Located in the most remote northwestern mountain areas of Vietnam, Sapa has long been a fascinating tourist hot spot thanks to its breath-taking sceneries filled with rugged rice terraces, lush vegetation, steep valleys, gorgeous mountain peaks, and passes. Sapa is also famous for its local ethnicities and unique cultural diversity. An ideal itinerary to travel from Hanoi to Sapa is within 2 nights 3 days or longer if you wish to enjoy the rice terraces and peaceful atmosphere of this mountain resort town. Below are the best things and most recommended sites that you should experience while travelling to Sapa.
Fanxipan Mount is the most famous checkpoint of Sapa. If you are lucky enough, you can reach the top on a sunny day and enjoy the picturesque views of Sapa’s mountains, clouds and villages downhills from over 3,000 meters above.
Back in the days climbers required two days to conquest Fansipan’s submit, nowadays visitors can take a cable car that reaches the top in few minutes. The cable car will take you to the last station, after you need to climb 600 stairs to reach the peak.
Whilst Fansipan offers a splendid view of Sapa down your feet, you may want to take a more close-up look of Sapa town from Ham Rong Mountain Park. The name Ham Rong derives from the mountain shaped like a dragon’s jaw heading towards the sky. Passing through the 148 ha area, you will come across several stunning viewpoints including several Cong Troi (Heaven Gates) and the San May (Cloud Yard).
Regardless of living in a far remote area, local people in Sapa speak English incredibly well due to a rising demand or international tourism. Expect to receive lots of invitations and offers on the way to stay at the local home-stays and join the daily trekking tours, price starting from 20 USD per day. Staying with the locals is a highly affordable and recommended experience.
It is also possible to do the trekking by yourself through villages and rice terraces. Some of the most pinturesque villages you should mark on your map would be Cat Cat, Ta Phin and Ta Van.
Besides trekking, one of the best way to discover the different corners of Sapa is by motorbike. You will get much easier and faster to hidden sights such as as Muong Hoa Valley, Sapa Ancient Rock Field and Heaven Gate. O Quy Ho Mountain pass offers the most spectacular and dangerous driving tracks near Sapa. While driving the 2000-high mountain road pass of O Quy Ho, you will be rewarded with breath-taking views.
Three of the most famous waterfalls spread throughout different areas of Sapa are Thac Bac (Silver Waterfall), Thac Tinh Yeu (Love Waterfall) and Coc San. Try to visit them all.
While Ta Van and Ta Phin villages offer top-notch landscape sights, Cat Cat village offers an outdoor museum of local ethnic groups.
Here you can learn a lot from their culture walking around the local houses, and examining the authentic textile and handmade products made by the H’mong people.