Sapa tourism experience from the A to Z latest 2019

Sapa is the "meeting place between heaven and earth" with the most spectacular natural scenery in the North. This is also the place where many ethnic minorities live together. Have you come to admire and experience this exciting land? 

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Bestofwhere.com shares some experiences to help you have a memorable trip to Sapa. Whether you have been to Sapa or not, these experiences are very helpful.

I. Introduction to Sapa

Sapa is a town in Lao Cai province, Vietnam, this is a famous tourist destination from the beginning of the 20th century until now. Nature favorably gives Sapa a picture of both romantic and majestic and immense landscape with the endless mountains and clouds to catch the wind, terraced fields reaching the eyes, the pine trees standing quietly that witnessed many stories from the Indochina period in the town center, ...
Sapa town submerged in the cloudy sea.
Sapa town submerged in the cloudy sea. 
Sapa's climate is cool all year round with unique indigenous imprints - most notably the culture of the two major ethnic minorities in Sa Pa is the Mong and the Dao - combined with the classic European architectural space. All of these factors have created a special attraction for travelers who want to explore this land.

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II. What beautiful season for Sapa travel?

Coming to Sapa every season, it has own interesting experiences of this beautiful highland land.

- The right time to travel to Sapa is from September to November or from March to May 5. This time the weather is stable, the day is sunny and dry, the night is cold.

- April - May is the falling water season, the vast terraced fields feel like running to the horizon.

- September - October is the season of ripe rice, that time Sapa is like wearing a shiny yellow shirt, sparkling. You should go in the mid or the end of September because, in October, many terraced fields have been harvested.

- December to February is very cold, ice may appear and sometimes snow falls. This is also the blooming season of peach, azaleas ...

III. Transportation to Sapa

Sa Pa town is only 38km from Lao Cai city and 376km from Hanoi. You can choose to take a passenger car or a train.

1. Arrive in Sapa by passenger car

If you take a bed bus, the price ranges from 230k - 280k /person/way. Vehicles depart from My Dinh, Luong Yen or Gia Lam (Hanoi) bus stations to Sapa for only 8-9 hours. By car, it has the advantage of saving time but in the rainy season, it can be hindered by many bumpy passes from Lao Cai to Sapa. You can contact some restaurants such as Sapa Express, Queen Café, Hung Thanh, Sao Viet, ...

2. Arrive in Sapa by train

The train has a lot of seats such as soft seats, hard chairs, beds that are air-conditioned ... The train runs at 9 pm or 10 pm in Hanoi and arrives at Sapa the next morning. For the type of seats, there are 2 types of hard sitting (about 150k / person) and soft sitting (about 280k / person). For the type of bed, 6-person bed costs about 480k / person, 4-person bed costs about 560k / person and 2-person high-class bed costs about 3,200k / person (all departure from Hanoi).
Traveling to Sapa by train help visitors sightseeing many sceneries along the road.
Traveling to Sapa by train help visitors sightseeing many sceneries along the road. 
Sapa tourism destination is a place attracting a lot of tourists both domestic and foreign, so dealers and travel companies often "hug" all the beautiful seats, especially on weekends or high seasons. So to get a satisfactory seat on the train you need to book through an intermediary with the usual charge of 8-10%.

And it is important to note that it is not advisable to bring expensive computers or equipment when traveling because it may happen hooking bag. You should keep your camera and phone carefully.

3. Travel to visit places in Sapa

To facilitate travel, you can choose hotels near Sapa bus station. There are 4 ways to visit Sapa attractions:

Method 1: Arrive in Sapa, rent a motorbike for about 120k /car/day (not including gas), you can drive yourself around the tourist destinations in Sapa.

Method 2: Hire a motorbike taxi driver separately to take to few popular tourist destinations with the only 100k for 4 - 5 Sapa tourist destinations close together.

Method 3: You can book a Sapa tour of service providers in Sapa. Or if you don't know, you can ask a hotel or a local person to know more about this service.

Method 4: You can experience the feeling of discovering yourself in the form of trekking tourism (walking) at famous tourist destinations in Sapa.

IV. Which hotel should you choose in Sapa?

Below, Bestofwhere introduces some accommodations in Sapa for you to choose when you traveling to Sapa. 

Eco Palms House

Eco Palms House is really an ideal place for those who want to enjoy a peaceful trip, stay away from the busy, noisy and dusty pace of the city. Eco Palms House is located in Lao Chai village with views of Hoang Lien Son range and picturesque Muong Hoa valley.
Novelty resort at Eco Palms House
Novelty resort at Eco Palms House (Photo: ST)
Some rooms have a terrace or balcony. All rooms come with a private bathroom with slippers and free toiletries to make guests feel comfortable.

Sapa Clay House Hotel

Located in Ta Van village, Sapa Clay House is a wonderful resort. The rooms with bamboo, warm and close clay give the family a warm and comfortable atmosphere with a view overlooking the immense terraced fields, Hoang Lien Son mountain range and beautiful Muong Hoa valley.
Unique bedroom design.
Unique bedroom design (Photo: ST)
The hotel has all 48 rooms including single and double rooms. The overnight stay here depends on the direction of the cocoon room, ranging from VND 220,000 to VND 400,000.

Sapa Stunning View Hotel

The hotel is located about 500m away from the stone church, shopping center, and restaurant. Its location is quite convenient for the places of Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, Tavan - Ban Ho ... quite quiet, and especially cool, overlooking to Fansipan mountain, cable car, Muong Hoa valley.
Fully furnished bedroom.
Fully furnished bedroom (Photo: ST)
The hotel has 19 rooms, each room is fully equipped with modern equipment to serve the needs of visitors to rest in a very good way. At Sapa Stunning View hotel, guests can request for a bicycle / car rental service to explore the surrounding areas.

V. What to eat when traveling to Sapa?

Besides admiring Sapa's lyrical natural scenery, don't forget to try the unique local dishes of this town. Bestofwhere would like to introduce you to some Sapa specialties below that you should try once.

Fresh salmon and sturgeon

Salmon and sturgeon at Hung Tuyen restaurant
Salmon and sturgeon at Hung Tuyen restaurant - 300 Dien Bien Phu is loved by both tourists and locals. 
 fresh salmon, sturgeon dishes in sapa.
Coming to Sapa, it is impossible to miss this fresh salmon, sturgeon dishes.

Unlike imported salmon and sturgeon, cold-water fish reared in Sapa often have firm flesh, tight fibre, and no fat. Salmon/sturgeon processing can be sliced to mix salads or grilled. What's more in the cold atmosphere of Sapa, you can enjoy a hot salmon/sturgeon hot pot with fresh vegetables.

Cold fresh vegetables

Sapa is home to a variety of temperate vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, red radish, chayote, etc. Vegetables grown in Sapa have a special taste, soft and attractive. The most famous vegetables in the Sapa tourist destination are the boiled chayote dipped with salted sesame, fried radish, ...
Sapa chayote dish.
Sapa chayote dish. 

The armpits carried Pigs 

Armpit carried pig is a special dish of the Mong people. The pigs only weigh about 4 - 5kg are cleaned, marinated and then kept whole but roasted or grilled. The meat of "pig under the armpit" is sipping with 2-3 cups of Sapa cider, still drinking all night without bored.
Pig under armpits - unique traditional dish are only available in Sapa.
Pig under armpits - unique traditional dish are only available in Sapa.

Special barbecue dishes in Sapa

According to the travel experience, because the climate is cold, in Sapa, any dish also grilled from chicken eggs, duck eggs, skewers, meat wrapped cabbage, ... all of which are invented by Sapa people.
Delicious grilled skewers in Sapa (Photo: ST)
Delicious grilled skewers in Sapa (Photo: ST)
In the evening, at the stone church area, the barbeque restaurants are very attractive to tourists because of the warm space and these delicious dishes are very suitable for the cold weather of the mountain town.

Thang Co (the dish made of horse meat) - a unique dish

When listening to specialties of Thang Co, many tourists will be surprised and surprised with this unique name. For ethnic people, thang co often cooked together with buffalo meat, beef, and pork, etc. Delicious Thang co need 27 different spices such as cinnamon, anise, aromatic leaves, ... and raw vegetables are the second important material of Thang co.
Thang Co - a unique and strange dish at Sapa tourist destination.
Thang Co - a unique and strange dish at Sapa tourist destination.

Grilled stream fish and special mushroom of Sapa

Stream fish have many types and it is worth mentioning here that there is no fishy taste. Stream fish just grilled on charcoal and then eat immediately. Along with that unique stream fish, the kind of flavoring mushroom - the specialty of Sapa also attracts many tourists when coming here. Only for 50k / 0.5kg, you can buy it as a gift for family and relatives. Dried mushrooms soaked through water, will expand but still retain the original scent of mountain soil, the taste of forest trees.

VI. The most attractive Sapa tourist destinations cannot - skip - over

1. Fansipan peak - the roof of Indochina

What's more wonderful when standing at a height of 3143m stretching your shoulders to breathe the air above, enjoying the feeling of touching the clouds and zooming down the panorama of Sapa below.
Looking from the station to an altitude of 3,000 m, the surrounding landscape floats clouds, majestic.
Looking from the station to an altitude of 3,000 m, the surrounding landscape floats clouds, majestic.
You can get the experience in that high place thanks to the world's longest three-wire cable car system. Ticket for cable car is 600k / round trip. Fansipan cable car has realized the dream of conquering "Indochina Roof" for everyone.

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2. Ham Rong mountain

Ham Rong Mountain is located right in the center of town, with the price of VND 70,000 / person. You can stay at the hotel near the Ham Rong tourist area to see the panoramic view of Sapa, Muong Hoa valley, Ta Phin hid in the smog... On the climbing path, you will encounter many kinds of colorful flowers blooming.
The view looked down from Ham Rong mountain.
The view looked down from Ham Rong mountain. 
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3. The waterfall of love

Love Waterfall (Tinh Yeu Waterfall) is about 12km from the town center, located on the way to O Quy Ho mountain pass. Visiting one of the most beautiful falls in Sapa, you will not only feel excited when you take in the cool steam but also hear the story of the legend of Love Waterfall. On the way through Love Falls, don't forget to visit the Silver Falls!
The waterfall of love.
The waterfall of love.

4. Stone church - Sapa tourist destination attracts tourists

Sapa stone church was built in 1895, this is considered an ancient building bearing the imprint of French architecture intact in Sapa. Through many ups and downs, but the church still stands there like a symbol of Sapa.
Sapa stone church is located right in the center of town.
Sapa stone church is located right in the center of town.
In front of the church is the plaza area, the weekend performing arts place, on the sidewalk is where the women Dao, H'Mong sit and sell brocades. You can find to rent hotels for yourself near the ancient stone church for the convenience of sightseeing and tourism

5. O Quy Ho Pass

One of the things you should do when coming to Sapa is to immerse yourself in the grandeur and splendor on O Quy Ho at sunset. You should come here at 17:30 to watch the sunset after the mountains. Right there are restaurants, you can sit there while watching the sunset, while enjoying tube grilled rice, cabbage wrapped roasted pork, and drinking a warm cup of sweet tea in the shop.
O Quy Ho Pass - one of the four great peaks of the North.
O Quy Ho Pass - one of the four great peaks of the North.

6. Ta Phin - the village of Red Dao people

Ta Phin is an interesting place you should not miss when traveling to Sapa. This is where the Red Dao people live. The Red Dao in Ta Phin is famous for the remedies of osteoarthritis. Red Dao women after giving birth bathed traditional tobacco leaves for only a few days can go to upland fields. Red Dao children also get medicinal leaves bath after birth.
Ta Phin village looks down from above.
Ta Phin village looks down from above.
Two experiences not to be missed when coming to Ta Phin are the visit to the dilapidated hospital and the Dao people leaf bathing at Sapa hotels with good services or at the people's houses in Ta Phin.

7.  Sapa ancient stone field

Ancient stone field is located in Ta Van area to Den temple, with more than 150 large stones carved with strange patterns and shapes. Scientists have yet to explain what the shapes are carved. Many people talk about the mystery of an ancient civilization, some people talk about the future prophet. Currently, the pattern on the stone has dimmed a lot, but this is still an interesting place you can combine when visiting Lao Chai - Ta Van.
Ancient rocky field with strange shapes.
Ancient rocky field with strange shapes. 

8. Lao Chai - Ta Van

Lao Chai - Ta Van is inhabited by ethnic minorities, the village is located about 7km from Sapa town center. From Sapa town center, you go along Cau May street, then turn to Muong Hoa street to get a peaceful place - the residence of the ethnic Mong, Dao, Giay, Tay ... native.
Lao Chai - Ta Van village.
Lao Chai - Ta Van village.
The village is full of modern facilities with hotels near Sapa town center but indigenous people still retain the traditional culture and lifestyle. That is also the attraction of domestic and foreign tourists.

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9. Cat Cat village

From the center of Sa Pa town, follow the road toward Fanxipan mountain for about 2km, visitors will come to Cat Cat village (San Sa Ho commune, Sa Pa district, Lao Cai province). Located at the foot of Hoang Lien Son mountain range, between the vast mountains and clouds, Cat Cat is an ideal ecotourism destination for tourists who want to learn and explore the cultural life of people in the Northwest highlands.
Cat Cat tourist area.
The Cat Cat tourist area.
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VII. What special gifts to buy when traveling in Sapa?

According to the Sapa travel experience, on Saturday evenings there is a Dao market in the ancient stone churchyard. At that time, here you can buy special brocade items of ethnic minorities such as brocade towels, brocade handbags, brocade dresses, ...
Famous specialty dishes on Sapa.
Famous specialty dishes on Sapa.
Or go to the sessions of Bac Ha, Khau Vai and Cao Son markets, you can also see thousands of typical Sapa products, from bunches of wild vegetables to brilliant silver and bronze jewelry. You can also visit souvenir shops at Sapa hotel to buy but go to the love market to enjoy the festival atmosphere here.
Beautiful brocade gifts of ethnic minorities in Sa Pa region.
Beautiful brocade gifts of ethnic minorities in Sa Pa region.
You can buy Sa Pa gifts like cider, corn wine as a gift for the grandfather, father or boyfriend. There are also gifts of brocade jewelry and special dishes such as mushrooms, dried meat, vegetables, ... for grandmother, for mother or girls. Special note, do not buy silver here, because silver here is fake silver from China, even if you go to the gold shop to buy silver here is not assured of quality.


Sapa tourism experience from the A to Z latest 2019 Sapa tourism experience from the A to Z latest 2019 Reviewed by Duy Khiêm on August 15, 2019 Rating: 5

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