Sapa

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Top Descriptions

Very few come to Sapa for its lengthy, foggy, construction-site of a town. The allure is in the tribes, villages and rice terraces that lay just outside of Sapa – these are what draw the tour groups and backpackers alike. And on a clear day the surrounding (and often muddy) countryside truly is glorious, and might even compete with the more famous terraces of China or the northern Philippines. Unfortunately though, if you arrive in the cold and misty months of January through to April, you might find that there’s little to keep you occupied. The town certainly has plenty of open-fire restaurants with questionable hot-drink prices and tasty local and Italian food. There’s also some fairly good-quality accommodations here, though you’ll pay more for the luxury of being cold. If you come to Sapa in the right season though, you’ll probably find yourself entranced by the wide array of hiking and homestays on offer. – Daniel
 
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Top Tips

If you’re planning to go on a in the colder months, make sure you bring sturdy shoes – and expect to get a little muddy!
Between January and April it can be hard to see the terraces through the mist. You might want to consider skipping Sapa at that time of year.
and restaurants are good bets for a tasty hot pot or even some Italian food.
 
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The Location

What should we know?

Name in local script:Sa Pa
Also known as:Sa Pa
 
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Environment type:lake, mountain, terrace
Location type:rural, town
 
Religion type:Buddhism, Catholicism

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How much will it cost us?

Currency:Vietnamese Dong (VND)
Average daily budget:VND715,000

When should we go there, and for how long?

Average time taken:5 nights
High season:June to September
Low season:January to March

How can we get in contact?

Language(s):English, French, Hmong, Vietnamese
Timezone:UTC+07:00
Country calling code:84

How can we get there?

Coordinates:22.33658, 103.84406
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The Directions

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The Directions

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The Directions

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What are the numbers and averages?

Number of attractions visited:6
Travel time to attractions:25 minutes
Travel time to next location:9 hours
 
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Altitude:1,500-1,600m

Local Availability

ItemSizeAverage Cost
Beer (multinational)500ml
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Beer (national)500mlVND20,000
Fizzy drink1 litreVND20,000
Fruit juice1 litreVND50,000
Gin (multinational)1 litreVND380,000
Gin (national)1 litre
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Milk1 litre
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Oil1 litreVND35,000
Rum (multinational)1 litreVND400,000
Rum (national)1 litreVND300,000
Vodka (multinational)1 litreVND100,000
Vodka (national)1 litreVND190,000
Water1 litreVND8,000
Whisky (multinational)1 litre
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Whisky (national)1 litreVND450,000
Wine1 bottleVND250,000
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Almonds100gVND40,000
Apples1kg
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Bananas1kg
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Bell pepper1kg
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Bread1 loaf
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Carrots1kg
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Chillies1kg
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Chocolate (multinational)1 barVND30,000
Chocolate (national)1 barVND12,000
Coconut milk1 can
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Cucumber1kg
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Eggs1 dozen
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Garlic1kg
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Ginger1kg
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Honey1 jar
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Ice cream1 unitVND15,000
Jam1 jar
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Onions1kg
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Oranges1kg
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Pasta1kg
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Peanut butter1 jarVND100,000
Peanuts100gVND15,000
Potatoes1kg
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Raisins100g
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Rice1kg
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Sandwich1 unit
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Tomatoes1kg
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Antifungal shampoo1 bottle
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Conditioner1 bottleVND60,000
Condoms1 packVND60,000
Deodorant1 canVND40,000
Floss1 pack
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Hand sanitizer1 bottle
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Laundry soap1 bar
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Razors1 packVND45,000
Sanitary towels1 packVND20,000
Shampoo1 bottleVND60,000
Soap1 barVND10,000
Tampons1 box
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Toilet roll1 unit
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Toothpaste1 tubeVND25,000
Washing powder1 boxVND13,000
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Antiseptic cream1 tube
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Bandages1 pack
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Chapstick1 unitVND59,000
Contact lens solution1 bottle
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Headache tablets1 pack
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Ibuprofen1 pack
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Mosquito repellent1 bottle
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Nail clippers1 set
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Plasters1 pack
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Sun cream1 bottleVND120,000
Sunglasses1 pair
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Batteries4-packVND20,000
Chilli powder100g
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Cigarettes (multinational)20-packVND25,000
Cigarettes (national)20-packVND15,000
Coriander100g
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Cumin100g
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Fuel1 litreVND17,600
Internet1 hour
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Lighter1 unitVND5,000
Matches1 pack
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Paprika100g
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Travel multiadapter1 unit
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Travel plug1 unit
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Turmeric100g
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Stock1 pack
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Local Cuisine

DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Banana splitVND65,000
BologneseVND104,000
Breakfast (continental)VND75,000
Breakfast (cooked)VND87,000
BruschettaVND60,000
BurgerVND89,667
Burger (cheese)VND99,000
Cake (slice)VND45,000
CarbonaraVND107,333
Chocolate mousseVND46,667
Crème caramelVND69,000
Curry (generic – meat)VND120,000
Curry (generic – vegetable)VND60,000
Duck (sauce)VND106,500
Eggs (how you like)VND45,000
Fish and chipsVND89,000
FlanVND30,000
French friesVND52,500
Fried (chicken)VND90,000
Fried (fish)VND99,000
Fried rice (meat)VND71,667
Fried rice (vegetable)VND60,000
Fruit saladVND53,333
Garlic breadVND60,000
GnocchiVND145,000
Grilled (chicken)VND149,000
Grilled (fish)VND200,000
Hot pot (meat)VND347,500
Hot pot (vegetarian)VND276,667
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Ice cream (scoop)VND45,000
Lamb chopsVND220,000
LasagnaVND144,667
Noodles (meat)VND62,500
Noodles (vegetable)VND55,000
OmeletteVND58,000
Pancake (loaded)VND49,000
Pancake (simple)VND34,500
Pasta (meat)VND104,000
Pasta (vegetable)VND96,667
PhởVND48,333
Pie (sweet)VND40,000
Pizza (loaded)VND165,000
Pizza (simple)VND134,667
Pork chopsVND125,000
DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
RibsVND120,000
Rice (steamed)VND16,667
SaladVND72,000
Salad (meat)VND70,000
Sandwich (basic)VND68,000
Sandwich (loaded)VND80,000
ShrimpVND107,000
Soup (meat)VND56,500
Soup (vegetarian)VND49,500
Spring rollsVND58,000
SteakVND240,000
Stir fry (meat)VND101,333
Stir fry (vegetable)VND49,333
Sweet and sour (meat)VND104,500
BeverageAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Alcoholic mixed drinkVND87,000
Bailey’s (shot)VND69,000
Beer (multinational)VND41,667
Beer (national)VND26,000
Brandy (shot)VND102,000
CappuccinoVND42,500
CoffeeVND37,500
Coffee (alcoholic)VND82,000
CocktailVND81,333
EspressoVND40,000
Fruit juice (fresh)VND38,750
Gin (shot)VND80,000
Ginger teaVND32,667
Hot chocolateVND53,333
LassiVND58,000
Malibu (shot)VND67,333
MilkshakeVND46,500
Rum (shot)VND62,000
Sake (glass)VND30,000
SmoothieVND55,000
Soft drinkVND25,000
Soju (shot)VND30,000
TeaVND25,000
Tea (herbal)VND25,000
Tonic waterVND27,500
Vodka (shot)VND70,000
Water (2L)VND32,333
Whisky (shot)VND72,000
Wine (bottle)VND379,667
Wine (glass)VND47,667
Wine (hot/mulled)VND83,000

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