Sapa is a town in Northern Vietnam not far from the Chinese border with attractive topography and diversity culture. Therefore, it is one of the most popular destinations which you can grace the terraced rice fields, approach the local life, trek the villages. There are various means of getting from Hanoi to Sapa by train, bus, and motorbike. However, Sapa tour by bus is the best way traveling as its advantages.
Why traveling Sapa tour by bus is the best way?
There are many reasons to respond this question. Firstly, Sapa can be reached by bus which is faster than by train and motorbike. By sleeper bus, it takes you nearly 6 hours to go directly to Sapa Town. However, if transferring by train, you must spend 8-9 hours and stop at Lao Cai station. After that, you need to catch up the taxi from Lao Cai station to your hotel in Sapa. The second reason is the cost of public bus ticket is lower than the cost of train ticket. It ranges from 180,000 – 200,000 VND ( 8$ – 9$ USD) per ticket.
You will have two options to visit Sapa either by public bus or by tour bus. If you tend to get Sapa by public bus, you can catch the bus at three bus stations such as My Dinh, Gia Lam, Yen Nghia and Nuoc Ngam. You need to arrange the time and take a taxi to one of these stations on time.
If you booked the tour company, you will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or meeting point (Hanoi Opera House) and depart for Sapa. Follow the highway to Lao Cai city with the first comfort break. One suggestion for you is to book the ticket at night to have a relax time in the trip. You also enjoy the scene of the Vietnamese countryside along the road.
What to do in Sapa?
Rice terraces having appeared in Sapa for hundreds of years are built by competent hands of the Dao, the H’Mong, the Tay and more. In May and June, the local people call it “the water pouring season”, the rain season comes and it is time to start the ethnics’ new cultivation annually. It begins the rain season, it is possible to say that rice terraces are the most beautiful as the whole fields are green when it has just started the crop at which. In May, Muong Hoa valley is blooming with lots of colorful flowers in a wide range of various beauties. It is the time that the rice terraces are full of water at which you can contemplate one of the best scenery like the reflection of the sunshine on the fields’ surface. In September and October, you can visit Sapa’s rice terraced fields turn into silky yellow, giving the signal of the harvest time.
Standing on Ham Rong Mountain, looking at the wonders of nature like vast heaven and earth and the majestic mountains from afar, you seem to feel so small. Going to Silver Falls, one of the most amazing Sapa waterfalls, tourists will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the romantic natural scenery majestic. The sounds of streams with birds make you feel like getting lost in the realm of Penglai. After exploring the various sizes of stones and conquering the waterfall with beautiful pictures, you can collect on the foot of the waterfall and enjoy the specialties of Sapa such as grilled forest birds, baked eggs or grilled pork…
Continuously, Sapa is famous for its markets, and on almost every day in the week, there is a nice market to visit. Especially, in Sunday, the main market is organized with filled hundreds of Hmong and Red Dao people in a colorful ethnic group. For example, Bac Ha market is the biggest market where you can buy several products, such as handicrafts, traditional costumes, and food. Visiting Sapa without trying a dish of baked or grilled meat, beef, fish, and vegetables are great pity. There are many other delicious dishes to be explored in Sapa.
According to the plan traveling to Sapa tour by bus, we hope that you will have an awesome trip in the vacation.