Laocai train station:
Khanh Yen Street - Pho Moi Ward - Lao Cai Town - Lao Cai
Hanoi - Lao cai train stop at valley Lao cai, just 40 km
from Sapa, so to reach Sapa you need to travel more 1 hour
and a half by a public bus or private car. The bus stops
at Sa Pa's main post office leaving you with a couple of
minutes walk into town. From Sapa town it is about
5' or 15' walk to your hotel. Ticket prices for a bus connecting
to Sapa is $5 per person one way.
best in terms of comfort and services from Hanoi to Lao
Cai, The Victoria
Express train offers two luxury sleeping carriages, one
restaurant connected to the train, all with air-conditioning.
Express Train is only provided for Victoria in-house guests
schedule from 06 Nov 2006 to 31 Dec 2006
Weekday departures (WD): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Weekend departures (WK): Friday and Sunday
One way ticket is not available on weekend departures
Train schedule is subject to change without prior notice
Tulico train offers comfortable air-conditioned soft sleepers.
It is good and clean cabin, especially the deluxe 2 berth
cabin ( for 2 persons only) between Hanoi and Lao Cai. While
this is is not a luxurious train it offers good alternative
transportation to get to Sapa from Hanoi. It is soft sleeper,
A.C and clean 4 berth cabin. The train provide you one bottle
of water, small snack and a napkin.
First class (4-berth wooden
cabin soft sleeper with A/C): US$49 per person, return
(4 berth cabin soft sleeper with A/C): US$39 per person,
The Ratraco Express Train is designed with soft 4 berths
and two toilet at either ends features 4 soft berth in each
cabin with individual reading lights, baggage storage and
spacious trunk for suite case and hand luggage. The train
provide also water and cold tower.
The TSC Express Train is wooden carriage, soft sleeper A.C
cabin with soft 4 berths and two toilet at either ends.
Each berth is equipped with individual reading lights, baggage
storage and spacious trunk for suite case and hand luggage.
The train provide also water and cold tower.
First class: (4-berth Wooden
cabin, soft sleeper with A/C): US$ 47 per person, return
AC Soft Sleper
class 4 berths
Cabin - 4 berths
sleeper - 4 berths
All type of the train can be booked and handled to your
hotel in Hanoi
- The train schedule is subject to change without prior
- Children under 5 years old: free of charge if sharing
berth with parent; from 5 up: adult rate.
WHERE TO GO
For your information
about the places to visit during your holiday in Sapa, we've
made a small guide about thee best places. These are the
places tourists have found most interesting and informative.
We hope this guide will make your stay in Sapa more pleasant
Love Market : Montagnards from surrounding villages,
especially Red Dao people don their most customers and head
to the market on Saturday. The girls try to hide in the
dark shadow and sing the love songs to attract the boys.
The boys try to find where the songs come from. If they
are well matched they together into the forest for 3 days.
Back from the forest, they can get married if they want.
besides, some people also go to the market to their old
girlfriend, or boyfriend whom they couldn't get married
to for some reasons. The Love market takes place very late
in the evening (from 10 P.M ).Be quiet and patient to discover
it. Do not miss it !!!!
mountain (1,5 km from Sapa ):1750m hight. From
here you can see the whole panorama of Sapa town. Ideal
for walking 2,5 hours round the trip. The scenery is really
wonderful. Discover the artificial orchid garden and enjoy
the art show program of the ethnic minority group in Sapa
at 10:30 am everyday &at 12:30 P.M every Friday and
Saturday ...Entrance fee :20000 VND per pax
village (4 km ).
You can go to Catcat by Jeep, motorbike or on foot, it is
a small village of Hmong people, where you can relax beside
the waterfall or visit the old power station of the French...
Entrance fee :5000VND per pox .(US$20.00 per Jeep &US$
20.00 per guide).Laochai-Tavan: Take a ca from Sapa to Laochai
village (H'mong people) (9 km), Walking to Tavan village
(12km),you will see the H'mong , Zay , Dao people and others
dressed in the traditional style that is unique to the Northern
region.(well-prepared boots or trekking shoes for a two
hour trek through terraced).The driver will wait for you
here and take you back to Sapa.
village (red Zao people ,Black Hmong). (15km ).You
can reach Tafin by Jeep or motorbike.The trip takes tree
hours. You can leave your car or motorbike at the entrance
of the village and walk inside the village to visit the
Red Zao, Black H'mong houses & experience their daily
Female outfits vary but typically elaborate with silver-
color beads and coins (the wealth of the woman is said to
be equal to the weight of the coins she carries).Long locks
of hair are tied up in to large red embroidered turban.
Bac.(Silver Water fall) (13km).you
can reach the Thacbac by motorbike or car. After climbing
to the Silver Water Fall, 100m high, you can continue up
to the highest pass in Viet Nam. The 2047m high Tram ton
pass. Aside from magnificent views, the bizzare thing is
how dramatically the climate changes. On the Sapa side of
the mountain, you can often expect foggy, cold and generally
nasty weather. Drop down a few hundred meters below the
pass on the Laichau side and it will often be sunny and
Lu market (50km ) is
one on the remote villages of Sapa. Diverse ethnic minority
groups surround it, each maintaining its own language and
tradition. These distinct people have developed an amazing
variety of music, dance and handicraft. A big cave is also
available for you to discover in Binh Lu
Ha market (100km): Discover the most famous market
of the region-Bac Ha market. Here you can meet all the different
minority group of the region: Flower H'mong, Tay, F'la,
Thai, Nung. The colorful market is well-known for its handicraft
objects. The market only operate on Saturday morning. Depart
from Sapa at 6am, you will be in BacHa at 9am. This is the
good time to visit the market. On the way back to Sapa,
it is possible to hop off in Laocai and catch the night
train back to Hanoi.
Hun market (75km):
It is quite hard to discover this area. This is the program
for the strong ones. It is mountainous district like Sapa
but have different ethnic minorities such as :Flower H'mong,
Zay, Red Hmong, White Hmong, Tay, Thai, Nung, Tu Di,dao
Tuyen. The market only operate on saturday morning. Depart
from Sapa at 6am , you will arrive Muong Hun at 9am. After
visiting the market you will go back to Laocai station.
You can also visit Muong Vi cave and villages along the
road on the way to Laocai.
Ly market (95km): Join us for the amazing excursion
of Coc Ly, the latest market discovered in the region, the
only one operating on Tuesday. Depart from Sapa at 7am,
you will arrive at Coc Ly at around 9.30am. This is the
good tine to visit the market. After visiting the market,
which is the most fresh and unspoiled market of the region,
offering a wide range of different colorful ethnic minorities
such as Flower C'mon, Black Dao, Tay , Fula, Lachi, Sandui
and Nung....there will be an exciting boat cruise winding
you through a breathtaking, out of this-world landscape
where the mountain grow from water presenting their most
hidden mysteries, including caves and tiny minority ...A
picnic lunch box can be prepared for your most convenience....