code : 020
Located in Lao Cai provincein
the far north wesr of the country near the Chinese border,
this old French hill station is home to many ethnic minority
people, including the Hmong, Tay ,Dao and Thai,
and festivals add colour and character to the town. The Saturday
love market in particular is a great tourist drawcard. The
area has average annual temperarures of 18-28 degrees in the
mountains, but the temperature can fall below zero in winter.
An ancient tradition, where
young ethnic minority people go to find a parther.
Home to ethnic minorities
who live the sam way they have done for centuries. Catch a
xe om from town , or for the full mountain challenge
trek there on foot.
Train Train tickets
from Hanoi to Lao Cai cost around $16, booking at our office
. The recently launched Victoria Sapa express train offers
a more convenient option , but cost almost four times as much
.Grab a minibus up to Sapa from outside the station (VND 25,000),
or jump on the back of a xe om for about $5.
bus : Tourist bus : 12USD/1way
and 24USD/2ways at our office: 56 HangBe -Hanoi
Another important ethnic minority
centre and increasingly popular as an alternative to Sapa-103km
away .At 900m above sea level, it may be a bit warmer in the
winter. Get there by minibus from Sapa.
Exactly 3,143m high, it is
the highest peak in Indochina. Five day trecks are available
to climb it.