Top 10 Best Attractions for Sightseeing in Sapa
Sapa is very fortunate when the Motherland gives this wide area many advantageous natural conditions with so many beautiful landscapes, making it a charming gift for those who love sightseeing to immerse themselves in peaceful and vast nature. It’s no doubt that Sapa is the tourism center of Northwestern Vietnam with a fierce attraction to both inbound and outbound tourists.
Therefore, many people can be confused about which attractions they should visit in Sapa. Of course, if you have enough time, you obviously can visit around all these places to show your love for this land. But in case you have a short trip, you should choose a few typical places to visit, and this article is exactly a useful recommendation for you. Let’s explore the Top 10 best attractions for sightseeing in Sapa to find your right ones.
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Sapa has many advantageous natural conditions in weather, terrains, and ecosystems, which the others in Northwestern Vietnam can’t compete with. These factors make sightseeing in Sapa attractive because you will have a chance to enjoy beautiful landscapes like heaven.
Terrains are the prerequisite to make Sapa so attractive for tourism. This town has an average altitude from 1500 meters to 1800 meters. The main terrain is a high and steep mountain, making a magnificent view when you stay at the mountainside and look around. The most remarkable thing about Sapa's terrain is that it has the highest mountain peak in Vietnam in particular or Indochina area in general, Fansipan. It’s located on Hoang Lien mountain and the most crowded attraction of this town, where tourists visit once they come here.
Besides terrains, the weather is the second most important factor making Sapa very appealing to tourists. Unlike most regions in Vietnam which have a tropical monsoon climate, Sapa has a temperate climate with an average temperature from 15 to 18 degrees Celsius. Therefore, the weather is cool and comfortable here. It’s foggy in the early morning and late afternoon. You can feel four seasons in a day with cool spring in the morning, sunny summer in the noon, foggy autumn in the afternoon, and cold winter in the evening. Moreover, Sapa is snowy in winter, making it unique in Vietnam and becoming the choice of those who want to touch snow in this country directly.
About ecosystems, Sapa is the habitat of Hmong ethnic minorities who have farming practices of terraces. They are not just places for food crops but also create so passionate landscapes in this land. After explaining why Sapa is so attractive, let’s take a look at the top 10 best attractions for sightseeing in Sapa to have useful suggestions for your next trip.
1. Sapa town center
Sapa town center is usually the first place welcoming you to Sapa. Because most hotels gather here with various types for your accommodation, the common itinerary in Sapa will have the starting point in Sapa town center, then move to surround attractions.
In Sapa town center, you will have a closer look at locals' daily lives with a special traditional culture. You can visit Sapa's ancient church, an interesting highlight of this town built by French in the 20th century and still preserved well now.
Sapa town center
2. Fansipan Mountain
While Sapa town center is the first place you will come when arriving here, Fansipan Mountain makes tourists extremely excited to explore, or exactly they can’t skip this attraction in their trip to Sapa. The Fansipan mountain peak is 3.143 meters in altitude, making it the highest peak in Vietnam or Indochina area in general.
You have many ways to explore this peak. If you prefer adventure tourism, don’t miss a chance to climb or trek to Fansipan peak with many tours from specialized service providers or with your group of many experienced trekkers/ climbers.
If you want to enjoy marvelous landscapes from this peak with less effort, cable cars are a good choice. After getting off the cable car, you need to walk 600 steps to the peak, touch the landmark here and immerse yourself into a wide space that is full of clouds and seems to be heaven.
3. Cat Cat Village
Cat Cat village is an attractive destination for those who like eco-tourism. This village is exploited for tourism methodically. You can see here a combination between beautiful nature and the peaceful daily life of locals. This pretty village still keeps its ancient look and special traditional culture of Hmong ethnic from the 19th century, when it was built. You can see this ancient beauty in houses, costumes, farming practices and be impressed by the honest faces of the locals here. All lead you to another world, separate from your busy daily life in crowded cities.
Moreover, you can hire a traditional costume from many stores and become a beautiful Hmong girl/ boy. It’s such an exciting experience.
4. Ta Phin Village
Besides Cat Cat village, Ta Phin village is another choice for those who love to explore the traditional culture of locals in Sapa. But while Cat Cat village is the habitat of the Hmong ethnic, Ta Phin is the one of Dao Do ethnic. That’s why there are some differences between them in structure, costume, festival, etc.
Arrive here; you will be impressed by many beautiful terraced fields surrounding ancient houses.
Tourism services instead develop here. There are many souvenir stores where you can find high-quality brocade, hand-made bags, scarfs, etc. Moreover, you can try herbal baths or visit Ta Phin cave. All will make a wonderful trip to Sapa for you.
Ta Phin Village
5. Y Linh Ho Pass
Y Linh Ho village is one of the three villages along Muong Hoa road. Y Linh Ho pass is the way to transfer from the Sapa town center to this beautiful village.
Traveling along Provincial Highway 152, you will see a small road leading to Y Linh Ho village. Follow this road; you will have a chance to enjoy beautiful wild nature with many mountains, hills, and terraced fields. The landscapes are like a perfect picture while the air is pure. From the height of this pass, it’s enough to see the Muong Hoa stream winding slightly in the distance.
On the way to Y Linh Ho Village
6. Tram Ton Pass
Tram Ton is a familiar name to most trekkers/ climbers because it’s the starting point of the famous route to Fansipan peak. But more than that, the place at the end of Tram Ton pass (also known as Tram Ton heaven gate) is also one of the most beautiful landscapes in Vietnam voted by outbound tourists.
Tram Ton pass is the highest road in Vietnam. It’s bendy and dangerous but also the place where you can enjoy marvelous landscapes like heaven. If you are interested in adventure tourism, driving on Tram Ton pass to the heaven gate is an activity you can’t miss on your Sapa trip.
Tram Ton Pass
7. Love Waterfall
Love waterfall is an appealing attraction in the San Sa Ho commune. Located in Hoang Lien National park, Love waterfall has just opened for tourism in recent time.
Forming from the Gold stream, Love waterfall flows over a steep mountain that is 100 meters in height. The flow of this waterfall looks like a conical hat with a vital ecosystem surrounding it, making it romantic and beautiful.
8. Silver Waterfall
The silver waterfall is a famous attraction in O Quy Ho commune, near Cat Cat village. It’s convenient to visit this attraction by traveling along the 4D Highway. The silver waterfall has an imposing beauty with a height of 200 meters. The pure water of the Muong Hoa stream falling over a steep mountain makes this waterfall look like silver flowing from the mountain bed. It also explains the unique name of this waterfall.
Silver waterfall sapa
9. Muong Hoa Valley
Muong Hoa valley is located in the Hau Thao commune. It’s a famous attraction with beautiful landscapes like heaven and has archaeological value with ancient rocky mountains. In this valley, you can enjoy almost all special natural landscapes in Sapa with peaceful villages, terraced fields, mountains, hills, a winding stream, etc., and at the same time the simple daily life of locals. Although the road leading to this valley is rather bendy, it’s worth traveling to explore such beautiful landscapes.
10. Bac Ha Market
Markets deeply reflect the culture of a region. Thus, to explore the special traditional culture in Sapa, you can’t skip markets here, and Bac Ha Market is a typical one. Bac Ha market or Bac Ha fair is open on Sundays. It’s not just a place for purchasing. The locals come here with beautiful clothes to go out or date after a hard-working week.
Besides exploring traditional cultures in this market, you also can buy some useful products made by the skillful hands of the local workmen here.
Bac Ha Market
Thanks to marvelous natural landscapes and the special traditional culture of ethnic minorities, Sapa is very appealing and worth being your next destination. With much information about the top 10 best attractions for sightseeing in Sapa, BestPrice team hopes that this article can help you find your right ones and have a wonderful Sapa tour.
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