Sapa is well – known as one of the famous tourist attraction in the Northwest religion in Vietnam. Referred as the Queen of Mountains, Sapa sits on a site at 1500 to 1650 meters altitude on the slope of Lo Su Tong, regally overlooking a beautiful valley, lofty mountains towering over the town. This area in the Northwest Vietnam is like a gateway to another world of mysterious minority cultures and luscious landscapes shrouded in mist. Not only offer you interesting experiences, Sapa also brings you to peaceful and relaxing moments. Just come and feel in your own way.
Picturesque setting of Sapa (Photo: Internet)
Sapa Town is located in Lao Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 km north-west of Hanoi city, close to the border with China. Sapa Town is famous both for its fine, rugged scenery and for its rich cultural diversity. French used to consider Sapa as Summer Capital of Northern Vietnam in the early decades of the 20th century. Its naturally gifted beauty keeps attracting more and more people to spend their vacation there since then. Particularly, the place is the foremost choice for honeymoon couples!
Geographically, Sapa Town is exactly a mountainous area of Northwest Vietnam. The whole Sapa District is dominated by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range which is at the Eastern extremity of the Himalayas, being famous with the Vietnam’s highest mountain of Fa si pan at a height of 3,142 m above sea level. The town of Sa Pa lies at an altitude of about 1,600 m, bringing in a cool and foggy site of Sapa Town.
Sapa Vietnam – where the earth meets the sky (Photo: Internet)
Thanks to its geographic condition, Sapa has one of the most favourable climates in Vietnam. The temperature remains stably cool throughout the year though winter may see more severe changes, with frost and even snow (mostly from mid-December to mid-January).
Best time to travel
April to May, the ethnic people grow rice on terraced fields. When being seen from afar, the terraced rice fields look like a picture of nature with heart- catching beauty keeping tourists to stay for admiration for a while. This picture however has its color changed seasonally, shows it most charming beauty when the new crop begins and when the field is lush with ripening rice.
Terraced fields when the new crop begins (Photo: Internet)
September to October when autumn ends, tourists can feel prosperity all over the area as rice in all terraced fields is ripe, giving the gold color. During the time, the terraced rice fields look like golden silk scarves flying over in the wind above green mountain slopes, making the mountainous landscape amazingly beautiful.
Rice field (Photo: Internet)
Late December to February, Sapa has a harsh winter with temperature sometime drops to below zero degree and tree branches and grass are covered with ice. Sa Pa on icy days always attracts many tourists and photographers and strangely all the most beautiful pictures about Sapa are taken in winter time. Some recent years, snow falls at the end of December which is the great time for a Christmas holiday and New Year vacation. Travelling to Sapa at this time, visitors may contemplate beauty-spot as breath-taking as in picture described in the Snow Queen fairy tale of Andersen.
Snow in Sapa (Photo: Internet)
Let’s explore extremely hot destinations in Sapa
Fansipan peak – the Roof of Indochina
Locating nearby Sapa town in Lao Cai, Fansipan Peak is famous to almost travellers for its height 3143m as the roof of Indochina. Reaching this Indochina roof after overcoming difficulties may not just give you the absolute victory feeling but certainly bring you with breathtaking natural scenes, spectacular beauty of clouds on Hoang Lien Mountains and cultural life moments of ethnic minorities in the Northwest area.
Fansipan Mountain (Photo: Internet)
Bac Ha Market
Located about 76 km from the train station, Bac Ha Market is held every Sunday and is the biggest minority peoples market in Northwest Vietnam. Alive with bright colours and extravagant costumes of the local people, here you will meet Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Black Dao, Tay, Nung, La Chi, Phu La and other minority groups who come from far and wide to buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock, to exchange news and to renew friendships. In the past, the market was a centre for trading horses but now that motorbikes have replaced them and it is more common to see buffalo, cows, goats, fish and other livestock being traded. The market opens at around 7.30 am and closes mid-afternoon, so an early start is advisable.
The bustling atmosphere of Bac Ha market (Photo: Internet)
Ham Rong Mountain
Shaped like a dragon’s head in clouds, Ham Rong Mountain is approximately 2000 meters high with green trees and colorful flowers almost all year round. Most tourists to Sapa enjoy mountain climbing. The winding path leading up to Ham Rong Mountain consists of many stone steps and helps to see small streams lazily running through bushy forest canopies. At midway to the mountain peak, travelers will finds themselves in an orchid garden with over 400 species of colorful booms. Standing on the highest point of Ham Rong Mountain, tourists will have a breathtaking view over the romantic Sapa town.
Ham Rong mountain (Photo: Internet)
Cat Lat Village
Nestled in a beautiful valley about three kilometers from Sapa Town, Cat Cat- the old village of ethnic groups- attracts tourists from all over the world for its distinctive customs and practices which have been lost in almost ethnic villages. The village is within easy walking distance from any hotel in downtown Sapa.
Peaceful scenery of Cat Cat village (Photo: Internet)
Ta phin Village
Located about 17km in the west of Sapa, Ta Phin is a village of Red Dao’s people possessing a rich culture that has not been damaged by the modern life.
Coming to Ta Phin, you will immediately catch sight of groups of Red Dao’s women gathering together, keeping inside their hands colorful reels of thread and cloths. Since 1998, Ta Phin has officially become the “brocade village”, where tourists can find the distinctively hand-made brocades made by ethnic people. All of the products are eye-catching with numerous bright colors and patterns, ranging from bag, scarf, purse, to skirt, and even backpack and coat.
Ta Phin Village rice terraces (Photo: Internet)
The ancient church is known as stone church or the Holy Rosary church which is located in the heart of Sapa town built by the French from the early 20th century. The whole church was built by stone (walls, floors, bell towers …) that are linked by a mixture of sand, lime and molasses. The church of Sapa is always a place where holds many traditional cultural activities of ethnic minorities. In the front of the church is tennis area which has unique cultural activities of local people on Saturday. With flute, trumpet leaves, “xòe” dance… created sparkling, magical atmosphere in Sapa.
Stone Church of Sapa (Photo: Internet)
And many other beautiful spots of Sapa Town…
Thac Bac – Spectacular waterfall in Sapa (Photo: Internet)
Sunworld Fansipan Legend Cable Car (Photo: Internet)
Muong Hoa Valley (Photo: Internet)
Sapa Museum (Photo: Internet)
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