Sapa tourism and Frequently Asked Questions

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Regarded as home to spectacular views of terraced fields and mountain landscapes, Sapa would be an unforgettable experience for your trekking journey to the Northwest Vietnam. Here are the most common questions asked by our travelers that you may to refer to.

Sapa tourism and Frequently Asked Questions 5
Source: Vietnam Typical Tours
When is the best time to visit Sapa?

The best time to visit is from April to September. Although, each season has its own special qualities and surprises. During this period the temperature is ranging from 15 – 25 Degree Celsius, it is not a raining season in Sapa so the trekking routes are dry and bear great opportunity to do longer treks and to conquer Mount Fansipan. During the winter months, the temperature is much cooler and it is advised to bring a some warm clothing (hat, sweater, wool socks) for after you days fo trekking. Also, during the winter months there are periods of light rain, which brings in the fog. This puts Sapa in the clouds and allows for some fantastic photo opportunities.

Any other means of travel to Sapa except train?

The best mean of transport to Lao Cai and Sapa is still the train, however, car or van can be also good to reach to this beautiful mountain town. It will take about 10 hours (not including possible traffic jams) in a distance of 400 km from Hanoi. And there is plenty of sightseeing we can make en route.

We recommend to travel by train, but for some reasons, you would wish to travel there by car, please check the road conditions since it sometimes has construction and will make your journey to Sapa even longer than 10 hours. Road travel should be at day time.

How far is that from Lao Cai to Sapa and means of transport?

It is 38 km from Lao Cai to Sapa, the road is constantly zigzag with steep up hills. As we approach will gain about 1000m in elevation and reach Sapa town at 1600m. The views are spectacular. It is comfortable by AC can or car, our driver will bring you to Sapa in about one hour. Your guide and/or driver will be waiting outside the train station to pick you up. 

How do you define: easy trekking, intermediate & hard trekking?

(How hard is the trek with your Sapa tours? About the condition of the Sapa trails. Are they dry or wet, steep or flat?)
Trekking: Is a category of adventure travel, typically involving visits to remote areas, with overnight lodging in tents or other minimal accommodation. It is less strenuous than hiking but more strenuous then walking. In comparison to trekking in Nepal or India, the trekking in Sapa is easy. But, because of the rapid weather changes, and the severe ups and downs on some of the trails; we have to classify the trekking as moderate. Please be aware of the time it takes to reach each destination so that you can confirm that it will suit your abilities.

Easy trekking: Harder than walking, trekking trail is not steep, has some ups and downs, often in a short time.

Moderate trekking: Trekking trail has ups and downs, but not so steep. Trail will become more difficult in poor weather.

Intermediate to Hard trekking: Trekking route has a steep incline and often is off road in remote areas, very difficult during periods of rain. Every situation depends on weather, especially in Sapa.

What kind of shoes should we use for trekking in Sapa?

There are different types of trekking in Sapa and its surrounding mountains, so when booking Sapa tours or Vietnam tours including Sapa, you will need to check with our travel consultants to see which kind of shoes will work best. For the light or easy trek, we recommend using good sandals or walking shoes, but for intermediate and hard trekking trips, we have to use really good shoes or sport shoes which must have really strong grips for hiking up and down. Many of our past clients use their expert hiking boots which often become very muddy in rainy weather. The best footwear during periods of rain are definitely the local rubber boots bought at the local market for about 60 000 VND or $4 USD. They grip in mud and do not cause blisters. Although, these boots do not breath at all.

What do you mean by homestay?

Homestay is a formality Community Based Tourism, homestay simply means an overnight stay in the home of one of the local ethnic minorities. Choose this type of tourism, you will have more unique experiences when eating, resting and living with the local people.This type of tourism benefits the entire community.

Hope that the above questions will meet some information for you before the journey to explore Sapa, Vietnam.

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