Sapa is a small town located in the high mountains of the Northwest of Vietnam, 33km from Lao Cai city and 317km from Hanoi. Although being a province that is relatively modest-sized, thanks to the support of mother nature and unique culture, Sapa has always been one of the most interesting destinations for domestic and foreign tourists. Moreover, the attractions in Sapa are always at the top of the travel handbook of those who love to explore the mountains and forests of Vietnam.
Sapa Natural attraction
As an area with high mountain terrain, Sapa not only has terraced rice fields but also winding passes and majestic waterfalls. Some of them worth mentioning is O Quy Ho Pass - one of the most winding passes in Vietnam and the top 4 best passes to have a motorbike adventure. It is known as the highest, longest, and most stunning pass in Vietnam, therefore this is an ideal place for the explorers who love to admire all the attractions of Sapa from above. With a height of 1900 meters from sea levels, you will freely enjoy the whole view of Sapa from the top of the pass such as Fansipan Mountain, Hoang Lien Son mountain range, and the wealth and fertility of Tay Bac, Vietnam.
In addition, Silver Waterfall is also a stunning natural attraction in Sapa that entices a lot of travelers visiting. Different from other attractions of Sapa, Silver waterfall is a quiet and peaceful place, which is about 12km far away and about 30 minutes driving from the center. No matter how long it is to get to the waterfall, you will never get bored because the beautiful scenery will catch you sight-seeing with the vast pine forests, the immense rice fields, and the lush green chayote rigs stretching across the hills. Silver Waterfall, the closer to the place, the more obvious the growling and roaring sounds that makes people feel excited and even somewhat overwhelmed when they really see the beautiful stripe of white water flowing down from the top of the waterfall.
Silver waterfall in Sapa
Ethnic Market in Sapa
If you want to learn deeply about new cultures, the easiest way is to visit the local markets of that destination. With the variety of ethnic minorities along with their fascinating culture, there are a lot of colorful markets in Sapa that intrigue visitors to come.
Bac Ha Market is probably the most popular among them. Being the main trading place of the minority people such as Red H’Mong, Black H’Mong, Black Dao, Tay Nung, La Chi, Phu La, Bac Ha is the biggest market of the ethnic minority groups in Northwest Vietnam.
Divided into many zones, the most splendid and outstanding areas in the Bac Ha market are the stalls that specialize in hand-woven brocade products of ethnic people. Here you can find the unique souvenirs of Sapa, which are not only beautiful fabrics but also traditional handicrafts, as a present for friends and families or as a decoration for your home.
Ethnic market in Sapa
Besides, this market has a separate area for buying and selling animals and cattle, such as cows, buffalos, pigs, and not to mention precious dog breeds of the highlands.
Additionally, visiting the market and sampling the unique cuisine of this region is an interesting experience to do. Thang Co, one of the H’Mong traditional cuisines which are made from horse meat is a must to try in Bac Ha market. The special taste of soft horse meat dipped in the herbal sauce with a sip of rice wine will make you astonished. Since the market only opens on Sunday morning, visitors should start to go early in the morning to fully enjoy the trip.
Local Villages in Sapa
Beyond Sapa’s borders, the surrounding hills and valleys are studded with minority villages, particularly those of the Black H’mong and Red Dao. Most of these remote areas bear a resemblance to each other, partly because many groups have coexisted for many years. Visiting any of the minority villages affords visitors a window into the daily lives of Sapa’s minority communities, as well as the pleasure of trekking through the verdant landscape. Wander past rows of modest wooden houses, where women dye indigo cloth or embroider intricate designs. Share a meal with a local family, or even spend the night. Here, several thousand feet above sea level, Sapa’s nearby residents are a world apart from the rest of the country.
Located right at the foot of Hoang Lien Son mountain range, about 3km from the center, Cat Cat Village is the main residence of the H'Mong ethnic group. As soon as entering the village, visitors will obviously feel the peace and see the unique culture of the village through the H'Mong people's handicraft weaving. In addition, this place also gives visitors interesting experiences such as walking on the rocky path, rowing on the stream, and checking in at some attractions of Sapa.
Local village in Sapa
Just beyond Cat Cat, the second nearest village is Sin Chai, which belongs to the Black H’mong and prides itself on its traditional music.
The villages of Ma Tra and Ta Phin to the north, home to Red Dao and Black H’mong ethnic people, make equally popular day trips. You can stroll along the village and see their patchwork settlements as well as traditional handicraft.
Farther south, Ta Van is home to a Giay community not far from Lao Chai village, another Black H’mong settlement, both of which are popular options and can be visited in a single day. Just further these two villages is a Red Dao community, Giang Ta Chai, which can also be approached onto a trek if you’re up for the walk.
Despite being a far mountainous town, Sapa can entice travelers with the rich beauty of nature, diversity in culture and cuisine along the warmth of the local people. Visit BestPrice and our Sapa tours to see why this town is such a beautiful gem.