5 Amazing Things to Do in Sapa, Vietnam
Discover 5 amazing things to do in Sapa. Sapa is a tourist town in the mountains of Vietnam. It is known for its amazing scenery, cooler weather, and cheap outdoors gear.
This amazing things to do in Sapa post is also an itinerary for 2 days in Sapa.
It includes information on cheap accommodation in Sapa, directions in and around Sapa, and lots of other useful information on how to survive travel in Sapa.
On the first of my 2 days in Sapa I went for a hike in the local villages.
5 Amazing Things to Do in Sapa
1. Go See a Local Village
The first thing on my list of top things to do in Sapa was to go for a tour of the local villages.
As soon as I got off the bus there where two village woman trying to sell me handicrafts. They were very friendly and escorted me to my accommodation.
At my hostel offered a tour to hike to three villages eat lunch and get a lift back for $14. Leaves at 0945 every day. I don’t like tour groups so I declined, but decided to check out the villages anyway, using the map she gave me.
I set off at 10:00am, and one of the girls from before was still there. I didn’t want to buy any handicrafts, but offered her $8 to guide me to her village. She was from Lao Chai which was actually one of the villages on the hotel tours.
She took me a back way, which avoided paying the 4000VND tourist toll, and it was great scenery through rice fields. Unfortunately not in harvest season. It was extremely misty.
We passed a number of tour groups at various spots on the way. She had her baby on her back the whole way and told me about village life. She married at 16 (normal for them) and was carrying her 6 month old first born. She was 19 and had been a tour guide/handicrafts seller/farmer since she left school at 14.
Once at her village she showed me how they make corn flower for the pigs, how they make the handicrafts using hemp which they harvest, and die made from a flower which they also grow.
The last stop was the local primary school where I gave her 90000d. She gave me a couple of woven bracelets and pointed me to the road to get back to Sapa.
It was a 5.5-ish km walk back to town. I went to the market to get a late lunch of Pho Bo (Rice noodle and beef soup) for 30 000d. The rest of the day was uneventful. FYI Sapa is cold at night.
2 Days in Sapa, Vietnam. Day 2.
On the second of my two days in Sapa I went to the markets, ate some more local food and just kind of chilled around town.
2. Go to the Markets
The second thing on my list of amazing things to do in Sapa is to check out the markets.
There’s lots of handicrafts and a good food section.
3. Get Some Custom Made Handicrafts
Upstairs in the market there are ladies making the handicrafts. Get them cheaper there, or get something custom made. They are very good and fast.
4. Walk Around the Town
The town of Sapa is very… quaint. It’s definitely been turned into a tourist town but is still nice to look around. The whole things is fairly small, you can see everything on foot.
5. Go to the Town Square
The final thing on my list of amazing things to do in Sapa was to check out the town Square in Sapa. It is a great place to just relax and watch locals play football.
After that I ate Bun Cha for 30000. It was nice.
Other Useful Information About Sapa
Here’s some other useful information about surviving travel in Sapa.
Getting From Halong City To Sapa By Sleeper Bus
Buy your ticket from the Bai Chai bus station. I got a moto but ran into a friend that was on the minibus with me from Nanning who had caught the #3 bus from town for 7000dong. A 1.5L water is also 7000dong.
Timetable and Prices Of Buses From Halong Bai Chay
The sleeper bus ticket was 450 000, as stated in the main bus station office, but then they tell you to buy the ticket from a different office who will try to charge you 540 000. Just tell them that it said 450 000 in the other office and they will honour it.
The bus left at 1800 and picks people up from out the front. It has a lighted sign on the front of it. The sleeping bays are small. It was just OK for me but I’m only 163cm and not exactly wide. Also, the locals aren’t great with bus travel. Two people were throwing up next to me, at separate times.
There is no toilet on board the bus but it stops every 90 minutes or so. It also stops regularly to pick up passengers on the way. You get a bottle of water, a small snack, and a blanket.
We arrived in Lao Cai at about 0700, then I transferred to a minibus to Sapa.
Cheap Accommodation in Sapa, Vietnam
If you need cheap accommodation in Sapa, I stayed at the Green Valley Hotel.
At the Green Valley Hotel you can get a dorm bed for $4.00, and $7 for a private. I got a private for $6, she wouldn’t take $5. The menu in the hostel is very reasonable, and has western and local food.
Next Stop… Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam. It is a big change from Halong and Sapa, being a bustling and vibrant city.
I bought a sleeper bus ticket from the hostel. It was $18, which seems to be the standard rate, although I did see a sign for $15 in some off street around town. This sleeper bus had more people than the one from Halong to Sapa, but was more comfortable. It had a toilet on board.
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