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  • Location: northwest part of Vietnam
  • Status: a part of Lao Cai province
  • Population: 8,975 (2009 census)
  • Area: 24.02 square kilometers
  • Most well-known for its love markets

Lying beneath the majestic mountain range of Hoang Lien with emerald green hillsides flooded with terraced fields, in the northwest part of Vietnam near China's boundary is the frontier town of Sapa which is famous for its rich culture as well as strong-featured and dreamy scenery.

Sapa embraces the wonders of nature, with a beauty of pristine condition. Its unique geographical location and climate (with 160 days covered in mist annually) turn the town into an ideal place to support inhabitant plants, animals as well as human beings. You can spot one hundred different species of orchids together with many rare or even endemic species there. Through bamboo huts, water buffalos roam in the soggy fields; along the roads, members of Hmong, Yao, Tay, Giay - four main ethnic minority groups inhabit there head to Sapa's busy market carrying bamboo baskets.

The town's origin tracks back from thousands years ago, and the identity of those who first lived here still remains unknown. In French occupation, from 1920s, several expensive private villas are built in the vicinity, letting charming colonial buildings to be seen today. If you want to find out more about the local customs and tradition, drop by Sapa Culture Museum. Moreover, the bustling heart of Sapa is the Central Square where you can go shopping and check out restaurants. Nearby, just a short walk away is the ethnic village of Cat Cat where the traditional farming techniques of Vietnam can be observed. Also, you can stay overnight at Cat Cat or other villages of Sapa like Ta Van, Ta Phin as this is a valuable chance of experiencing the warm hospitality as well as stunning culture of the ethnic groups living here.

Still, there are several other worth-visiting destinations in Sapa, which just their names give you the hustle to explore, such as Silver Waterfall where you can observe the lush forests of Hoang Lien National Park, Heaven's Gate with fantastic views, and Fansipan - the roof of Indochina. Another reason to visit Sapa is that your stomach will be satisfied there thanks to a wide variety of extraordinary dishes with fairly cheap prices baked purple yams, grilled eggs, bamboo-tube rice, grilled Muong pork, San Lung wine, and more.

The best time to visit Sapa is at spring when you can see the peach flowers blossom, or at September when terraced fields are at its best appearance. Now, what are you waiting for pack up your stuff, pick up your phone and order a Sapa tour which is full of unique adventures right away.

Minorities, Rice Field and Waterfall

    • Have a beautiful hike through the remarkable panorama of Sa Pa valley

    • Get a high regard for the rice terraces hidden behind mist of the morning which can be a truly inspirational sight

    • Trek along the Muong Hoa River as crossing a small suspension bridge where you can find a collection of rock carvings

    • Continue to visit Vietnam's ethnic minority people and refresh at a waterfall

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Bac Ha Market
1 day

    • Begin your journey up to Bac Ha by crossing the Bao Nhai bridge

    • Stop at Bac Ha market in the heart of the town with tons of homemade products

    • Observe the daily activities of ethnic minority people

    • Refresh yourself at the splendid and peaceful sceneries of the natural mountainous area

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Sapa Valley
1 day

    • Visiting Tay and Dzao villages

    • Talking with them to understand their local daily life, their culture and traditions

    • Enjoying beautiful landscape and scenery along the trek

Only From $36
Mountain View to Riverside

    • Trek through beautiful landscape surrounded by rice paddy terraces

    • View the mountains covered by rain forest under the protection of Hoang Lien National Park

    • Hear about the life style and tradition of Back Hmong and Giay minorities

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Coc Ly Market
1 day

    • Explore the unique market taken place only on Tuesday

    • Meet several ethnic minorities such as Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La, Nung and Tay

    • Enjoy one-way boat ride along Chay River and a short walk to Trung Do village of Tay minority

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Sapa Luxury Hotel
  161 Thach Son - Sapa - Vietnam

Located in the center of Sapa town, the Luxury Hotel is conveniently located. From here, you can explore the famous sites, see Hoang Lien Son range in the clouds or shopping at Sapa market.  The architecture of the Sapa Luxury Hotel has a perfect combination with mountainous character. The hotel has a system of rooms including modern...

Little View Homestay
  42 Cau May Alley, Sapa, Vietnam

Located in the heart of Sapa Town, Little View Homestay is a favorite stopover destination for many travelers. Because here is not only the homestay has a super view, where you also enjoy the food, delicious drinks, attractive with great entertainment space. Coming here, you will receive friendly and enthusiastic welcome, experience the atmosphere...

Eco Palms House

Eco Palms House is located in a Black Mong Village, Lao Chai with the best views of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain and the Muong Hoa Valley. With 6 private Bungalows on a beautiful paddy rice field, guests will be close to Mother Nature and get away from busy life of city center. Each of the Six Bungalows is designed as a local minority group house...

Sapa Eden Hotel
  064 Phanxipang Street, Sapa Town, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Ideally located in the quite road of Sapa town, on the way to Catcat village, Eden Sapa Hotel is proud to be one of the best boutique hotels in Sapa. It’s merely 5 minute away from Sapa market, Sapa Church and the legendary Sapa love market. Eden Sapa Hotel offers a modern and diverse range of services and facilities. The hotel`s location is...

Sapa Village Hotel
  Alley 520 Dien Bien Phu Street, Sapa Town, Lao Cai province, Sapa City Center, Sapa, Vietnam

Hotels Village Sapa (Sapa viilage Hotel) is located at 520 Dien Bien Phu Tran Sapa parallax. Designed in a traditional style, intimacy with nature, is located on a hillside overlooking the Rose Garden is extremely clear and beautiful. From the field of each village in the hotel, guests can enjoy spectacular mountain views of the Hoang Lien...

Pao's Sapa Leisure Hotel
  Muong Hoa Street, Sapa Town, Sapa District, Laocai province

Nestled in a favourable hillside position, overlooking the spectacular view of majestic mountains, moss-green rice terrace plots and the poetic Muong Hoa valley, Pao’s Sapa Leisure Hotel is the most luxurious five-star hotel in Sapa town. Owned and operated by CTX Holdings, Pao’s Sapa Leisure Hotel offers 223 rooms featuring the cultural...

Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel and Spa
  No.30, Hoang Lien Street, Sapa Town, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam

Sapa is home to stunning mountain landscapes, verdant rice terraces, unique stilt villages and Indochina peak, the Fansipan..Set near the edge of a mountain and just far enough away from Sapa’s busy town center, yet only a 5-minute walk from the central Catholic stone church, the luxury Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel & Spa, located in one of...

Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa
  Doi Quan 6, Group 10, Sapa Town, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam

Nestled on its own picturesque hill, Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa offers amazing panoramic views of the marvelous Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range ​and unparalleled experiences in a unique, secluded destination.Situated 1,500 meters above sea level in Vietnam’s northwestern mountains, Sapa is famous for both its rugged scenery and...

Sapa Panorama Hotel
  No 10 Hoang Dieu Street, Centre of Sapa Town, Lao Cai Provine, Vietnam.

Sapa Panorama Hotel  is a new and highly popular hotel in Sapa Vietnam. It is ideally situated in the peaceful centre area of Sapa, just below the famous Victoria Sapa Hotel and 100 meters from Sapa Church. It offers fabulous views of both Sapa town and the spectacular nearby Fansipan mountain range. The location allows...

Sapa Dragon Hotel
  01A Thac Bac Street Sa Pa, Lao Cai, Việt Nam

Located in a peaceful and quite corner of Sapa town, Sapa Dragon Hotel is the best accommodation choice for your weekend holidays, honey moons and adventures. Sapa Dragon Hotel occupies an unprecedented location overlooking the valleys of Sapa and the imposing Ham Rong Mountain. This Luxury and boutique hotel has been lovingly...

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