Sapa Travel Guide
Sapa town lies on the side of Hoang Lien Son Mountain ranges, 333 km northwest of Hanoi, Sapa town is close to Chinese border. This area has stunning landscape, many beautiful 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, off-road Vietnam Motorbike Tours, trekking tours, the highest mountain in Vietnam at 3,143 m.
Traveling to Sapa from Hanoi, it is very convenient to take a train to Lao Cai and then continue with a 45-minute drive to Sapa. Alternatively, adventurers can reach Sapa by motorcycle. 6 Day Sapa Motorcycle Tour is the best choice to visit this amazing area.
What to do?
Shrouded in mist, Sapa was originally a hill station built by the French people in 1922 for summer retreats from Hanoi. Here, people can relax and enjoy the breathtaking views. The best way to get around Sapa is to walk and almost everywhere it’s steep. Besides, Sapa is also a good base for trekking tours, climbing Fansipan, cycling to villages and motorbike touring to explore the mountainous region as well as Montagnard villages. Visits to markets at the weekend are also a highlight of most trips to Sapa.
Sapa tours offer:
Trekking tours, Motorbiking tours and do home stay with minority peoples
Sapa markets tour such as Bac Ha and Can Cau weekend markets
When to go?
The best time to visit Sapa is March and May or mid-September to early December when the weather is pleasant. Before or after these periods, it is different experiences. 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. From September, it is not only classic tours but Motorcycle Touring is the perfect way to see the amazing Sapa, this period is full of rice and dry weather.
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. Motorcycle Touring around Sapa is great way to discover this incredible northern part, Motorbike Tour Around Sapa is challenging. However, just do it with experienced bikers or a tour guide for the best.
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