How to fully enjoy Sapa?

Only 400 km from Hanoi, Sapa is an ideal destination for relaxing and escaping from busy cities.

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Sa Pa is a district of Lao Cai, with the typical scenery of the majestic Fansipan mountain range, winding terrace fields stretching far away out of the eye and most especially, one day in Sapa you can feel the rotation of the four seasons.


To get to Sapa, you can travel by bus or train. Train tickets to Lao Cai range from 200,000 VND - 350,000 VND depending on the quality of the cabin that passengers choose. Then, from Lao Cai, take a taxi or shuttle bus (if the hotel has a service) to Sapa.

Passenger bus tickets from Hanoi to Sapa are priced from VND 250,000 - VND 400,000 / passenger.

Where to stay in Sapa?

Coming to Sa Pa, you do not have to worry about accommodation because there are many places to choose from such as hotels, motels, or homestays. If you like convenience, you can choose to rest at the hotel, the room price will range from 500,000 to 700,000 VND. But to be able to explore the unique culture here, the best option is the lovely homestay with bold highland features as Sali House, The Haven Sapa Camp Site, Phori's House, Eco Palms House, Topas Ecolodge Sapa ...

To facilitate traveling and visiting places in Sapa, you can rent a motorbike here for about 100,000 - 200,000 VND /car/day. At that time, you can start the journey to discover the charming beauty of the misty town.
Sapa travel.
Immerse in the lovely homestay with bold highland features. Photo: @ hutdragon7

Places to visit

If you are cherishing a trip to Sa Pa, you should remember to check-in at certain attractive places below if you do not want to be told to waste the whole trip.

Cat Cat village

As one of the first names mentioned when talking about "romantic paradise" - Sa Pa, it is a beautiful Cat Cat village with tiny houses weaving between fragrant vast fields, creating a beautiful mountain and water picture touching the heart. Coming to Cat Cat village, you can not only immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery but also visit the traditional craft villages of the Mong people.
Cat Cat village
Cat Cat village should not be missed when coming to Sapa.

Stone church

Going to Sapa to play without visiting the stone church is like going to Dalat without visiting Xuan Huong lake. Because the stone church is a typical feature when mentioning Sapa and also here every Saturday, there is a famous love market dedicated to couples looking for their partners. Especially when night falls, this place looks like wore a new layer of clothing, more sparkling thanks to the brilliant and magical lights.
Stone church in Sapa.
Can't miss taking check-in photos at the stone church. Photo: @ hanatrang9172

Fansipan peak

"Roof of Indochina" is the place that you definitely have to come when visiting Sapa. Located at an altitude of 3143 m, Fansipan is the highest place of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. To reach this legendary "cloud city", you can choose to climb mountains or take the cable car. At this point, you will feel like you are lost in cloud heaven floating in the middle of the sky. It is as if just spreading hands to reach those soft clouds.
Fansipan peak
If you want to "touch" once on the majesty of heaven and earth, you should not miss Fansipan.

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Muong Hoa valley

Going to Sapa without experiencing a train ride on a mountain to admire the Muong Hoa valley is a pity. Sitting on the train at an altitude of 1600 m you can clearly see how beautiful the Northwest natural scenery is. The green terrace fields winding closely like waves crashing into each other at sea. Interspersed there is the soft road, along with the roofs of stilt houses looming in afternoon smoke. Zooming a little further away is the deep green primeval forest that embraces a corner of the sky, ensuring you will be "fascinated" here.
Muong Hoa valley
Feel free to watch each large stairs to feel the peaceful beauty in Muong Hoa valley. Photo: @duongdomo

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Sa Pa cuisine

Surely anyone coming to Sapa would also like to try the nutty flavor tube rice dish, the Thang Co (soup made of horse meat) pan to look a bit strange but delicious, irresistible or more attractive is that the hot fire to grill wild animal meat. The best experience in your Sapa trip is a meal on a stilt house with highland people to feel the true nature, simplicity, tranquility of the mountains.
Sa Pa cuisine
And don't forget to explore this mountain town cuisine. Photo: @ finfinn0906

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