Get cultured or adventurous with our list of the best Sapa Day Trips to explore from Fansipan to Muong Hoa valley and everywhere!

Most of the people who love travel want to experience route by their way, they don’t like to bound by the schedule of a certain tour. However, when you go to a new land, you can’t avoid barriers such as language, movement, local rules, etc., so it’s harder to schedule a trip on your own, Sapa day trips are also the same. This article will give you some information from general to detail. But it’s not a specific schedule, it just brings you the information needed for a day trip in Sapa and you will easy to schedule accordingly.

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Sapa day trips with top 5 famous spots

  1. Muong Hoa Valley

The valley is home to a few ethnic minority groups including the H’mong, Dao, and Zay, differentiated by their styles of dress and language. On the way, you get the chance to see the local people at their homes doing their everyday work. Between the main villages, there are wide cemented paths for ease of travel, either by walking or motorbike. There are countless paths off the main path, though. Some are narrow but paved, like the one below. And some are little more than muddy trails. In the morning mist (and during the rainy season), the paths can get very slippery!

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Rice terraces field at Muong Hoa Valley 

Note:

  • If entering a home, remove headwear and your backpack as a sign of respect.
  • Instead of giving gifts or buying from children, you can donate supplies to a school instead.
  • Ask permission before taking photographs of people. A smile works wonders.
  • Wearing sturdy shoes are recommended
  • Should do a trek in the afternoon, because the morning may have foggy.

Distance from Sapa Town: 2 km.

Time spent on it: 2 – 3 hour.

Transport: by bike, motorbike, or walk

Guide: 600.000VND per one person, but you can trek without a guide.

  1. Fansipan mountain

Fansipan is not only known as the highest mountain in Indochina but also is an attractive place to see the whole Sapa. When you here, you will feel very close sky. It’s very wonderful.

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If you like mountains and challenging hikes, try to climb. Most backpackers will opt for the 2-day tour, with one night spent on the mountain. However, for someone in relatively good shape, a 1-day hike is totally doable (if arduous). If you want to do it, you’ll have to arrange a guide – it’s an imposition to sure your safety.

It’s the choice of adventurous people, if you prefer a more lighthearted ride in one day, choose to use the cable car. The cable car facilities were first rate, the ride over the Sapa rice terraces was out of this world and very much worth it, then you just climb the 600 steps to the top.

Note:

  • Make sure you bring warm clothes, in the summer it’s even very cold.
  • Camera should be ready

Distance from Sapa Town: 3 km.

Time spent on it: 3 – 4 hour.

Transport: by bike, motorbike, or walk

Guide: 400.000VND

Cable car price: 400.000VND per adult and 250.000VND per children (discount until the end of 2017)

Climbing Fansipan ticket price: 150.000VND (If you don’t use cable car)

  1. Thac Bac waterfall

Falling from 200m above, the Silver Waterfall is majestic view both sight and sound. The waters rushed so fast forming white and silvery gushes. The air is very refreshing.

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Note: Shouldn’t walk with slippers or sandals

Distance from Sapa Town: 12 km.

Time spent on it: 30 minutes

Ticket: 20.000VND

  1. O Quy Ho mountain pass

The 50-kilometer long road that runs around the Hoang Lien Son Range, between the northern provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau, is a must-visit for adventurers. Standing more than 2,000 meters above sea level, its top is covered with white clouds almost all year round, its name O Quy Ho is said to have come from a mythical bird that used to live in the area. O Quy Ho supposed to be an extremely large challenge for drivers and even bikers to go past. In spite of being depicted as a picturesque road, O Quy Ho will bring traveler a fear when they feel be driven through a bridge whose one side is a deep and dark abyss, and the other one is a steep cliff. However, a try at climbing to the summit of the pass will actually be an awesome feeling which you have never got before; it’s a feeling of floating in the sky and reaching the horizon.

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Note:

  • Do not move at high speed
  • Look closely and go slow on the curves

Distance from Sapa Town: 18 km.

Time spent on it: 1 – 2 hours

Transport: Motorbike

  1. Cat Cat village

Cat Cat village is one of the most favorite attractions in Sapa recently. Visiting Cat Cat, travelers can discover the culture of ethnic minority and the wild nature. This is really a suitable place for those who feel bored and tired of the urban life. Along roads to the village, travelers can enjoy the ancient architectural beauty of small houses of local residents and witness the daily activities of ethnic peoples such as weaving, carving, making farm tools and arts and crafts.

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Distance from Sapa Town: 2 km.

Ticket: 40.000VND

Transport: Bike, motorbike or foot

Time spent on it: 2 – 3 hours

Read more about weather in Sapa to schedule for your Sapa day trips here: Weather in Sapa for stay and backpacking

Sapa day trips with top 5 off the beaten paths

  1. Shin Chai Village

Leaving Sapa town behind, you will take a short transfer to the small village of Sin Chai, inhabited by Black H’mong people. Sin Chai is located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain in an area covered by rain forest and under the protection of Hoang Lien National Park. Upon arrival at the village, you start the walk around and experience the daily life of the villagers who still maintain their ancestor’s way of life.

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Shin Chai Village

Note:

  • Wear hiking shoes as you need to trek a lot.
  • Carry drinking water with yourself.
  • People who are unable to walk for long hours should avoid this trek.

Distance from Sapa Town: 2 km.

Transport: Bike, motorbike or foot

Time spent on it: 2 – 3 hours

  1. Ta Phin Village

Ta Phin village is located about 1500 m above sea level in a remote valley covered by rice paddies and corn fields. Mainly populated by the Hmong ethnic group, the Dao ethnic group and few people from the Kinh ethnic group.

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Play time in Ta Phin Village

 

Red Dao people living there still keep strong customs : arranged weddings where the price of the bride can still reach a decent amount of old Indochina silver piastres; the use of roots and plants to dye silk threads in bright yellow or dark orange; harvesting medicinal plants in the jungle in order to make their traditional herbal bath.

Hmong people usually live in smaller houses and grow hemp and indigo plants. They turn these plants into stunning pieces of clothing and souvenirs for the village visitors.

Distance from Sapa Town: 12 km.

Transport: Bike, motorbike or foot

Ticket: 20.000VND

Time spent on it: 2 – 3 hours

  1. Ban Ho Village

At the end of the motor way about 25 Km from Sapa town lies a vast and flat valley, circled by mountains and hills. It is Ban Ho valley home to the Tay ethnic. It is divided into three areas: Ta Trung Ho, Xeo Trung Ho and Hoang Lien, which is a place of the Mong, Dao, Tay. Come to Ban Ho, you get a chance not only to view wonderful spots, enjoy fresh air but also to see natural beauty. You will have an opportunity to see waterfall, go swimming in hot water pool or cold water stream, find out traditional weave fabric, make brocade… and take part in community activities.

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Traditional home in Ban Ho Village

Distance from Sapa Town: 30 km.

Transport: Bike, motorbike or foot

Time spent on it: 2 – 3 hours

  1. Y Linh Ho Village

Y Linh Ho is a small commune composed by a dozen of small hamlets scattering on the very tough mountain terrain with high and steep mountains. This village is home to the Black Mong who wears very dark clothing in blacks and navy dyed with indigo (often seen on the hands of older Mong women). Here you can enjoy the beautiful and interesting scenery of these villages. This is your chance to visit the H’mong people living in their wooden and bamboo houses.

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Souvenir in Y Linh Ho Village

Distance from Sapa Town: 7 km.

Transport: Bike, motorbike or foot

Time spent on it: 2 – 3 hours

  1. Giang Ta Chai Village

Giang Ta Chai is a halt for tourists who prefer the adventure trekking tour with the main attractions such as bamboo forests, rattan bridge, Giang Ta Chai waterfall, traditional culture of peoples. Among them, bamboo forests are discovered and prefered the most. To get to the bamboo forest, you will have to walk about 2km from the center of Ta Van. Along the way, you have opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of Muong Hoa valley with nice rice terraced fields and walk through lush forest with bamboo. When the weather is favorable, everything will be simple and funny. On the contrary, in the rainy season, the trails become slippery and bring to tourist funny and exciting experience. Especially, in mid May in recent years, bamboo forest appears thousands beautiful golden butterfly. This butterfly has scientific name is Stichophthalma howqua, is a life cycle of the worm living in the bamboo forest. The phenomenon is due to favorable weather for their development.

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Bamboo forest in Giang Ta Chai Village

Distance from Sapa Town: 11 km.

Transport: Bike, motorbike or foot

Time spent on it: 2 – 3 hours

So that covers just about all the Sapa day trips. If you’re not sure which to take, pick one of the top five. Or some our Sapa day trips:

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