Sapa is the jewel of Vietnam’s northern highlands, defined by its wild mountain scenery, cool climate and fascinating cultural diversity. Here you can enjoy the peaceful ebb and flow of rural Vietnam, and get a glimpse into the lives of region’s hill tribes.
Established as a hill station back in 1922, Sapa seems a world away from the rest of Vietnam with pastoral life in full swing. Here the locals adorn colourful traditional dress, the valleys are used to farm buffaloes, and rice paddies carpet the mountain sides as far as the eye can see.
Sitting amongst the Hoang Lien Son mountains within reach of the Chinese border, the rugged landscape that surrounds Sapa is a dream for trekkers and photographers alike. Whether you want to take a light walk to a local village or tackle Vietnam’s tallest peak, the untamed natural beauty of the highlands will take your breath away.
Rise early to witness the town’s streets come alive with the sounds of trade. Tribespeople from the surrounding valleys and villages come down to buy and sell goods, from beautifully embroidered clothes to livestock. This is great opportunity to try some delicious and traditional Vietnamese dishes!
If you have some time, the Sapa Museum makes for an interesting and enlightening visit, offering travellers the chance to learn more about the region’s ethnic minority groups.
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