Sapa is about 380km from Hanoi in the north west of Vietnam. It is a former French hill station situated in the valley near the Chinese border. It also is the one place in the northwest where tourism is booming. Sapa’s high elevation of 1600 meters creates its cool climate. This inspired the French to build villas there as a summer retreat. Today, it attracts visitors for its stunning scenery, comfortable climate, colorful tradition markets and a variety of ethnic hill tribes. Sapa has fascinated numerous travelers cause this is a perfect place for relaxing, exploring culture and Hill tribe’s traditional lifestyle, adventurous trekking with breathtaking sceneries. If you do not mind to take some new adventurous experiences for your holiday then trekking to hill tribe villages and staying overnight at homestay should be added to your travel plan.
When to go
The best time is between Septembers to December, as this period is more often than not free from the heavy rains that obstruct the jaunt. From March to Jun is also excellent time as it is not so cold and the flowers all brilliantly blossoms but rains intensify from June onwards. During winter time January to February temperature is regularly around 0ºC and there is snow sometime.
How to get there?
By train: Catching a night train is the most common way to go. Many night trains leave Hanoi around 8-10pm and reach Lao Cai train station around 4-6Am in the next day. From Lao Cai train station, catch a public bus or book a private car in advance to Sapa (book private picking up car and guide from your travel agent). To make it safe and convenient, most of tourist book train ticket and also picking up car and guide from Lao Cai train station through a tour organizer or travel agents. Please contact Mercury Travel support team for further help and information regarding transportation.
By coach: Catch tour bus departure daily from Old Quater to Sapa town.