A 48 hour journey in Sapa (Part 1)


Taking a two day trip in your Vietnam trip to visit Sapa with spectacular cascading rice terraces in every shade of green and brown, mountains and valleys to conquer, exciting flavors to explore and a beautiful culture to get to know, will be an ideal choice for you. The itinerary of the first day should be:

>>  Visit Sapa markets

Morning: City Time.

After a long overnight bus/train ride to Sapa from Hanoi, you’ll want to take it a little easy in the morning. Walking around town is the best way to get a feel for the culture of this H’Mong-dominated region. Visit Sapa market (6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.), where you can find handmade trinkets, clothing, accessories and a variety of food. An intricately embroidered bandana or bag donning the patterns and vibrant colors of the H’Mong, Yao, and Zay people would make perfect gifts for loved ones back home.

Sapa Market, Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Notre Dame Cathedral of Sapa via So tay du lich

Enjoy an hour or two exploring the Sapa Market and talking to the locals about their culture. A good many of them will speak English, learning from the tourists themselves. Make sure to try any of the dishes that catch your eye for breakfast. After all, you’re in foreign territory, so you should leave the thought of morning bacon and eggs behind. Afterwards, carry on exploring by foot. Check out other attractions in town worth visiting, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral of Sapa, Cat Cat village and Ham Rong mountain, where, at the foot of it, you can find numerous flower gardens and a beautiful forest of wild peaches. All of these attractions are only a few minutes’ walk from each other and the center of Sapa, so you can easily spread your morning around them.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Cat Cat Village, Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Ham Rong Mountain, Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Afternoon: Off to Heaven.

For lunch, drop by The Hill Station, Sapa, and indulge yourself in some delicious local cuisine. After filling up, it will be a little hard to carry on walking, so rent yourself a motorbike and explore the outskirts of the city. Seven miles (12 kilometers) to the West of Sapa is Thac Bac (Silver waterfall), which from the distance looks like a white dragon looking down from the sky. Another two miles (three kilometers) further from the waterfall is Dinh Deo O Quy Ho pass, where you will find breathtaking views of Fansipan Peak.

Heaven’s Gate via Vietnam Travel Guides

Follow on through the scenic route toward Binh Lu, and, five minutes later, you will reach what is known as Heaven’s Gate, where you get beautiful panoramic view of the valley below. After a few hours of exploring the area on your bike, when darkness begins to approach, it’s best to head back, have some dinner and rest for day two.

The Hill Station, 37 Fansipan St, Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam, +84 214 388 7111

Thac Bac Waterfall, QL4D, San Sa Ho, Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Dinh Deo O Quy Ho, Son Binh, Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Tram Ton, QL4D, San Sa Ho, Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

(to be continued)

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