Welcome to Sapa
Sapa is one of the most scenic places in Northern Vietnam, boasting mountain backdrops, colorful hill-tribes, lush rice-terraces. Just 380 kilometers from Hanoi, make your journey to a small town which is known as “the meeting place of the earth and the sky”. As the most northwest city of Vietnam, and also the frontier township, it sits near the China border. Truly, Sapa is an orientated destination that is the most breathtaking landscape with valleys and will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Terraced Rice Fields
Rice terraces in Sapa are slopes claimed from nature for cultivation in hilly or mountainous areas. Due to the steep features, rich fertile soil was created by weathered granite rock, mountain cliffs along with stock water. Local ethnic minority people can cultivate rice and establish terraced rice fields, one after another, from the foot to nearly top of mountains.
CAT CAT VILLAGE
Cat Cat Village is located along Muong Hoa Valley, the village home to the H’Mong hill tribe. Just 2km from Sapa Town, you can trek there within 45 minutes. The village sits on the slope of the hill and is easy to walk to. Visiting Cat Cat village, you will have a chance to visit a big waterfall on the stream and the old Hydro Electric Power Station built by the French. That is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds.
TA PHIN VILLAGE
Though Sapa is a well-known place among tourists, Ta Phin Village is still a new name to almost everybody. Located about 17km in the west of Sapa, Ta Phin is a village home to the Red Dao’s people. Here you’ll learn about their rich culture and traditional way of life, untouched by modern life.
HAM RONG MOUNTAIN
Adjacent to Sapa town, Ham Rong mountain is a must visit for tourists when visiting Sapa. Shaped like a dragon’s head dimly looming in the early morning, Ham Rong Mountain that is a combination of the man-made and natural landscape and is easily a hit with visitors. During flower, season wander the stone paths where wild peach forests thrive and, orchid gardens bloom. Also, there are a lot of indigenous and exotic flowers grown along the paths like Lily of the Nile, hydrangea, geraniums, daisy and cheery blossom and ox-eyed. Conquer San May the peak of Ham Rong Mountain at the altitude of 1800m to enjoy the panoramic views of Sapa town. On sunny days, see the peak of Fansipan under the clear sky with white cloud floating around.
Dubbed as the “the roof of Indochina”, Fansipan is the highest mountain in Viet Nam, with a peak of 3143m, it’s located on the picturesque Hoang Lien Son range. Also, the third highest mountain in Indochina, conquering Fansipan mountain is a pursuit among many travelers such as backpackers around the World. Take the Fansipan cable car if you don’t fancy climbing up. The cable car only takes 15 minutes to take you to the peak, compared to 2 days of trekking on foot.
Y LINH HO VILLAGE
This small village is located in the north-western Sapa and nearby Muong Hoa spring belonging to Muong Hoa valley. There are many H’Mong ethnic locals living in Y Linh Ho village, living in simple dwellings made by soil and bamboo. Trekking to Y Linh Ho village will be a worthwhile experience as you’ll learn how they grow rice and maize on the high mountainside.
Trekking to Silver Waterfall) is an unforgettable experience with views of terraced fields, lush forests, and flowers blooming. This place inspires many people who long to explore. Silver Waterfall can also be reached by motorbike or by car in half an hour. From there you can see stunning views of mountain ranges and the remaining forests belonging to Hoang Lien National Park.
This waterfall is one of the most alluring wonders of nature located in San Sa Ho Commune, 4km to the Northwest of Sapa Town. The name of this waterfall, Love, originates from a legendary love story that has been told for generations. Legend has it this waterfall was the bathing place of fairies from heaven. One day, a fairy was mesmerized by the flute sound of a young boy near the fall, so she spent every night listening to his melodies. Not long time after, her parents came to know the secret, and forbade her from coming back to the fall. The passionate fairy transformed herself into a bird so that she could live with her love forever.
SAPA CARVED ROCKS
This ancient carved rock spreads out on the territory of three communes of Ta Van, Hau Thao, and Su Pan. It is located in Muong Hoa valley with an area of about 8 km2. Based on the steep winding mountain road, the ancient rock carving ground is consists of 159 small and large boulders alternating in trees, near the side of the road or in water rice paddies.
CAN CAU MARKET – SAPA
Can Cau Market takes place every Saturday from 6 am until midday. Though small, it’s a bustling place where ethnic peoples such as the Flower H’ mong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, and Nung gather, trade and sell merchandise to locals and tourists. Here you can buy a traditional costume made by tribeswomen.