Although Sapa is no longer the number one place for those are seeking an off-the-beaten path adventure holiday in Vietnam, it still remains one of the most popular travel destination. The fresh weather in summer, the rich culture of diverse ethnic groups, the beautiful scenery of terraced rice fields make this destination a favorite place for both Foreign and Vietnamese travelers.
Sapa is easily connected with Hanoi via dozen of overnight trains that depart every night such as Fansipan Express Train, Livitrans, Tulico Train, Ratraco train…The train used to depart Hanoi at 20:00 and arrive in Laocai early in the following day. From Laocai railway station, travelers can easily find a public bus or hire a private car to travel uphill to Sapa.
A wide selection of trekking hiking tours are offered by Sapa local tour operators ranging from a half day walking around to multi-day trekking with overnight in local hill tribe villages. Most of these trekking hiking tours depart from Sapa town and provided with local tour guide and H’mong porters. Guided small groups are recommended for jungle trekking itineraries or journeys with homestay in local hill tribe villages.
The best time to travel to Sapa is the dry season starting from October until April the following year.