A complete guide to travel in Sapa

16-Oct-2019

Planning on traveling to Sapa but do not know what to eat and where to stay? This guide will help you travel safely and economically. Do not skip this article or you will waste half of your trip!

guide to travel in Sapa

When to travel to Sapa?

What is the best time to travel to Sapa? Sapa has cool weather all year round, so you will get to experience 4 seasons spring-summer- autumn-winter when you are here. Basically, you can come to Sapa anytime. But for the best trip, you should visit Sapa in the following time:

  • The end of March to May or September to November is considered the most ideal time to visit Sapa. Besides, during this time Sapa holds some fantastic festivals.
  • April and May is the time for rice cultivation. The scenery is  amazing on terraced fields. Especially, this is the blooming season so you definitely should visit Sapa during this time if you are interested in photography. 
  • The end of September is rice harvest season. During this time, Sapa is coated with sparkling yellow color. According to many backpackers and tourists, this is the best time to go to Sapa.

Travelling to Sapa (transportation)

From Hanoi, there are 4 ways to come to Sapa:

Express bus: If you decide to go by bus, we advise you to go by sleeper bus for its convenience and spaciness. For more details and reservation, please contact JTA Tours. When booking, always remember to book round-trip tickets because the tickets are likely to be sold out during peak seasons.

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Bus: The bus travel by Hanoi- Lao Cai highway so the trip only takes 4 hours. The bus ticket is also much cheaper than express bus. You can connect with JTA Tours for more information. This is the best option for safe and cheap Sapa travel. 

Train: If you intend to use the train, it is best to book night train with bed seat. The next morning, you will have the energy to explore Sapa.

Hanoi - Sapa train timetable

  • Train from Hanoi: SP1 (starting at 21h35’- arriving at 5h35’); SP3 (starting at 22h- arriving at 6h05’)
  • Train from Lao Cai: SP2 (starting at 20h55’- arriving at 4h32’); SP4 ( starting at 21h40’- arriving at 5h30’)

Personal vehicle: To take full control while travelling as well as enjoy the scenery, you can backpack to Sapa by motorbike or travel by bus or express bus to Sapa then hire a motorbike.

Where to stay in Sapa? 

guide to travel in Sapa

Hotel, hostel and homestay are 3 common choices for accommodation in Sapa.

There are 2 areas with numerous cheap hotels and hostels: Fansipan and Cau May street. In these areas, the price is about 200.000VND to 300.000VND/night/room/2 people. There might be a slight increase in holidays. 

View more: Top 10 cheapest but most beautiful homestays in Sapa that you should visit in 2019

What to eat in Sapa?

To enjoy the special dishes of Sapa, you should check out the markets opened weekly here. Moreover, if you stay at a homestay, you can eat with the hosts!

guide to travel in Sapa

This is a list of must check-in dishes for you!

  • Salmon salad
  • Muong pig
  • Thang co
  • Badger pig
  • Buffalo jerky

Besides, you can enjoy other famous dishes such as grilled vegetable, egg, meat, fish, bird; as well as seven-color sticky rice and bamboo-stuffed rice.  

View more: 10 must-try dishes in Sapa

Where to eat in Sapa

  • Cau May grilled food center
  • A Quyng restaurant- Thang co- Location: 15 Thach Son street
  • A Phu restaurant- Location: 15 Fansipan street
  • Traditional Nam Dinh pho (Ba Ngoc)- for cheaper breakfast, lunch, dinner- Location: 78 Luong Dinh Cua street- near New Market bus station (Tel: 01676 609 886 Mr Ba)
  • Traditional Hanoi pho Tung (specialize in beef pho)- price is higher than the average- Location: 71 Xuan Vien
  • Nga Canh kebab rice noodles (stuffed pancake- rice noodles- skewer- meat porridge)- Location: 50 Dien Bien Phu
  • Suoi Bac restaurant- Location: 30 Tue Tinh road. This is a place with good food at a reasonable price, recommended by many tourists.
  • Hue beef rice noodles- Location: 28 Thach Son road (near Mau Son temple intersection)
  • Long lon restaurant- Location: Dien Bien road (near Sapa gas station)

​View more: 12 amazing food courts and restaurants in Sapa

Tourist attractions in Sapa that is worth visiting

guide to travel in Sapa

There are a lot of places to consider, to name a few:

  • Cat cat village: a traditional village of H’Mong people, 2km from Sapa city center. This is a place that you should not miss!
  • Ham Rong mountain: located in the city center, this place does sell ticket. To get to the mountain, you need to pass hundreds of stone steps. Here you can observe flowers with different colors and the whole view of Sapa.
  • Fansipan peak: the rooftop of Southeast Asia. You can use the cable car to get there more easily.
  • Ancient stone cathedral: located at the city center, the cathedral was built in Gothic style. Its antique beauty is definitely a highlight of Sapa.
  • Ta Phin village, Ta Van village, Lao Chai village, Silver Fall, Love Fall, Golden stream.. Are the places that you should visit.

​View more: Top 10 tourist attractions in Sapa

Tips for Sapa travel

  • If you travel to Sapa during peak season, you should book everything in advance.
  • You should bring clothes, sport shoes,  hats, sun protection clothing, sun cream, etc…
  • You should also bring drink, money and food in case of emergency.

Some travel schedules to Sapa for your reference:

That is the ultimate guide to Sapa travel 2019 edition, from transportation, food, booking, attractions to shopping. Hope you will have a remarkable trip!

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