The far north-west of Vietnam is a world of towering peaks, lush river valleys and colourful hill tribes such as the Dzao and H’Mong scattered amongst the hills.

Why visit Sapa ?

  • Trek to the colourful H’Mong & Dzao hill villages
  • Visit the vibrant markets
  • Photograph the towering peaks, lush river valleys and terraced rice paddies
  • Experience the overnight luxury train from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Sapa itself was established as a hill station by the French in 1922 and offers spectacular views of jagged mountain ridges, terraced rice paddies and wonderfully colourful markets.

Sapa is reached by an overnight train from Hanoi and offers the most dramatic and interesting trekking in the country. It is the launch pad for treks to see the various hill tribes and their villages. Each group has its own distinctive style of dress and from early childhood, girls learn to grow and weave hemp, to dye cloth with indigo, to sew the family’s clothes, and to decorate items with traditional embroidery motifs.




A Visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required. Yellow Fever required if arriving from an endemic area.

Time Difference

GMT + 7 Hours

Flight Time

11.5 hours Direct


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