It is said that your Vietnam holiday packages will not be completed without visiting to Sapa mountainous area – a beautiful town in the remote Northwest Vietnam. It takes around 6 hours by land and 10 hours by train from Hanoi city center to Sapa town that can be easily combined with many types of tours to Vietnam from luxury tour, classic tour, adventure tour to family tour, honeymoon vacation…
The first feeling when you set foot in Sapa must be the cool and fresh atmosphere as it is located at 1500 meters above the sea level. Sapa has 4 seasons in 1 day with Chilly winter in the early morning, spring time after sunrise, summer in afternoon and cold winter at night.
As soon as arriving the mountainous area, you can see everywhere the lush vegetable, rolling high steep mountains and especially the terraced rice fields which are considered as a wonder in the world and show the hard work of local ethnic minorities for years and from generation to generation.
From Sapa, you can do many trekking routes to remote hill tribe villages of Hmong, Red Dao, Tay groups where the living condition is so simple and different from the modern life in other places. Their houses are totally made from natural materials of bamboos, woods and leaves… During the ways, you may meet many lovely ethnic kids and it is a good chance to interact with them. It will surely leave memorable moments in your trip to Vietnam.
If you wish to spend more time to discover the daily life of local ethnic groups, you can choose to stay one or two nights at their stilt-houses. The facilities are simple but it is a good way to try unique experience.
If you are lucky to stay in Sapa town in the weekend, you can visit to Sapa night market with embroidery and brocade products or enjoy traditional music show performed by local ethnic kids.
Should you want some more Sapa travel information, please read our Sapa travel guide.