Sapa is in the northernmost part of Vietnam, nestled among the Hoang Lien Song mountains. The famous Fansipan peak is always in view. Sapa’s location makes it a bit cooler than the rest of Vietnam, helping add to its already rich cultural charm and unique trekking environment.
Sapa – How to move
One of the best ways to experience Sapa is on foot. All levels of trekking are possible, from short hour-long excursions to long multiple-day treks. You will get to walk over the picturesque terraced mountainsides as well as cross through jungles trying to spot the wildlife.
The simplest way to trek in Sapa is with the accompaniment of a local guide. Not only will you be helping the local economy, but you will also be so thankful for your guide’s endless knowledge of the land, culture, and cuisine; not to mention your guide’s ability to short-circuit your propensity for getting lost.
While trekking, you will be able to pass through many small minority villages that specialize in different handicrafts, have their own special cuisines, and even speak their own languages.
No matter what time of year you can make it to Sapa, you will be happy with what you see. Spring offers water-filled terraces reflecting the sky. Summer has so many shades of green, but is a bit too hot for most travelers. Fall brings cooler weather and golden landscapes during the harvest season, and in winter there is sometimes a white layer of snow because of the high elevation.
If you are short on time, there are other ways of getting around Sapa than simply trekking, to experience more of the unique culture the Sapa area has to offer. There are buses, taxis, and even motorcycles ready and available to drive you to the perfect spot for appreciating the breath-taking scenery.
By Moto-Taxi (if you are single)
There are “freelancers” with a motorbike who will propose you a ride to places (like to Cat Cat village). You need to negotiate the price.
By Taxi or Grab Taxi
Your hotel can call for a Taxi. You can also catch them in the town center, in front of the main square.
Using Grab cars is easy .Even if you want to use a regular taxi, the Grab application can be useful because it can indicate the price of the ride (fill the destination in the application and it will show you the tariff). Grab cars is slightly cheaper then regular taxis (Grab moto is much cheaper).
Rent a Motorbike
It is very common to rent a motorbike in Sapa. A typical rent price is 150,000 Dong per day. There are automatic motorbikes and motorbikes with gears.
They are usually in bad conditions. See what I wrote about it, inthe trek zone 1 (how to arrive). Make sure you have experience riding a motorcycle and it is better to be equipped with an international driving license for the case of an accident.