It can be quite a daunting challenge when planning a Sapa trekking tour, given the huge amount of information and advice online! In this guide, we’ve simplified the planning process, making it as easy as possible for you to book the best Sapa trekking tours for you! So whether you need information on how to get from Hanoi to Sapa, how long to go to Sapa for or what type of trek to choose, we’ve got you covered.
How to get from Hanoi to Sapa
There are two options for you: taking the train or going by car/bus, and you can book these independently or book them as part of a tour.
Taking the train is the romantic option, slowly trundling your way to Lao Cai from Sapa overnight as you sleep. Just choose this option and you will definitely love it, and the great thing is you can travel in first class for a very reasonable price, that’s why overnight train is highly recommended for Sapa tours on TripAdvisor website. The other major bonus is there is an overnight service in both directions, which means taking the overnight train saves you two nights accommodation!
The other major bonus is you can book your train online, and more importantly, in advance instead of waiting until you get there. This saves you having to go to the station booking office and trying to book something in the last minute there! You can simply book your train online by going to our website. There you can book your Sapa train, as well as any other journeys you may have in Vietnam, and the rest of South East Asia!
Our Sapa trekking tour experience
In this section we’ll give you some advice on how to pick the best Sapa trekking tour for you, including how many nights to go for (and why) and how to pick the right tour company for you. If you just want to skip ahead and review the best Sapa trekking tour for you, there are a wealth of Sapa trekking tour options available to you, from short one day treks to multi-day treks and homestays. Our advice is to take at least a 2 night trek, for one very important reason…
Sapa is a small town, nestled deep within the rolling green highlands of Vietnam, and as such offers some incredible scenery. However, Sapa is a very popular destination for travellers, with many only coming for a one day trek before returning to Hanoi. This means there are many groups leaving at the same time as you from Sapa, so the longer the trek you take, the further you’ll go from Sapa, the quieter it’ll be and the more impressive the scenery will become!
So don’t scrimp on this, if you’re coming all the way to Sapa, spend at least 2 nights on the trek at the very minimum! You’ll thank us later.
How to pick the right Sapa trekking tour for you
As the majority of travellers said, some of the best experiences occurred as they travelled further into the region, away from the hustle and bustle of Sapa, and we absolutely recommend you set aside at 3 – 4 days for this experience!
For anyone thinking of visiting Vietnam, we’d highly recommend a trip to Sapa if you’d like to experience rural life, awesome landscapes and savour a taste of the true culture and traditions of the Vietnamese countryside and its amazing people. To research your tour company options and book in advance, we recommend you use the TripAdvisor Sapa tour booking page, where there are 20+ tour companies on there, each with different packages and tours available, or else you can access our page and choose from a variety of Sapa tours selection.