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Best things to do & to see in Cat Ba island- Vietnam. What & where to eat in Cat Ba?

Cat Ba is the biggest island of Hai Phong city, famous for very beautiful beaches, national park, Lan Ha bay (a miniature Ha Long bay ),… and interesting activities. There are many ways to travel to Cat Ba. You may combine travelling to Ha Long bay then get to Cat Ba by ferry, or go to Cat Ba from Hai Phong city.

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Cat Ba islands travel guide - Things to do in Cat Ba for 1 day?
Cat Ba islands travel guide – Things to do in Cat Ba for 1 day?

Top things to do & see in Halong Bay – Vietnam. What & Where to eat in Halong?

It’s no exaggeration to say that Halong Bay is torn right out of a fairy tale book. It’s too beautiful to be true. Halong Bay of Vietnam has been a UNESCO Heritage Site for a long time now and its beauty has never failed any I promise. It’s just true that this attraction is becoming more touristified and taking a lot of cash out of your pocket. In this blog post are my tips, experiences and list of top things to do in Halong Bay to help you plan a more affordable trip.

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Top things to do in Halong bay - Vietnam
Top things to do in Halong bay – Vietnam

How to get to Halong Bay?

The distance from Ha Noi to Halong city is about 180km (110 miles ). So buses are absolutely the best choice for a 4-hour ride. There is a good abundance of buses to Halong in a day.

If starting at 7am, you will arrive in Halong City at around 12pm.

Top things to do & see in Phu Quoc Vietnam. What & Where to eat in Phu Quoc island

Phu Quoc (Phú Quốc ), also known under the name Pearl island, is biggest island of Vietnam and is a district of Kien Giang. Phu Quoc is famous for beautiful sea, beaches, primary forests and ancient fishing villages. This island is an ideal destination of Vietnam. Following is my tips, experiences and top things to do in Phu Quoc island – VIetnam. 

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Top things to do in Phu Quoc island - Vietnam
Phu Quoc island – Vietnam

Top things to do & see in Phu Quoc island

There are 3 main tourism areas in Phu Quoc: NorthernSouthern and Western. Usually, visitors to Phu Quoc will spend 3 days to visit these areas.

Western  Island 

Western part is Duong Dong town, the first place you see when coming to Phu Quoc.

The first site you should visit is Dinh Cau (Dinh Cậu), a very sacred temple with the locals.

Next is Ham Ninh fishing village. This is an ancient village with rustic and pristine cottages. You may also buy fresh seafoods and enjoy them on beach when ships of fishermen just docked.

Ham Ninh fishing village in Phu Quoc
Ham Ninh fishing village

After visiting Ham Ninh village, if it’s not yet dark, let’s visit Cuoi Nguon museum, where stories and legends about Phu Quoc island are kept.

In the evening, try out the bustling Dinh Cau night market and eat famous specialties of this island.

Southern Island

The famous attractions in Southern Island is Phu Quoc prison (Nhà tù Phú Quốc ). The prison was restored to be a museum, with wondrous statues about scenes of torturing prisoners. 

Tranh stream (Suối Tranh ), rooted from Ham Ninh mountain, has beautiful scene and cool air like Dalat city.

Top things to do in Phu Quoc island - Vietnam
Painting stream

Khem beach (Bãi Khem ) is surrounded by mountains. This is a beautiful beach of Phu Quoc with blue sea and a long stretch of sand coast.

Next destinations in Southern are Kingdom of pepper (Vương Quốc hồ tiêu ), Fish sauce barrel houses, which produces millions of litters of fish sauce every year. I’m sure, you will be overwhelmed by the massive barrel systems; and Pearl farms, which produces famous pearls of Phu Quoc.

Northern Island

Northern area of the island owns Phu Quoc National park (Vườn quốc gia Phú Quốc), which has the most beautiful beaches of the island, along with other pristine landscape:

Ham Rong mountain (Núi Hàm Rồng ), Ganh Dau beach (Gành Dầu ), Cua Can (Cửa Cạn, an estuary). 

Top things to do in Phu Quoc island - Vietnam
Ganh Dau

Bai Dai beach (Bãi Dài), the most beautiful beach of Phu Quoc. 

Da Ngon (suối Đá Ngọn ), Da Ban stream (suối Đá Bàn) with beautiful waterfalls

Finally, Nguyen Trung Truc temple, the end of my northern journey, is where the locals commemorate a great hero of country. 

Bai Sao beach in Phu Quoc
Bai Sao beach

My tips: You should rent a motorbike to visit all attractions in Phu Quoc and make sure to fill up gasoline if travelling the Northern area.

For motorbikes, you may rent in your hotel or contact: Mr. Thanh, +84918.579.218, very enthusiastic, price is also ok.  Mr. Minh, +8498.384.6982. Mr. Duc, +8498.5034.111

Or for renting car, contact Mr. Huy +84168.8880.608


 

How to get to Phu Quoc island?

There are 2 ways:

1. By plane

You may go from Ha Noi or Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh city ). 

– From Sai Gon to Phu Quoc. There are 6 – 10 trips every day. Fares are from $50 to $70. 

– From Ha Noi, airfares are from $150 to $250, depending on season.

Planes to Phu Quoc also have cheap fares, but you have to keep your eyes out for promotion or book a few months beforehand. 

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Phu Quoc view from plane
Phu Quoc view from Plane

2. By road and waterway

This way is very complex. 

– First, from Sai Gon, you will get to Rach Gia by bus. If going at night, you will arrive at 5am. Then, catch a taxi or motor-taxi to the dock. 

Notes:  Try to remember the number of your bus as it will stop a few times for break during the ride and there are many similar buses around at the stop. 

Best taxis in Rach Gia:

Mai Linh: +848 3929 2929

Phuong Trang: +848 3833 3468

– Second. Usually, ships go to Phu Quoc leave at 8am and 1pm, taking from 2h30 to 3h depending on the weather.

Two ship firms:

– Superdong ship. Add: 14 – Tu Do street, near the dock. Phone: +8477.877.742 – +8477.877.741. Fare is $15/adult.

Superdong ship to Phu Quoc
Superdong ship

– Shavanna ship. Add: 12 Tu Do street – Rach Gia, near the dock. Phone: +84773.692.888. Fares: : $15/adult and $10/child. 


 

Best Hotels and motels in Phu Quoc Island

1. Kim Thanh Nga hotel in region 7 (khu phố 7) – block 20 – Duong Dong town is $18 to $25. Fine room, good hotelier. $7 for taxi from airport to the hotel. 

2. Hong Tuyet hotel is at 14 – Bach Dang street – Duong Dong. Near the Duong Dong night market, and dock of night squid fishing. 

3. Sea Breeze hotel is very clean and spacious with balcony overlooking the sea. Prices from $18 to $43. The hotel is located on Tran Hung Dao street. Phone +8477 399 4920 

4. Hiep Thoai hotel on Tran Hung Dao street is in the town center. Phone: +8477.398.1060. I don’t know its exact price, but for sure it’s affordable, you may call to check the prices. 

5. Huong Giang bungalow hotel. I really like this hotel. It includes 16 bungalows, located in bustling area of Phu Quoc and only 5 minutes walk  from beach. Prices from $25 to $30. I’m pretty sure you will like it too.

Huong Giang bungalow hotel
I like Huong Giang bungalow hotel

Some cheap motels in Phu Quoc

6. Thien Vy motel at 6 – Ly Thuong Kiet, near Phu Quoc ariport. 

7. Oc Dao motel has very cheap price at only$10. Phone +8498.2111.232. 

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What and where to eat in Phu Quoc?

In Duong Dong town (western island)

Top things to do in Phu Quoc island
Top things to do in Phu Quoc island

Breakfast restaurants:

1. Le Giang restaurant is near the traffic circle of night market. This is familiar breakfast place of groups tourist. 

2. Quoc Anh on 30/4 street, near Thang Long hotel. I don’t try yet but some my friends said it’s good. 

3. Banh canh cha ca is a popular restaurant close to Thang Long hotel. If you want to watch the streets and enjoy taste of the local, let’s come here. 

4. Breakfast buffet at Huong Bien hotel. You may call the hotel to book breakfast. 

Other restaurants: 

5. Vuon Tao (Vườn táo ) is my favorite. They have raw herring, which is the pride of Phu Quoc cuisine. Other restaurant also have this dish, but here is best. You should drop by this restaurant during daytime, because it’s quite distant from the center of the town so deserted in night. 

Herring salad of Phu Quoc
Raw Herring – A famous specialty of Phu Quoc

6. Zen is a luxurious restaurant on 30/4 street. Cool campus and professional staffs. This restaurant also serves breakfast. 

7. Song Xanh restaurant has nice view, overlooking Duong Dong river. 

8. Trung Duong has good prices. 

9. Huong Bien restaurant is located on terrace of Huong Bien hotel, which has a very impressive sea view. This is ideal place for dinner. 

10. Ngheu So Oc Hen and Nghe So restautants serve seafoods at reasonable prices. 

11. Dinh Cau night market has many restaurants close together and prices are also average. Let’s enjoy a very Phu Quoc cuisine style. 

what to do in Phu Quoc island Vietnam
Coi Bien Mai salt and chili grilled

12. Gia Tuong is the only restaurant in Phu Quoc that does not have seafoods but serves specialties from Phu Quoc forest instead. 

In southern Island

12. Sao beach club is a new restaurant with nice view and good service. You may rent hammocks or chairs to eat on the beach. 

In Northern Island

13. Mai Phuong restaurant on Vung Bau (Vũng Bầu ) beach has over 10 bungalow. 

14. Bien Hai Quan on Ganh Dau. 

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Things to see & What to Eat in Phu Quoc – Pearl island of Vietnam

Phu Quoc – Vietnam, Pearl Island

Phu Quoc is known as the pearl island, it wins many tourists’ favours to be called “the heaven on earth”. the island is the largest island in Vietnam, formed in Kien Giang Province, located in the Southwest of the country, being about 120km from Rach Gia.

Phu Quoc island has cool weather all the year with an average temperature of around 28 degrees Celsius, a tropical monsoon climate  which is divided into two distinct seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. Gifted the beautiful weather, calm sea, and a few rainy days,… Phu Quoc is the ideal destination for those who are planing to go travel somewhere fantasic.

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Phu Quoc island - Vietnam
Phu Quoc island – Vietnam

Best things to do & to see in Vung Tau – Vietnam. What & where to eat in Vung Tau?

Vung Tau is a heaven of sea tourism in Southern Vietnam. It’s beautiful and very close to Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City) so convenient for travelling. You need just 1 day to visit most of the attractions in Vung Tau City, or 2 days if you want to visit its nearby spots. The following is my tips, experiences and top things to do in Vung Tau city – Vietnam for 1 or 2-day trip. 

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Top things to do in Vung Tau city - Vietnam
Top things to do in Vung Tau city – Vietnam

Best things to do & to see in Hue – Vietnam. What & where to eat in Hue?

Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam. I visited Hue twice with many different emotions, but one thing never changes, the silence. Any one who visited Hue probably have had similar experiences. There seems so few people on the streets, life is passing very slow, and even a little sad. So, why go to Hue?!

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Hue ancient capital of Vietnam travel guide
Hue ancient capital of Vietnam

Hue is the capital of Vietnam’s last feudalistic dynasty, hence preserves numerous pagodas, temples, palaces and especially the magnificent citadel. And the people of this ancient capital are amazingly wonderful too. Don’t forget the local food! Definitely worth a visit! In this article, I’m happy to share with you my experiences, tips and things to do in Hue – Vietnam. 

How to get to Hue from Hanoi and Saigon?

If you’re in Hanoi or Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh city), you can travel to Hue by bus or train. While bus is generally faster and more convenient with many high quality companies offering sleeper services, train is also a good choice for those who prefer a more peaceful trip.

Best things to do & to see in Hoi An – Vietnam. What & where to eat in Hoi An?

Hoi An ancient town was the cultural and commercial center of Central Vietnam during the 16th and 17th centuries. Now it is “an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port” (UNESCO). Following is my experiences, tips and top things to do in Hoi An citythat I collected after a few trips.

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Top things to do in Hoi An - Vietnam
Top things to do in Hoi An – Vietnam

How to get to Hoi An?

Assuming that you’re staying in Da Nang, about 30km from Hoi An, here are 3 ways to get there:

Best things to do & to see in Da Nang – Vietnam. What & where to eat in Da Nang?

Da Nang is the center of culture and tourism in Central Vietnam. From here, you can combine travelling to many other places such as Hoi An ancient town, Nha Trang beach, Ba Na hill, Hue ancient capital. But Da Nang alone already has a lot to visit. It is the most worthy place to live within Vietnam. No kidding. Check out why!

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Top things to do in Da Nang - Vietnam
Da Nang city – Vietnam

Best things to do & to see in Mui Ne Phan Thiet. What & where to eat in Mui Ne?

I was fortunate to visit Mui Ne, Phan Thiet twice. Both times left very deep impressions in me. The most attractive thing in South-Central of Vietnam is the long beaches with a very charming and picturesque beauty. In this post, I will share my experiences, tips and top things to do in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet to those who are planning to explore this city. 

Things to do in Mui Ne - Phan Thiet
Things to do in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet

Best period to visit Mui Ne. Any time! Just avoid Jul and Aug, season of seaweeds, which makes the sea not clean and blue. Best time is Jun, with a lot of sunshine.

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How to get to Mui Ne – Phan Thiet?

Assuming you are in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city, there are two ways to go Mui Ne: by bus and train. By bus, you can get straight to Mui Ne, a little more convenient. By train, you will stop in Phan Thiet city, then go to Mui Ne from Phan Thiet, about 22km. 

By bus

* From Ho Chi Minh city to Mui Ne

– Sinh Cafe has seat car and bed car. 

Times: 07:30 – 15:00 and 20:30 

Add: 246 – 248 De Tham, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: +84.8.38 38 9593 – Fax: +84.8.38 36 9322

or 

24 -26 Pho Ðuc Chinh , District 1, Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: +84.8.38 222 892 – Fax: +84.8.38 217 416

– Phuong Trang 

Times: 7:30, 08:30 and 14:30

Address: 272-274-276 De Tham, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: +84. 83. 837 5570 

Office in Mui Ne: +84 62 3743 113 or +84 62 3743 040 

– Tam Hanh

Times: 08:00, 09:00, 15:00 and 20:00

Address: 272 – De Tham – District 1 – Ho Chi Minh City. Near Sinh Cafe and Phuong Trang offices

Tel: +848 9205 653 

* From Hanoi to Mui Ne

Hoang Long has 2 offices in Hanoi:

– 1A Nam Dong, Dong Da district, Hanoi. Tel: 8494 321 19 00

– 19 Thuoc Bac, Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi. Tel: 844 6295 5565

Things to do in Mui Ne - Phan Thiet
Mui Ne Vietnam – The land of sea and sand

By train

*From Ho Chi Minh city to Phan Thiet

Everyday, there is 1 trip from Sai Gon station to Phan Thiet at 7:05 am. Saturday and Sunday have 1 more train in the afternoon. From Phan Thiet station, you can catch a bus to Mui Ne. 

Add of Sai Gon station:  No. 01 Nguyen Thong street, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city

Phone (automatic answer): +848 39 310 666 

For information: +848 3931 8952 or +848 3846 6091 

Ticket office: +848 38 436 524 or +848 38 468 701

Sai Gon station will bring ticket to the hotel if requested at +848 8436 528, only available for inner city from 7h to 21h everyday. 

* From Hanoi to Phan Thiet

You can buy the train tickets at:

– TSC agent (add: 114 Pho Duc Chinh street – Ba Ðinh district – Hanoi): +844-37162868

– Mua Xuan (spring) agent (add: 41 Ma May Street – Hoan Kiem district – Hanoi): +844-39263138 or +844-22109775

– Hanoi train station on Le Duan street. 

Taxis in Phan Thiet 

– Mai Linh Taxi: +84623 739 888

– Mui Ne Taxi: +84623 84 88 48

– Phan Thiet Taxi: +84623 814 814


 

Best things to do & to See in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet – Vietnam

Mui Ne beach Vietnam travel guide
Mui Ne beach

– Beach: Mui Ne sea is very nice, clean and blue water. I think it’s even more beautiful than Nha Trang beach. 

– Suoi Tien (Angel Stream ) has red water with one side is sand dunes, other side is coconuts forest. 

– Red sand dune (Đồi Cát Đỏ)About 5km from Mui Ne. 

– White sand dune (Đồi Cát Trắng )Quite distant from Mui Ne, about 25km. You can rent a motor or jeep to go. 

– Sen lake (bàu Sen), a big lake in Mui Ne. 

Sen Lake in Mui Ne vietnam
Sen Lake (Bàu Sen)

– Hon Rom beach (Bãi Hòn Rơm), a beautiful beach in Mui Ne. 

– Posanu tower (Tháp Posanu), a ancient tower of Cham ethnic. 

– Ham Thuan Nam, about 30km from Phan Thiet city. 

– Doi Duong beach, Thay Thim palace and Thay Thim beach. 

– Mui Ke Ga and Ke Ga lighthouse

– Duc Thanh school. Ho Chi Minh president, who is a great man in Vietnam history, used to teach here. 

Angel stream in Mui Ne vietnam
Angel stream

 

Best Hotels in Mui Ne Vietnam

Mui Ne has many hotels and resorts. It is even called “Resort Capital of Vietnam”. So you have many choices. Below is some hotels and resorts.

In Phan Thiet City

– Hong Hai hotel. 165 Le Loi – Phan Thiet. Tel: +84 62.3822705

– Sai Gon Phan Thiet hotel. Add: T21, Nguyen Trai, Phan Thiet. Tel: +8462. 6251229 – 3750173 – 6281602

– Truong Thinh Hotel. Add: Tuyen Quang. Tel: +8462 383 4567

Rates are about +$10/day, including breakfast. 

– Minh Hanh motel. Add: 390 – Thu Khoa Huan. Tel: +8462.3834567. Rate for normal day is about +$10/ double room. 

resort in Mui Ne Vietnam
A resort in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet

In Mui Ne

– PinPon Hotels: 233 – Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Phan Thiet city. Phone: +84 43 978 5397 or +8498 454 4333.

– Su Trang motel: 3b Nguyen Dinh Chieu street. Tel: +8462 3847 344 

– Vuon Xoai motel: 5 – Nguyen Dinh Chieu street. Tel: +8462 374 1401

– Ngoc Hung motel: 45/4 Nguyen Dinh Chieu. Tel: +84905 187 541


Tent sleeping on beaches

tent sleeping on beach - Things to do in Mui Ne - Phan Thiet
Tent sleeping – An interesting thing to do in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet

Also, Mui Ne has tent service on beaches. Sleeping in tents brings freedom and adventure, or simply helps you save money. You should ask about security on beaches where you will sleep. Some resorts in Mui Ne provide tent sleeping service:

– Thuy Trang resort. Tel: +84 623.849.196. 

– Hon Rom 2 resort. Tel : +84 623.848.828

– Hon Rom 1 resort. Tel : +84 623.848.539 or +84 918.186.047

These resorts are placed on one road. If you come from Phan Thiet city, you will see: Thuy Trang – Hon Rom 2 – Hon Rom 1. 

Renting motor in Mui Ne

The attractions in Mui Ne are far apart, so you should rent a motor to visit all of the sites. Most of hotels in Mui Ne has motor for rent, if not, talk to reception, they will help you. 

If you had motor before going to Mui Ne, you can train from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city and send the motor on train. 

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What & Where to eat in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet?

Phan Thiet is coastal city so it’s famous for seafood. If possible, you should buy seafood on the beach from fishermen in the early morning. It’s fresh and tasty. Otherwise, you can eat seafood in restaurants. 

I like Phuong Vy restaurant, that’s spacious and dishes are very delicious. 

Add: 34 – Nguyen Tat Thanh road, Phan Thiet city. Tel: +8462 3 835668

Some other specialties: 

1. Rice paper (Bánh tráng), a dish is very tasty and popular of Phan Thiet. You can enjoy this dish at:

– Intersection of Tran Hung Dao and Thu Khoa Huan streets, near Hoa Nang cafe. 

– Tam Bien junction, near Tieng Xua cafe. 

Specialties in Mui Ne Vietnam
Rice paper

2. Bread soup (bánh canh), a dish is simple and nutritious. 

– Ba Ly restaurant at 566 Tran Hung Dao street, from 16:00

– Restaurant on Hai Thuong Lan Ong street, near SKCB central, from 16h to 19h. 

3. Raw fish (gỏi cá), a must-eat dish in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet. 

Add:

– Pubs are located next to Ca Ty river. 

– Viet Nam Home restaurant at 125 Nguyen Dinh Chieu – Mui Ne – Phan Thiet. 

4. Mi Quang Phan Thiết (Mì Quảng Phan Thiết), a noodle dish, is very “Phan Thiet”. The dish is quite sugary, so you should squeeze more lemon before eating. 

Add:

– 129 Tran Phu, serve in all day. 

– Ba Phuong restaurant lies on Trieu Quang Phuc street, opposite to Tuyen Quang school. 

– Restaurant on Le Hong Phong street, 200m from Phan Boi Chau school gate, only in the morning. 

Mi Quang Phan thiet Vietnam
Mi Quang Phan Thiet

5. Pancake (bánh xèo) is a snack that’s very cheap and tasty. There is 1 street that sells this dish. You can enjoy Pancake at 49 – Tuyen Quang or any restaurant on this street. 

6. Can cake Phan Thiet(bánh căn Phan Thiết) is a snack too that’s sold lots on streets in evening. You can ask taxis to know good places. Some restaurants that I like:

– A sidewalk restaurant near the Phan Thiet market, next to glass shop Eden, only serve in the evening. 

– No. 8 – Hai Thuong Lan Ong. 

7. Banh re (bánh rế Phan Thiết) is a specialty of Phan Thiet. You can buy Banh Re in Phan Thiet market or next to Ca Ty river. 

8. Banh quai vac (bánh quai vạc) is a popular dish that is sold a lot in Doi Duong beach and Phan Thiet market. 

9. Raw snail (gỏi ốc) is a snack sold a lot at Phan Thiet station in the afternoon, from 15h to 19h. 

Raw snail in Mui Ne Phan Thiet Vietnam
Raw snail

10. Squid teeth is a favourite dish of Phan Thiet youth. You can try this dish at Phan Thiet train station, Nguyen Tat Thanh road (the road to go Doi Duong beach) or Vo Thi Sau street.

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Best things to do & to see in Sapa Vietnam. What & where to eat in Sapa?

Sapa is a small town in Lao Cai provine – Vietnam, well-known for cool climate, diverse culture and majestic nature. Coming to Sapa, you will have the chance to relax in the cool climate right in Vietnam, a tropical country, visit villages of ethnic minorities and discover the beauty of majestic nature. 

Top things to do in Sapa - Vietnam
Top things to do in Sapa – Vietnam

Best time to visit Sapa. You can visit all year round, summer is cool, winter is very cold, however,  you will have big cloud formation, and fog covering the town. Each season has its own beauties. According to my Sapa travel experience, you should spend at least 2 days – 1 night, that’s enough time to visit the most attractive sites. Below is my experiences and top things to do in Sapa – Vietnam, hope it will be helpful for your Sapa trip.

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How to get to Sapa town – Vietnam?

There are 2 ways to get to Sapa (assuming you are in Hanoi – Vietnam)

1. You can go by train from Hanoi to Lao Cai city, from $8 to $40, depending on the quality. Then, get a bus or high quality car to Sapa, fares are about $2,5. Total time, from Hanoi to Sapa, is 10 hours (1 night).

You can buy the train tickets at:

– TSC agent (add: 114 Pho Duc Chinh street – Ba Ðinh district – Hanoi): +844-37162868

– Mua Xuan (spring) agent (add: 41 Ma May Street – Hoan Kiem district – Hanoi): +844-39263138 or +844-22109775

– Hanoi train station on Le Duan street. 

2. You can go by high quality buses from Hanoi up to Sapa in about 5-6 hours.

You can buy car tickets of firms: Hai Van (Tel: +84203.872.606), Ha Son (Tel: +844 66.62.62.62), Hung Thanh (Tel: +84989.294.294), VietBus (Tel: +8443-627.27.27), …


Best hotels in Sapa town

Hotel in Sapa vietnam travel guide
Chau Long Hotel in Sapa

2 areas that gather many cheap motels and hotels are Cau May and Fansipan streets. The average prices are from $10 to $20 for normal days, and $15 to 30$ for holidays. You can consider:

– Quoc Thai motel, on Fansipan street, tel: +84203.871384. The price is about $10 for normal days.

– Hoang Phuong motel, 200m from Stone church, close to the Sapa market and Ham Rong mountain. The motel is quiet and affordable, about $15 for normal days, 20$ for holidays. 

– Momisa hotel is close to the market at $15/room/night. Tel:+ 84203 871 262

– Mua Xuan (Spring) hotel is also close to the market and 5 minutes by walk to Stone church. Rooms are good, clean and look to Hoang Lien Son majestic mountains. The prices are $12 for normal day, $16 for weekends and holidays. Tel:+ 84203 871 380

– Co Vuong (Mrs. Vuong) motel is located at 10 – Son Thach street. Prices are around $15 – $18, depending on days. Tel: +841677 604 658

– Khuyen Ngoc motel is located on Xuan Vien street. Quite cheap or you can call to recheck: +84203 872 449

– Little Sapa II hotel and restaurant. Add: 38 – Cau May street, tel: +8420 871238 or +8420 871222. Hotelier (Mr.Dung) is very gentle. You can also call him (+841688 063 526) to book room. The Little Sapa II is located in the heart of Sapa. From here, you can stroll around and visit some famous sites in few minutes.

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Best things to see in Sapa Vietnam

majestic terraces - Top things to do in Sapa - Vietnam
Sapa is famous for majestic terraces

There are many attractions in Sapa, however, there are some main sites that you should not miss: 

– Ethnic Villages: Ta Van village (bản Tả Van), Lao Chai (bản Lao Chải), Cat Cat (bản Cat Cat), Ta Phin (bản Tả Phìn), Sin Chai (bản Sín Chải)

Ta Van and Ta Phin villages have many rice terraces, which are really impressive and majestic. Ta Phin is the village of Dao ethnic. Dao people have a very special service of bathing in herbal leaves, which is believed to be able to help get rid of many diseases. 

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A ethnic village in Sapa

– Ham Rong mountain is a tourist resort, located in the heart of Sapa with many things to see: Ham Rong flowers garden, garden of 12 holy animals, Thach Lam rocks garden,…and the most beautiful place is Ham Rong peak, where you can look down to the entire Sapa

– Waterfalls: Silver (Bạc ) and Love (Tình Yêu ) are 2 most beautiful waterfalls in Sapa. 

– Stone church is the only church in Sapa.


Fares of some attractions in Sapa:

– Ham Rong mountain: $3.5

– Cat Cat village: $2

– Sin Chai village: $1

– Lao Chai – Ta Van – Ho villages: $2

– Ma Tra – Ta Phin villages: $1

– Silver waterfall: $0.5

– Love waterfall: $2

 Fansipan, the highest mountain of Vietnam (3143m). To conquer Fansipan, you either take the newly built cable care or climb on your feet. You must be strong man because the journey is very difficult. You will need 2 days (and 1 night) to climb up the peak. Price for 1 Fansipan conquest tour is around $75 – $100.


What & Where to eat in Sapa?

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Cap nach pig – A specialty of Sapa

Sapa has many specialties:

– Cap nach pig (lợn cắp nách): Small pigs, that you can lift it up with one hand. 

– Black chiken (gà ác): their bones and skin are black.

– Thang Co (thắng cố): this is a dish of Hmong ethic. I really don’t dare to try this dish.

– Bacon (thịt xông khói), a nice dish of ethnics.

– Grilled food in Sapa is really tasty. 

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Black chicken

Best things to do in Sapa (For 2 days – 3 nights)

Night 1 and day 1: take the train to Lao Cai city. At 7am of the next day, you will be at Lao Cai station, catch a bus to Sapa. Next, check in your booked hotel and get going. You should rent a motor (for 2 days), asking your hotel for the shops.

-Morning: go to Ta Van village, visit the ethic houses (if they allow).

– Noon: back to the town for lunch. 

– Afternoon: go to Ta Phin village, try out herbal bath of Dao ethnic and back to the town in evening. 

– Second night: try Thang Co, Cap Nach pig and other specialties of Sapa in cuisine market, then stroll around Sapa lake. 

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Sapa – Vietnam has many ethnics with diverse cultures

Day 2

– Morning: climb Ham Rong mountain and visit Silver waterfall (by motor). 

– Afternoon: go to Cat Cat village, watch Hmong dance. You must get back to Sapa at around 4pm to return the motor, pack up and catch a bus back to Lao Cai city at 5pm.

Night 3: sleep on the train and dream about Sapa on the way back to Hanoi.

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