Sleeper buses pick you in Hanoi Old Quarter area (Opera House) with the price of 250,000 – 350,000 VND/ticket (12 -17 USD). They will bring you directly to Sapa town in 6 – 7 hours. The buses often start at 7.00 am from Hanoi and 4:00 pm from Sapa.
Hanoi – Sapa Express Bus also departs daily at 7:00am from Hanoi and 4:00 – 6:00 pm from Sapa via the Hanoi – Lao Cai highway. It takes about 6 hours depending on traffic and weather situation. The price of a ticket is 250,000 VND.
3. By private car:
Although traveling Sapa by a private car is more expensive, you will be much more comfortable than traveling by buses. Your time is very flexible as you can start to go and stop whenever and wherever you want. Because all best attractions of Sapa are often far from each other, you cannot visit these places by walking only. After getting Sapa, you have to rent a motorbike or car to visit each destination. If you rented a private car from Hanoi already, you can easily use this car to visit each attraction. You can save a little bit money by this way. Especially, if you travel Sapa with kids or if you cannot use motorbike, traveling Sapa by private cars is a perfect choice. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a private car to get Sapa.
4. By motorbike:
Travel Sapa by motorbikes is chosen by those who are young and love adventure travel only because this way actually has more risks while the distance from Hanoi – Sapa is very far (350km). If you want to visit Sapa by motorcycle, you should have a local guide and prepare carefully. It takes a long time to get Sapa by motorbikes, about 10 hours, so please sure that you have enough heath, skills, and experiences to transfer by this way. Don’t forget to wear a helmet.
Transportation around Sapa
Sapa is well-known for trekking around the ethnic villages and rice terraces so anywhere in the main villages of sapa you can reach by your foot. However, you cannot walk to access these villages from Sapa town (except Cat cat village – very near Sapa town). You have to rent a car or motorbike to get Sapa attractions like Lao Chai village, Ta Van village, Ban Ho village, Silver Watefall, Bac Ha market, Muong Hum market, etc. If you booked a private car with a tour guide already from Hanoi, it’s very easy to explore the best attractions in Sapa.
To rent a motorbike, you will be held your passport as the guarantee or $250 deposit. The price for one motorbike/day is about 6-10 USD, included petrol. Because Sapa is a mountainous area, please drive slowly, always wear your helmet, prepare a Sapa map, cheak the weather carefully before you go and avoid rainy days as the roads are very muddy and slippery.
To be continued…