Sapa – The Indochina’s roof
Vietnam’s northwest region is home to the frontier township of Sapa, which is 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) above sea level. Sapa is known for its breathtaking and unmatched beauty. The region’s deep, lush valleys and terraced rice fields contrast sharply with the steep, jagged mountains, and lengthy, twisting routes weave in and out of the hills. Numerous dynamic, diversified ethnic minority groups, like the Hmong, Dao, Giay, and Tay to name a few, are present across the region. Every town is more lovely than the last because the hill-tribe communities are tucked away in bamboo woods, behind waterfalls, and within rich valleys. Mount Fansipan, the Roof of Indochina, is located here at 3,143 m. (10,300 ft.),
What to do
Recommended stay time: Most visitors decide to stay in Sapa for two nights. You can visit the town and go trekking to hill tribe communities and other regions with 2 nights. If you can visit Sapa on a weekend, consider staying an extra day to visit Bac Ha market.
Sapa is gorgeous all year round, however from June to September there may be flooding. You should visit during the watering season in May or the ripe rice season from late September to early October if you want to “date” with terraced fields.
- Accommodation: Sapa offers a variety of lodging options, from luxury hotels to homestays in the villages of the indigenous minorities. The majority of homes are located in close proximity to restaurants, the market, and the historic church in the town itself. Due to a significant number of domestic travelers, the resort is typically bustling on weekends and calm during the week. In order to save money, plan your trip to the area to take place during the week or during a month other than May, June, July, or December.
- Food: Sapa offers regional specialties from minority communities including Thang Co (horse soup), Com Lam (bamboo sticky rice), free-range pig, salmon hot pot, dried buffalo meat, as well as various Asian and Western meals.
- Transportation: cable car, motorcycle, and private car.
Since Sapa’s destinations are close to one another, you can rent a motorcycle for about $5 per day. For a round-trip ticket via cable car to Fansipan, an adult must pay USD 26 and a kid USD 18.
How far is it from Hanoi to Sapa? 315 kilometers
There are just two options: rail or bus. The bus ride from Hanoi to Sapa will take roughly 5 hours due to the difficult road.
For the Sapa train, there are two options. the vintage trains with plush seats and comfortable beds. Because the train only stops at Lao Cai station, you must ride the train for eight hours before boarding a bus (35 km away from Sapa). Try a privately run sleeper cabin for an improved travel experience; this will cost you an additional 8–12 USD.