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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.


Sapa Highlights

Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Sapa.

Sapa, Vietnam

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, Vietnam

Sapa Market

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.

Sapa, Vietnam

Fansipan Mountain

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.

Sapa, Vietnam

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

  • Step fields Sapa Vietnam
    Vietnam Tailor Made Nature


    A 4-day tour of Sapa famed for its terraced rice paddies

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