Sapa is an area in northern Vietnam, close to the Chinese border. It is the perfect place for a trek. You can do harder multi-day treks, but there are plenty of options for less fanatic hikers. A trekking in Sapa is great!
Information and pictures about my trekking in Sapa.
Sapa has enough accommodation, ranging from simple guesthouses and homestays, to fairly luxurious hotels. During the trek you can enjoy beautiful vistas and of course endless rice fields. You usually visit one or more villages, inhabited by the Hmong population. In addition to the Hmong you have several other traditional peoples. Most often on multiple day trips, you can spend the night in a homestay, at home with the locals.
However, Sapa has become increasingly busy in the last few years. Local residents are increasingly reliant on tourism and this means that you are expected to buy handmade souvenirs and the local sellers are persistent in it.
Trips for a trekking in Sapa
There are multiple ways to arrange a trekking in Sapa:
- Most organized tours through Vietnam have included Sapa as a standard program.
- You can also go to Sapa without organizing anything and arrange an accommodation and a day trip or a multi-day trek on site.
- You can also visit one of the many travel agencies in Hanoi. Here you can easily book a trip to Sapa, including transport (train or bus) and overnight stays, a few days before.
- Via the internet you can also book an accommodation and treks.
I’m not an experienced hiker and I chose for a two-day hike. This was amazing and to me it was the highlight of my trip to Vietnam. See below an impression of this beautiful area.
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