Why Sapa is so much that attractive?
Sapa is a small town in Lào Cai Province in the Northwest Vietnam where the things overthere are great for a local feature discovery:
(1) the great temperature: At an altitude of about 1500 meters (4921 feet) above sea level, Spa owns a great temperature and this is why French has chosen Sapa one of their three hill station in Indochina.
(2) the spectacular view of mountains, terraced rice farms, plantations, curving roads along hills, streamlines, suspension bridges, etc.
(3) the solid concentration of tribal villages that are different in customs, living styles, belief, clothes and other stuff, as Sapa is the capital town of hundreds of villages surrounding that are home of several ethnic minority groups such as Hmong, Dao (Yao), Giáy, Pho Lu, and Tay, etc.
RECOMMENDED STUFF TO DO IN SAPA
- Contemplating your navel: Sit on the corridor or balcony of a hotel overlooking the valleys and have whatever drink you like: cocktails, beers, or soft drinks.
- Buying clothes with colorful designs which are really made by hand from various ethnic minorities (one minority makes a certain design and color and this is their cultural identity). You will find a huge selection of local products such as table clothes, table decoration, wall decoration or things great to cover your piano top.
- Go trekking Follow a guide and take hiking across hills, valleys, rice terraced farms, thu villages, going to a house and see life insides with interpretation of their culture belief. You even can make trekking trips of staying overnight in a house of a local hill tribal person at one of the villages.
- Homestay: The homestay is not really comfortable always, but an excited experience for whom with lifestyle and culture discovery. Staying at a local house also means you will eat the food (all meals) cooked by the host and drink their house wine which are their pride and culture.
- Visiting Heaven’s Gate: Take a tour or rent a motorbike to get to the top of a mountain named Heaven’s Gate and make your breath away by the spectacular view down to the valleys with rice terraced farms. That’s a half day touring with a waterfall nearby thrown in.
- Biking on your own: rent a motorbike and ride to the villages outside of Sapa. Paths are mostly easy to follow and there are a lot of people on the road to help if getting lost. Wrap a map from your hotel or around and make sure you can get back with ease.
- Muong Hoa valley. Around 20 km from Sapa is a beautiful valley named Muong Hoa which builds its beauty by the endless rice terraced farm and mysteric rocks which were carved with messages from mthousand years ago and could not even decoded today.
- Conquering Fansipan peak: that’s the elevation of 3014m from the sea level which is highest in Indochina. With the help of guides and supporters you are able to explore the beauty of the mountain, the diversity of fauna and flora, as well as go beyond the challenge you have imagined.