What Awaits You After The Arduous Train From Hanoi To Sapa
Book a night train from Hanoi to Sapa when time is limited to squeeze in trekking in the rice terraces of Sapa in the Lao Cai province. Although there are many other activities that can be done in Sapa, trekking is a way to experience the real Sapa and interact with the locals.
Taking the night train from the Hanoi train station is not a hassle since there are a lot of schedules starting from 8 in the evening. The train ride usually takes 7-8 hours in average and stops in the Lao Cai station. From there, you can hire a taxi or ride a minibus to Sapa for 1 hour. Even before you reach Sapa, you will be greeted by a beautiful landscape of mountain ranges with rice paddies.
Once in Sapa, you can now start with the trekking. There are full day and half day hikes depending on your preference. It is best to hire a local guide from the hill tribes. These hill tribesmen have lived in the mountains their whole lives and it is like them showing you their homes. They also know the best spots to go since they know the place too well.
After meeting up with a tour guide, the trek will begin with an hour journey up the beautiful green mountains of Sapa. Below, you can see rice paddies along the hills.
The gorgeous views of the rice paddies in Sapa might overwhelm you but that is the point of the trip.
The descent through muddy hills can be tricky but with proper trekking shoes and attire, there isn’t anything challenging you can’t face. You will pass through farm houses and some villages. You will meet a lot of friendly locals along the way. Don’t forget to smile!
You can even have an encounter with water buffalos along the way.
To make the most out of the experience, be sure to come prepared. You should pack light and not bring unnecessary things during the trek. Make sure to bring snacks and water. Lastly, take a lot of pictures.