Make the Most of Your Time with Sapa Itinerary 2 days

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Let’s get away from the chaotic life of big cities and spend time in the mountainous villages in Sapa. The most memorable experiences will be yours to keep even though your time is limited to two days.

Make the Most of Your Time with Sapa Itinerary 2 days
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With more than 300 kilometers between you and Hanoi, there are many forms of transportation to get to Sapa, including train, bus, car, and motorbike. Because Sapa is a famous travel destination in the north, the roads are modernizing and easy for any vehicles to traverse. How to get from Hanoi to Sapa on your own is a comprehensive guide to all the transportation you can choose from.

To know more details about the best way to get to Sapa from Hanoi, let's click:

Day 1: Conquering Majestic Mountains and Exploring Nightlife in Sapa

Start your first day in Sapa by eating free-range pig (thit lon cap nach) and fried rice-in-bamboo-tube (com lam) for your breakfast at Sapa's restaurant. These are the famous foods of Sapa that you should try.

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After your delicious breakfast, Ham Rong mountain, located in the downtown area, is a great place to watch the whole of Sapa town from above. Nowadays, Ham Rong is a tourist area with 150 hectares of land. The higher you climb, the more opportunity to explore the beautiful scenery. 12 animal statues representing the Vietnamese zodiac are situated along the pathway.

With the height of 1,800 meters, cloud fields and heavenly gates are the highlights of Ham Rong. The white clouds are thick, dense, cover the entire area, and submerge you in their fanciful scenery. Then, the heaven gates have the best view of the whole town below, take a nice photo to remember the moment. 

Back to town and you will surely feel a little tired. Find a restaurant to enjoy your big lunch, Thang Co, another specialty food of Sapa. Thang Co is horse meat soup, a traditional dish of the H’mong people. It has a very special smell. A Quynh restaurant, where you had breakfast, is also a great place to try this dish.

In the afternoon, your next stop is Mount Fansipan, a mountain 3,143 meters in height and known as “The Roof of Indochina”. You will have a chance to sit on the longest non-stop three-rope cable car, 6,292.5 meters long, a Guinness World Record. It’s three kilometers from Sapa town to the cable car station.

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Sit inside the cabin thousands of meters above the ground and you can witness the beautiful natural scenery of Muong Hoa valley, the majestic Hoang Lien Son mountain range, and dense primitive forests. Click to [] to check the details of conquering Fansipan peak by cable car

If you like to hike and trek instead, read our itinerary conquering Mount Fansipan: .... However, it takes two to four days to climb to the peak, so you will have to change your itinerary to accommodate the extra day.

At night, it’s time for a walk around town. Located in the heart of Sapa town, the Stone Church was built in 1895 by the French and it quickly became an outstanding building in this area. In front of the church is a wide stadium where ethnic groups gather to sell souvenirs. The love market is celebrated here every Saturday night. Ethnic men and women dance to the traditional music. When they find their lover, they exchange gifts to make a commitment to love. Let’s discover this romantic atmosphere. 

After a long day, come back to the hotel and get ready for the next day in Sapa.

Day 2: Riding through Ethnic Villages and Muong Hoa Valley

Your first day is all about conquering two famous mountains in Sapa. The second day will have you exploring remote villages of the local ethnic groups.

After your breakfast, you will visit three villages along Muong Hoa valley, Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, and Ta Van villages, located to the southeast of Sapa town.

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Go on the small road to reach Y Linh Ho village. The road is downhill but there are only a few bends with a moderate slope. Y Linh Ho village includes small groups dispersed on high and steep mountains. Only a few hundred H’mong ethnic people live in this area. They build primitive houses made of earth or bamboo on the sloping hillsides to stay and take care of the corn and rice fields.

Ride down Lao Chai slope. Along the road, there are some sightseeing points for tourists. All of these spots have beautiful views. When you see the first sightseeing point, Muong Hoa stream and Lao Chai village are below. The green rice terraces with rooftops are dominant in the valley.

Lao Chai and Ta Van villages have the most homestays, so these villages are crowded and bustling. Especially Ta Van village, it has many coffee shops along the street where tourists usually drink coffee while watching terraced fields in the valley. Many restaurants are also located around Ta Van village, so you can have lunch and take a break in one of these restaurants. 

From Ta Van village, continue riding 1.5 kilometers to visit Sapa Ancient Rock Field, a national historical monument. The stone slabs are scattered everywhere and protected by fences. The surfaces of the stone slabs have very faint inscriptions that are believed to be proof of the existence of humans in this area since ancient times. The H’mong people believe that the stones are books that their ancestors left behind.

Ends trip. 

Your two days itinerary in Sapa is full of beautiful scenery and interesting activities. It will be an unforgettable trip in your whole journey of Vietnam. Let's start your trip to Sapa as soon as possible!

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