Sapa was originally a hill station the French constructed in 1922. It’s now a town that’s buzzing with activity, but you can still see glimpses of its ancestral roots.
Almost everywhere in the town boasts a fantastic view of the valley, although you might have to wait for a clear day to see its full glory. Still, there’s something charming and a little mystical about the mist that shrouds the valley in the mornings. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a simpler time, especially when the hill tribes descend filling the town with colour and energy!
You may have seen a few rice paddies during your travels, but the Tonkinese Alps have some of the best. By simply walking through the hills, you’ll begin to appreciate the culture and the role farming plays in the lives of the locals. Watch out for water buffalo as you navigate your way around – they can be a rather intimidating sight. Experienced (or more adventurous) travellers can head up to the minority villages where you’ll meet H’mong and Dao tribes, and people in traditional dress. This is a great chance to learn more about them.
You could also try climbing Fan Si Pan, the highest mountain in Vietnam, during your stay. It’s not far from town, but might be a little gruelling for some. If hiking and climbing aren’t your thing, you could always take a guided motorbike tour up and around the mountain. It’s a great way to see all the sights and save your feet at the same time.
For real adventurers, we recommend a multi-day trek. This way you get far off the beaten track and see the very best that Sapa has to offer.
Plan your trip to Sapa today.