The perfect base for exploring the area
Established as a hill station by the French in 1922, Sapa makes the most of its spectacular views overlooking a verdant valley, with mountains towering above on all sides, but the views can often be shrouded by thick mist rolling across the peaks. This unique town is home to a number of ethnic hill tribes such as the Hmong, Tay and Dao. As it is set amongst cascading rice terraces and tiny hill-tribe villages Sapa is an excellent base for exploring and trekking this remarkable area.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Sapa.
Trekking and Hiking
Trekking is the main activity in Sapa and maps are available from the Tourist Information Centre. The maps are invaluable if you want to trek around the area without a guide as they show the walking trails and trekking routes around town.
Sapa Market is open daily from 06:00 to 14:00, but the most popular day to visit is Saturday. It was made famous mostly because of the 'Love Market,' where teenagers from the surrounding hill tribes go to town to find a partner.
Fan Si Pan is the highest mountain in the Indochinese Peninsula, hence its nickname "the Roof of Indochina"., is a 19km trek through rough terrain from Sapa. Those who are fit and have some climbing experience will really enjoy the challenge, as the peak is accessible all year round.
Hoang Lien National Park
The Hoang Lien National Park covers a picturesque mountain landscape and verdant forests home to a diverse set of animals. Some species can only be found in northwest Vietnam and are highly endangered.
A selection of tours to Sapa
Vietnam Tailor Made Nature
A 4-day tour of Sapa famed for its terraced rice paddies