Sapa is a stunning hill station town in the north west Hoang Lien Son mountain range near the China border. It is 1,500km above sea level and, among other things, is famous for its amazing rice terraces.
The region is home to 8 ethnic minorities: H’mong, Dao, Tay, Gia, Muong, Thai, Hoa and Xa Pho
Travel to Sapa from Hanoi by overnight train to Lao Cai and then by road to Sapa town or surrounding homesteads
Bus into Sapa Town
WHEN TO VISIT
March to May and September to November are the best times to visit when the days are sunny and evenings cooler
During the winter months of November-February the environment is cold, wet and foggy
June and August is the high season
ACTIVITIES AND PLACES OF INTEREST
Fansipan Peak. With an altitude of 3,143m Fansipan is the tallest mountain in Vietnam, as well as Laos and Cambodia and is known as “Indochina Rooftop”.
Now that the Fansipan Legend is operating you can make your own quicker journey to the top of the mountain by part cable car and part walking. This cable car is 6,292.5m long and is the longest non-stop 3 rope cable car
Operation times – 7:30-17:30 daily. Ticket price 600,000 VND (adult), 400,000 VND (child)
Dragon Mouth Mountain (Ham Rong). A mountain range on the side of Sapa town shaped like a dragon’s mouth
Fee – 70,000 VND (adult), 20,000 (child)
Bac Ha Sunday Market. 76km from Lao Cai rail station.
Times – 07:00-12noon
Sapa town with its cathedral, town square, Sapa Market and Sunday Sapa Love Market
Trekking. Numerous treks are available through the rice terraces and villages