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With 54 recognized hill tribe groups in the surrounding regions, there are ample opportunities to encounter, meet and even stay overnight with the indigenous population. These locals employ a traditional way of life that is truly unique to encounter. Additionally, a visit to the outlying hillsides also reveals the range of wildlife and landscapes of Sapa, which also make for a memorable experience.
For those looking to visit Sapa, the best point of access is via Hanoi. While the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cao used to be the only practical means of access, there has been a new highway built connecting the two, which makes for quicker access and flexibility in departure times. For those pressed for time, the drive may be a better option. For the classic Sapa experience, however, taking the overnight train is a unique experience all in itself.