Sapa is a frontier township and capital of Sa Pa District in Lao Cai Province in north-west Vietnam, has been popular and well-known by both domestic and international tourists as the most attractive destination to visit.
At the height of 1,600m above sea level to North West of VietNam, Sapa has the sub-tropical climate meaning Sapa’s weather is cool all year. Particularly, one day in Sapa has four characteristics of four seasons: In the morning, the weather is quite warm as the spring. Summer in the afternoon with light sunshine and mild climate, autumn in the evening with fog and little cloud to create cool feeling and winter at night which means temperature reaches 15 ° C.
Sapa has been known by domestic and foreign tourists not only for it is unique and fragile beauty but also spectacular verdant terraces and the glamor of the Northwest mountain.
Below is the list of 9 things to do in Sapa when you traveling to there.
THINGS TO DO IN SAPA
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Fansipan is one of the most famous and popular destination for any tourist who come to visit Sapa. Fansipan is known as “the Roof of Indochina” with the height of 3143m. Conquering the roof of Indochina is the dream of many young people even though the summit of Fansipan is not as high as Mount Everest. If tourists who are eager to conquer high peaks, challenge themselves and test muscular power then this is one of the best destination that tourists should not miss.
When tourists reach to the summit of Fansipan, tourists will have chance to enjoy the fresh air, reduce your spirit and take pictures with friends,… this would certainly be the most interesting experience for your trip. However, nowadays, conquering and standing on the top of Mount Fansipan is not difficult that much, the cable car system has been set to work and will be completed soon.
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If you visit Sapa, you must not miss the chance to experience the unique beauty of terraced rice fields which is one of the most beautiful and impressive destination in Sapa. There is no doubt that visiting terraced rice fields is absolutely suitable for people to enjoy the unique beauty of Sapa. When see from afar, tourists can see the whole terraced rice fields area look like a picture with natural beauty which easily melts your heart. The color of these fields will change seasonally, if tourists visit terraced rice fields in summer, rice is ripe, whole area wears the new color – bright yellow covering the hills. This is usually the most favorite time that many tourists enjoy time in Sapa .
From April to May, local people water these fields to prepare for a new crop, when being seen afar, the surface of terraced fields glitter like a large mirror in the midst of the blue sky, creating a very attractive beauty, can easily impress all tourist. However, tourists should go in the middle or late September, because in October many fields have been harvested so it will not be as beautiful as the end of September.
In December, snow will fall in Sapa and this is the best time to visit there. If you are going to visit, Booking Sapa Tours from now.
Muong Hoa Valley is one of the most famous destination beside terraced rice fields with breathtaking scenery and large farmland in Sapa. This valley lies between two high ranges of mountains running in South-east of Sapa town. Visiting Muong Hoa Valley, tourists can enjoy walking along Muong Hoa River, have a look at terraced fields, watching local working on their fields,…To find out the best place to visit in Sapa will be a bit difficult to give accurate answer, because each destination in Sapa bring something unique and beautiful, which are waiting for you exploring.
Visiting Muong Hoa Valley, tourist can have opportunities to get away the hot weather of other regions in Vietnam, enjoy the fresh air here and take photos and sight Sapa’s views on the main road leading to Valley. If you visit Muong Hoa Valley on first lunar month, there will be the festival to celebrate the New Year for bumper harvest, which makes Muong Hoa valley become much more colorful and beautiful.
Steamed glutinous rice with 7 color is supposed as the speciallity of Nung people, which is called “ xoi ngu sac” in Vietnamese. Nung people have to select the best glutinous rice and fresh water because it will make the dish much more delicious. This is a special dish which is prepared only on special day of the whole year round.
The speciality of this dish is that it is not used any kind of chemical color but is made entirely of natural materials from the North-West region. “Xoi ngu sac” is not only tastiness and have culinary value but also have a deep spiritual value. Acording to Nung people, each color of this sticky rice represents each month of the war that took place there: green is the color of Spring, crimson is the symbol of the brave, the bright red symbolizes the heroic victory of Nung Din people,…
Muong Khuong is a district of Lao Cai, it is 50km from Lao Cai and 90km far from Sapa. This is the biggest market here, visiting Muong Khuong market, tourist will be impressed by a vivid picture with a lot of colorful traditional clothes. Moreover, tourists will have a great chance to experience culture and lifestyle of local people because all activities, relations, and cultures are showed clearly.
After trading, local people will have talks with each other, make friends, gather together and chit chat about their family, their husband, children or their business. Beside Muong Khuong market, tourists can visit weekend markets such as Coc Ly market, Sin Cheng market to get know more about their culture.
Tourists come to Sapa beside having chance to sight wonderful landscape including moutains, terraced rice fields, Fansipan,… Another thing that directly attracts most of tourists is the local food in Sapa.
Sapa food court is the destination that tourist can’t miss when visiting Sapa, it is located next to Sapa central square, in front of Sapa church. Tourist should visit the food court at night because it is particularly more lively with many delicisous specialities such as grilled chicken, sticky rice with many color, chestnut, egg,…
In particular, visitors should try other tasty food such as Lam rice in bamboo pipes, grilled fish, corn,..etc It will be a pity if you miss these speciallities when visiting Sapa. The weather in Sapa is very suitable to enjoy hotpot or grilled salsa with corn wine
Staying in local resident is one the best excellent experience that tourists should try. Tourists will have chance to learn and know more about local people authentic lives, as well as try traditional dishes.
Staying with a local will give tourists a real experience, learn about local custioms and traditions. Tourist can even learn to cook traditional foods with local, making the best experience ever.
Silver Waterfall is the famous place in Sapa which is located beside national highway and about 12km far from Sapa town. When being seen from afar, the waterfall is extremely beautiful like a white dragon. Tourist can visit Silver Waterfall by motobike or by car.
On the way to Silver waterfall, tourists also can have a look on other waterfalls or the forest in Hoang Lien national park as well. These places is quite popular and are supposed to be the good choice for any tourist who want to take photos, have a sight, enjoy the fresh air and refine their spirit after long hours of working or studying.
The most interesting thing when visiting Sapa is walking and enjoy the beautiful views here. Cat Cat Village, Ta Phin Village, Ta Van Village,… these are typical village of ethnic minority. Tourists will be impressed by the peacefulness of sceneries here and the whole area is covered with many colorful pieces of flowers, patterns, birds. The best time to visit those villages is in early of October because this timing, the weather is not too hot and will be more comfortable for visitors.
One of the first popular question which comes to travellers who come to Sapa is what activities should they do, which destination should they visit. However, to find out the accurate answer is difficult because there are a mixed variety kinds of activities and places for you to explore in Sapa. Beside top 9 things to do in Sapa, there are still a lot of destination with beautiful landscapes, traditional villages and friendly local people. There is no doubt that many tourists fall in love with the unique beauty of Sapa once stepping on here. Why don’t you make your own journey to Sapa to explore the beauty of this land by yourself.