Sapa lies in a valley close to the Chinese border, in an area of outstanding beauty, and is home to a number of hill tribes. It is reached by overnight train from Hanoi and was originally a hill station which was built in 1922. It has recently been "rediscovered" and has become a place of interest for travellers to visit.

  • Victoria Sapa Resort

  • Built as a traditional mountain chalet with accented wooden decor and a welcoming stone fireplace, the Victoria Sapa Resort overlooks the village, ble
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  • Chau Long Sapa Hotel

  • Chau Long Sapa Hotel is situated in the heart of Sapa, perched on a hill in this mountainous region. The stone and wooden construction blends perfectl
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  • Topas Ecolodge

  • Topas Ecolodge is situated in the perfect location at two cone-shaped hills set deep in the spectacular Sapa valley of Northern Vietnam. The ecolodge
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Fact File


LanguageVietnamese, Russian, French, Chinese, English.

ClimateThe south has two seasons: the wet (May to November, wettest from June to August) and the dry (December to April). The hottest and most humid time is from the end of February to May. The central coast is dry from May to October and wet from December to February. The highland areas are significantly cooler than the lowlands, and temperatures can get down to freezing in winter. The north has two seasons: cool, damp winters (November to April) and hot summers (May to October). There is the possibility of typhoons between July and November, affecting the north and central areas

CurrencyDong (VND)

VisaAll visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam. A one-month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors. All visitors must obtain visa aproval from the Vietnamese Immigration Department before a visa is issued

HealthVisitors should be innoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A and B, tetanus and polio. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age arriving within six days of visiting infected areas. Malaria is present in most of the region and it is advisable to take precautions especially if travelling off the beaten track. Medical facilities can be limited and it is essential to take out a comprehensive medical insurance policy before travelling

PassportsPassports should be valid for more than six months after proposed date of departure from Vietnam

Time ZoneGMT +7 hours