Sapa – home to Vietnam’s famous rice terraces!
Last Update: 24th October 2020
Set in the mountainous area, Sapa is decorated with many French buildings. The unique traditions of the Black Miao Ethnic Minority is well-preserved there. It offers rice terraces similar to the Longji Rice Terraces in Southern China to visit. Due to the high altitude, it becomes the only town where it snows in winter in Vietnam.
- Name: Sapa
- Location: in the mountainous area in North Vietnam
- Things to do there: Photography, Vietnamese History and Culture, Hiking
- Who visits: Photographers, Adventure Enthusiasts, Vietnamese History and Culture Lovers
- Time required: 1 – 2 x Days
Acclaimed as a summer resort in Southeast Asia, Sapa is one of the most popular spots in Vietnam where Western tourists love to enjoy holidays. Originally built in 1895, the French Nha Tho Da Sapa is one of the highlights in the town.
As Sapa is situated in a mountainous area, it is a great options for hiking lovers. Deo O Quy Ho is one of the most popular hiking spots among young people. Sometimes, it is hidden in the fog, making for a fairy land. Nui Ham Rong near Sapa is a good viewpoint overlooking the entire town of Sapa.
If you would like to experience local traditions and customs during your Sapa Tour, Ban Ta Phin, one of the most beautiful villages in Sapa is a good choice. In addition, you could could explore Ban Ta Van, Ban Lao Chai, Ban Cat Cat to discover local life of the ethnic minorities in these villages. Along the trails to these village, you may be attracted by local handicraft shops, such as wood carvings, local cloth, etc.
Sapa also offers a variety of hotels, restaurants and bars to visit. But food served by some restaurants may be not delicious.
The best months to visit Sapa are from August to October and from March to May.
From Hanoi to Sapa, you could take a overnight train. The journey takes around 8 hours. Alternatively, you could rent a vehicle from Hanoi to Sapa. The bus journey takes around 6 hours.
- Opening hours: 24 hours.
Please don’t wear shorts, short skirts or minidress in Sapa.
- If you are planning to explore Sapa in winter, be sure to take enough warm clothes with you.
- Please figure out the pricing of the items before taking it.
- Please wear comfortable hiking shoes in Sapa.
- If you are planning to visit Sapa in summer, please take sunscreen cream and sunglasses with you.
- If you want to take photos of locals, please get the permission first.