Going to Sapa we didn’t have anything planned besides our first night in a hostel. We stayed at Go Sapa which was really nice. It was a 10 minute walk up a hill from the main center of town. It was $5 on hostelworld and included a nice breakfast. They had a restaurant there that had an amazing view of the hills.
We got off our bus in Sapa and were approached by the Village woman asking if we needed a place to stay or if we wanted to buy anything from them. They do tours/home stays for $10 a day which is such a good deal considering they cook for you and give you a bed in their home after taking you trekking all day. It’s really cool to see how they live up in the mountains. We stayed with a lady named Mama Say who was the nicest lady ever. After trekking for 16 kilometers her husband cooked a big dinner for us and their four boys and gave us rice wine which they call “happy water.” The next morning he cooked us breakfast and then you have the option of hiking all the way back down or just getting a taxi back down to the town. I definitely recommend staying with Mama Say in the village. Her number is 01686918188 and you can also find her on facebook.
We also left with amazing handmade jewelry and clothes we bought from them. We saw Mama Say’s husband making the jewelry himself.