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.