Founded by the French in the early 20th century, Sapa has become one of northern Vietnam best tourist attractions.
The town is orientated to maximize the breathtaking views appearing on clear days. Sapa usually hides itself in a fanciful mist, which is going to bring tranquility and peacefulness to your soul.
If you are planning a trip to a magnificent high town, make up your mind. This is among the best places in Vietnam to find a trekking base, where hitch-hikers get underway in to a local countryside of cascading fields and small and cute little hill-tribe villages that looks like a world apart. When you have pitched in the area, you then truly understand why they call Sapa a hidden gem.
Let’s keep on reading to find out how to get to this beautiful place which is now easier to access thanks to the development of Vietnam’s highways. Hanoi is considered the start of our journey.
Few years ago, this town used to be considered a hard place to go for international visitors. It was because there was no airline directly connected to it, and it also took nearly half a day to travel from Hanoi to Sapa via the highway since it was really bad back then. Therefore, going to Sapa by trains was the best choice and still remains genuine today.
Actually, there is also no direct railway to Sapa, they decided to move the tracks out of the town to keep the town nice and clean. You will need to take a train to Lao Cai station, which is about 38 km (25 miles) away from Sapa and catch a bus, a car or a motorbike to get to the hill or you may have your accommodation to pick you up. It is up to you.
These trains to Lao Cai start off at around 10 pm and arrive in the final station at 6 am the next day. You should book your tickets online and it is very easy to do so via Vietnam Railway’s website if you want to guarantee your seats because the tickets may be sold out before you get to the station.
There are 12 choices such as Victoria Express, Fansipan Express,…etc, for you to choose. They are different providers but all received good comments and reviews from the previous tourists.
The average cost for a ticket is from $25 depends on which class you want to go on. The only disadvantage is that they are all night train, so it will be difficult if you want to capture the magnificent landscapes outside. But on the bright side, you will be provided a high quality of night train which gives you a comfortable and deep sleep to be ready for the trip ahead.
Cars, generally speaking for taxis, buses and vans, are now becoming more popular choices for travelers to Sapa thanks to its convenience and flexibility. The infrastructure of driving ways is modernizing rapidly in the north of Vietnam and highway to Sapa is no exception.
It is about 316 km away from Hanoi to Sapa and takes around 5 hours to get there without traffic jams. If you are planning to take a bus, there are multiple choices for you and they all are professional and trustworthy in this industry. They also have some decent stop on the road for you to go number 1 or get a refreshment after a long ride. In addition, the cabins are luxuriously designed and furnished with cozy and comfortable properties like soft pillows, free water, small displays for you to chill,… The average cost is from $15 each ticket. So cheap for a convenient experience huh?
On the other hand, if you want to drive to the town by yourself, it will be so much easier when you have a buddy accompanied. And this means of transportation is the most ideal if you need freedom to look around and discover here and there. This may take you around $25 to rent a car per day, but I think it is worthy for a nice ride.
Whether you are going on vans or buses, the best advantage of this way in comparison to going by train is that you can see the landscapes surrounding which also may be one of the most memorable experiences you never forget!
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