Sapa the capital of Sa Pa District in the Lao Cai province of Vietnam. It is located in the Northwest part of the country. It is about 380 km from the capital city of Hanoi, and this is close to the borders of Chinese. Sapa is mostly comprised of hills with beautiful scenery such as those of rice paddies. The popularity of Sapa as a stop for most tourist itineraries is due to this fact.
To get to Sapa, one must endure a grueling 7-8 hours of train travel from Hanoi to Lao Cai. In addition to this, another hour of taxi or public bus transfer is needed to get to Sapa proper.
The journey starts with a train ride from the Hanoi Railway Station. There are day time and night time trains that leave for Sapa. Night trains typically leave after 8 in the evening, while day time trains leave starting from 6 in the morning.
This is the Hanoi Railway Station formerly known as Hang Co Station which was just recently upgraded to accommodate the growing demands of travel to other parts of Vietnam. There are a number of tourist trains operating the route from Hanoi since this is the largest railway station in the country
After about about 8-9 hours, the train from Hanoi to Sapa only stops in Lao Cai station. Shown above is the Lao Cai station.
The journey doesn’t end here. In order to get to Sapa, one can opt to take a comfortable taxi ride or take a public minibus to Sapa. The roads to Sapa are winding, and some people can get sick due to this. It is advisable to bring plastic or paper bags for the discomfort.
This is a scenery on the journey from Lao Cai up to Sapa. Sapa is truly blessed with wonderful hills and a beautiful landscape.
Once in Sapa, there are many activities you can choose to do. One of the popular options is hiking. It is best to get a tour guide for this excursion. Another option is to check the markets and shop for crafts and fabrics. Whatever it is you want to do, enjoy Sapa!