If the blue sea, white sand, golden sunshine or the vast green forest does not interest you and you want to try a new tourist space to spice things up, your best choice is Sapa – a quiet land that hides so many wonders of creation. Leave behind the chaos, bustling urban city life and wallow in the fascinating and majestic nature of the lofty hills and mountains, and the peaceful villages in Sapa to make your life more poetic
Located on a mountain ridge 1600 metres above sea level, Sapa is a highland district of Lao Cai province, 40 kilometres from Lao Cai centre and 376 kilometres from Hanoi. This place impresses visitors by the fresh cool air with four distinct seasons and a wild, magnificent landscape. With such a favourable location, Sapa is considered one of the famous resorts in the North of Vietnam.
September to November or March to May are the best times to travel to Sapa. At these times, Sapa weather is stable (dry, sunny days, cold nights) and you can also enjoy thousands of golden terraced fields lining alongside the mountain. Also, if you want to see the cherry blossoms or feel the freezing and possibly snow, December to February is the most appropriate choice.
Unmissable experiences when coming to Sapa
Conquering Fansipan peak – Roof of Indochina
Fansipan is the highest mountain of the Indochina peninsula (at 3,143 metres). It is located in the centre of Hoang Lien Son mountain range (meaning the mountain range that full of celandine). There are two choices for the guests to get here: taking a tour or making their journey, following the locals’ guidance. The way to the peak is an adventure into the world of amazing nature with diverse flora and fauna. There is also another option. You can take the Fansipan cable car – the one that earns two world Guinness records: the Greatest elevation difference by a non-stop three-roped cable car (1410 metres) and the Longest non-stop three-rope cable car (6292.5 metres).
Slow down with the village lifestyle
After endless days of
digging into work, Sapa is the perfect travel destination for visitors to slow
down and enjoy the Northwest mountains. It is also considered one of the
longest hiking destinations in the world. Breathing the fresh air and following
the long winding roads to the villages is sure to be an unforgettable
experience in Sapa.
Tourists can visit Cat Cat village – an old village of H’Mong people. This place preserves many traditional handicrafts such as planting cotton, flax, and weaving. At present, it has been built into Cat Cat tourist area, located about 2 kilometres from the centre of town.
About 4 kilometres from the centre of the town is Sin Chai village of the Black H’Mong people. This village has not been through “tourism culture” yet, so it is naturally preserved and remains untouched. Coming to Sin Chai, visitors will catch the sight of vast fields of rice and hybrid corn or maize.
A little further away, there is Ta Phin village. It is not only famous for the brocade – a Red Yao people’s cultural identity. This place is also well-known for its beautiful natural landscape. Ta Phin Cave is an unmissable place when exploring the village. The stalactites in the cave draw a magical world with strange fairy-like shapes like a dancing fairy or the sitting fairies’ party, some shaped like the fields from a distance or sparkling forests, etc.
Visit the centre of Sapa town
Located in the centre of Sapa, Stone Church (also known as Church of Our Lady of the Rosary) is considered one of the great symbols of this foggy town. The church was built in 1895 in French Gothic architecture. Up till now, it is still preserved and almost remains intact.
Behind Stone Church, about 3 kilometres from the centre of the town is Ham Rong mountain (Dragon Jaw mountain). It has a height of nearly 2,000 meters above sea level. Standing on the top, visitors can admire the stunning and magnificent panoramic view of the foggy soggy town. You will not believe your eyes when you see the scenery as it has a magical vibe like a fairy tale when standing here. This place is also known as Cloud Yard of Sapa.
Enjoy the wonder scenery far from Sapa town
Away from the centre are beautiful landscapes that you will utter praises for the majestic nature here.
Going to the West
about 11 kilometres on the way to Lai Chau, you will come across the roaming
Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver Falls). The sound of pouring water from nearly 200
metres high into the river of O Quy Ho valley mixed with surrounding nature
brings an impressive mountain jungle vibe. Take another 3 kilometres forwards, and
you will reach the Heaven Gate. This place can even be seen from far away like
Lai Chau valley and the majestic Fansipan peak. Straight into Hoang Lien
National Park for more than 1 kilometre is the Love Waterfall with an altitude
of over 100 metres pouring all day and night.
About 60 kilometres from Lao Cai city, located in the centre of Bac Ha district town is Bac Ha fair market – the largest fair in the border highland. The market opens every Sunday, attracting a large number of people around the region to trade and hang out. Coming here, visitors will experience the bustling crowds of the mountain market with many ethnic minority people.
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