Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Getting to Sapa from Hanoi, Vietnam

There are countless travel agencies in Hanoi which organise packaged tours to the hill resort of Sapa. However, it's more fun and cheaper to get there independently.

This is how you go about it:

  1. take an overnight train from Hanoi railway station to Lau Cai near the Chinese border
  2. arrive in Lau Cai early the next morning
  3. mini-vans wait outside station to ferry you to Sapa
  4. the road up to Sapa is winding but the terraced slopes for crop cultivation provide some distraction.

In winter, Sapa can be very cold while in summer the weather is perfect.


  1. I agree. You can spend more time exploring the place instead of rushing to cover all the places of interest included in the tour package.

    Also, it's way cheaper planning your own trip.

  2. Yes, Alex, in Vietnam it's very doable. One reason is the open ticket tours which Msia and Thailand should adopt.

  3. This is good news for the those peoples which is interested in Hanoi travel,Thailand travel agencies makes a very good offer for the foreign visitors.