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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

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

In the remote north-west highlands of Vietnam, Sapa Dragon Hotel is a traditional mountain chalet; complete with stone-hearth fireplace and luxurious Accommodation which is 1,650 meters above sea-level in the Hoang Lien Mountains and close to the Chinese border. Amid spectacular scenery beneath Vietnam's highest peak, the 3,143-metre...

Sapa Legend Hotel &Spa
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  No 1, Thu Dau 1 Street, Sapa Town, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam

 Sapa Legend Hotel & Spa- premier located in the most in-demand destinations in North of Vietnam. Sapa Legend Hotel & Spa is an extensive four star hotel, offering luxury facilities, world-class service and an outstanding accommodation experience to every single guest. It has quality choices for memorable holidays,...

Sapa Lodge Hotel
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  018A Muong Hoa street, Sapa Town,Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa Lodge Hotel is located in a very quite street of Sapa town, very close to the small path to Lao Chai Tavan village, you can easily enjoy your peaceful walks to Sa Pa Market and Sa Pa Church just in three minutes. This hotel offers wonderful views of the valley and Fansipan mount which can impress every tourist during their time staying here....

Amazing Hotel Sapa
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  Dong Loi Road, Sapa Town, Sapa District, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam

Nestled in the heart of highland town and conveniently located within the proximity of Sapa’s shopping, restaurants and local attractions, the Amazing Hotel Sapa boasts exquisite style, spacious guestrooms, and most importantly, seamlessly intuitive service and personalised comfort, making it an ideal retreat for leisure and business...

U Sapa Hotel
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  No 8, Cau May, Sapa Town, Sapa District, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam

U Hotels is an innovative deluxe hotel brand. U Hotels aim to provide the experienced traveler with a unique blend of local heritage and modern design. The friendly and professional hosts at our hotels will encourage guests to recharge and reconnect while experiencing the local culture and feeling like part of the family. U Sapa is located...

Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa
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  Xuan Vien Street, Sapa Town, Sapa District, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam

Located among the Hoang Lien Mountains, Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa offers an assortment of outdoor activities and leisure facilities. This 4-star resort is the only luxury hotel in the region with beautifully decorated rooms and suites blending perfectly with the natural surroundings. Impressed by accented wooden decor and...

Chau Long Sapa Hotel
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  24 Dong Loi St, Sapa City, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam

Designed as a red-stone castle, Chau Long Sapa Hotel – New wing & Old wing, is ideally located at the quite side street, in the heart of Sapa town a- home to many colorful native hill tribes, within easy walking to Sapa market and local Church. Chau Long Hotel offers to guests and visitors magnificent views of the Hoang Lien...

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