Our travel tips for travel to Sapa
1. Weather in Sapa
Visitor to Sapa in summer can feel the climate of four seasons in one day. In the morning and afternoon, it is cool like the weather of spring and autumn. At noon, it is as sunny and cloudless as the weather of summer. And it is cold in the evening. With no advance warning of a thunderstorm short and heavy rains may come at noon on any summer day. Subsequently, a rainbow appears, transforming Sapa into a magic land, which for years has been a constant source of poetic inspiration, lights up the whole region.
The best time to witness the scenic beauty of Sapa is in April and May. Before that period, the weather might be cold and foggy; after that period is the rainy season. In April and May, Sapa is blooming with flowers and green pastures. The clouds that settle in the valley in early morning quickly disappear into thin air.
2.How to get into Sapa
Sapa is far from Lao Cai about 38 kilometers and 376 kilometers from Hanoi. To travel to Sa Pa, tourists can choose many types of vehicles such as car, motorcycles or train. The most popular way to go to Sapa is by train that operates at night form Hanoi to Lao Cai station. Train runs from about 7p.m to 10’30p.m. You can go by Victoria Express, Livitrans Express, Royal cruise with air-conditioning system and soft bed. You will take about 8 and half hours to Lao Cai station. Then, you have to use cars, mini truck to go from Lao Cai to Sapa.
Prices depend on your seat and the time. On holidays, price is very expensive and you can not buy so that you should book it before as soon as possible. With one bed, tourists must pay from 220.00vnd to 250.000vnd (one-way).
Besides, with Sapa day tour from Hanoi, tourists can also travel by high quality bed of buses. These are the high quality bus from Hanoi to Sapa such as Express Bus, Good Morning. Travelers will be offered with 28 beds/car, television, blankets, cold towels and a small water bottle for free. Departure 2 flights per day. Additionally, visitors can go to Sapa from Hanoi by motorcycle. It takes about 10 hours.
4. Thing to do in Sapa
Trekk to Cat Cat Village
Cat Cat Village belongs to the H’Mong hill tribe – one of Sapa hill tribes. It is 3 kilometers far from the city center, located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain and surrounded by the majestic rice terraces.
On the way trekking to the village, you will have a chance to discover the daily life of the tribe with some traditional handicrafts such as cotton cultivation, weaving, and jewelry processing … Besides, you can have the opportunity to enjoy delicious foods such as corn wine, smoked meat, corn cake, …
Visit Ta Phin Village
Located about 17 kilometers to the East from the Sapa province, Ta Phin Village is the attractive stopover in a journey of Sapa travel. Ta Phin village is the home of Red Dao’s people possessing a rich culture that has not been damaged by the modern life. They live by the traditional career - brocade weaving. Visiting of the village, you can also have a chance to visit Ta Phin Cave nearby which own stunning and strange stalactites in different forms and shapes like animals, plants, or even fairies …
Coming to Ta Phin village, you are closer to natural beauty and free to enjoy the lovely sceneries of majestic mountains merging in the colorful caves, waterfalls, and forests, as well as listen to the popular melody of the hill tribe. Special cuisine such as corn wine, smoked meat … and interesting herbal bathing is also great experiences in your trip to the village.
Discover Markets in Sapa
Visiting Sapa, you shouldn’t miss busy markets, which express cultural distinction of the ethnic minorities here. There are some bustling fairs such as Coc Ly, Bac Ha, Can Cau… where take place several trading activities of diversified goods such as brocade, jewelry, weaving products, etc of hill tribes in the mountain area. In addition, you can see the locals in their colorful traditional dress. All of them make Sapa as one of the best places to visit in Vietnam.
Visit Muong Hoa Valley
About 8 kilometers from Sapa in the Southeast, Muong Hoa valley is the best place that you shouldn’t miss in the way of Sapa travel. Muong Hoa Valley has the tilt pan-shaped and large streams of colorful flowers, which create a romantic valley along with bright yellow rice fields.
Besides, Muong Hoa Valley attracts visitors by the mysterious ancient rocks, hidden on the lawns of plants and rice terraces.
Reach the Fansipan Mount while in Sapa
Fanxipan Mount is by far one of the most famous checkpoints of Sapa. You need to be lucky enough to reach Sapa on a sunny day to enjoy the picturesque views of Sapa’s mountains, clouds and villages downhills from over 3000 meters above.
The cable car does not take you to the mount, but to the last station where you need to climb 600 stairs to reach the peak. Hiking from land to the mountaintop will take an average climber at least 1 to 2 days as you must be ready to camp and spend the night on the mountain.
Eating in Sapa
1. Antique Sapa 22A, Phan Xi Pang, Sapa
A simple and high value for money restaurant that does a very good Set Menu. Now a lot of restaurants in Sapa try to attract tourists with local Set Menus that are about $4-5 that consist of a starter, main dish and beverage (hot wine or tea) but not all of them are comparable in terms of taste, quality or portion size. Antique Sapa ranks very high on all of these and has one of the best Set Menus with generous portions and meals that will make you fall in love with local food.
2. Nature View – 051, Fansipan Street, Sapa
One of the pricier and fancier restaurants in Sapa, but totally worth it. This places scores on its excellent ambience, delicious food and quick and friendly service. It serves both local and international cuisine and even does a good Set Menu. I definitely saw more tourists here than locals, probably because of the price range. I particularly enjoyed the chicken sautéed in lemongrass and basil (pictured below), the yogurt sautéed chicken was equally good. They also had a decent number of vegetarian options on the menu so I’d say this is one of those places to eat in Sapa that vegetarians will like eating at.
3. Little Sapa 18, Cau May, Sapa
Little Sapa is best for its truly authentic and very reasonable Vietnamese food. The prices are among the lowest in Sapa town (meals cost $2-$5) and the quality of food is still very high. The staff does not speak a lot of English so be patient while ordering, they do understand and get it right most of the time. The restaurant sees a good mix of local patrons and tourists. It dishes out what was my favorite Pho-ga (Chicken noodle soup) during my time in Vietnam. The fiery garlic sauce that sits on all tables is a great accompaniment to most dishes.
4.The Lizard 10, Cau May, Sapa
Good for Vietnamese food and friendly service. Staff is very helpful if you’re undecided about what to order. Price range is similar to most restaurants with meals costing between $4-$5.
Recommendations: Tofu curry with mushrooms, eggplant in a clay pot with steamed rice (pictured) and Chicken Spring rolls with egg and vegetables.
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