Sapa town sits at 1600m above sea level at the top of the Sapa VietNam  valley which is famous all over the world for its steep terraced rice paddies that rim the valley walls for kilometre after kilometre. Close to the Chinese border there are many different ancient ethnic minority groups speaking many different dialects, each characterised by their own traditional colourful clothing’s.

Sapa is a trekking and biking paradise. If you like to get outside, be active and experience jaw dropping surroundings, and cultural diversity, you are going to love Sapa. Our Sapa crew having been guiding travellers around Sapa for 10 years, and they are here at The Mountain View to help.

Our Sapa Hostel – The Mountain View – is located in the heart of Sapa town just minutes from the town square sporting some truly epic views of the Sapa Valley. Our cozy rooms are all heated, providing an excellent base for exploring the rich diversity of ethnic groups and gorgeous terraced valleys Sapa offers.

After exploring you can put your feet up in our Mexican inspired bar and restaurant – El Buffalo – You’ll be greeted by a cranking wood fire, a range of hearty western foods, Tex Mex and local dishes. So Kick off your boots and jackets in our custom built drying room and then plop yourself down next to the fire while you smash a burrito and a fishbowl margarita!

The Mountain View offers a number of comfortable room configurations 6 bed dormitories to things to do in hanoi shared twins and private rooms with twin beds or double beds. All of our rooms have rain shower suites with an endless supply of hot water and did we mention they’re heated!

Here at VBH we pride ourselves on providing tours that are off the beaten track. All of our tours in Sapa reflect this. We don’t go into the main tourist valley of Sapa, we’re found some truly beautify place’s offering real homestay experience. Expose yourself to the real culture and colour of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities on a trek through spectacular terraced rice paddies, bamboo groves and thatch villages. Or become a legend and Touch the Top of Indochine at the summit of Mount Fansipan. Everyone who touches the top gets their name etched on the Fansipan Wall of Fame for all eternity!!


Sapa is only 5 hour by bus from Hanoi with the Sapa bus station a short taxi ride from The Mountain View Hostel.

The nearest train station is in Lao Cai around 30km down the mountain. The trains take about 9-11 hours to and from Hanoi depending on which service you choose. They are comfortable and have dropped in price since the new highway to Sapa opened (funny how competition from a bus will do that). Taxis to Sapa will set you back $25US. There is also a local bus that leaves for Sapa just after the train arrives for around $5.

Be aware: When arriving by bus in Sapa you will be swamped by touts just look for one of our staff in our hostel T-shirt!

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