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    Trekking In Sapa with some guidelines you need to know

    Sapa is the home of trek lovers. They are the fantastic mountains, windy green fields, lovely wood houses, and the colorful local markets that impress tourists. Go trekking is a type of explore and discover the unique culture of ethnic minorities so to have more fun for your trekking trip, you should find out about the village, customs, things to do and not to do when visiting those villages. Besides that, you also have to study the maps and terrain area to make plan that suitable for your health and prevent the dangerous situations. So, if you have plan for the first trekking trip in Sapa, surely that you will wonder about what you have to prepare for your trip and VietNam Typical Tours would like to share some information as well as experiences to go trekking.




    Prepare your luggage:

    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. When joining a trekking trip in Sapa, there will be more things you need to have inside your luggage: drinking water, raincoat, windbreaker, good trekking shoes or rubber boots, a walking pole, insect repellant, flashlight…

    - Backpacks: During your journey, you have to bring your luggage by yourself, so a medium backpack is the best choice for choosing to contain your belonging. It should also has the belt to tighten and its strap is soft to feel smooth and relax for the whole journey.

    - Clothing: As you are going to trek in Sapa we recommend light and cool clothes, easy to sweat, and it would be a good idea to have many pockets to keep your necessary things.

    - Trekking shoes: You should prepare 1 pair of shoes with flat heels or sport shoes, this is very important and it decides whether you will have a good trip or not, never use high heels or new shoes for the trip because it is very unpleasant and you need time to get used to it, materials of the shoes should be clear, cool, waterproof and fast drying.

    - Medication: Medicines for cold, fever, diarrhea, antipyretic, antibiotics, bandages, first aids, vitamins, supplements and snicker candy (a kind of sweet that provides high energy) is indispensable. Using anti-chapped lips Vaseline is also essential.

    - Food and drinks: A trekking tour consumes a lot of energy and makes you sweat and lose much water so you need to prepare enough food and drinks to complement the body when needed. Food you should bring are bread, canned meat, sausage, snack and confectionery, note that you should bring some candy for the local children in the villages you will visit.

    * Note: If you travel Sapa without a local guide you need to study the travel map of the area you are going in order to have an appropriate plan, calculate the distances so that trekking time is arranged accordingly, check the weather forecast to prepare alternatives, note that you need to have permit from local authorities to visit some border areas or restricted reservation places under control of specialized agency.

    The taboos when visiting villages in Sapa:

    - When visiting the villages in Sapa such as Lao Chai, Ta Van, Cat Cat, Y Linh Ho, Ta Phin... inhabited by Black H'mong and Red Dzao people, you absolutely can not sit in the middle of the house, When you visit their home you have to follow the instructions of the hosts. 

    - When you meet the children in the village do not touch or kiss their head because ethnic people consider it make children frightened and vulnerable to illness.

    - With a very sacred place for villagers, you should absolutely not whistle when visit the village as people see the whistle as the sound calling devils.

    - When you talk to the hosts you cannot talk and point your finger as H'mong people consider such behavior as dissatisfaction or belittle other people.

    - Clothes you wear at the homestay should not be white linen as it is the color of funerals.

    Some trekking routes in Sapa for your reference

    - Cat Cat and Y Linh Ho villages of Black H'mong people
    - Lao Chai and Ta Van villages of Black H'mong and Dzay people
    - Ma Tra and Ta Phin villages of Red Dzao people
    - Fanxipan mountain trek, the roof of Indochina at a height of over 3000m.


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