Sapa is a mountainous region of north-west Vietnam that is most famous for its stunning scenery, stepped paddy fields and trekking opportunities. This laid back town gets to enjoy the cool and pleasant climate throughout the year. It is dominated by the Hoang Lien mountain range that gives the picture-perfect backdrop for enjoying the many scenic treks.
Here are four fun and interesting things to do in Sapa:
Trek up Mt. Fansipan
Mt Fansipan is a major peak of the Himalayan range and its summit at 3,140 is the highest peak in Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos). A trek up Fansipan isn't for the faint-hearted, but is certain to give the more adventurous tourists great pride in climbing a mountain at the end of the Himalayas.
The hike is possible in a strenuous single day hike, but most hikers prefer the more relaxed pace of 2 days 1 night or even 3 days 2 nights. On arriving at the top of Fansipan there are stunning views to admire across the Hoang Lien mountain range.
Ride through the Muong Hoa Valley
Located at the foot of Fansipan’s northern flank, the Muong Hoa Valley is a quite beautiful stretch of land that is well worth exploring. This valley is dotted with villages of the different ethnic minority groups and has the largest selection of rice fields in the region.
Hiring a motorbike for the day is a cheap and efficient way to explore the area at your own pace. A day hire for a motorbike is in the region of $4-$5. The ride between the two highest mountain ranges is relatively easy and presents cool and fresh air.
The Muong Hoa Valley is also a popular destination with the trekking tours arriving from Sapa. The actual Sapa trekking tour can take about 3 to 5 hours with much of the trek into the valley downhill. The full length of this trek gives stunning views that include close-ups of the Muong Hoa River and the surrounding rice terraces. Also, the climate can be variable so make sure to know what to pack for Vietnam tour. Read more: 10 Packing Tips for Visiting Vietnam
Stay a night in a local village homestay
One of the best things to do in Vietnam for the most authentic feel is to stay the night in a local village homestay. Most of the minority villages around Sapa have well-presented and clean places for tourists to stay and get a glimpse into everyday life.
A popular village relatively close to Sapa is Cat Cat Village, which is easily reached on a 25-30 minute hike. Its close proximity to Sapa town means it is quite touristy, but this still doesn't prevent travellers from getting a great introduction into the local lifestyle and culture.
Also, for the tourists with a motorbike it is possible to travel further out to the less-visited villages such as Ta Van and Lao Chai.
Relax in Sapa town
Sapa is surprisingly modern for a mountainous town in northern Vietnam. There are plenty of dining options – from high-quality Italian restaurants to the more typical Vietnamese eateries and local street food. Plus, there are the local cafes serving a very robust drip coffee.
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