Arriving in Sapa
I travelled through Vietnam from north to south. After a couple of days in Hà Nội, I took a bus to Sapa with the Sapa Express. I heard so much about the homestays in this area so that was REALLY on my bucket list! I wanted to book a hiking trip as well and Seek Sophie is offering amazing packages to explore the area!
Hiking in Sapa
The nature in the hills of Sapa is absolutely amazing! I got a few foggy and rainy mornings though in December as I was travelling here outside of the season. There is a beautiful bamboo forest, cute villages and many indigenous crafts. At night I helped to make homemade springrolls and Vietnamese food.
A thing to remember is, that if you don’t have a tour booked and you want to enter the area of Lao Chai, you’ll have to pay 75.000 Dong as an entrance fee. The village of Lao Chai is around 6 kilometres away from Sapa and you can easily hike here as well. There are not many taxi’s around and Grab was not available when I travelled here.
Sapa itself is also great to stay for a night or 2. There are a lot of nice restaurants and cafes here! I took some time out before I continued the journey so I could get some work done. The views over the valleys are amazing and there are some nice day trips to do as well. You can visit the Silver Waterfall for example. Or hike up the Fan Si Pan, the highest mountain in Indochina, which is 3,143 meters high. When I was there, there was snow on the top! So dress accordingly depending on the season! You can also visit Cat Cat village and discover the H’mong ethnic people and handicrafts.
From Sapa, I continued my travels and took a night bus to Halong Bay!
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