Very famous of rice fields,natural world wonder, luscious landscapes, world of mysterious minority cultures warm and friendly people in the north Vietnam and Sapa are really great destinations for trekking hiking tour and of course, an adventure of a life time!If you’re travelling all the way up to Sapa, you’re likely thinking of going trekking. 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’s rice terraces with sweeping mountain vistas.Sapa was the final stop of my 1-month Vietnam travel itinerary, and what a way to finish an incredible month of travel across the length of the country. It was incredibly picturesque, the cool mountain air was refreshing, and it was just great to be out exploring nature.Here are 7 tips for trekking in Sapa:
1. You will probably need an experienced 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.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. 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.
2. The lighter you pack, the better it is
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.
3. Wear sturdy shoes to protect your toes during the trek
As a side note, there are lots of shops in Sapa that both rent and sell trekking gear. If you’re doing some travel around Southeast Asia prior to your visit to Sapa and don’t feel like lugging around boots and hiking poles, know that those things can be found in the town at affordable rates.
4. Pack snacks, lots of them
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.
5. Bring double the water you think you’ll need
Actually make that triple. You will get thirsty and you’ll be guzzling more water than a camel. It’s a horrible feeling realizing you’ve just drank the last drop of your water and there are still another 2 hours of hiking ahead of you.
6. Get used to the touts
If you’re spending a few days in Sapa, you’ll notice that for the women of the Hmong tribe touting is serious business. If you are hoping the touting will stop once you leave Sapa, think again.Despite making it clear that we had no intention of purchasing any more souvenirs, we had women walk alongside us for hours. Things started off friendly enough with them asking questions and practicing their English, but there was always a pitch at the end and their sales tactics were a bit aggressive.
7. 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. Guides are usually very gracious and let you take lots of photo breaks every time you come over a hill or reached yet another lookout point.
Bonus: Getting to Sapa
Catch a train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. Lao Cai is a small town that sits by the Chinese border, and it is only 38 kilometers away from Sapa. There is a bus service that runs between Hanoi and Lao Cai, but the overnight sleeper train is by far the most convenient way to get there. The trip to Lao Cai is an overnight journey that leaves Hanoi at night and gets you into Lao Cai by morning.From Lao Cai, you’ll catch a minivan to Sapa. Depending on the company you booked your transportation with, the cost of the minivan transfer may or may not be included in your ticket. If it’s not included you’ll find the minivans parked directly outside the train station and they’ll leave for Sapa as soon as they get a full van.Those are important points you should know when being interested in trekking in Sapa. You may want to know about other similar places:5 TIPS THAT YOU HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT VIETNAM’S CURRENCY AND WEATHERWHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU SPEND ON 1 DAY IN HANOI ?