Being a lovely hill town in the northwest of Vietnam, Sapa is well-known for lush mountain ranges, terraced rice fields and breathtaking landscapes from hillsides. In Sapa travel guide, some things are certainly useful for first-time visitors. This article will give you some tips for your trekking to Sapa.
1.Have a lightweight luggage – the most necessary thing in Sapa travel guide
A lightweight luggage is very important for your health to have a trekking to Sapa. Keep in mind that the guide is not as a porter as trekking to Everest or Son Doong Cave. He is not going to carry your bag for you. Therefore, only bring what you deem extremely necessary.
Bring your overcoat or buy a poncho
With a subtropical region, Sapa weather is cool around the year, but too cold in the winter (November to February). There is also an appearance of snow in recent years. So, it’s very necessary to bring your overcoat or buy a poncho from local market.
Bring trekking shoes
During winter time, it would be raining a lot and the paths are muddy. If you’re trekking, you cannot miss good shoes. Some paths can be narrow and with the mud, very slippery. Good trekking shoots will give you traction.
Always pack water, a flashlight and mosquito spray
Those things are extremely for those who love to go trekking, especially during summer days. You will get thirsty and be guzzling more water than a camel. In addition, Vietnam is well-known for mosquitoes in villages. In the guides of Sapa travel, your trip would be not complete without bringing those facilities.
Don’t forget your camera
Sapa is considered as a wonderland of breathtaking landscapes. It would be a serious mistake if you do not bring your camera and make sure that the battery is fully charged. The guide will show you the stunning surrounding region over the hills. That will be an expected experience for your trip.
2.Means of transport
There are two ways to get to Sapa – by overnight trains or by bus. The train is only from Ha Noi to Lao Cai station – takes around 9 hours. After your arriving to Lao Cai station, you have to hire a shuttle bus or taxi to Sapa town.
Also, there are some sleeping buses directly from Hanoi to Sapa station that you can book through your hotel. However, this type of transport is not highly recommended because of its safety at night, in spite of its cheaper prices.
With train, in Sapa travel guide, we highly recommend with Victoria Express, Orient Express, Fanxipang, etc. All of them are the same train, but different coaches and each of them belongs to one tourism agency with its own decorations. The train ticket price is from 600.000 dong to 800.000 dong.
3.Hire a trekking guide
It’s not necessary to get for full- day or half-day with independent traveling, otherwise, you will be recommended to hire a trekking guide as experiencing the hillside a few days. They are familiar with the terrain, the changes in weather, the best lookout spots, cheap and good services and give you the best choices.
You can find out a guide from your hotel in Sapa or through tours of travel agencies. Most of the guides are local and they speak well in English.
4.Beware of touts
The touts of local people is certainly unavoidable in Vietnam, Sapa is no exception. You should get used to the touts from Hmong women and children. You’ll hear “you buy” and “buy from me” on the streets. They’ll follow you until you purchase something. If you buy from a child, you’ll be disturbed by more children, who want you to patronize their products as well. You should know that they have to do that to earn their living. Therefore, support them something if you can. Also, gifting them with pens can encourage their study, while giving them sweets may be bad for their teeth.
In conclusion, Sapa would be a wonderland for those who love to adventure. Those are 4 best tips that should be noted in Sapa travel guide. Let your desire of discovering be come true with perfect journey!
(Source: thatbackpacker.com, lonelyplanet)