Sapa Travel Guide & Tours

Highland, French-style town best for trekking and seeing ethnics
Welcome to the Queen of mountain, an adorable town looks down to beautiful valley and back to majestic mountain range. The famed destination opens a best gateway to explore beautiful scenery and uniqueness cultural features of local ethnics. The stunning macro view of Sapa includes ever green cascading terrace fields, giant mountain peak – Fansipang which is often shrouded in mist that rolls back and forth along the peaks, offering tantalizing glimpses of what lies in wait on a clear day, lush tropical jungles and garish color of ethnic minorities

Sapa history is not always smooth. The town dated back to 1922 and once painfully swapped off the map. However, the rise of tourism brings back glorious days of Sapa. Bad roads were repaired, railway routs reopen and operate daily at reliable schedule, new hotels were built, electricity is sufficiently supplied and the food has improved immeasurably

Best time to visit:
One factor that never changes is the weather. As high latitude position, temperature in Sapa is mainly lower than Vietnam average. The coldest time is from December to February, and we really mean it. The temperature can drop down to 0C or even be lower plus with mist and fog. The best time to see Sapa is from March to May and from September to December is also very rewarding time to spend a holiday there, especially to view terrace fields in harvesting time. The remain of the year, from June to August still cooler but sometimes, travelers must take possibilities of storms into account

People:
Sapa definitely is not such attractive without ethnic minorities, typically H’mong and Dzao people. In the past, they mainly make their living on terrace fields and other farming activities. The introduction of tourism affects very much into their lifestyles. They are nowadays moving rapidly to free enterprises. They can have very good command of common foreign languages such as: English, French and a handful of their mother tounge.

How to get there:
The best way to reach Sapa is railway. The railway schedule now operates reliably and daily. The road is good enough to travel by car, often takes up to 8 hours. But the scenery rewarding is absolutely priceless. If possible, try to visit during the week, when Sapa is less crowded and more intimate. Crowds flock to Sapa for the Saturday market, but a smaller market is held every day.

Bac Ha, 3 hours long drive down from Sapa is for long time an alternative to Sapa. Despite of having no spectacular view as its neighbor, the small highland town fills up to choking point on Sunday morning when visitors flood in to meet the Flower H’mong at the morning market. At lower latitude to Sapa, Bac Ha is remarkably warmer than Sapa and can play as a good base to explore surroundings

Activities expected here: trekking, mountain climbing, homestay, adventure excursions, eco tourism, jungle exploration, relaxing and market visiting