How to get from SAPA to MU CANG CHAI?

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How do you get from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai in Yen Bai province? You can travel by bus, private car/taxi or motorbike.

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    • Mu Cang Chai is an amazing and not so visited part in Yen Bai province. Mu Cang Chai district is covered by beautiful and large rice terraces and this area is very photogenic. It is also a home of Hmong ethnic people. The town of Mu Cang Chai is a small, but the rice terraces in area are very large. The best time to visit this area is in autumn (September – October), because it is a time to harvest of rice. Almost everywhere in this time you can see the hardworking local people on these terraces. You can stay in the town because there are various guesthouses and cheap hotels. There are also local homestays at the rice terraces. The best way how to explore this area is to travel on motorbike. Mu Cang Chai district is accessible only by road, because there is no railway and no airport. There are 3 popular options for tourists how to travel from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai – by tourist bus, private car/taxi or your own motorbike.
    • Book bus tickets or private car/taxi from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square

From Sapa to Mu Cang Chai you can travel by bus, private taxi or motorbike.

    • Travel distance from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai is about 140 km by road. You can travel by tourist or local bus to Mu Cang Chai from Sapa – the most popular way. Travel by bus from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai takes about 3.5-4 hours and bus tickets cost about $10/pp. Another option is to travel by private car/taxi/minivan, travel time by this way is about 3.5 hours. You can book comfortable vehicle/minivan for about $156 online. There are also some typical local small buses/minibuses to Mu Cang Chai. If you are an experienced motorbike driver – you can travel on your motorbike. The whole travel route is not so difficult and you will see various nice nature sceneries of the north of Vietnam. You can book bus tickets or private taxi/car to Mu Cang Chai easily online. From Mu Cang Chai you can travel by local bus/motorbike via Khau Pha Pass to Nghia Lo town or Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam.

How do I get from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai?


1. BUS from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai

    • there are some tourist buses/minivans from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai
    • the most popular option of transport to Mu Cang Chai for tourists
    • travel by tourist bus from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai takes about 3.5-4 hours
    • one-way bus ticket from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai cost about $10/pp
    • bus company from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai: Grouptour
    • there are also typical local small buses to Mu Cang Chai
    • You can book bus tickets from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
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Tourist bus of Grouptour from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai (photo: 12go.asia).


2. PRIVATE CAR/TAXI from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai

    • travel by private car/taxi/minivan takes about 3.5 hours
    • it could be a good option if you are traveling in a group of people
    • you can book your private car/minivan to Mu Cang Chai
    • travel by private car/minivan is the most comfortable option
    • travel by private car/taxi/minivan to Mu Cang Chai from Sapa costs about $156 (vehicle)
    • private transport company from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai: Grouptour
    • You can book private taxi/car from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
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Private car/taxi/minivan of Grouptour from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai (photo: 12go.asia).


3. TRAVEL BY MOTORBIKE to Mu Cang Chai

    • a good option of transport only for the experienced drivers and travelers
    • it is about 140 km by road, so it can takes about 4-6 hours of traveling by motorbike
    • you will see some nice sceneries of Hoang Lien National Park and O Quy Ho Pass in Sapa
    • you will be traveling via QL4D a QL32 roads from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai

Yen Bai province – Travel Map + Interesting places:

(Rice terracces, accommodation, viewpoints in Mu Cang Chai)

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Rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai – Ku Bao Chay area.
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Mam Xoi (Raspberry Hill) in Mu Cang Chai – an amazing photo spot.
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If you have your motorbike, you can explore Mu Cang Chai.
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Rice terracces in Mu Cang Chai – La Pan Tan.


icon-info-circle FAQ + Tips – Travel route from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai:

How to book bus tickets or private car from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai?

    • You can book tickets or private car from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai on 12go.asia.
    • It is possible to change your travel route, e.g. Lao Cai > Yen Bai, Sapa > Hanoi…

How long does it take from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai?

    • Travel by tourist bus from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai takes about 3.5-4 hours.
    • Travel by private taxi/car/minivan from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai takes about 3.5 hours.
    • Travel by motorbike from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai takes about 4-6 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai?

    • Travel by tourist bus from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai costs about $10/pp.
    • Travel by private taxi/car/minivan Sapa to Mu Cang Chai costs about $156 (vehicle).
    • Travel by motorbike from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai costs about $7-12/pp.

What is the travel distance from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai?

    • Travel distance from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai is about 140 km by tourist bus/motorbike.

Is there a train from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai?

    • No, it is not possible to travel by train from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai, there is no railway in Sapa and Mu Cang Chai.

Where to book your accommodation in Mu Cang Chai?

    • There are mainly local small hotels, guesthouses, motels or typical homestays of the Hmong people. You can also stay at the rice terracces, e.g. in Ku Bao Chay, La Pan Tan – there are some local homestays.
    • Search your accommodation online > Book your accommodation in Mu Cang Chai.

Is it possible to travel from Mu Cang Chai to Nghia Lo?

    • Yes, you can travel to Nghia Lo from Mu Cang Chai by local bus or motorbike. You will see an amazing Khau Pha Pass and other beautiful sceneries full of rice fields, rice terracces and mountain passes. It is about 100 km from Mu Cang Chai to Nghia Lo. From Nghia Lo you can also travel by bus to Hanoi.

Is there a flight from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai?

    • No, it is not possible to travel by plane because there are no airports in Sapa and Mu Cang Chai.

What you should not miss if you are already in Mu Cang Chai?

    • The main attraction in Mu Cang Chai are rice terracces. But if you have your motorbike, you can travel and visit Khau Pha Pass, it is about 30 km from the town of Mu Cang Chai. Khau Pha Pass is also a popular site for paragliding. Khau Pha is also the most impressive mountain pass in Yen Bai province.

How to get from Mu Cang Chai to Hanoi?

    • From Mu Cang Chai to Hanoi you can travel by tourist bus, private minivan or motorbike. There is no direct railway and no flight between Mu Cang Chai and Hanoi. There is only a train from Yen Bai city to Hanoi. Yen Bai city is about 180 km from Mu Cang Chai town. The best option is to travel by bus.

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(You can also change your travel route, e.g. Sapa > Dien Bien Phu, Sapa > Hanoi…)


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