Hostels in Sapa, Vietnam

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Get to know Sapa (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Sapa. To help you make friends with Sapa before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Sapa, a small town in the north mountains of Vietnam, is really worth a visit -- it's the best place to get to explore the whole region. Situated in the north of Vietnam (Lao Cai province), just three hundred kilometers from Hanoi (reachable by a night train that it's not really cheap, but don't forget that you will save a night in accommodation). It's also close to the border with China. There are a few hostels in Sapa and it's easy to find cheap accommodation.

The mountains dominate the area and Sapa lies in a beautiful valley at one thousand six hundred metres. You will be able to see the people from ethnic minorities in small villages along the mountains, valleys, rivers, and rice fields of the region. The scenery of the region is worth a lot of pictures, and don't miss the Sapa market that runs everyday.

Even for the remote villages, the main economical activities are related to tourism, and it will be very easy to speak English with the locals. Full of handcrafts and local products, every village will be full of kids trying to speak to you and asking a lot of questions, and of course, for some coins. Be prepared to see very traditional clothes in each villager, see their main agricultural activities, and to share part of the walk with the locals.

When you look for hostels in Sapa or any other kind of accommodation, don't forget to ask for the mountain view! It will make a poor and small room look like a place that fits exactly in the nature of the landscapes. Sapa's hostels are really inexpensive and you can get really good places for a cheap price. Most hostels in Sapa also offer a large range of hiking tours and you can always bargain the price -- choose at least one of the one-day walks to get a great perspective of the entire region.

Written by local enthusiast for Sapa hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Sapa hostels CoffeeMarks

FAQ about Sapa Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Sapa. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Sapa. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Sapa costs on average $8 for a dorm. A hostel in Sapa with private rooms costs on average $18. shows all 22 Hostels in Sapa. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Sapa Light Hostel is the best hostel in Sapa for families.
HeLLo Sapa Hostel is the best rated hostel in Sapa for female solo travellers. compares prices for 22 hostels in Sapa, Vietnam. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Sapa such as
  • 26 hotels
  • 13 guesthouses
  • 2 apartments

This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Sapa.

ZiZi Mekhoo Sapa Homestay is the best rated hostel for partying in Sapa.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Sapa

Your Packing List for Sapa

Pack smart, not hard


Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Sapa and Vietnam.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Sapa Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Sapa, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
22 Total number of hostels
$8 Average dorm price
$18 Average private room price
$3 Cheapest hostel in Sapa
AnhDuc Homestay is the cheapest
12 Party hostels in Sapa
ZiZi Mekhoo Sapa Homestay is the best rated
Most Sapa hostels are located in
Sapa District
7.9 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

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Dien Bien Phu (138 Km / 86 mi.)
Yuanyang (145 Km / 90 mi.)
Lang Son (151 Km / 94 mi.)
Làng Cac (153 Km / 95 mi.)

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