Useful Tips When Traveling To Sapa

Planning carefully for the trip, learning about the basic information at the destination, looking for good accomondations, how about the weather, how to dress etc … will help you have the initiative and comfortable to fully enjoy your tour to Sapa national tourist area.

Sapa is always beautiful each season, so the hardest thing for you is to choose the right time to travel to Sapa. If you have already determined the time to explore Sa Pa national tourist area, the remaining need is to read this article for a complete and meaningful trip.

1. Plan your trip in advance

To save time, money and still discover all the beauty in Sapa, one of the first things you should remember is preparing a detail plan. If you do not have a scientific and reasonable schedule, you will not have enough time to go all the attractions, because in Sapa there are many tourist destinations and they are quite far to each other. Do not be subjective.

2. What is the best season to traveling to Sa Pa?

Every season in Sapa is beautiful. In the summer, it is cool to go out in the huge fridge, but many people come to Sa Pa in the autumn, from August to October. At this time, the weather is very nice and you can easily to explore and enjoy the beauty here, especially the golden terraced fields in the harvest season. In the winter, going to Sapa will be very cold but you can watch the sunrise appear in the fanciful mist. And if you are lucky, you will see the snow. Or go after the Lunar New Year to see the peach blossoms and the floating sea of clouds is also a good choice. Because Sa Pa land always has its own beauty, choosing which season to go depends on your purpose and interests.

Flower season in Sa Pa

3. How do you get to Sapa?

From Hanoi, you can move by sleepper bus to Noi Bai – Lao Cai highway, very fast and safely (about 6 hours). Right now there are many bus companies and many time so you can freely choose the best time for you. For the best, you should start from Hanoi around 2 pm, get to Sapa about 7 or 8 pm. Rest for 1 night at the hotel and in the next morning have the best health to start the adventure. The reputable and safe bus companies in Hanoi – Sa Pa are: Ha Son Hai Van, Inter bus lines, Sapa Express, Green bus …

In addition, you can also take a train, from Hanoi, you take the night train to Lao Cai station in the early morning, then take a bus from the station to Sapa (about 1 hour more) but this part of the road is mountain pass, so it is note for person who got carsick

4. Costumes

You should choose appropriate clothes because the temperature in Sapa is often lower than in Hanoi and other provinces.

In the summer and early autumn the weather in Sapa is very pleasant and cool. However, you should bring a few thin coats or windbreaker because the evening will be a bit chilly and foggy. In winter and spring, you should wear warm clothes, gloves, hats, socks, towels to keep the body warm. You should choose sports shoes or sandals to easy travel because the tourist destinations in Sapa are far and quite steep.

5. Tourist destinations in Sapa that you should not miss:

Sa Pa stone church is located in the heart of Sapa; Cat Cat tourism area is 3km from Sa Pa center; Ham Rong mountain; Ta Van village; Lao Chai village; O Quy Ho Pass; Heaven Gate; Silver waterfall; Love waterfall; Fansipan Peak …

In addition to taking nice photos, you should save time to explore the scenery, explore the life and culture of ethnic minorities in Sapa to have an unforgettable trip.

6. Where to stay: What to eat?

When you have planned and prepared for the trip to Sapa, you should book in advance, especially on weekends and high seasons to avoid wasting time and effort finding rooms. Currently, Sa Pa has many large and small hotels and hundreds of homestays, easy for you choose.

Sapa has a lot of delicious and unique dishes that you should not ignore when coming here: Sticky rice inside the bamboo, seven-color sticky rice, pork, Sapa barbecue, Sapa peach, thang co, salmon, sturgeon, buffalo meat …

7. Cash and ATM

Of course this is an indispensable thing, isn’t it? In Sa Pa, there are many ATMs and banks such as Vietcombank, Saigon bank, HD bank, MB bank, BIDV, Agribank, and many restaurants, hotels, supermarkets also except to pay by card so you should not bring too much cash with you.

8. If you for get 7 tips above, What should you do?

Let’s go to visit the Lao Cai Tourist Information and Promotion Center, 02 Fansipan, Sa Pa town (phone support 02143 871 975 (office hours) or chat directly at They called as Sapa Tourist House, because coming here you will like come home, they will advice, assistance you the best plan for your trip, giving useful advice such as: Where to go, eat, what’s good, where to see the beautiful scenery and what gifts to buy etc … completely free. It is also a beautiful place for you to visit with the tourist house in the old French mansion, the beautiful flower garden in the center of the town and the beautiful small Sapa museum.

Lao Cai Tourist Information & Promotion Centre, where you can get useful information and advice 

If you have taken the time to read this article, it means you have pocketed 8 useful tips, 8 experiences to make your trip to Sa Pa a complete and avoid unjust money that the trip is not appropriate and inappropriate, suitable for time, needs, weather etc … And if found useful, do not forget to share this article and contribute more practical experience from your trip to Lao Cai Tourism.


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