If you are going to Vietnam and you are fancy of trekking, you should go to Sapa. This destination is, after all, one of the most beautiful areas of North Vietnam with its rice terraces carved into the beautiful mountains in the foothills of the chain Hoang Lien Son – the highest mountain of Vietnam. Following are some tips for a Sapa trekking tour.
Take a local guide
There are trekking in a whole day or even half-day excursions (to Cat Cat Village) that you can do by yourself. However, if you want to spend a few days in the mountains, it is better to be accompanied by a local guide who is familiar with the terrain, weather changes, and the best vantage points in trekking trail. Local travel agencies offer English-speaking tour guide at prices ranging between USD 30-50 or you can go with a local person who can speak English and this is the best way to discover the daily life of ethnic minorities.
The guide is not a carrier, so only bring what is absolutely necessary to you. Remember, your bag will be heavy when you wear trekking.
Lots of water
During the trekking you will be thirsty. It’s really horrible to realize that you just drank the last drop of your water and there are still another two hours of walking ahead. To not die of thirst, take plenty of water with you.
And finally, do not forget your camera!
The landscape of Sapa and the surrounding area is very beautiful so make sure that you bring along your camera and the battery is fully charged. Photographs in your Sapa trekking tour will certainly be the best, the favorite of your trip to Vietnam!
To get to Sapa
Take a train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. Lao Cai is a small town located near the Chinese border, it is just 38 km from Sapa. There is a bus service connecting Hanoi and Lao Cai, but the night train is by far the most convenient way. The trip to Lao Cai is a night journey which starts from Hanoi at night and arrives at the Lao Cai in early morning. Then, you will reach Sapa from station by shuttle bus and commence your trekking tour.