Sapa Travel Guide
Sapa lies on the side of Hoang Lien Son Mountains, 333 km northwest of Hanoi, close to Chinese border. This area has spectacular scenery, many natural sites and is home to diverse mountain tribe communities; especially, it is also the starting point for those who want to conquer the top of Fansipan Mountain, the highest mountain in Vietnam at 3,143m.
Getting to Sapa from Hanoi, it is very convenient to take a local bus otherwise you can spend time on train to get there.
What to do:
Visit: Cat Cat Village, Lao Chai Village, Ta Van Village, Ban Ho Village
Home stay with minority peoples
Sapa markets tour such as Bac Ha and Can Cau weekend markets
Overcome Fan Si Pan Peak
When to go?
Any day you can go, however, the best time to visit Sapa is March and May or mid-September to early December when the weather is pleasant. The winter is cold and brings fog and drizzles while the summer is warm and has frequent showers. The rainy season starts in May through September.
In Sapa, you will meet ethnic vendors, who keep following you to sell handmade articles. It is fine to buy, but if you are not interested, you might want to take care to show lack of interest. Also please note that it’d better to separate handmade articles within your bag preventing some color bleeding as those beautiful articles are used natural dyes. Riding on motorbikes around Sapa is interesting, adventurous and becomes a popular option. However, just do it with experienced riders or a tour guide.