Balancing on the borders of Ricefields in Sapa

Balancing on the borders of Ricefields in Sapa

Balancing on the borders of Ricefields in Sapa

Balancing on the borders of a rice field with endless beautiful views… sounds great, right? A trek through the valley of Sapa is definitely an item to add to your bucket list.

Sapa is located in the North of Vietnam, close to the border of China. This area contains impressive rice terraces, colorful people and the highest mountain in Vietnam, the Fansipan.

Trekking Sapa Vietnam ricefield

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How to get from Hanoi to Sapa?

From Hanoi, the hysterical and cozy metropole of Vietnam, there are several options to get to Sapa.
Here are 6 guesthouses and hotels in Sapa

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The train from Hanoi to Sapa

The sleeper train will bring you to Lao Cai, 40 kilometers from the Chinese border. The journey takes about 8 hours and the price of a ticket starts at $20~onwards. The cost depends if you choose a hard or soft sleeper. From Lao Cai, it’s a one hour drive with the minivan along a route full of twists and turns but still so beautiful. You can buy a combi ticket for the train + minivan on the main train station in Hanoi. Click here for more train info.

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The bus from Hanoi to Sapa

The sleeper bus to Sapa has become more popular in the last years. This is because of the new highway which was opened in 2014. It makes the journey a lot more comfortable because it will take you from Hanoi to the center of Sapa town within 6 hours. The costs will be about $10-$20~, and that’s cheaper than the train. It wouldn’t be a problem finding a bus ticket — they sell them literally everywhere in Hanoi.

Tip: Take the train on your way up to Sapa to experience the ride, and when you return, take the comfy bus :)

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Trekking Sapa Vietnam locals

How to arrange a trekking in Sapa

It’s super easy to arrange a trekking in Sapa town because there are as many guides as tourists on the streets. The guides with the traditional clothes are called Hmong women. When you get dropped off in town, there’s a big change; you will be swarmed by people asking you: “Helloo, wel al you flom? Do you want to do shopping ol tlekking?”

Some of these women don’t have a license to do trekking, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the trekking isn’t good. Most of the time you can arrange a reliable trekking itinerary from the place you will stay.

If you like it more the easy way, you can book an all-in-one tour to Sapa on several places in Hanoi.

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Trekking Sapa Vietnam nature

Homestays or hotels in Sapa

Where you’re staying overnight totally depends on you and your choice of trekking. If you are going for a day trek, then it will be fine to stay in a hotel in Sapa town. If you decide to do a multi-day trek, it will be cool to spend the night in a homestay in the valley around Sapa.

“Here are 6 guesthouses and hotels in Sapa

You can go really basic with the locals or a homestay with some more facilities like Luckydaisy Buffalo House. Eddie is running this homestay together with his Vietnamese wife in the small village, Ta Van.

Tip: Be sure of a great guide and route without too many tourists! At Luckydaisy Buffalo House, they can arrange a multi-day trek with one of their guides. Ask for guide Zu ?

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Homestay trekking Sapa Vietnam

Best time to travel Sapa

The best time to travel Sapa is now. Yes, now! Because of the tourism programs in Vietnam, Sapa is changing a lot. A dam for power supply is under construction and a cable car to the top of the Fansipan mountain is opened last February, and because of that, the villages are suddenly a lot less outback.

Go to Sapa from March to May and September to November for the best temperatures. To be sure of beautiful green rice fields, visit between May and September. Accept the fact that it will rain more in that period. From December to February, it could be snowing, but don’t hesitate to go because of that; All the pictures above were taken in November and it was beautiful.

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Blog comments (11)

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  • Hello,

    Thank you so much for your sharing, it’s so great, detail and very useful for everyone travelling to Sapa.
    I’m also a local guide in Sapa, so when read your blog, I’m so happy to see the beautiful photos about our hometown. I also want to introduce our country’s beauty with many foreigners friends. So if anyone want to explore Sapa, you can contact me, we will guide you to explore the local life with interesting culture, the stunning rice terraces with beautiful view points.

    See you in Sapa!

    Nghia –

  • Amazing photos !!!

  • Great impression on Sapa.

    Sapa sure is great. If you’re lucky and arrive at the right time, the green rice paddies are amazing there!

  • Hi! Thanks a lot for that great article !
    I have a quick question though on something.

    I’ll be travelling to Sapa mid-October with my girlfriend and I was thinking of spending 2 nights over there. I see that you recommend then to sleep outside of Sapa with the locals. We’ll be having 2 bags each so I guess it will be a bit difficult to go trekking with these 2 bags. What would you recommend?


    • saltinourhair

      Hi Oliver, you can arrange that a motorbike driver will take up the two bags to the place you will stay in the mountain villages. So you only will take your daypacks with you. You can do the trekking to your stay and will find your big backpacks in there. :)

      • Great, that is awesome! Good to know. I’ll make sure to arrange something like that :)


  • OurWorldtoWander

    Man, you guys had much more greenery than we had. We went there in October and it was pretty foggy and not so green. A good reason for us to return :) We chose that period because we heard that it was best for Ha Long Bay – and indeed we had plenty of sun there! Love your photos!

  • Planetgravy

    We were in Sapa a month ago (still rocking our trekking bracelets. Proudly). ? We were lucky to get a beautiful sunny day and clear skies. The view was definitely jaw dropping. Nothing like it. ?

    • saltinourhair

      Walking on slippery rice fields when it rains requires a lot more attention to your feet. ? Great to hear you guys experienced Sapa like it should be.

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