Trekking Vietnam Sapa NovemberMonday, August 27, 2012
Located about 350km Northwest of Hanoi, Sapa is a town in Lao Cai Province in Northwest Vietnam. This small, quiet town is home to different ethnic groups such as the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho.
Sapa is the most popular place for trekking in Vietnam since the area offers the wild beauty, beautiful landscapes, terrace rice fields and rich in ethnic traditions. Most of travelers coming to Sapa to do a trek and to spend a night at a local house (homestay). Those who don’t have much time can do a day trek that take them to nearby villages such as Cat Cat village, Ta Phi village, Ta Van village, Lao Chai village, Su Pan village.
Those who have more time can do a multi-day trek that take them to other remote ethnic villages such as Seo My Ty, Thanh Phu, Sin Chai…Doing these longer trekking tours, they have the opportunity to see the real Vietnam as they will meet up with local villagers, spend the night at their house.
The most popular mean of transport people used to take to get to Sapa is the overnight train leaving daily from Hanoi train station at about 20:00pm and arriving in Laocai train station at about 6:00 am the following day.
Another option is to hire a private vehicle from Hanoi and travel to Sapa. The road transfer from Hanoi to Sapa taking about 8 hours offers beautiful scenery you have the opportunity to enjoy along the way. Those who are on budget can book a public bus ticket at My Dinh bus station. These are big bus where soft sleepers are available.
If you combine Sapa with Bien Bien Phu for example you can fly to Dien Bien Phu and from then hire a car to get to Sapa.
November is a very good time to do a trek in Sapa area since it is cool (cooler than in October), and dry. It is sometimes misty and foggy towards the end but nice overall. If you already plan a trekking tour in Sapa in November then try to find out your trek and have it booked as soon as possible since November is the peak of the high travel season in the northern Vietnam. There are many tourists traveling to Sapa including both Vietnamese people and foreign tourist. Although there are about dozen of trains running between Hanoi and Laocai, but these night trains are usually full at weekends.
There are different trekking tours are arranged by Lotussia Travel in Sapa in November including from half day easy walks to multi-day challenging treks. We highly recommend multi-day treks in Sapa if you travel in November. These multi-day trekking tours are provided with English-speaking tour guide, private A/C vehicle with driver, local H’mong porter, meals and other trekking equipments. In the evening you will share the house with family, eat local food and chatting up with your hosts offering a real life experience.
There also are some other travel highlights which can be added to your Sapa treks such as visit a ethnic highland market Coc Ly market on Tuesday, Cao Son market on Wednesday, Can Cau market on Saturday, Bac Ha market on Sunday…A two-hour boat trip on Chay river also offers a good experience. Sapa mountain bike tours; Lai Chau river rafting; Ha Giang overland tours; Dien Bien Phu war sites visits; Halong bay cruises; Tam Coc countryside cycling tours are also some great options which can be a good extension.
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