Regarded as one of picturesque destinations in the Mountains of the northwestern Vietnam, Sapa today is the tourism centre that most tourists cannot miss during the trip to Ha Noi and to Vietnam in general. Sapa is a popular destination for trekking provided tourists overlooking to terraced rice fields, lifestyle of hill tribes, etc. That would be unforgettable experiences.
Arriving to Sapa is considered so difficult for first-time visitors. How to get to Sapa? We’ll recommend some suggestions for an independent travelling:
Located on the highland of the northwest of Vietnam, Sapa has one of the most favourable climates, stably cool throughout the year.
Sapa is an ideal location to escape the summer and to get pretty fresh air. In the winter, fog and frost often make it extremely cold, therefore, remember to bring your warm outwear. In conclusion, the best time to visit Sapa is from March to May and September to November. Especially, September is the harvesting season in Sapa. Don’t miss to bring your camera at that time.
Only 380 km from Ha Noi, Sapa belongs to Lao Cai Province, but there is no nearby airport in Sapa. The only option for getting there is by shuttle bus or by train as independent travelling.
1.Ho Chi Minh City – Sapa
There is no choice to go directly from Ho Chi Minh City to Sapa, except reaching Ha Noi first. Tourists can take a train or a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Noi and continue your route Ha Noi – Sapa as following directions.
2.Ha Noi – Sapa/ Sapa – Hanoi
By Overnight Train:
There are many sleeping trains departing Hanoi’s Railway Station every evening. It’s only 34 km from Lao Cai to Sapa and takes 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The return and departure times are the same. Private operators include Livitrans, Hara, Orient Express, ET Pumpkin and Tulico, etc. Among of them, Victoria Express Train which contains soft-sleeper cabins, is considered as the most luxury and the best choice of many tourists.
Tourists can book train tickets online via the Vietnam Railway’s website: dsvn.vn
By Sleeping Buses:
They are managed by private operators, run between Hanoi and Lao Cai.
–Hung Thanh busline (Local bus) runs 2 sleeping buses everyday: 19:00 and 20:00, from Hanoi’s Gia Lam bus station to Lao Cai train station. It costs about 200,000 VND and takes 6 hours to reach Sapa station – away 2km from the centre.
–VIP Limousine Bus: (included wifi, light snack, 29 seats)
The bus Hanoi – Sapa departs at 7:00 – 12:30 to Sapa station on Fansipan street, in the centre of town. The return time is at 16:00.
Those are some suggestions for tourists to have an independent travelling. However, your vacations would be very easier with travel agents.
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WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW?
-Overnight trains are more comfortable and safer than a bus or motorbike, a lot cheaper than hiring a car.
-If you cannot get a train ticket and would like to have a cheaper option, the bus is an alternative but is less comfortable and less safe.
-Most of trains own air-conditioned cabin comprised 2 or 4 or even to 6 berths. However, we highly recommend cabins with 2 berths as Victoria Express Train for a comfortable accommodation.
-Getting to Sapa by motorbike or by bike wouldn’t be highly recommended, it takes long time of driving although it’s more comfortable and tourists have the ability to get amazing scenes of nature.