At this time, people are choosing to travel to Sa Pa because this place is in the ripe rice season, the atmosphere is also quite mild, the day is sunny, the evening is cold and all will promise to bring visitors a wonderful holiday. Memorable stay.
Seeing that people love going to Sapa so much, you probably also want to choose the “foggy town” as a destination in your upcoming trip. And in case, you’ve never been to Sa Pa and feel a bit surprised and confused, please refer to some of our notes for first-time visitors to Sapa.
1. Means of transportation
There are many ways for you to get to Sa Pa, such as: private car, train, sleeper bus… It’s easy to go by private car, but with train and sleeper bus, you will have to consider something.
If you do not suffer from car sickness, a sleeper bus is a good choice for you. The highway to Lao Cai is safe enough and it doesn’t take you too long to get here, just sleep for about 4-5 hours and you’ll be there.
For a more “cool” experience, taking the train is an option worth trying. However, when you arrive at Lao Cai station, you will have to take another bus and go about 30km to reach Sapa. So, if you are a person who does not want to spend a lot of time traveling, it is still better to choose a bus or a private car.
Regarding the fare, sleeper bus and train are not much different, both range from about 250,000 VND – 350,000 VND/way depending on the type of vehicle, train compartment, time of travel.
2. Dress selection
Around September – October, the temperature in Sa Pa will range from 16-22 degrees, so you only need to prepare yourself a thin coat or two to not be afraid of cold. During the day, Sa Pa is still sunny and because you have to walk a lot, you can completely wear skirts or light clothes and pants of Summer/Autumn.
If you go to Sapa in the winter, you must definitely bring a very warm coat such as a nightshirt, life jacket…, even you need to equip more scarves, wool hats because Sapa in the winter is very cold, sometimes even cold. snowfall.
Regarding shoes, because you have to move a lot, sports shoes are the best choice. Besides, flat shoes like loafer, boots or Oxford are also very good for you to bring when traveling to Sapa. Of course, you should only choose 1-2 pairs of them to take away to avoid bulky luggage.
3. Identity documents cannot be ignored
To rent a hotel, or rent a motorbike/car to move around in Sapa, you must bring your identity card/identity card/passport or at least a driver’s license. Therefore, in addition to being fully equipped with both cash and ATM cards, identification is also an important item you must not forget.
4. Book in advance
You can stay at a hotel, homestay or resort as you like, but it is highly recommended to book a room in advance, especially if you are going on a weekend break. Because Saturday – Sunday are two days off that people from all over the world come to Sa Pa a lot, you need to actively book a room in advance to avoid wasting time searching.
5. What to eat in Sapa
Like every other tourist destination, Sapa is also home to an attractive culinary scene and trying the dishes here is an important experience in the trip. Sa Pa has many delicious foods, but the most prominent ones are: pig under armpits, salmon/sturgeon hot pot, grilled food, five-color sticky rice and Thang Co… You should enjoy them all for a more complete trip.
6. What to play in Sapa?
Sapa is not as quiet and sad as many people think. There are many exciting activities here to help you experience a fun, relaxing and peaceful trip so that you can be fully charged with energy, ready to return to your busy and bustling daily life. Briefly, in Sa Pa, there are activities such as: bathing in Red Dao medicinal herbs, climbing Fansipan peak / or taking a cable car, visiting villages and valleys, watching golden rice fields in autumn or checking-in. at the lovely cafes…