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Get to Sapa by train
Sapa is about 400 km North West of Hanoi. It is about 9-hour train journey to Lao Cai, a town on the Chinese border, and than the 37km to Sapa will take 45 – 60 minutes car ride of beautiful views more than 1000 meters up into the mountains. A seat on the minibus will [...]
Sapa is about 400 km North West of Hanoi. It is about 9-hour train journey to Lao Cai, a town on the Chinese border, and than the 37km to Sapa will take 45 – 60 minutes car ride of beautiful views more than 1000 meters up into the mountains. A seat on the minibus will cost about $ 2.00, a taxi ride about $15-20.
Prices for the train ride vary according to both the type of seat purchased and the season during which you are traveling. The times around Vietnamese holidays are particularly expensive and tickets cannot be assumed available for same day travel, so book ahead if possible. Travelers are highly recommended to purchase a berth in a soft or hard sleeper car, though the trip in soft seat class is not intolerable. For a bed, expect to pay in the area of 150,000-300,000 dong (one-way). It’s best to travel with several of the night trains that leave Hanoi from 8:30 – 9:30 PM, arriving in Lao Cai from 5:30 – 7:00 am. Avoid taking the day trains and save yourself a lot of hustle.
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Love village and people here
Our groups are mainly interested in culture, food, photography and we were lucky enough to catch the Bac Ha market during our Sapa trip. This tour company staffs were definitely one of the highlights of our 2 weeks in Vietnam. Our guide functioned as a translator and in this way we had very interesting talks with the friendly local village people. Our guide was very helpful, caring and knowledgeable. After spending one night in the village, we made a beautiful hike back to the road where the minivan picked us up. Tourists who are interested in the local people and are open for some adventure should definitely do this trip.
Amada Joame From Australia, Visited Sapa on January 2011
This was such a wonderful trekking trip
My husband convinced me to go on this tour and reluctantly I went along with it. I was pleased to find that personal attention was given to us during the entire trip. It felt like we were royalty as we were picked up by our guide at the Lao Cai train station and whisked away by car to Sa Pa to check in a have a brief rest. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the entire area and gave us in-depth tours of two ‘cat cat’ villages and a historic hydro station built during the French occupation.
Day 2 and 3 were no different – in fact I suspect our guide has some sort of history in the area as he knew more details than we could have ever imagined. Each night he specifically asked us if we needed anything, and in the mornings he asked if we had a good rest and if breakfast was to our satisfaction. While the tour was short in terms of time – it was packed full of adventure and service that we never imagined.
Johnathan, Couple from Canada Visited Sapa on July 2011