A trip to the museum is a great way to learn about the indigenous tribes and local culture of Sapa and its evolution through the course of time. It is frequented by historians.
Check Out Hoang Lien National Park:
A stunning natural park, it offers a unique and diverse ecosystem for visitors to discover and is full of diverse flora and fauna, native to this region.
Fan Si Pan Mountain:
The highest peak in the country, visitors and trekkers flock here to attempt to explore and scale this natural wonder making it one of the most popular activities in Sapa.
One of the most popular things to do for visitors is to explore the wide variety of nature trails and hiking paths available throughout Sapa. It is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the Vietnamese countryside.
Like most of Vietnam, Sapa’s cuisine is prepared using locally sourced produce and is some of the most delicious on offer in the country. Cau May Street is the go-to spot for all local delicacies. Moment Romantic Restaurant is ideal for vegetarian fare, Le Gecko is known for its exquisite crepes, Delta is a popular Italian spot and finally the Gerbera Restaurant offers local Vietnamese pho and hot pots. Visitors with varying budgets and palettes will thoroughly enjoy the cuisine here.
Forming a part of rural Vietnam, shopping malls are few and far between. Markets revolve around local produce, clothing items and other handicrafts. The rich and diverse culture of the indigenous tribes of Sapa serve as a great learning point for visitors through shopping at these local markets. Some of the most popular are the Sapa, Bac Ha and Coc Ly Markets.