If you are a travel lover, you should definitely not miss one of the most attractive places in Vietnam today - Sapa. It has beautiful natural scenery, year-round cool air, Northwest ethnic identity and many other unique factors. Let's learn about this land with Dong Travel and pocket for yourself the most useful Sapa travel experiences!
1. Introduction to Sapa - Sapa travel experience
Dong Travel shares Sapa travel experiences starting from the most basic information about this place.
Sapa town (Lao Cai province) is more than 300 km northwest of Hanoi capital. Dreamy Sapa was first exploited for tourism during the French colonial period (early 1900s) and is known as a foggy town in the Northwest with countless natural scenes and unique specialties.
The scenery here makes visitors really surprised.
2. At what time should you travel to Sapa?
See golden rice on terraced fields in autumn in Sapa.
The average year-round temperature in Sapa is about 15-18 degrees, so the air is always cool and fresh, so any time is suitable for sightseeing or relaxation. However, depending on each season, Sapa will have different characteristics:
♦ Spring: When traveling to Sapa in February, you can admire the brilliance and fragrance with the blooming season of peach and plum blossoms. If you go with a family with young children, consider traveling to Sapa in March in late spring, the weather will be warmer for the children.
♦ Autumn (mid-September to October): The ripe golden terraced fields that fascinate many tourists will often appear around this time. You can travel on the ideal rice-viewing route from Lao Cai to Y Ty to see the ripe rice of A Lu, through Muong Hum to Sapa for a vacation, and then continue to follow O Quy Ho to Mu Cang Chai terraced fields.
♦ Winter (late December to Tet): Sapa weather will be very cold when moving to the winter, if you love the numbing cold as well as watching the snow fall, you should travel to Sapa in December.
Especially when traveling to Sapa in January, you can experience the moment of season change between winter and spring.
Winter in Sapa is very cold but also extremely beautiful.
*NOTE: From May to August, Sapa often rains, you need to consider going to Sapa during this time.
3. Means of transportation to travel Sapa
If you have experience traveling to Sapa, you will surely know which form of transportation is the most suitable for you. However, whether you have ever traveled to Sapa or not, you should still refer to other ways of transportation because experiencing new things is always the best experience.
3.1 Traveling to Sapa by train
From Hanoi to Lao Cai about 300km, you can choose by car or train. In case you choose to move to Sapa by train, there will be the following advantages and disadvantages:
♦ Advantages: Comfortable and spacious space, can bring personal motorbike (surcharge from train service).
♦ Disadvantages: Long travel time (about 4 hours slower than a car), train fare ranges from 250,000 to 500,000 VND/ticket (one way). In addition, you also need to book an additional car from Lao Cai station to Sapa town.
If you want comfort, the train is not a bad choice.
3.2 Traveling to Sapa by sleeper bus
The fastest means of transportation to Sapa (for those who do not have a means of transport) is definitely a sleeper bus because the travel time is only about 4 hours. In addition, you absolutely have many choices about the time to start traveling, the fare for this form also ranges from 200,000 VND - 400,000 VND / ticket (one way).
This is probably the most optimal and comfortable mode of transportation currently for those who love traveling to Sapa.
Sleeper cars are the method chosen by many people today.
3.3 Traveling to Sapa by car seat
Like the sleeper bus, the seat car will also have the same advantages, even the fare will be slightly cheaper. On the contrary, the seat will not be as comfortable as the bed, but the period of 4 hours is not too long to feel uncomfortable, so you can completely choose this form if you want to save money on the upcoming journey.
You can choose a car seat if you want to save on transportation costs.
3.4 Traveling to experience Sapa by motorbike
If you have ever had experience in traveling to Sapa, or simply because you want to save on travel costs as much as possible, motorbikes are definitely suitable for you. With this form of migration, there will be advantages and disadvantages as follows:
♦ Advantages: Take the initiative in the time to go and return, actively stop to take photos as well as rest, directly feel the cool air of the Northwest region, save maximum costs for the trip.
♦ Disadvantages: National Highway 4D is small and many passenger cars move at high speed, many traffic police stops if you do not comply with traffic safety laws.
Many young people choose to travel to Sapa by motorbike.
4. Cheap Sapa travel experience - Choose the right means of transportation in Sapa
Although Sapa town is small, the tourist attractions are quite far, from 2 to 20 km. Therefore, choosing a means of transportation here is also essential.
4.1 Traveling in Sapa by self-driving motorbike
If you can ride a motorbike well in the highlands, you should choose this way to enjoy the fullest beauty of Sapa. Renting a motorbike (or a personal motorbike is better) will be very convenient for exploring this place, both saving money and being able to actively go deep into the ethnic villages, or you can take the initiative to stop. take pictures or do whatever you like.
Car rental price ranges from 100,000 VND - 150,000 VND / day, just need to deposit ID or CCCD for the car owner. Some reputable motorbike rental shops that you can refer to are:
♦ Lao Cai Provincial Tourist Information Center: No. 2 Fansipan.
♦ Shop Mr. Chinh: No. 44 Fansipan.
♦ Minks Sapa Store: Although there is no specific address, you can completely ask the locals about this shop.
Motorcycles are the most convenient means of transportation in Sapa.
4.2 Traveling in Sapa by motorbike taxi
In case you are female and do not have much experience in driving a motorbike but still want to breathe the fresh air, feel the numbing coolness of Sapa directly, hire a motorbike taxi.
There are many motorbike taxis in Sapa and often gather around the church area. You can rent a motorbike taxi for each route you want, or follow 4-5 tourist destinations close to each other, the cost for this "combo" package is usually 100,000 VND/time.
Crowded motorbike taxi drivers at Sapa Stone Church.
4.3 Traveling in Sapa by car
For families (especially with young children and the elderly), traveling by car (taxi) is still the most suitable. Although there will be many places where access is restricted, in general, this method is safe and suitable for large families.
The price of a car (taxi) in Sapa will usually be negotiated by both parties, depending on travel needs and whether there is a round trip or not.
4-seat taxis gather at Sapa Stone Church.
4.4 Trekking to visit Sapa
If you want to exercise and have many great experiences, choose the form of trekking to tourist attractions in Sapa. This option is chosen by many young people (especially Westerners), they often choose to move from the center of Sapa town to Ta Van, Ta Phin or Cat Cat villages.
*NOTE: If you love this form of movement, prepare a good health foundation and equip yourself with a pair of shoes that are soft, light, capable of crossing terrain as well as being water resistant.
Western tourists love trekking in Sapa.
5. Self-sufficient Sapa travel experience - accommodation location
Hotels: Sapa currently has hundreds of hotels invested with service quality from 1 star to 5 star. The better the location and view, the higher the price. Depending on your needs and budget, you will give the answer to the question of which hotel to stay in Sapa.
Hostels: Hostels here usually cost 200,000 VND - 300,000 VND/day on weekdays and increase to 500,000 VND - 600,000 VND/day on weekends. However, these motels (small and of poor quality) are often labeled as hotels, so it will be difficult for first-timers to come here.
Homestay: This is a form of using houses for business but still meets the criteria of a regular motel. This model is being replicated in Sapa today and has the cheapest price in the above accommodation.
View "genuine" of high-class hotels in Sapa today.
6. Sapa travel experience - places to visit
Like other tourist destinations, Sapa also has a lot of places to visit. Check out a few interesting stops below. And if you have had experience traveling to Sapa and discovered many other interesting places, please leave a comment so that Dong Travel will soon update more for everyone to know.
6.1 Sapa Stone Church
Sapa Stone Church, also known as Our Lady of the Rosary Church, is located in the center of Sapa town and was built by the French in the early 20th century. the war as well as the fierce destruction of mother nature, but the church still retains the soul of the religious architecture.
Since it was built until now, the Rosary Church has been a rendezvous point for many tourists every time they have the opportunity to come here. In addition, this is also the place where many traditional cultural activities of ethnic groups take place every Saturday night.
The unique and novel cultural activities that tourists are used to calling the "love market" along with prayer activities make the space of Sapa stone church more sparkling, fanciful and strangely attractive.
Sapa Stone Church is a hot check-in for tourists.(Source: Ceranie159)
6.2 Ham Rong Mountain
Ham Rong Mountain is a mountain located in the majestic Hoang Lien Son range and is one of the few mountains in Vietnam with clear and extremely beautiful figurative elements. This attraction is nearly 2000m high, surrounded by many different types of mountains with broadleaf, coniferous trees, vines, dense bushes,...
The higher mountains have sparse forests, less dense, sometimes broad-leaved trees, little layers of coniferous flora. At the top of the mountain, there are almost no trees left, only a few mountain bamboo (dwarf bamboo) and dusty wind blowing.
Ham Rong Mountain has extremely clear figurative elements.
6.3 Cat Cat village
Cat Cat village or Cat Cat village is a Mong ethnic village located about 2 km from Sapa town. This is a familiar place to visit in Sapa tourism in particular and Lao Cai province in general. Cat Cat village was formed by a group of ethnic minorities in the mid-19th century by the secret method.
This place has terraced fields with romantic and poetic beauty. The higher you go, the more clearly you can see the terraced fields interwoven in the mountains and forests, sometimes you can see the white plum trees hidden in the forest.
Cat Cat village is also a handicraft village that still retains its culture until now. Therefore, this place deserves to be considered an interesting cultural and ecotourism destination that SHOULD GO for tourists.
Cat Cat village is an interesting cultural and ecological tourist destination that visitors should not miss.
6.4 Ta Phin version
According to Sapa travel experience, to learn and experience the local culture to the fullest, you should schedule a visit to the villages in Sapa. Among them, Ta Phin is one of the convenient villages.
Ta Phin village is about 17 km northeast of Sapa town center and is currently inhabited by two ethnic groups, the Dao and the H'mong. As one of the most attractive community eco-tourism routes here, Ta Phin has become the destination of most tourists when visiting Lao Cai in general and Sapa in particular.
The road to Se Seng village with the last winter weather and the clouds covered create a fairy scene. In the distance, there are green mountain ranges, H'mong villages in the clouds, in the mist and craggy on the high mountain slopes.
Ta Phin village also bears the cultural features and national identity of the Red Dao with the famous brocade craft. In addition, when coming to Ta Phin village, you can visit Ta Phin cave with interesting shapes by stalactites such as dancing fairies, sitting fairies, sparkling fields, etc.
The terraced fields in Ta Phin village fascinate visitors.
6.5 Lao Chai Village
Lao Chai is a village located right in the wide valley - which can be seen from Sapa town or on the top of Ham Rong mountain. This place often welcomes walking tourists because the distance from Sapa center to here is not too far (about 7 km).
The way to Lao Chai is to follow the winding Muong Hoa slope parallel to the Hoang Lien range. Lao Chai is located deep in the valley surrounded by mountains and terraced fields (the fields here are considered the most beautiful in Lao Cai province and one of the national scenic spots).
The view from the village is the Hoang Lien range, the other side is the Ham Rong mountain range. Surrounded by terraced fields and extending to the door of the house. Fields mixed with clouds will create stairs that seem to be used to step into the sky.
If you have experience traveling to Sapa, you probably know that from September to April next year is the "season" of Lao Chai village. The deep terraced fields squeeze into the middle of the sky the golden color of ripe rice and this is probably the most beautiful time of the year.
The rustic landscape of ethnic minorities in Lao Chai.
6.6 Sapa ancient stone beach
This is a mysterious ancient rock, located among the grass and terraced fields. There are hundreds of sandstone stones carved with hieroglyphs, strange characters that have not been identified so far. This ancient rock area has been classified as a national monument and certified as a unique heritage of the ancient Vietnamese people.
Humanoid forms are carved on large stones: human figures with arms outstretched, human figures holding hands, human figures upside down, round heads radiating aura, figures of couples with their genitals connected as symbols. The manifestation of the religion of worshiping life - the reality of the Dong Son bronze drum,...
Hundreds of rocks are engraved with strange characters here.
6.7 Silver Waterfall
Silver Waterfall is also one of the attractions attracting many tourists, located in O Quy Ho ward. The waterfall is located right next to the 4D National Highway and is convenient to visit because it is only about 12 km from the center of Sapa to the west.
Silver Waterfall owns an altitude of more than 200m and is the upstream of Muong Hoa stream (1,800m altitude). Standing on the top of Ham Rong mountain, you can see the water of the waterfall rumbling down, white foam like flowers, from which the name Silver waterfall was born.
Silver Waterfall - one of the fairy scenes in Sapa.
6.8 Golden Stream – Love Waterfall
Golden Stream - Love Waterfall is located in O Quy Ho ward, about 4 km from Sapa town to the southwest. This is the ideal place to rest, relax and when you come here, you will hear about a romantic love story. According to the self-sufficient Sapa travel experience, Love waterfall is one of the places not to be missed.
Golden Stream - Love Waterfall has a height of nearly 100m, originates from Fansipan peak and flows through high and steep terrain, then rushes down to the Golden stream with white foam. From a distance, the waterfall looks like a cone, looming behind each thin layer of flowing water is a lush green forest vegetation.
On the way to Golden Stream - Love Waterfall, you will admire the lush green bamboo forests, which are reflected by the gentle beauty of azalea flowers with bright red, white and yellow colors.
Moreover, faintly in your ears, there will be the rustling sound of forest trees swaying in the wind, creating a pleasant and relaxing harmony.
Part of the height of the waterfall is shown in the picture.(Source: @chaelam)
6.9 O Quy Ho Pass
O Quy Ho (O Quy Ho) Pass, also known as Hoang Lien Son Pass, is located on the 4D National Highway crossing the Hoang Lien Son range, helping to connect the two provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau.
O Quy Ho is actually the name of a village located next to Highway 4D. This pass is holding the record for length in the Northwest mountains with a length of up to nearly 50 km.
O Quy Ho Pass is high, long and extremely dangerous.
6.10 Fansipan Indochina Rooftop
Fansipan, 9 km southwest of Sapa, is the highest mountain in Vietnam with an altitude of 3143m, and also the highest mountain in the three Indochina countries. According to the local language, the name of the mountain is Hua Xi Pan (roughly translated as Giant precarious slab).
The roof of Indochina possesses a diverse flora and fauna ecosystem with many types of trees and rare chickens, bears, monkeys, birds, etc. To get to the top of the highest mountain in Vietnam, visitors will have to use a cable car or tram. Or in case you want to fully explore the mountain, you can follow the trail to conquer Fansipan peak.
Fansipan peak is now a rendezvous for many mountaineers. However, conquering the top of the mountain needs support from professional travel agencies or with the guidance of locals.
Fansipan - The highest mountain in Vietnam with an altitude of 3143m.
Each climbing group must have at least 2 guides or guides. And of course, team members should have a good health foundation and have basic climbing skills. The right time to conquer this mountain is from September to March next year. Especially around the end of February, the way to Fansipan will be extremely beautiful because the mountain flowers begin to bloom.
Currently, the total time for the climb is only 3 days (even 2 days) or for those who have experience in Sapa travel and are proficient in climbing, it can be done in one day.
Dong Travel ensures that when you come to these 10 famous tourist places, you will be overwhelmed by the majestic nature, novel landscapes and ethnic culture of the Northwest. In addition, if you have experienced those 10 places already, you can search more about other Sapa tourist destinations.
Climbing Fansipan peak requires skill because the terrain is difficult to move.
7. Delicious and special dishes in Sapa
Like many other places, Sapa also has its own regional specialties (mostly Northwest cuisine), some dishes will be extremely delicious, but there will also be very unique and somewhat difficult dishes. Let's take a look at Dong Travel's favorite dishes in Sapa.
7.1 Sapa Barbecue
Sapa barbecue is a very separate, unmistakable "brand", if coming to Sapa without enjoying grilled food, it is impossible to fully understand the unique, rich and poetic culinary culture. here.
Grilled dishes such as: beef rolled with Meo vegetables, spiced pork, chicken, eggs, stream fish, stomach, lam rice, ... you can find anywhere on the streets of Sapa, especially at night then these grilled dishes are always suitable for an empty stomach in the cold weather of the town.
Or you can enjoy these specialties at restaurants that are popular with tourists such as:
♦ A Phu Restaurant: No. 15 Fansipan, Sapa.
♦ A Quynh Restaurant: No. 15 Thach Son, Sapa.
♦ Dong Tien Flower Restaurant: No. 29 Cau May, Sapa.
♦ Sapa night market, Sapa love market held on weekends is also the place where many delicious grilled dishes are gathered.
Sapa mountain town barbecue is a very distinct "brand".
7.2 Rock sprouts
Rock sprouts are not sold much because they are rare (growing on high rocky mountains and only growing in the cold season). This type of cabbage is usually harvested between November and March, so if you want to enjoy it, you must go at this time.
Boiled rock sprouts can be dipped with egg fish sauce or with peanut sesame. This familiar way of processing is suitable for travelers who like to enjoy the purest flavor of cabbage.
However, stir-fried rock sprouts is the most popular way to cook, especially stir-fried with buffalo meat. The stone sprouts will become more special when stir-fried with lard, the finished product will have a piece of shiny young broccoli, eat it not bored but sweet, the more you eat it, the more you will love it.
Stir-fried rock sprouts with buffalo meat is a favorite dish of most tourists.
7.3 "Mèn mén" Sapa
Sapa steamed cornmeal rice is also known with the rustic name of "mèn mén" Sapa. The whole process of creating this delicious dish requires meticulous, steady hands and extremely time. This is a specialty of Sapa in general and the Northwest in particular.
"Mèn mén" is a specialty of Sapa in general and the Northwest in particular (Source: Vietnamese Footsteps)
7.4 Sapa Black Chicken
The meat and bones of Sapa black chicken are black, the fat content in the meat is low, the meat is firm and delicious. This famous dish not only has the effect of enhancing vitality but also has medicinal value in treating cardiovascular diseases.
Sapa black chicken has a Northwest flavor that makes many tourists fall in love
Although raised in many places in Vietnam, salmon farm in Sapa is still the most successful. Salmon is a luxury dish of tourists with its rich taste and high nutritional value.
The quality of salmon in Sapa is not inferior to imported fish, very suitable for processing many different dishes such as: hot pot, salad, porridge, grilled-smoked, steamed caviar, salmon marinated in orange and pepper sauce green with salad,…
Sapa salmon marinated in orange and green pepper sauce served with salad
7.6 Thang Co
Thang Co is a traditional dish originating from the Mong ethnic group in Bac Ha and Muong Khuong areas. Thang co in Sapa will still have full flavor and typical ingredients are the organs and bones of horses, cows, pigs and herbs.
Visitors will have an unforgettable experience when eating Thang Co and sipping with a glass of corn wine and apple cider.
Thang Co is a regional specialty, so you shouldn't miss it
7.7 Village big
Village pig, also known as armpit pig, is a type of pig that is left free from birth for about a year. Ban pork has many ways of processing such as steaming, roasting, grilling,... but no matter how it is processed, it is delicious and hard to resist. The meat is very thick, crispy, sweet, rich in taste and especially not sick at all.
Sapa armpit pork has an unforgettable taste
8. Some dishes can be bought as gifts
If you have no experience in traveling to Sapa and do not know what food to buy as a gift for your loved ones, please refer to the following dishes.
Sapa baked pear: Baked ear pear is a thin-skinned pear with a sweet, cool taste and a lot of water. This fruit is native to Taiwan and can only be found in cold climates.
Buy Sapa baked pear as a very reasonable gift
Sapa peaches: Sapa peaches (French varieties) are small in size, crunchy and have a sour taste. Going to Sapa must buy this dish as a gift because it is very famous here for this type of peach.
Sapa peaches are currently mixed with Chinese peaches, so be careful when buying
Plum after Sapa: Plum plum is a tree that is closely related to the life of the people of Sapa. These plum trees have been grown and grown for over 20 years at O Quy Ho, and when ripe, the fruit is still green but juicy, eating the seeds and sweet on the tongue. According to the self-sufficient traveling experience of Sapa from many people, this is a specialty not to be missed.
After Sapa plums, when ripe, they still keep their green color
Sapa Cat Cabbage: The small, hairy leaves of the cat are very delicious. This Sapa specialty can be cooked in many ways such as stir-fried, cooked, boiled or used to eat with hot pot.
Irresistibly delicious Sapa beef rolls with cabbage and cats.
Chayote: chayote fruit in Sapa has a sweet taste, a very characteristic crispiness, good quality and little use of protective or growth-stimulating drugs.
The chayote here are completely natural and not overgrown
Wild Shiitake Mushroom: This mushroom, when cooked, has a very natural aroma, extremely suitable for stir-fry or hot pot dishes while still retaining the flavor of the mushroom.
Stir-fried shiitake mushrooms look extremely attractive
Sapa Meo Cider: Referring to Sapa, we must mention Meo cider, this is a delicious and nutritious wine with high nutritional value thanks to soaking for 6 to 8 months to reach enough level.
Sapa cat cider in glass bottle has high nutritional value
9. Unique festival in Sapa
Sapa is home to many ethnic minorities such as H'Mong, Dao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho. Each ethnic group will have its own unique culture as well as unique and new festivals. Therefore, all year round Sapa has no shortage of colorful parties and if you are lucky to come here at the right time, you will experience and enjoy many different festivals at the same time.
Tet dance festival of the Dao ethnic group in Ta Van village
10. Suggested travel schedule in Sapa
You have no experience traveling to Sapa and do not know how to arrange the optimal schedule? Let Dong Travel suggest you some itineraries that are chosen by most travelers!
"Summing up" Sapa from the top of Ham Rong mountain
10.1 Sapa 2 days 1 night
► Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Sapa
Take a car or train overnight so that you will be in Sapa early in the morning. Leave your luggage at the hotel, or if the hotel allows check-in, check in as early as possible. Then start the day 1 schedule:
♦ Climbing Ham Rong mountain (remember to prepare some snacks before climbing), from here you can enjoy the panoramic view of Sapa and look up to the top of the Roof of Indochina.
♦ Return for lunch at the town center.
♦ Afternoon visit Muong Hoa valley, Sapa ancient rock, Cau May, Giang Ta Chai village, Ta Van village.
♦ Evening walk outside Sapa night market and enjoy specialties of the Northwest region.
► Day 2: Sapa – O Quy Ho – Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi
♦ Early morning visit Silver Waterfall, Golden Stream - Love Waterfall.
♦ Continue to the top of O Quy Ho pass (should bring food in advance to be able to stop eating at any point).
♦ Afternoon visit Cat Cat village, Cat Cat waterfall.
♦ Finally, take a bath with medicinal leaves of the Dao people and end the trip in the late afternoon.
10.2 Sapa 3 days 2 nights
Dong Travel suggests a 3 day 2 night Sapa tour for you.
► Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Sapa
It is still recommended that you be in Sa Pa early in the morning, then leave your things at the hotel and start the schedule of the first day:
♦ Walking down to Cat Cat village, along the way there will be many cafes with beautiful views.
♦ Continue climbing Ham Rong mountain, there will be beautiful flower gardens on the mountain and remember to buy tickets from the foot of the mountain.
♦ At noon, return to the center to rest, eat and then return to the room.
♦ In the afternoon, go to the top of Fansipan mountain by cable car.
► Day 2: Sapa – O Quy Ho – Sapa
♦ Early morning visit Silver Waterfall, Golden Stream - Love Waterfall.
♦ Continue to the top of O Quy Ho pass (should bring food in advance to be able to stop eating at any point).
♦ Afternoon visit Muong Hoa valley, Sapa ancient rock, Cau May. If you still have time, continue to visit Giang Ta Chai and Ta Van villages.
♦ Evening walk around the town and enjoy the specialties of the Northwest region.
► Day 3: Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi
♦ Visit Ta Phin village (this is a popular community tourism route).
♦ Then, visit Ta Phin ancient monastery.
♦ In the afternoon, take a bath with Dao people's medicinal leaves.
♦ In the evening, get on the sleeper bus back to Hanoi.
10.3 Hanoi - Bac Ha - Sapa - Y Ty
This schedule is suitable for those of you who have motorbikes and work hard to move from Hanoi to Sapa (in the afternoon, the motorbike will send a train). The ideal time to "on tour" is around September (rice season in Y Ty).
► Day 1: Hanoi – Bac Ha
Bac Ha is about 300km from Hanoi along National Highway 70. It is recommended to depart for motorbikes from Hanoi early on Saturday morning to walk around Bac Ha market on Sunday morning.
► Day 2: Bac Ha – Sapa
♦ Get up early on Sunday morning to go to Bac Ha market.
♦ Then, visit Hoang A Tuong's palace and stroll to some beautiful areas with plum blossoms, peach blossoms, buckwheat triangles, etc
♦ Around noon, continue to use motorbikes to depart from Bac Ha to Lao Cai and then to Sapa town.
♦ Evening walk around the night market, enjoy grilled specialties and stay overnight in Sapa.
► Day 3: Sapa – Muong Hum – Y Ty
♦ Wake up in the morning to drink coffee with a beautiful view in Sapa.
♦ Continue to depart from Sapa in the direction of O Quy Ho to Muong Hum and then from here to Y Ty.
♦ Sleep at night Y Ty
► Day 4: Y Ty – Lung Po – Lao Cai – Hanoi
♦ In the morning from Y Ty, you go in the opposite direction to Bat Xat to cross A Lu to see rice.
♦ On the way back, you can completely stop at the landmark 92 Lung Po - where the Red River flows into Vietnam.
♦ In the evening, you will be in Lao Cai, proceed to send your motorbike to the train and take the night train to be in Hanoi the next morning.
10.4 Hanoi - Bac Ha - Sapa - Mu Cang Chai - Hanoi
► Day 1 and day 2: Hanoi – Bac Ha – Sapa
Similar to the schedule of tour Hanoi - Bac Ha - Sapa - Y Ty.
► Day 3: Sapa – O Quy Ho – Mu Cang Chai
♦ Wake up early in the morning to drink coffee in Sapa
♦ Depart a motorbike along the O Quy Ho pass road to the direction of Lai Chau. At Binh Lu junction, turn to Than Uyen - Tan Uyen to go to Mu Cang Chai.
♦ Overnight at Mu Cang Chai.
► Day 4: Mu Cang Chai – Khau Pha – Tu Le – Hanoi
♦ Enjoy exploring Mu Cang Chai in the morning.
♦ Then return to Hanoi by route 32, on the way back you can see rice in Khau Pha, Tu Le,...
If you like and time is not constrained, you should extend 1 more day in Mu Cang Chai to comfortably watch the rice.
11. Shopping experience and some notes in Sapa
Whether you have experience traveling to Sapa or not, you should still see the reference because there will be things that will change over time.
Some general notes when you travel in Sapa
At the present time, Sapa sells a lot of handmade items such as keychains, wallets, bags,... with very cheap prices, you can buy them as souvenirs or give them to your loved ones. However, when buying, you should note some of the following self-sufficient Sapa travel experiences:
♦ If the seller is a child, please support them and do not give money, because their “crowd effect” will make you awkward.
♦ When buying, bargain a bit with the seller, especially for items such as carpets, brocade fabrics,...
Some other notes when traveling in Sapa:
♦ Be careful of personal property to avoid cases of pickpocketing, property robbery,...
♦ Be careful when buying specialties in Sapa because there are products that are sold at high prices but of poor quality such as Ganoderma lucidum, medicinal leaves,...
♦ Should not use regional discrimination words like "ethnicity" but instead call them the H'mong, the Dao, etc.
♦ Do not arbitrarily take pictures of women and children in Sapa because if they know, they will make you pay or buy some items.
♦ There is still a custom of catching a wife in Sapa, so visitors should "be careful" not to get caught!
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