Sapa is a popular tourist destination in Vietnam, but on any Sapa group tours, it’s always been portrayed as this mountainous, aboriginal area, with a population of a poor ethnic minority. Little did you know, this place is heaven for those looking for a luxurious vacation.

These are the aspects that make your Sapa group tours go beyond the common.

1. Weather

First of all, let’s talk about the weather. The fact that weather in Sapa is ideal all year round is not an exaggeration. In the summer, when everywhere else in Vietnam, people are being “roasted” under the sun, Sapa’s temperature only fluctuates around 13 – 20 Celsius degree, day as well as night. Winter, on the other hand, is the time when the region is most popular as it is one of the only places in Vietnam that gets snow. The scenery then is certainly stunning, but if there is a season where Sapa is not recommended, winter would be it. The high season makes it difficult to find accommodations as well as enjoy other fancy facilities. If you want to have the perfect luxurious Sapa tours, start your trip in any other seasons and the weather is guaranteed to be perfect for a relaxing vacation away from the city’s concrete heat.

Sapa is known for its year-round nice weather

Sapa is known for its year-round nice weather (Source: Internet)

2. Transportation

Sapa is in the mountains, therefore transportation must not be very convenient, right? Wrong. Remember that you are living in the 21st century and that people can go up a mountain by elevator. Unfortunately, the recommended transportation to Sapa is not an elevator, but a train, with private deluxe bed and facilities similar to a mini hotel. Best of all, the trip only takes 8.5 hours from Hanoi Station, all you have to do is get on the train, wow at the magnificent scenery, take a nap and voila, Sapa is in front of you! Never before has an adventure been so effortless.

A deluxe cabin in a train to Sapa

A deluxe cabin in a train to Sapa

3. Accommodation

But before getting on the train, remember to book a place to stay. Turns out that a rundown homestay is no longer a popular choice for group tours to Sapa, after a radical development in tourism, Sapa group businesses now offer both high-class hotels and resorts. If you want to have a tranquilizing holiday amidst nature but not be bothered by monkeys, a resort is your ultimate choice.

Here are a few recommendations from experienced travelers:

Topas Ecolodge Resort

Situated on top of a terraced field, Topas Ecolodge Resort is famous for its dazzling view and an infinity edge pool with an outlook to Sapa’s famous fog-blanketed mountain tops.

Topas Ecolodge Resort

Topas Ecolodge Resort

Amazing Sapa

Amazing Sapa is a modern architecture misplaced within Sapa’s raw charm. The hotel complex is famous for its rooftop dining area and a giant Jacuzzi, perfect for your self-indulgence.

Amazing Sapa Hotel

Amazing Sapa Hotel

Sapa Jade Hill Resort

Warm and comfortable are the words visitors used to describe Sapa Jade Hill Resort. Adorned with stone fire-place, bamboo and wooden furniture, the resort definitely represents the image of your dream vacation home.

Sapa Jade Hill Resort

Sapa Jade Hill Resort

Eco Palms House – Sapa Retreat

Want to try being a queen or king of an ethnic minority? Eco Palms House is the place to be. A combination of rural charm and classy touches, this retreat might be among your best experience in Sapa.

Eco Palms House – Sapa Retreat

Eco Palms House – Sapa Retreat

4. An untroublesome adventure

After checking in to your accommodation, it’s time for the real Sapa adventure. In Sapa, choosing is simple there are three must-sees:

4.1. Ham Rong mount

This is the first stop on any Sapa group tours. One because its location is adjacent to several other destinations and two because it is gorgeous! Coming here, firstly, you have to pay a visit to the Orchid Forest. This delicate flower is not rare in Vietnam, but nowhere can you see this many types of orchids, each with a different hue, living condition, and set up.

Ham Rong Mount Orchid Forest

Ham Rong Mount Orchid Forest

Nearby this botanical field would be the famed Stone Church of Sapa. This is an ancient Catholic Church built by the French, a structure of gothic and primitive beauty.

Sapa ancient stoned church

Sapa ancient stoned church

After these mountain base terminals, if you’re determined to climb up Ham Rong mountaintop (a trekking route of 1,5 km), you can do so by walking. Don’t worry about your physical ability, because along the way there will be many stunning sites that will certainly slow you down, not to mention drinks vendors and stops everywhere, making Ham Rong trekking the most relaxing trip you can be on. Besides, all your effort would be rewarded when you make it to the top of the mountain and pose at the “sky gate” - a panorama point which allows visitors to capture all the glory of Sapa city. This is exactly where the most unbelievable Sapa pictures are taken!

Ham Rong Sky gate

Ham Rong sky gate

4.2. Fansipan Mount

If you ask any Vietnamese person what Sapa is famous for, the very first answer would be Fansipan Mount. Crowned the “rooftop” of Vietnam and Southeast Asia, with a spectacular foggy route full of danger, Fansipan Mount is among the best challenges for mountain climbers. But if you’re looking for a less active vacation, the Fansipan Cable is for you. (Now you’re literally getting to a mountaintop in an elevator). Sit back safely in this glass-box and watch the immensely green terraced fields run by, touching the sky and clouds does not feel impossible.

Fansipan Mount Cable

Fansipan Mount Cable

4.3. Sapa Roses Valley

Between the admirable grandiose of Fansipan and Ham Rong Mount, there is a destination easily overlooked by visitors, the Sapa Roses Valley. Here is a vast field, where roses spread into strips of red silk, vibrant over the stillness of surrounding mountains, as if sending a passionately romantic message to all visitors.

Sapa roses valley

Sapa roses valley

5. Fancy food

After a long day of adventures, let’s settle down for a feast full of Sapa’s best culinary offers.

It is expected that up on the mountain, processed produce is rare. Therefore, Sapa is heaven for health geeks as this place is known for its organic source of food. From hill chickens to Cap Nach pigs, in Sapa you will experience the freshest ingredients in the world. A surprisingly fancy offer here is salmon. Sapa people have only started breeding salmon since 2006. However, this has become a staple specialty of the region.

Salmon sashimi in Sapa

Salmon sashimi in Sapa

But mentioning fish, there’s no Sapa specialty like sturgeons. Sturgeons in Sapa have attracted not only customers from Vietnam but also international market for their firm and tasteful flesh. Sapa’s distinct cuisine also brings out their specialty’s flavor. Beside direct fire grilling, which is their most famous popular type of cooking, Sapa people also eat fish as hotpot and raw spring rolls, an unexpectedly luxurious treat in the mountainous area.

Sturgeons hotpot in Sapa

Sturgeons hotpot in Sapa

Either with your family, on a honeymoon or just a little self-indulgence, hopefully with this useful information, you can have a luxurious, relaxing, and memorable Sapa tour.

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PostDate: 03/08/2018