Sapa – the real beauty of Vietnam

The charming beauty of Sapa

Sapa is a frontier town and capital of Sapa District in Lào Cai Province in northwest Vietnam. It is one of the main market towns in the area, where several ethnic minority groups such as Hmong, Dzao, Giáy, Pho Lu, and Tay live.

The charming beauty of Sapa

The charming beauty of Sapa

Sapa town sits at 1600m above sea level at the top of the Sapa valley which is famous all over the world for its steep terraced rice paddies that rim the valley walls for kilometre after kilometre. Close to the Chinese border there are many different ancient ethnic minority groups speaking many different dialects, each characterised by their own traditional colourful clothing. North Vietnam travel packages

It is easy enough to walk everywhere you want to go in Sapa, but it helps to know a few shortcuts.

Sapa is such a colourful town thanks to the H’mong and Dzao people from the local hill tribes who head into the town’s market every day to trade their produce. There is a main market every Saturday when the place is packed but there is a lower key one every other day during the week. They sell clothing and handicrafts which are popular with tourists.

Sapa in white

Sapa in white

Inherent in this prosperity is cultural change for the hill-tribe people. They  are very canny traders, urging you to buy handicrafts and trinkets. Many have had little formal education, yet all the youngsters have a good command of English, French and a handful of other languages. Violet Cruise

The most prominent attraction in the town of Sapa is Fan Si Pan, which is the highest mountain in Vietnam and it is only 19km from town. It may seem like a short distance, but the trek is not easy; the rough terrain and unpredictable weather present some difficulties. Tourists who are fit and have mountain climbing experience will enjoy this attraction the most, as the peak is accessible all year round. Technical climbing skills are not necessary, but endurance is a must.

The famous rice terraces of Sapa

The famous rice terraces of Sapa

Sapa is a trekking and biking paradise. If you like to get outside, be active and experience jaw dropping surroundings and cultural diversity, you are going to love Sapa. Go trekking in the hills of Sapa for amazing views across the jungle and mountain ranges of north-west Vietnam. Equipment is cheap and easy to come by so do not worry if you are not a natural mountain goat, you will soon be up there, gazing at the views as the mist rolls in across the peaks.

Other attractions are the Cat Cat Village and the Ta Phin Village and cave.

Sapa is one of the top 10 rice terrace destinations of the world. Come and enjoy its beauty.

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