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3 reasons why I had a crush on Sapa, Vietnam

rain 18 °C

The first time I went to Vietnam, I stopped in Sapa for a few days and i thought I wouldn’t stay more than 3 days… So I booked my bus tickets to spend 3 days in Sapa and I can comfortably say this now: I could have stayed for 2 weeks, easy.

If you're wondering where to go in Vietnam, besides Sapa, I suggest you read this microblog I found pretty useful when I planned my trip.


If you’re planning your stay in North of Vietnam and are still wondering how many days you should stay in this region of the country, make sure you plan for more than 7 days (at least).

if, like me, you’ve already booked everything, keep on reading, I’ll tell you what to do in 3 days.


Day 1: Rent a bike and get ready to explore Sapa on a motorbike

Disclosure: you can explore Sapa using public transportation but if you want to live the full experience, I’d suggest you to rent a bike.

On Day 1, you’ll explore two waterfalls and will have enough time to explore the wonderful Valley.

Drive 12 kms outside of Sapa town, and you should hit your first stop: the Silver Waterfall. You can see the waterfall from the road but you should hop off your bike and go climb the stairs to reach the top and the view is definitely worth it.


Your second stop should be the Love Waterfall which is a few kms from the Silver Waterfall. Take your time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the marvelous forest that surrounds you.

When you come back to Sapa, enjoy the view on the rice fields. There are breath-taking and deserves a few pictures from your camera. On the way back, you should recognize a mid-high mountain known as Mt Fansipan. Take the cable car to reach the top - it only takes 15 minutes. You’ll thank me later ;)

Day 2: Trekking to Hmong Village of Ta Van

The trek starts right outside Sapa a few minutes from the hostel we stayed at. We crossed a few rivers - noticing a few spiders tagging along with us - finding our way through endless rice paddies. It was raining the night before, so the roads were pretty muddy, make sure your hiking boots are water-proof and bring an extra pair of dry socks just in case you have an accident.


The trek is pretty long (it’s 17 km according to maps.me) but not very difficult.

Day 3: Ta Van - Su Pan - Sapa

There are two trails to get to Su Pan – one over the mountains and another paved one used by motorcycles and villagers. We took the muddy one. We knew it was a mistake since it was pouring the night before but we wanted to experience the whole adventure… My 2 cents: if it’s raining, take the paved road, that’ll be safer and much funnier.


Posted by sam_travels 09:46 Archived in Vietnam Tagged waterfalls rice_fields hiking trek vietnam rice sapa rice_paddies

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