Sapa is a mountainous district in Lao Cai, Vietnam which is known as a peaceful and mysterious land. Sapa attracts thousands of tourists with the pristine beauty, imposing panorama and unique culture of the ethnic minorities. If you are planning to come to Sapa and are still deciding where to go, we suggest seven destinations for your adventure, homestay and eco tour.
1. Fansipan – the roof of Indochina
Located in the center of Hoang Lien Son mountain range, Fansipan is recognized as the highest mountain peak in Indochina. Fansipan Peak is 9km from Sapa town. If you go on foot, it could take two or three days to reach the peak. Tourists can book an adventure tour with a travel company or go on their own with the help of local guides. On the way to the peak, tourists will have the chance to explore the biological diversity and impressive panorama of Hoang Lien Son range. However, if trekking up the mountain is too challenging for you, a cable car tour will be a great alternative choice.
The Fansipan Peak (Source: Internet)
2. Ham Rong Mountain
The next one in the list of wonderful destinations of a Sapa tour is Ham Rong Mountain. Ham Rong Moutain lies very near the Sapa town (about 3 km) so that visitors can go there on foot. If you are interested in hiking and trekking, don’t forget to add Ham Rong to your adventure tour itinerary in Vietnam.
Ham Rong Mountain is the ideal spot for hiking (Source: Internet)
3. Muong Hoa Valley
Muong Hoa Valley is a must-seeestination in a Sapa tour for every adventurer. Located in Southeastern Sapa, Muong Hoa stretches through the Lao Chai, Tan Van and Hao Thao villages. Setting foot on this valley, you can find about 200 pieces of mysterious ancient stones that were carved with various images. The area of carved stone in Muong Hoa has been regarded as a unique heritage of ancient Vietnamese people.
Beautiful Muong Hoa in spring (Source: Internet)
4. Ta Phin Village
Ta Phin Village is in eastern Sapa, 17km from the town center. This village is well-known for its natural sceneries and ethnic traditions. Visiting Ta Phin, you will immediately catch sight of Dao Do’s women in their colorful traditional clothes. This beautiful village was recognized as the “brocade village” in 1998. Since the late 1990s, visitors are able to find unique hand-made brocades made by the locals. A bag, a purse or a scarf with bright colors and plenty of original patterns would be the ideal souvenirs to remind you of your time in Ta Phin Village.
Ta Phin Village (Source: Internet)
5. Ta Van Village
Lying in the valley of Muong Hoa, 10km from Sapa, Ta Van is a small and peaceful village where residents are mainly Dao Do, H’Mong, and Giay ethnic. Coming to Ta Van, tourists will have the chance to experience the daily life of the locals and learn about their traditions by staying at a homestay. Living under a roof with a Giay family, having a meal of Ta Van specialties and studying their culture will be a highlight of your Sapa tour.
Ta Van Village (Source: Internet)
6. Cat Cat Village
Cat Cat is an ancient village 2km from the Sapa town center. Here in the village, local people still maintain many traditional occupations such as cotton growing and weaving. Located near the center of Sapa, Cat Cat Village attracts hundreds of tourists everyday to experience the daily life of the ethnic minority.
Cat Cat Village (Source: Internet)
7. Cao Son Market
Cao Son is a weekly market which is held every Wednesday in Sapa town. Visiting Cao Son Market could be the most unforgettable experience of many tourists’ travels. In the morning, the market is bustling and crowded with local people from the H’mong, Phu La and Dao ethnics coming for trading, selling, talking, drinking and singing. Going to a market in the mountainous region is undeniably a great way to learn about the local culture of the ethnic minorities in Vietnam.
Bustling atmosphere in Cao Son Market (Source: Internet)
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