A mountainous market town 350 km northwest of Hanoi, Sapa sits in the heart of a scenic, rugged landscape of towering peaks and cascading rice terraces. Equally famed for its diverse ethnic makeup, the town is located 1,500 metres above sea level and is your perfect starting point for trekking excursions into the surrounding hills, valleys and villages.
Originally a French hill station established in 1922, a century later Sapa is the region’s international tourist hotspot with a chaotic, rapidly expanding skyline. Tiny hill-tribe villages, on the other hand, are scattered around the hills nearby but they are a world apart from Sapa, still largely untouched by modern development. A visit to an ethnic minority market is an unmissable experience, with local people clad in a riot of colours and haggling excitedly.
Assuming fog doesn’t steal the show, you’ll be in for a treat as soon as you hit the mountain trail. The views around Sapa are second to none on a clear day, especially if you’re game enough to brave Mount Fansipan, the country's highest peak – an arduous two-day hike or a 15-minute cable car journey.
A restored stilt house showing accounts, artefacts and a directory of various stories and facts about Sapa.
The stone church which fits elegantly into local life and blends in with the hills around
A hustling and bustling market with a plethora of products available and a central shopping for the ethnic communities around.
This free-flowing waterfall, which looks silver on a sunny day, is positioned in the midst of immense natural beauty.
The Dragons head mountain is a love story and home to over 6000 types of beautifully diverse flora.
A beautiful, breath-taking and dangerous mountain road in a diverse climate known by the locals as Heaven’s Gate.
A spectacular emerald green valley enriched with rice paddies and wooden huts.
The Roof of Indochina, overseeing lush rice paddies, beautiful fauna and a tranquil way of life.
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