If you’re travelling all the way to Northern Vietnam, you shouldn’t miss Sapa trekking in Sapa tours. This is, after all, one of the most scenic regions of Northern Vietnam, and if there is one thing the frontier town of Sapa is known for, it would be rice terraces with sweeping mountain vistas. wet was incredibly picturesque, the cool mountain air was refreshing, and it was just great to be out exploring nature.
Here we have compiled a few tips for your Sapa trekking tour:
Hire a guide
There are full-day hikes and even half-day hikes (like Cat Cat Village) which you may want to attempt on your own, however, if you want to spend a few days experiencing the hillside we would recommend hiring a local guide who is familiar with the terrain, the changes in weather, and the best lookout spots.
Hire a local tour guide to ensure the best experience of your Sapa trekking tour
Treks are easy to arrange once you arrive in Sapa, so don’t bother making bookings in advance as it’ll be cheaper to do so in person. we booked our guided tour through our hotel in Sapa, but you can also book Sapa trekking tours through the main tourism office or the various tour operators found in town. Most of the guides are local and they speak great English, so know that you’re giving back to the local community when you book a trekking guide.
In our personal experience, towels and bedding were not necessary. The accommodations arranged by our tour were at a small family-run guesthouse. wet was a bit of an open-concept with lots of mattresses lined side by side and a mosquito net over top, but we had clean bed sheets, warm blankets for the night, and fresh towels. That really was all we needed. we saw a few people lugging around their own sleeping bags and heavy packs with who knows what… you really needn’t bother.
Carry only necessary things is a must for any trekking trip
Also, keep in mind that the guide is not a porter (this is not Everest Base Camp) and he is not going to carry your bag for you. Only bring what you deem absolutely necessary. Remember, your bag may not feel heavy when you first try it out in your room, but it’ll only get heavier as the day progresses.
Pack snacks, lots of ’em
We are perpetual snackers and our mood starts to quickly decline when we go unfed for long periods of time (we’m talking like 2 hours). There will be stops for lunch and dinner, but you have no control over those times. Well, actually, you do – the quicker you walk, the sooner you get to the next village with a restaurant, but whether you can get the rest of your group to go any faster is another question… Bring some snacks and save yourself the suffering.
Light but nutritious snacks will be handy in this case
And lastly, don’t forget your camera!
The scenery in Sapa and the surrounding region is stunning so you’ll want to make sure you bring your camera and that the battery is fully charged. Our guide was very gracious and let us take lots of photo breaks every time we came over a hill or reached yet another lookout point. My photos from Sapa are still some of our favourite from our travels in Vietnam!
Don’t forget to take some photos of the picturesque scenery in Sapa!