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Top 10 attractions in Sapa


Surrounded by dramatic gorges and stepped rice terraces, the landscapes around Sapa (Sa Pa) are some of northern Vietnam’s most striking. Visit Sapa to hike scenic trails past tumbling waterfalls, shop colorful traditional markets, and learn about Vietnam’s cultural heritage of Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay, and Yi minority groups.More

Cat Cat Village

The closest village to Sapa, Cat Cat Village is a popular trekking destination to experience the distinctive culture and traditions of the Black Hmong tribe. Located in Vietnam’s Muong Hoa Valley, at the base of Fansipan Mountain, Cat Cat Village is also known for its stunning scenery of terraced fields, rolling hills, and waterfalls.More

Muong Hoa Valley (Thung Lung Muong Hoa)

When travelers hymn the beauty of Sapa, the hiking hub in northern Vietnam, they’re really praising the Muong Hoa Valley (Thung Lũng Mường Hoa. Carved by the Hoa stream, decked with a patchwork of rice terraces, and studded with fascinating minority villages, its green highland landscapes are some of Vietnam’s most dazzling.More

Ta Phin Village

A popular hilltribe village, about six miles north of Sapa, Ta Phin village regularly welcomes trekkers to experience a more traditional way of life in mountainous northwest Vietnam. Here groups of Red Dao, Black Hmong and Kinh ethnic groups live side by side and continue to adhere to their distinct cultures, making a visit a unique opportunity to learn about their differences and spend time interacting with members of each ethnic group.A suite of activities can be arranged with tour guides and include experiencing an herbal bath, making and drinking rice wine, taking an embroidery lesson, offering your skills to teach English or helping to prepare a meal. The trek to Ta Phin village via a nine-mile countryside loop passes terraced rice fields, streams and other smaller villages. Other popular area attractions include a visit to the cave on the outskirts of the village, and a stop at a former French monastery ruined in the 1940s.More

Silver Waterfall (Thac Bac)

Silver Waterfall—known locally as Thac Bac—is one of Vietnam’s most beautiful waterfalls and is located just 9 miles (15 kilometers) from the resort town of Sapa. Thac Bac falls some 650 feet (200 meters) off the side of the Hoang Lien Mountains, steps from the country’s epic Tram Ton Pass. If you can, experience this spot via motorbike, letting the misty air and panoramic views awaken your senses.More

Tram Ton Pass (Deo Tram Ton)

Just north of the resort town of Sapa, Tram Ton Pass (Deo Tram Ton) is Vietnam’s longest and highest mountain pass—and it’s a beauty. Snaking for 75 miles (120 kilometers) through the Hoang Lien Son Mountains, it peaks at roughly 6,200 feet (2,000 meters), where a lookout offers its travelers an aerial taste of the absolute wonders of northwestern Vietnam.More

Sin Chai Village

Sín Chải village is situated near Sapa in Northern Vietnam, at the foot of Mount Fansipan. Located in a rainforested area protected by the Hoang Lien National Park, the village is home to the Black H’mong people, whose traditional wooden houses are scattered across the valley.Local life here is simple, with people earning a living from farming, dying indigo, planting flax, and textile weaving. Most tours of Sín Chải village focus on the daily life of the villagers, who still maintain their ancestor’s way of life and take much pride in their community. The short yet scenic trek through the landscape of rice paddies, streams, and corn fields serves to culturally acclimatize visitors to Sin Chai and its pace of life.The villagers draw fresh water from the stream running from the foot of the mountain range, and collect plants from the mountain to treat ailments and illnesses, instead of using modern medicines. It is thought that the pure water supply, fresh mountain air, and natural diet and remedies are among the reasons that the Black H’mong people living in Sín Chải village live for so long, with many members of the community reaching their 100th birthdays and beyond.More

Sun World Fansipan Legend

Savor sweeping views as you’re whisked to the peak of Vietnam’s highest mountain, then explore a variety of attractions at Sun World Fansipan Legend. Located on the slopes of Mt. Fansipan in Sapa, this tourism and entertainment complex is a scenic place to spend the day.More

Can Cau Market (Cho Can Cau)

Can Cau Market is a smaller, less-commercial alternative to the nearby Bac Ha Market. Located 6 miles (9 kilometers) from the Chinese border, you’ll find Hmong, Chinese, and other ethnic groups selling their wares, bartering and buying, and simply enjoying the market buzz. Expect color in the form of vibrant traditional costumes and scads of fresh produce.More

Coc Ly Market (Cho Coc Ly)

Every Tuesday, in the mountainous northern Vietnamese region of Sapa, area residents from several ethnic tribes come together to socialize and barter produce, livestock and everyday wares along the Chay River. Aside from the growing section of the market offering locally-made handicrafts, the best reason to come to Coc Ly Market (Chợ Cốc Ly) is the people watching and the chance to interact with several different remote ethnic populations. For them, market day is an occasion to get dressed up and the Flower Hmong’s electric pink and green traditional tartan prints dominate the dusty, brown landscape. Dzao in embroidered robes and red headdresses, Tay women in black headdresses and Nung women decked out their silver ornamentation also regularly frequent the bustling market—just remember if you’re taking photos of people to ask permission first.Bring your bargaining skills for backpacks, headbands, hats, dolls, scarves, trinkets, colorful fabric and more.More
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