Sapa TransportationTuesday, March 05, 2013
Sapa is one of the most beautiful destinations in the north of Vietnam. From Hanoi, there are many ways to reach Sapa.
From Hanoi, you can take a night train which departs from Hanoi railway station every night. This night train offers different class of tickets for tourists. You can choose a seat or a comfortable bed with different price ranges. Tickets can be booked by yourself right at Hanoi Station or booked through any travel agency in Hanoi. It takes up to nine hours to reach Lao Cai Railway station. From Lao Cai station, you will take another minibus drive to Sapa town, which may take around one hour. The minibus will take you along the winding road, nice valleys and fantastic rice paddies before arriving at Sapa.
There are regular night buses and coaches from My Dinh Station, Hanoi to Lao Cai which takes about ten hours. Besides, you can also choose other options such as traveling by motorbike, which may be more dangerous since the road is rather long and bumpy with deep valleys. If you are panning to travel by motorbike, you must take care to avoid excessive speeds and select vehicles or bikes suitable for all types of terrain. The rainy season should be avoided if you plan an off the beaten track route, unless you are a very experienced offroader. In case you are a first time traveler, you may get a trael agency to arrange a trip by private jeep or combo jeep.
Sapa town is not that big, so it is not too difficult to travel around the whole town. You can walk or trek to the villages nearby the town center. For further villages and beauty spots, you may hire a motorbike or join in a minibus trip which is common place in Sapa.