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Mini Guide To Sapa

By Jose Maurette Garces

Sapa is situated in Lao Cai province, 350 km from Hanoi, near to the border with China. It is considered one of the must see places for Vietnam holidays. The Hoang Lien Son range of mountains dominates the district, which is at the eastern extremity of the Himalayas. This range includes Vietnam’s highest peak, Fansipan, at a high of 3142m above sea level and a vast area covered by thick forest, rich in wildlife.

How to get there

To get to the mountain you need to take a train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. From there you will take a mini bus up in to the town of Sapa. Transportation from Hanoi to Sapa can be arranged for a reasonable price. You might also be able to take a bus but it takes much longer.


Trek Fansipan: Mount Fansipan is Vietnam’s highest peak located in the far north just outside of Sapa. It is a very steep mountain that gets a lot of moisture. Those looking to climb it should be fit for the task and prepared to have muddy wet feet. The scenery is incredible so please remember to bring a camera with you. The temperature in the mountain is often 10 degree colder than in Sapa town, make sure to bring enough warm cloth, thick gloves for the winter time.

Cat Cat Village: Cat Cat Village is about 1 km from Sapa town. It’s located at the bottom of the Muong Hoa Valley and near the stunning Cat Cat Waterfall. This is an age-old village of H’Mong ethnic group which still keeps unique customs and practices that are lost in other villages.

Where to stay

Topas Ecolodge: Topas Ecolodge is now the only one of its kind in Vietnam. It has a perfect location – situated atop two cone formed hills, set deep in the spectacular Sapa valley of Northern Vietnam. The lodge is designed to ensure that it has a minimum impact on the surrounding environment. It uses solar panel technology to supply the lodge with energy.

Victoria Sapa Hotel: This is the place where Sapa becomes Switzerland: a delightful mountain lodge with stylish service and smart rooms. This hotel has it all: sweeping views from the restaurant, two bars, a heated indoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a tennis court. Hotel guests can travel between Hanoi and Lao Cai in the resort’s Victoria Express

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