Sapa

Sapa locates in the North West of Vietnam, belongs to Lao Cai province. In French colonial time, Sapa was a perfect holiday destination with great weather conditions as Sapa lies at the altitude of 1600m, Sapa’s climate is moderate and drizzly in summer while chill and foggy in winter. Sapa has spectacular natural beauty of a mountainous area, a lovely hill station town in Northern Vietnam. The region as also known as “the Tonkinese Alps” and it has rich culture tradition with different hill tribe minorities, mountain ranges, rice fields and breathtaking views.  Some popular tourist attraction in Sapa is: Ham Rong mountain, Silver Water fall, Cat Cat village, Tavan, village… In general, Sapa is great for trekking, and Fansipan is one of the absolute highlights of the area. At 3143 metres, it is the highest mountain in Indochina. The intense climb can be a bit much for some, but the view of unspoiled nature is absolutely worth it.

Sapa is the home of many ethnic minorities in Vietnam including Hmong, Red Zhao, Tay, Giay… they live on the mountainous area around Sapa town. The resultant diversity in culture and history of these minorities has created one of the most complex human environments in South East Asia, The ethnic groups vary in size, ranging from over 1 million to less than 200 persons and each has own culture respect. Visiting Sapa, you can meets them in the town or on the trekking path into the village, their local life, clothes, language, gesture will show you a deep impression of mountainous people life.

Sapa town is also famous for the night market with grilled or roasted food. These specialties can be eaten with chili sauce or lemon-salt. There are many other delicious dishes to be explored in Sapa. Enjoying local food in Sapa, just make a short walk through Sapa night market and enjoy the moments.

Weather 15C

Estimated Stay 3 days

Attractions

Fansipan Mountain

The highest mountain (3143m) in Vietnam and also the roof of all Indochina is a  compelling attraction near Sapa. The entrance to enter the trekking path to Fansipan Mountain is 9km from Sapa town.  The Mountain is accessible all year around but the best time to see the blooming season in Fansipan is autumn and winter time. Conquering the peak of Indochina  is a must for adventurers in Vietnam

Ethnic Minority villages

Sapa is well known as a mountainous area with many unique ethnic minority living around, travelling to Sapa it is a must to see the local ethnic minority villages as Cat Cat, Lao Chai, Tavan, Ban Ho, Sin Chai, Y Linh Ho… Most of village can be reached with an easy or hard trekking on your discovery tour.

Sapa Town

Since 1922, French people established Sapa as a hill station with the most spectacular view from of lush green valleys and mountains on all the sides. In the past, Sapa town was beautiful with many French building but destroyed during the war. Now, Sapa is a tourist town of the Northwest, you can visit Sapa town to see Church, walk through the local market, relax near the lake or discover Ham Rong colorful mountain….

Things to do

Mountain Trekking

Sapa is most well known as the best places in the North Vietnam for trekking, depending on your health condition you can choose easy or hard trekking. A long trekking through many local ethnic minority villages or the pure nature of Sapa will present you the real charm of this place.

Sapa Local market

In Sapa town, there is a local market where you can observe many local goods for exchanging. Local market is an important place for ethnic people to come and meet each other. Unlike other market in remote areas, local market in Sapa town opens everyday of week so you can enjoy a very unique local places in this lovely town.

Homestay

What would be better to interact with locals than staying with them, homestay is very popular in Sapa in Tavan, Lao Chai ethnic minority villages. The homestay is basic but clean and unique, locals will prepare meals, guide you to their life and you will relax in one of the best places in the North of Vietnam, especially in harvesting season, wow!