Victoria Sapa Resort
Sapa, The Far North, Vietnam
At a Glance
The best hotel to base yourself at when discovering the unexplored Sapa area
Victoria Express train from Hanoi to Sapa reserved exclusively for hotel guests
77 rooms and suites
Indoor swimming pool available
Fascinating activities including trekking through the hill tribe villages
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Generally good weather throughout the year. The finest weather of the year extends from October to April with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C. December to February are the coldest months, with temperatures reaching 18°C. The monsoon prevails from May till September with stronger breezes and higher humidity with limited rainfall. Temperatures are warmer during this time, varying between 25°C to 35°C. Most rain failing in July and August and typhoons are possible.
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The Victoria Sapa is the perfect place to base yourself whilst discovering this fascinating region of North Western Vietnam. Travel there overnight on the Victoria Express train, with romantic dining car and cosy wood panelled cabins.
1650 metres above sea level in Lao Cai Province, near the Chinese Border, Sapa was originally a French hill station partially chosen due its cool climate. Today it is still home to more than 30 colourful hill tribes and Vietnam's highest peak, Mount Fansipan. It is an area of stunning natural beauty and fascinating cultural diversity and days can be spent here being as energetic or relaxed as you like - with options including trekking, mountain biking or simply wandering through the markets or curling up with a good book and enjoying the spectacular valley views.
Travelling to Sapa from Hanoi is an experience in itself on board the Victoria Express Train which is exclusively for the use of hotel guests. The 8-hour 30-minute journey allows time for a memorable dinner and a sleep in your private cabin. Located above the village of Sapa with views of the surrounding mountains, the Victoria Sapa’s alpine chalet-style architecture blends perfectly with the stunning scenery. There are 77 attractively furnished guest rooms which are simple yet comfortable.
The Victoria Sapa's 21 Superior Rooms, 52 Deluxe rooms (with private balconies) and 2 spacious Suites (with sitting room and large balcony with a sofa) all have wooden flooring and a touch of local decoration. There are also 2 family studios, each of which have a double bed and three singles as well as a large balcony.
Children are welcome at The Victoria Sapa and will find the surrounding region both fun and interesting. The hotel has a Victoria Kids Club for over 2's with games, DVDs and toys. Babysitting and cots are available on request and menus to suit children can be provided.
The Victoria Sapa has the Ta Van Restaurant with large terrace with spectacular mountain views and specialises in European and Asian Cuisine. There is also a cosy bar with open fireplace, an outdoor tennis court, indoor swimming pool, petanque, billiards, gym and spa (including sauna, massage and reflexology).
Activities whilst staying at The Victoria Sapa include mountain climbing, trekking, jeep excursions, cycling and village and market visits. This area is fascinating to explore either independently or with a guide and many days can be enjoyed soaking up the colourful culture and mesmerising scenery.
Clare Barratt (Staff)
Victoria Resort Sapa is a great base to stay at if you want to explore the beautiful mountains of Sapa. Located above the town, you are awarded with mountain views as well as town views most other hotels dont have mountain views. Rooms are currently going through a refurbishment, which is no bad thing as they were looking a little dated, the new ones look very promising! There is an indoor pool which is good for a refreshing dip after a swim, breakfast was very good and the staff very helpful. Do be aware though, that Sapa is a town very much geared towards tourists with lots of western restaurants, locals trying to sell you things and neon lights. It is also quite noisy with lots of beeping from the traffic, however from Victoria this is not so noticeable if you keep the windows closed!
Victoria Hogg (Staff)
For the more active, a trip to Sapa up in the north of Vietnam should not be missed. Nestled high up in the mountains of the Sapa region, close to the Chinese border and home to over 50 difference Vietnamese hill tribes, the Victoria Sapa is certainly the only option if you want to make the most of this untouched and enchanting area, and what better way to travel there than the overnight Victoria Express. From the moment I arrived at the station I felt immediately relaxed by the friendly welcome by one of the trains porters who took my bags and escorted me to the right train. Compared to other trains on the tracks, the Victoria Express certainly looked the best so I wanted to make sure I was on the right one! Leading me to my home for the night, my Deluxe Two Berth cabin, although not overly generous in its size, was clean, comfortable and most importantly cosy. The beds had crisp white linens, slippers at the ready and a small but adequate menu for both drinks and snacks. I got comfy in my bed and the next thing I knew I was being woken up with a cup of tea and a ten minute warning we were about to pull into Lao Cao... Bliss!
Perched high above the town, the Victoria Hotel has gorgeous views across the stunning mountain scenery, yet it is only a short stroll away to get the real feel of local life. Lan, our guide, took excellent care of us, taking us on a full day trek with a stop in her local village to introduce us to her family, which was such a highlight! Back at the Victoria Hotel my room was not only spotlessly clean but also very comfortable and cosy, with a real chalet feel to it, making it the perfect retreat after a hard day of trekking! The service was extremely attentive and nothing was ever too much trouble. To really relax and unwind I would highly recommend a visit to the hotels own spa and swimming pool, only a short distance further up the hill and home to over 15 Vietnamese masseuses at the ready to take away all your aches and pains....
High in Vietnam's northwest highlands at 1650m altitude, the former French hill station of Sapa lies in a spectacular valley framed by mountain peaks, including Indochina’s highest. And this hotel - one of 5 French-run Victoria resorts in Vietnam - gives you the Sapa experience on a completely different level: nothing else in the region compares for comfort, style and service. The French may long have packed up, but the resort carries on the legacy. Set on a hill in private gardens, yet still in the centre of town, the building resembles an Alpine chalet – from varnished wood interiors and stone fireplaces to cheese fondues for dinner; with a nod to the region's famously colourful hilltribe culture by way of embroidered hemp bedspreads and other ethnic decorations. It's the perfect base to explore some of the area's unique villages and markets, with excellent trekking opportunities – all of which the resort can arrange. And the romantic overnight train ride aboard their own 'Victoria Express' from Hanoi is a memorable travel experience in its own right.
Ban Ho Village Tour and Trek
From Sapa, head approximately 1hr to Ban Ho village, with stunning views of the valley and terraced rice fields along the way. Enjoy 12km of trekking through the area, stopping at different minority groups along the way. A fascinating trek.
Hill Tribe Market - Bac Ha Market (Sunday)
A visit to the Bac Ha Market, the largest and most colorful market in Sapa that operates only on Every Sunday. Also, get a chance to interact with the local at the Tay ethnic village of Trung Do before a boat ride along the Chay River.
Hill tribe Trek from Sapa, My Son Section
This wonderful journey by road and on foot is a fantastic option for those wanting to learn about the myriad of hill tribe communities in Vietnam including Black Hmong, Red Zao and Xa Pho, all of whom have their own distinct identities.
Sapa Trekking to Ta Van
Drive to the breathtaking Muong Hoa Valley, home to the largest terraced rice fields in Sapa. Hike to the Black Hmong village and the Ta Van Village to learn about these ethnic groups and their traditions.
Trekking Sapa to Ta Giang Phinh
Embark on a thrilling road journey and trek out of Sapa to Ta Giang Phinh. Pass by the Fansipan Mountains and Sin Chai Valley and learn about some extraordinary hill-tribe groups en route. This is a 7 or 8 hour journey including easy trekking.
Location & directions
Sapa, The Far North, Vietnam
Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa is located in the town of Sapa, among the Hoang Lien Mountains, 380km (236 miles) northwest of Hanoi, in Lao Cai Province. Near the Chinese border, this property also has Silver Waterfall, Hoang Lien National Park, Heavens Gate and Giang Ta Cheri in its vicinity.
How to get there
15-hour international flight (one change) to Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport. From Hanoi, the only way to get to Sapa is by overnight train (11-hours). Victoria has its own carriages on one of the overnight trains, which are reserved for hotel guests.
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