Are you planning to visit Hanoi, Vietnam and you are wondering about how to choose the best place for your holiday to Vietnam?
In the past, for visiting Sapa you need to take an overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai then get a bus from Lao Cai Station to Sapa. That will be 8-hour train plus 45 minutes for the drive from Lao Cai Station to Sapa.
Now there is one more option for you with the luxury bus on the expressway from Hanoi. It is only more than 5 hours from Hanoi to Sapa on the expressway. You can take a private car or a luxury bus from Hanoi to Sapa. There are luxury daily buses from Hanoi to Sapa and from Sapa to Hanoi so you can go to Sapa easily especially when you are a small group so it costs money to rent a private car for a long trip.
There are also a lot of daily group tours in Sapa to join in when you are a small group ( 1 or 2 persons) to save your cost and it is funny to make friends with more people coming from different countries on your trip.
10 years ago if you visited Sapa there were not a lot of options for your hotels in Sapa especially the nice hotel. In the past Victoria Sapa might be the best option for the high standard hotel in Sapa Town. Now there are a lot of options from low budget to the high budget accommodation in Sapa. You can stay in the homestay in some villages like Tavan Village, Taphin Village or Giang Ta Chai Village or stay in the good hotels in Sapa.
Different options for Sapa Tours
There are different options for your tours in Sapa. You can choose the easy walking to Lao Chai, Tavan or hiking on the trails to Lao Chai, Tavan Villages and up and down in Cat Cat Village.
If you like hiking and trekking you can do the trekking from Sapa to Lao Chai and Tavan on the hill small path. That will be a great time to know more about the local life and their daily works. The harder trekking tour will be to Giang Ta Chai, Su Pan Villages where you will trek in the more difficult paths.
If you really like mountains trekking you can do the 2 days or 3 days trekking trip to the peak of Fansipan Peak and do camping on the way.
Some of you may like the easier tour when you wish to get on the top of Fansipan Peak – the roof of Indochina by cable car. That will be awesome to be on the top of the mountain seeing the view of Sapa and around from above. You will have a panorama view of the whole area and in the good weather, you will the beautiful cloud sea under your feet.
What to see in Sapa
Taking a tour to Sapa what will you wish to see? There are so many nice things to see in Sapa.
Fansipan Peak: Fansipan Peak is one of the best things you may want to visit in Sapa. You may take an easy way to Fansipan by the cable car. On the way, you will experience an amazing time viewing the village and farm from above. Under your feet, there are beautiful terrace fields, streams, mountains and towns. You will move in the clouds like you are flying in the sky with new wings given by gods.
Terrace rice fields: Sapa is famous for its beautiful terrace rice fields. Doing the trekking tour in Sapa, you will have a chance to take the beautiful photos of the terrace fields especially from September to November when there are golden rice fields. You will see how hard the local people there cultivate their farm in the mountains. There is only one crop per year only.
Experience the local life: You can stay in the homestay for 1 or 2 nights to learn more about the local life there. See how people there cook their food and see how they behave among the family members. You will see their daily life and how they cultivate their farm and we are sure you will love them as they are friendly.
Are you ready for a trip to Sapa? See our options below and choose one of Sapa Tours from Hanoi which is most suitable for your family