Sapa

Sapa

Sapa Located 38km from Lao Cai City, Sapa is a mountainous district of Lao Cai Province. Sapa District is very well-known with Sapa Townlet, a beautiful and romantic resort.
At the height of 1, 600m above sea level, the average temperature of the area is 15-18oC. It is cool in summer and cold in winter.

Visitor to Sapa in summer can feel the climate of four seasons in one day. In the morning and afternoon, it is cool like the weather of spring and autumn. At noon, it is as sunny and cloudless as the weather of summer. And it is cold in the evening. With no advance warning of a thunderstorm short and heavy rains may come at noon on any summer day. Subsequently, a rainbow appears, transforming Sapa into a magic land, which for years has been a constant source of poetic inspiration, lights up the whole region.

The best time to witness the scenic beauty of Sapa is in April and May. Before that period, the weather might be cold and foggy; after that period is the rainy season. In April and May, Sapa is blooming with flowers and green pastures. The clouds that settle in the valley in early morning quickly disappear into thin air.

Sapa is most beautiful in spring. Apricot, plum and cherry flowers are splendidly beautiful. Markets are crowded and merry, and are especially attractive to visitors. Minority groups come here to exchange and trade goods and products. Market sessions are also a chance for locals to promenade and young men and women in colorful costumes to meet, date or seek sweethearts.

Visitors to Sapa will have opportunities to discover the unique customs of the local residents.

Bac Ha Market

Bac Ha Market

This outstanding Sunday market is Bac Ha’s big draw. There are a few handicrafts for sale, but this is very much a local affair, and it’s all about experiencing a highland market rather than shopping for souvenirs.

Tram Ton Pass

Tram Ton Pass

The incredible road between Sapa and Lai Chau crosses the Tram Ton Pass on the northern side of Fansipan, 15km from Sapa. At 1900m this is the highest mountain pass in Vietnam and acts as a dividing line between two weather fronts.

Mount Fan Si Pan

Mount Fan Si Pan

Vietnam’s highest mountain, Fan Si Pan (3143m) lies less than 5km as the crow flies from Sa Pa, but it’s an arduous three- to five-day round trip on foot.

North Of Sapa

North Of Sapa

An excursion to TA PHIN Village takes you northeast of Sa Pa, along the main Lao Cai road for 6km and then left on a dirt track for the same distance again, past the blackened shell of an old French seminary.

South down the Muong Hoa Valley

South down the Muong Hoa Valley

One of the most enjoyable treks is to follow the main track down the Muong Hoa Valley for 9km to a wooden suspension bridge and TA VAN Village, on the opposite side of the river. Ta Van actually consists of two villages: immediately across the bridge is a Giay community, while further uphill to the left is a Dao village. From here, it’s...

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