It is more magnificent than we expected, and Sapa is an amazing destination. You may find lovely hill-tribe settlements, rice terraces, and foggy lush green environment in Sapa itinerary. The natural beauty and distinctive culture of this place astound us.

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On Metta Voyage trip to Sapa, we went to the local market and enjoyed a wonderful hike through the villages where the native tribal people reside. We were really astounded when we encountered minority ethnic communities in isolated highland places.

We will share with you our itinerary for traveling around the region in this blog post on the Sapa travel guide. To aid you in organizing and preparing for your trip to Sapa, we’ve packed all of our travel advice and information. Let’s investigate it!

1. 3 Days Sapa itinerary


Breakfast is served in the hotel. you’ll then embark on a five-hour trip to Sapa. Once there, check into the hotel. Join a walking tour in the afternoon to visit the H’mong minority’s hill tribe villages in Cat Cat. We will meet a few of the minority residents and discover more about their way of life. Discover their way of life and culture.

Cat Cat village is the most striking village in Northwestern Vietnam, according to many who enjoy trekking, especially in Sapa. Tourists are drawn to Cat Cat Village by both its unspoilt natural beauty and the distinctive cultural aspects of the Mong people. The villagers in this community continue to practice and develop traditional crafts in addition to growing rice in the terraced fields.

You will have the chance to experience Cat Cat village‘s alluring natural surroundings, distinctive culture, and several delectable dishes when you visit.

Service includes:

  • Transfer: Private
  • Guide: English Speaking Guide
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accomodation: 3-4* hotel or homestay


After breakfast, you’ll see the Sapa market before beginning a 3–4 hour hike through the hill tribe communities of Lao Chai and Ta Van, which are inhabited by H’mong and Dzay people. The journey will take you over buffalo pathways and trails.

1.2.1. Lao Chai Village

One of Sapa’s most impressive sites is Lao Chai Village, which is where the Black H’mong live. Therefore, there is no justification for leaving this location out of any Sapa tours or any Vietnam Local Tour Company. Lao Chai will greet you with warmth and hospitality, and the village offers endless unique experiences.

Also, Lao Chai is the perfect location for trekking activities to discover Sapa’s natural beauty because of its spectacular grandeur of terraced fields, waterfalls, and mountains. By trekking to the villages, you may not only take in the full splendor of Sapa’s natural surroundings but also learn more about the locals’ way of life, traditions, and culture.

1.2.2. Ta Van Village

Coming to Ta Van, guests may enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the hamlet as well as the magnificent beauty of nature with the gurgling sound of streams and the singing of wild birds urging you to discover love.

The Muong Hoa Stream is on the front side of the settlement, which is tilted back against the Hoang Lien Son Mountain. The locals’ homes are oriented toward the northeast. The Giay school of feng shui holds that it is bad luck to construct a home with the mountain and stream flow in the downward direction. The Giay people have continued to practice their traditional religion, customs, and festivals for hundreds of years.

Service includes:

  • Transfer: Private
  • Guide: English Speaking Guide
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accomodation: 3-4* hotel or homestay


After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel, a guide and driver will transport you to the cable car station. It takes 20 minutes to travel 20 miles through breathtaking scenery to reach the top of the mountain.

The cable cars run from 7:30am to 5:30pm every single day. Each one can accommodate up to 35 people. You will start to float above the rice terraces and jagged cliffs below as soon as you leave the station. As you progressively ascend to this towering peak above the clouds, large windows allow you to take in the scenery all around.

You have 1.5 hours to take in the scenery, snap pictures, and visit the spiritual sites before making the 600-step climb to Fansipan, the Indochina-top roof’s.

Then come back to Cable Car Station and return to Sapa town to transfer to Hanoi.

Service includes:

  • Transfer: Private
  • Guide: English Speaking Guide
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

2. Sapa travel guide and tips

2.1. Best time to visit Sapa

The months of March to May and September to November are the ideal times to visit Sapa. These are generally stable weather conditions, with sunny days and cold nights. Fall is the first timeframe. The weather is excellent for tourism at this time of year: dry, clear, and sunny conditions prevail.

September through October offer the nicest terrace views in Sapa. It’s the ideal time for hiking and taking pictures due to the cold, dry weather and the constant temperature.

2.1.1. Accommodation in Sapa

  • Cat Cat Garden Hotel

Location: 79 Fansipan, San Sa Ho Commune, Lao Cai (0.4km from Cat Cat Village)

Price: from 700,000 VND/night

  • Sapa Vista Hotel

Location: 70 Fansipan, Sapa Town, Lao Cai

Price: from 400,000 VND/night

  • Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel & Spa

Location: 30 Hoang Lien Street, Sapa Town, Lao Cai

Price: from 1,000,000 VND/night

2.1.2. Restaurants in Sapa

  • Cat Cat Riverside

Location: Cat Cat Village, San Sa Ho, Sapa, Lao Cai

Typical food: local specialties, babeque, street food, fast food, coffee

  • Gem Valley

Location: Cat Cat Village, San Sa Ho, Sapa, Lao Cai

Typical food: local specialties, Vietnamese cuisine, Asian dishes

  • Aira Restaurant & Bar

Location: 30 Hoang Lien, Aira Boutique Hotel, Sapa, Lao Cai (0.8km from Cat Cat Village)

Typical food: Vietnamese cuisine, Asian dishes

  • Good Morning Vietnam

Location: 63B Fansipan Street, Sapa, Lao Cai (0.8 km from Cat Cat Village)

Typical food: Vietnamese cuisine, French food, Asian dishes

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