Fantastic things are waiting for you in Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa (Lao Cai Province) has a charming landscape that looks like a Chinese ink painting. Tourists coming to Sapa will experience the life of ethnic minorities on the high mountain. The website Mother Nature has voted Sapa as one of the most beautiful destinations of the world.

Let's explore Sapa! 

1. Sapa weather - 4 seasons in a day

You can enjoy 4 seasons in a day in Sapa - Photo: Internet

You can enjoy 4 seasons in a day in Sapa - Photo: Internet

Because Sapa is at 1600m altitude compared to sea level, Sapa weather is cool all the time.

The Town spends 4 seasons each day: the morning is as warm as spring, the noon is as hot as summer, the afternoon is as cool as autumn and the night is as cold as winter.

2. Sapa tours from Hanoi

You can take Sapa tours from Hanoi by train or by bus.

* Train is the safest means of transportation because the road leading to Lao Cai is circuitous and sloping. It takes 8 hours to move to Lao Cai. There are 3 trains per day from Hanoi to Lao Cai at 19:40, 20:35 and 21:50. The price of a one-way ticket is from 135,000 to 515,000 VND (about 6.19 - 23.6 USD) per person. From Lao Cai Station, it takes 50,000 VND (2.30 USD) per person to move to Sapa by bus.

* A trip by bus from Hanoi to Lao Cai takes about 150,000 - 180,000 VND per person (6.88 - 8.25 USD). You can take a bus from the center of Lao Cai to Sapa with the price of 50,000 VND per person.

You can hire a bike with the price from 150,000 VND to 200,000 VND per day (6.88 - 9.17 USD) at Sapa.

3. Enjoy specialities of Sapa

Rainbow trout, a famous kind of fish in Europe, has been bred in Sapa for the first time - Photo: Internet

Rainbow trout, a famous kind of fish in Europe, has been bred in Sapa for the first time - Photo: Internet

It will be a pity if you miss unique dishes with the bold taste of mountain such as “mam da” (shoot of rock), native pork, armpit pork, com lam (bamboo cooked rice) or a cup of corn liquor. You also should try stream fish - a kind of native fish.

Sapa has the famous rainbow trout of Europe. This is the first place in Vietnam breeding this kind of fish. A lot of tasty dishes are made from rainbow trout such as smoked fish, fish with orange sauce, fish stuffed cucumber, etc.

4. Love Waterfall

In a legend, Love Waterfall is the meeting place of a woodcutter named O Quy Ho and a fairy - Photo: Internet

In a legend, Love Waterfall is the meeting place of a woodcutter named O Quy Ho and a fairy - Photo: Internet

Love Waterfall, about 40-50m in height, roughly flows down to the Vang Stream beneath in white foam and keeps running for more 100m. The entry fee is only 30,000 VND.

In a legend, Love Waterfall is connected to a sad love story about a woodcutter and a fairy. They loved each other but could not live together.

5. Climbing on Fansipan - “The Roof of Indochina”

Conquering Fansipan - “The Roof of Indochina” - is the dream of many people loving adventures - Photo: Internet

Conquering Fansipan - “The Roof of Indochina” - is the dream of many people loving adventures - Photo: Internet

Fansipan is known as the highest mountain of Vietnam (3,143m) and also the highest mountain of 3 Indochina countries. The Mountain is named “The Roof of Indochina”. Standing on the peak of Fansipan, you will be wondering if you could touch the cloud.

6. Contemplating the most grandiose terraced fields of the world

Terraced fields in Sapa always attract numerous tourists loving photography - Photo: Internet

Terraced fields in Sapa always attract numerous tourists loving photography - Photo: Internet

 

Ta Van - Hau Thao - Lao Chai terraced fields which are laid in the valley of Muong Hoa Stream are considered the most beautiful complex of terraced field in Sapa. The area of these fields is near 1,000 ha.

Terraced fields in Sapa attract tourists by their picturesque beauty. Each step full of rice seems to lead you to the sky. Terraced fields are the masterpieces of Dao, Ha Nhi and H’Mong farmers through hundreds years.

7. Sapa trekking tours

Sapa has one of the longest path for trekking of the world - Photo: Internet

Sapa has one of the longest path for trekking of the world - Photo: Internet

Sapa is one of the longest trekking path of the world. Joining a Sapa trekking tour, you will go trekking for tens of kilometers to explore this wild land, and visit interesting destinations such as Sapa old town, Muong Hoa Valley, Cat Cat Village, etc.

8. Homestaying with ethnic minorities

Homestaying will give you the experience of spleeping and waking up in a mountain village - Photo: Internet

Homestaying will give you the experience of spleeping and waking up in a mountain village - Photo: Internet

Many tourist love to homestay when coming to Sapa. Homestaying with ethnic minorities is an awesome chance to discover the culture, customs, traditions and daily life of the locals.

The price for homestaying is cheap, about 100,000 VND (about 4.60 USD) per day. Surely, you will be invited to try characteristic and rustic dishes.

If you feel exhausted after a day roaming around Sapa, do not hesitate to spend 200,000 VND (9.17 USD) for herb bathing service of Dao people!

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