Located in Lao Cai, a mountainous province in Vietnam, Sapa is a colorful natural harmony of majestic landscapes, hill terrains and green forests as well as typical architecture of North-west ethnic communities.

Sapa has cool climate in whole year with annual 15.4ºC average temperature with average 18 – 20ºC in the summer and 10 – 12ºC in the winter. Due to impact of terrain heterogeneity, there are different ecological zones and divergent temperature at the same time in Sapa. Sapa owns a big ethnic community with seven major ethnic minority groups, namely Hmong, Tay, Kinh, Dao, Day, XaPho and Hoa. Most of ethic groups have their own language and still use it for daily life. But Vietnamese and English is the most popular language here. Until now, they almost live  in 17 communes, mainly living on agriculture, forestry and traditional crafts. Meanwhile King people inhabit in Sapa Districts, living on agriculture and commercial services.

The average elevation of Sapa is from 1,200 to 1,800m and its terrain gradually tilts as well as slopes towards the West – Southwest to Northeast. Fansipan peak is the highest point in Sapa with 3,143 meter height while Bo spring is the lowest on with the height of 400m above sea level. It is such an special terrain that helps Sapa famous for hills with breath-taking rice terraces. Sapa is a famous tourist attraction for manmade spots as Fansian Legend Park and majestic nature as well as local ethnic villages, which request visitors have to hike, trek or come cross nearly narrow mountainous road to come there.

Sapa is a mountainous town, Lao Cai Province. It is the home to different ethnic tribal group and breathtaking landscapes of the highland tribes, iconic rice paddies and greenery forests.

  • When is the best time to visit Sapa?

The best time to visit Sapa is March and May or from mid-September to early December. During April and May, this is time ethnic people will grow rice on their terraced fields, so all Sapa will be covered by a colorful charming appearance of now crop and ripening rice. September and October is the time rice in terrace fields is ripe and turn to yellow color, which makes Sapa look like golden silk among amazing green mountainous landscape. If visitors want experience snow fall, coming Sapa from late December to February is a good choice, but temperature sometimes drops to below zero degree, which makes all things covered with an thin ice layer.

  • How to visit Sapa?

By bus: Visitors can take a seating bus or sleeping-seat bus from Hanoi to Sapa, It takes around 5 hours for transfer.

By train: from Hanoi, visitors also can take a train ticket to Sapa. This will depart at night time and reach Sapa in the early morning.

By private car: If you have a good budget, you and your family can rent a private car to come Sapa. It is not only convenient for flexible time departure, but also help visitor have more time to enjoy beautiful scenery on the way to Sapa.

  • What to do in Sapa?

Sun World Fansipan Legend: Fansipan is the tallest mountain among Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, considered as the “Roof of Indochina” at the height of 3,143m. Sun World Fansipan Legend is located in the southwest of Sapa town, becoming a famous tourist attraction in Sapa. Coming here, travellers will take a cable car to enjoy amusement park in Fansipan Mountain as well as take a train to reach the “Roof of Indochina” – Fansipan Peak.

Ethnic Tribal Villages: Sapa is the living area of a lot of ethnic groups, so there is a lot of local villages such as Cat Cat Village, Ta Phin Village, etc. To arrive this tribal villages, visitors have to trek, across mountainous roads to meet and communicate with ethnic people there, which will help them chance to find out their culture and tradition.

Sapa Night Market: Enjoying Sapa night market is also very exciting, visitors can buy a lot of artificial souvenirs for their loved persons. Especially, on weekly Saturday evening, there is a love market, organized by local people, to resconstruct the love market of H’mong and Red Dao People with wife kidnapping culture, dancing, blowing leaves, lip trumpets or singing love songs. This is a chance for visitors to experience the “love” of ethnic ones.

Hiking and Trekking in Sapa: this will be an unforgettable experience of a lifetime to take in gorgeous views over Hoang Lien Son – Fansipan Mountain – the highest mountain in Indochina. If don’t have much time, they can join short trek on the way to mountain. It will be a great opportunity to  check out  local plants and animals like cute monkeys and antelopes, etc.

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