To enjoy the trip and having the best experience in Sapa, tourists are advised to be well-prepared before setting off. The average temperature in Sapa is much lower than other regions in Vietnam, and the mountainous terrain may require specialized tools. Our list of what-to-bring items will wipe out all of your worries over the preparation.
For typically leisure trips
If you are in a leisure trip in which everything is taken care of the travel agencies and tour guide, all you need to bring is your own personal stuff. In comparison to Hanoi and other tourism destinations in Northern Vietnam, Sapa is colder, with the temperature around 13-15oC. Consequently, do not forget to bring some long sleeve shirts in summer; and warm coat in winter, as it may even snow in this season.
In hot season, it is really easy to get sunburn so suntan cream, hat and umbrella are indispensable items. The road leading to Sapa from Lao Cai Station is quite bumpy, so bring some motion sickness medicines if you are not familiar with slopes and mountain pass.
For trekking trips
If you intend to join a trekking trip in Sapa, there will be more things you need to have inside your suitcase:
• Small money notes and change
• Personal small water bottle
• Insect repellent
• Good shoes, raincoat and umbrella
• Bread, snack, canned food
• Personal Torch
• Personal knives
• Camera with backup or rechargeable battery
• Medicines for popular diseases such as flu, diarrhea, fever, etc.