Sa Pa

Located in the northwest of Vietnam, Sapa is a highland district of Lao Cai province and which is very well-known as the land of humility, quietness and hidden charm in the wonders of nature. The natural landscape of Sapa with the creativity of the people, along with the terrain of the mountains, the green of the forest create a fantastic, romantic picture of harmonious arrangement.

Sapa is 35km from Lao Cai city, 350km northwest of Ha Noi. You can travel from Hanoi to Sapa by the Hanoi - Lao Cai railway or Hanoi - Lao Cai expressway or National Highway 32C or Thao - Red river waterway. From Lao Cai city to Sapa, please take the 4D highway connecting Lai Chau province.



Immersed in the floating clouds, Sapa looks like a city in the mist. This beautiful town owns invaluable resource of cool climate with a variety of nuances. Lying at the average elevation of 1500m - 1800m, so Sapa climate, more or less, has the characteristic of temperate land, with the average temperature of 15-18 ° C. It has rain a lot from May to August.

From March to May, the ethnic people will transplant rice seedlings on terraced fields. The green color covers nearly everywhere in this beautiful town.

September to November is the best time for tourists to take photographs for it falls into harvest season in Sapa. At this time, the yellow color spreads throughout the mountains.

December to February is very cold and also the bloom season of peach blossom.

Sa Pa has Fan Si Pang peak with the height of 3,143m on Hoang Lien Son range. Hoang Lien Son has its name because only on this mountain, people can find the Hoang Lien, a rare medicinal herb. In addition, Hoang Lien is the home of precious kinds of wood and thousands of medicinal plants. Hoang Lien Son National Park has 136 species of birds, 56 species of mammals, 553 species of insects. There are 37 mammal species recorded in the "Red Book of Vietnam. Hoang Lien Son Forest has 864 species of plants, including 173 species of medicinal plants.

Local people of different hill tribes such as Kinh - H'Mong - Giay - Red Dao - Tay - Xa Pho in Sapa are scattered throughout the mountainous areas. The main occupation is cultivation and animal husbandry. In the center of Sapa town and neighboring villages, local people live mainly on tourism and maintain traditional villages.

In Sapa, 6 ethnic groups live together but each group still retains its own cultural identity, along with customs maintained from generation to generation.

Sapa has a lot of places to visit such as Ham Rong mountain, Sapa church, Ta Phin village, Lao Chai – Ta Van village, Cat Cat village, the Ancient Stone Field, the Heaven Gate, Hoang A Tuong palace, Bac Ha market.

There are many exciting activities such as Sapa motorbike tour, Fansipan trekking tour, etc that you could choose for your holiday in this beautiful town. 

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