1 Day In Sapa – For those who are pressed for time

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - October 29, 2018

While spending 1 day in Sapa is not the best choice, it's still possible for visitors who have a tight schedule to go on a trek through the mountains and the magnificent valleys!

Actually, if you want to spend a full day in Sapa from early morning to late evening, you have to take a train or a bus to Sapa the night before, meaning that you will do 2 nights and 1 day. At the end of the day, you can take evening train to Hanoi at 9 pm or sooner, depending on your schedule.

As you stay only 1 day in Sapa, your itineraries and activities are limited. So here are our recommendations of things to do in Sapa for you:

1. Motorbike tours for 1 day in Sapa

Exploring Sapa on 2 wheels

Exploring Sapa on 2 wheels is one of the best things to do in your 1-day trip to Sapa

 Sapa motorbike tour

You will love it for sure!

Motorbike tours are always the best choice for those who want to experience North of Vietnam and people in a realest manner.

It's not difficult to find a motorbike tour in Sapa organized by experienced tour operators and tour guides these days. The motorbike team will pick you up at your hotel in Sapa, train station, bus stop or any other meeting points that you decide on your booking. They will tthen take you to every nook and cranny of Sapa and show you the stunning beauty of the remote areas.

Motorbike tours can be customized to fit your financial capacity and trip length so don't hesitate to book one and have a meaningful trip in North of Vietnam.

Average price: 88$/person


  • Tour Guide.
  • Automatic or Manual Motorcycle(s), spare parts and all fuel.
  • All the meals (Vietnamese Food).
  • All entrance fee + permits + tickets.
  • Sapa Motorbike Tours provides support.


  • Personal expenses,
  • Insurance.
  • Drinks.
  • Tips.
  • All other services not indicated above.

1.1. Sapa motorbike tours 1 day off the beaten track

Riding motorbike in Sapa

Ride motorbike on your own or sit on the back of the bike with driver

Want to go somewhere less touristy in Sapa? That's fine! You can book an off-the-beaten-track motorbike tour and then you will be taken to some highlights of Sapa and also villages that you've never been to or heard about.

For a 1-day tour, they will take you to 7 or 8 places and villages including: Silver waterfall, Tram Ton pass, Ta Phin, Ban Khoang, Ta Giang Phinh and so on.

Ta Giang Phinh Village

This fairytale is Ta Giang Phinh village

Tram Ton Pass

Tram Ton Pass

Silver waterfall 

Silver Waterfall

1.2. Sapa motorbike tours 1 day all highlights of Sapa

Ban Ho Village

Ban Ho village

You're completely able to visit almost all villages in just 1 day in Sapa. I'm not kidding.

Booking a 1-day motorbike tour that takes you to all highlights in Sapa will show you the beauty of 8 villages including: Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, Ta Van, Giang Ta Chai, Su Pan, Ban Ho, Macha, Ta phin, etc

On the trip, you have a chance to meet ethnic minority groups such as Black Hmong and Red Zao.

If you are a good driver, you can take charge of driving. However, we'd like to suggest that you should sit at the back of an experienced driver to relax and enjoy the view.

Su Pan

Su Pan

2. Trekking tours for 1 day in Sapa

Spending less than 24 hours visiting Sapa, you can't expect to go on a trek at the difficult level, which takes you 2 days to finish at least. However, you still can trek along an easier and shorter route from 12 to 15 km.

The common itineraries of a 1-day trek are: Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, Ta Van village, Ta Van, Cat Cat village, Sin Chai village, Giang Ta Chai and so on.

AZ Local Trip would like to introduce you some trekking tours for 1 day in Sapa that most people prefer!

2.1. Mountain view and riverside - 1 day: Sapa - Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa

Rose in Cat Cat Village

Stunning rose fields in Cat Cat village

Ta Van Village

 Ta Van village

You first sneak through the Sapa market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes you follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and hydroelectric station for a while before continuing the trek on the dirt trail through rice paddy terraces.

You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y linh Ho village of Black H’mong minority, where you can take a rest  while you are served lunch nearby the river.

After lunch, you head toward Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black H’mong minority and then Ta Van village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. You will return Sapa from Ta Van by car.

Note: Be aware that in rainy time the trail is muddy and slippery.

2.2. Minorities, rice fields and waterfall - 1 day: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Sapa

Giang Ta Chai

Giang Ta Chai

You will commence your journey from Sapa by car to Lao Chai village, a black H’mong ethnic minority village. You will then able to walk from Lao Chai to Ta Van village where the Giay ethnic minority hill tribe lives.

Here you will be able to rest and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your guide in a local house. After lunch the walk continues through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Sapa.

Note: One of the most well known trips in Sapa valley

2.3. On foot on Hoang Lien National Park - 1 day: Sapa - Sin Chai - Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho - Sapa

Sin Chai Village

Sin Chai village

Wearing traditional costumes of ethnic people

Visitors in the traditional costumes of ethnic peopleYou will travel by car mostly downhill toward Sin Chai village of Black H’mong minority, which locates right at the foot of Hoang Lien mountain range. Here you start heading up mountain.

Once you get to the top, you will trek on a small trail with spectacular view and then gradually descend to Cat Cat village, where you will have lunch nearby a waterfall.

In the afternoon, you take the trail sneaking through mountain. You will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along narrow river. Eventually you will arrive in Y linh Ho village of Black H’mong minority, where you can take a rest in nice spot nearby the beautiful river before climbing toward a road, where you return Sapa by car

Note: Hard trek and not recommended in rainy weather.


  • English or French speaking guide
  • All needed transport
  • Water and fruit
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch


  • Personal pocket money
  • Soft drink (beer, coca cola…)
  • Insurance

All other services not indicated above

All itineraries and activities aforementioned are some suggestions for your 1 day in Sapa. Have you made up your mind yet? If yes, feel free to share with us your plan!