Discover Sapa - Hanoi
The people that flock to Sapa are interested in hiking, panoramic views and a taste of mountain life. Sapa is famous for the rugged scenery and rich cultural diversity, being a town that lies in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range near the Chinese border. It’s the home of many hill tribes, rice terraces, vegetation and the highest peak in Vietnam, called Fansipan. Trip Guru highly recommends Sapa as the place to be if you’re the sort that loves going for long hikes and desires to see what local life in the mountains is like.
Many ethnic minorities live around Sapa, and the older women create ethnic-style clothing and blankets to sell to tourists. By spending time visiting their villages, travelers can understand their culture and even experience a little bit by helping the locals with farm work. You can also learn more about their life stories in this manner, though bear in mind that some of the minorities do not wish to have their pictures taken—so make sure to ask permission beforehand. You can also challenge yourself physically by hiking—the entire district is completely dominated by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. The trek, while challenging is ultimately rewarding when you get to experience the unique panoramic views of the beautiful vista.
And to feed the budding gourmet, Sapa has a wide range of vegetable dishes like white cauliflower, red beets and chayote. People also tend to barbecue meat and fish with mushrooms and vegetables, grill corn, sweet potatoes, dumplings and bamboo-tube rice. And you can even find Western-style restaurants around the center of Sapa, for a very reasonable price. The best time to visit, if you truly wish to see the rich emeralds of the scenery is in August, as this is also the time when it rains. The reason why people love the scenery so much is because it represents a peaceful relationship between the mountain tribes and nature.
To get to Sapa, catch a minibus in Lao Cai—they leave from the train station all throughout the daylight hours, with the entire trip taking an hour. You can also go to the Lai Chau bus station, where there are several departures per day to Lao Cai from 6:00am to 4:00pm, and this takes three hours. The bus stops in Sapa.
What our experts tell about this experience.
Amazing. The natural beauty on how they live here. In the villages that I had the chance to visit and help the villagers do some farming as they taught me how to, was much fun. And such a wonderful experience. The treks that I took around here were quite tough and in the end as they always say what is hard to get is always rewarding. The scenic view of down below.. as many have said which I agree upon breathtaking..
Sapa was the best place to hike! The mountains were quite a challenge. Steep and muddy and some point. The more hardcore and challenging something is.. the more it is to my preference. Not only that Sapa is a great for hikers like myself but the scenery, the beauty of the Vietnma Countryside really took my breath away. Sightful. Touching.