backpackers or adventurous travellers
go to Sapa by
motorbike, there are some roads towards Sapa however 2 main
roads is from Hanoi via Lao Cai to Sapa or take the
direction of Lai Chau.
The route that passes Lao Cai and then to Sapa is close and
easy to travel, however if you go through Lai Chau you will
have a chance to conquer 2 among 4 legenday mountain passes
in the Northwest is Khau Pha pass, 30 km and O Quy Ho more
than 50 km. Not only conquering the pass, stops to rest and
enjoy the scenery, take pictures...Traveling by motorbike
also saves your money, only about 7 usd for the petrol you
can travel nearly 400km distance, too good for a backpacker
with limited budget. Here are directions for you to Sapa by
motorbike or private cars.
Going to Sapa via Lao Cai:
- Option 1: From Hanoi to Vinh Phuc - Viet Tri town, Phong
Chau district, Doan Hung District, Yen Bai town, Lao Cai and
Sapa, total 360 km. From Hanoi to Vinh Phuc after you cross
Thang Long bridge you turn left at Tien Phong of Phu Cuong
junctions, from Doan Hung district you follow highway 70 to
Lao Cai city then continue 4D highway to Sapa town.
- Option 2: From Hanoi to Hoa Lac district - Trung Ha bridge
- Phong Chau district - Doan Hung - Highway 70 - Lao Cai -
Sapa, total 370 km.
Travel to Sapa via Lai Chau town
- From Hanoi to Hoa Lac - Son Tay district - Thanh Son
township, along Highway 32 to Sapa, total distance is 420
km. From Hanoi to Son Tay and Thanh Son on highway 32 you
will see the Khau Pha pass over 30 km before arriving in Mu
Cang Chai and Hoang Lien Son national park, here you have a
chance to climb O Quy Ho pass 50km. Conquering 2 of the 4
greatest passes in Northwest Vietnam is really a memorable
experience. In addition on this route you can make a short
Love waterfall, Silver waterfall just 15 km from Sapa town.
Sapa has many places to explore:
Fansipan peak, considered
as the roof of Indochina, visit
Ham Rong mountain, old stone
church built in the French time,
Cat Cat, Ta Phin villages,
abbey ruins, Muong Hoa valley - ancient rock field, Heaven's
Gate (peak O Quy Ho pass), Fairy Caves, Coc San...
If you are interested in exploring new places, or want to
hide away from crowds...There are places tourists rarely
come, there is here a Sapa different from the hustle and
bustle in town, a Sapa with the wild beauty of northwestern
mountains - it's remote village of Sapa such as Thanh Kim,
Nam Cang. To take this all the way around 30km.