Travel Budget for Sapa

Tinh Lao Cai, Vietnam

How much does it cost to travel to Sapa?

How much money will you need for your trip to Sapa? You should plan to spend around d592,474 ($26) per day on your vacation in Sapa, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, d161,650 ($6.97) on meals for one day and d50,787 ($2.19) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Sapa for a couple is d651,778 ($28). So, a trip to Sapa for two people for one week costs on average d8,294,632 ($358). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Sapa for one week usually costs around d4,147,316 for one person. So, a trip to Sapa for two people costs around d8,294,632 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs d16,589,263 in Sapa. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Sapa can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Sapa?

How much does a trip to Sapa cost? Is Sapa expensive? The average Sapa trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Sapa prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Sapa can vary, the average cost of food in Sapa is d161,650 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Sapa should cost around d64,660 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Sapa is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Sapa is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent d50,787 per person, per day, on local transportation in Sapa.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Mar 9, 2020
Flights to Sapa

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How much money do I need for Sapa?

Typical travel prices in Sapa are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Sapa. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Sapa can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Casual Dinner (for One)
  • Water (1.5L)
  • Quick Breakfast (for Two)
  • Internet Cafe
  • Short Motorbike Ride
  • Two Beers
  • Trekking Tour (1 Day)
  • Coffee (for Two)
  • CatCat Village Tax
  • Ta Phin Village Tax
  • Walking Stick
  • Paddle Boat Rental on Sapa Lake (1 Hr)
  • Western Dinner (for Two)
  • Pho Soup
Typical tour prices for Sapa

How much do tours to Sapa cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    10 days
    $ 1025
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    12 days
    $ 1675
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    10 days
    $ 900
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    14 days
    $ 2525
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Sapa Rice Terraces near Sapa, Vietnam
Sapa is a beautiful town in the northern mountains of Vietnam by the border with China. Many travelers pass through the area on their way from China into Hanoi. Alternatively, some travelers head north from Hanoi to spend a few days in the beautiful mountains where tribal cultures are still alive and well. There are a good number of ethnic minorities that populate the area. The eight populations in the area include H'mong, Dao, Tay, Giay, Muong, Thai, Hoa, and Xa Pho, but the vast majority in the area are H'mong. Within the town of Sapa itself, there are about 7,000 people. The rest of the population lives in the surrounding countryside and are peasant farmers.

The climate in the area is very seasonal. Summers have a subtropical climate while winters have a temperate climate. The town is located at 1500 meters and highs can climb to the mid 80s Fahrenheit while lows drop to the mid 30s Fahrenheit. July and August are the hottest months and December and January are the coldest. The wet season is from May to September with July and August being the wettest months.
People travel to Sapa because it is a charming mountain town with an interesting character and beautiful surrounding areas. It's absolutely one of the top places to visit in Vietnam. There are many beautiful viewpoints in the area, but the weather can often limit the views themselves. There are a handful of interesting sights around the town. One popular sight is the Sa Pa Culture Museum, that highlights the history and culture of the area. There are also some lingering French colonial buildings in the area including the church and the Town Hall building. Ham Rong Resort offers good views of the area and has a beautiful garden.
Sapa is a small mountain town with a diverse population of ethnic minorities. There are about 36,000 people who live in the small communities throughout the district, and 7,000 who live in Sapa proper. It's possible to trek to some of the hill tribe communities, as there are trails that connect most areas. Sapa is a perfect base for exploring the area.

Many people spend their time doing one of the most popular activities of the area: hill trekking in Sapa. There are organized trekking trips, or it's possible to go it alone. Homestays are also a common option and can be combined with hill trekking. The surrounding landscape and scenery is unique here, as the rolling hills and mountains around Sapa are covered with terraced rice fields, quaint local villages, picturesque streams, and plenty of easy walking trails which the local H'mong people use to get around.

Cooking classes are also a popular activity. The Hill Station Restaurant offers a class that can be arranged a day in advance. The chefs are H'mong and speak excellent English. They take you to the market where you buy the ingredients to make five local dishes. You dine on your prepared food in the restaurant when the class is over.

Several of the nearby villages have impressive markets as well. The easiest way to visit them is on a tour, but there is some public transportation available, too. You may have to spend the night in the town if you choose to take public transportation, though. The markets are colorful and impressive and should not be missed if you're in the area. The Bac Ha market is one of the most popular.

If you're looking for souvenirs, there is no shortage of tourist trinkets for sell around town. The H'mong are known for their colorful fabrics from which they make clothing and purses. The style does not translate easily into western culture, but it is fun to look at the options.
Food and Dining
There is no shortage of restaurants in Sapa, but most have similar menus. Italian and French food are surprisingly common in the area, as is traditional Vietnamese. European cuisine is usually more expensive and highly variable in quality. Baguettes are also available around town and several places offer interesting dessert pastries. In the market you can pick up a cheap bowl of noodle soup. It's usually quite good and offers a more authentic experience than most of the sit down restaurants. There's also a local grocery store to the east of the lake with reasonable prices.

Vietnam Bus and Train Prices
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If you're not traveling to the area from China, it's easy to catch a train from Hanoi and spend a few days in Sapa. The trip is about 9 hours and there is a wide range of comfort level between cars. Some train cars are run by Vietnam Rail while others are operated by private companies.

Once you're in the town you can walk almost anywhere and the best way to explore the nearby villages is to do a trek. Come prepared for mud though, as rain is quite common and the area is filled with rice terraces, which gather water. It can also be challenging to find the trail, but it is easy to ask a local for directions. Alternatively, you can book a tour in town with a guide who can show you the way, but this is not necessary.
Looking for a hostel in Vietnam or Cambodia? Find party hostels in Vietnam or Siem Reap or find the best place to stay if you're traveling alone to Ho Chi Minh City.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

The Nearby Villages

By Bryan in Entertainment
Sapa (or Sa Pa) is the most stunning place in Vietnam we visited, and it's also one of our most favorite places in the world. The hilltop town is cooler than the surrounding environments and is surrounded by a beautiful countryside made up of rice terraces and small Hmong villages.

You can easily get to many of these villages by just walking down the various roads and trails out of town. Guides are available if you like, but many of the guidebooks have decent maps or directions. Hotels owners can also point you in the direction of various villages and trails.

Once you get out of town, don't be surprised if local villagers or local children become your guide (wanted or not). They will take you to their village and then usually ask for a small tip. During rainy weather the trails can be quite wet and muddy, especially since many of them pass through rice ponds, so wear good shoes. Also take an umbrella or a poncho. And by all means, take your camera! You might also want to take your lunch if you want to spend all day walking, which is highly recommended.

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