Considered as the most attractive destination in Vietnam, Sapa is an ideal stopover of many tourists to the north west of the country. In Sapa’s travel guides, have you wondered that train or bus is the best way to get to Sapa? Train was almost an exclusive means to get to the rural town of Sapa two years ago. However, nowadays, there are also many buslines established due to the new highway’s opening to Lao Cai. It’s an addition for your choice to admire terraced rice fields, lifestyle of hill tribes, etc.
This article of Sapa travel guide would be useful for your first-time experience to the beautiful region.
1.By Bus – the cheapest way to Sapa
According to guides of many tourists as well as by word of mouth locally, travelling by bus will take shorter time – around 5 hours, directly to Sapa. It is a cheaper option ($15-25/person/way) than the others. On the contrary, the bus is less comfortable and safe. It runs during the day so it may take out sightseeing time in Sapa.
Direct train line connects Hanoi and Lao Cai station. According to Sapa travel guide of many tourists as well as by word of mouth locally, it’s the best way for you to get unique experience on Vietnamese’s railway and offers tourists to enjoy comfortable accommodation, instead of staying at hotel. Most trains operate overnight thus you can save travel time. However, travelling by train is more expensive ($35-45/person/way) than by bus. In addition, it stops only at Lao Cai center station, then you have to take a minibus to Sapa.
To conclude, each way has both their own pros and cons. There is a bus service that runs between Ha Noi and Sapa, but the overnight train is by far the most convenient way to get to Lao Cai. The trip to Lao Cai is an overnight journey that leaves Hanoi at night and gets you into Lao Cai by morning. Therefore, travelling by train is still a highly recommendation for many tourists to get a good experience to Sapa. That would be an interesting and useful tip for your Sapa travel guide to others.