Sapa - The Town in the Mist

Has been one of the destinations for the leisure of French during the colonial time in Vietnam, Sapa, which is known as “the town in the mist”, nestles in sublime Hoang Lien Son mountain range with all the best of a mountainous tourist attraction: awe-inspiring natural beauty, mild weather and unique local culture. Having a new appearance with diverse service from eco to luxury service, Sapa nowadays welcomes a diverse range of visitors come here to explore this exotic land.

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Sapa Authentic Hill Tribles Trekking

Sapa Authentic Hill Tribles Trekking

4 days from $210 pp

Sapa is always a great ideal destination for trekking lovers by plenty of trails up and down hill to Muong Hoa valley. Join our 4-day tour to Sapa hill tribe villages, you will have a great chance to admire the pristine nature and stunning landscapes in this mountainous region. It is also the time...

4 days
Hanoi → Sapa → Hanoi
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Fansipan Trekking Adventure

Fansipan Trekking Adventure

4 days from $349 pp

In the height of 3,143 meters, Fansipan is always an ideal and wondrous destination for trekking lovers. The trek to the Roof of Indochina is based on a long trail which allows climbers to experience the life in the wild nature and admire the diversity of floral and fauna. Stand on the top of...

4 days
Sapa
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Precious Gem of Northern Vietnam

Precious Gem of Northern Vietnam

8 days from $652 pp

The unique colorful ethnic Bac Ha market with exceptional local atmosphere in the morning, the unique boat trip in beautiful Trang An complex, the vibrant walk through busy streets in Hanoi Old Quarter or exceptional breakfast in magnificent Halong Bay to spike your appetite, will be partially the...

8 days
Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Sapa → Halong Bay → Hanoi
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Discover the Northwest of Vietnam

Discover the Northwest of Vietnam

8 days from $661 pp

Experience the best of mountainous area filled with breathtaking scenery, cultural exchanges, and the unique ethnic minorities’ custom will be one of the must-do when in Vietnam. On this fascinating 8 day trekking trip, you will start in Hanoi – the sedate capital, overnights along the way in...

8 days
Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Yen Bai → Sapa → Hanoi
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Discover the highlights of Vietnam

Discover the highlights of Vietnam

12 days from $1111 pp

Vietnam - Our country which is located in in the East of Indochinese Peninsula is furthering its case as natural and cultural destination, not just a stopover to the beach. Trekking in Sapa Town to the ethnic villages Lao Chai - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai, Kayaking in the magnificent Halong Bay,...

12 days
Hanoi → Sapa → Halong Bay → Hue → Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Untouched Charm of the North Vietnam

Untouched Charm of the North Vietnam

12 days from $968 pp

This 12 day tour in Vietnam allows you to get insights into the North of Vietnam: from the beautiful regions of Pu Luong Natural Reserve – to the breathtaking mountain views of Sapa. You also have chance to experience daily life and culture of ethnic minority people and stay in traditional...

12 days
Hanoi → Pu Luong → Ninh Binh → Sapa → Halong Bay → Hanoi
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Stunning Journey to Vietnam

Stunning Journey to Vietnam

15 days from $1383 pp

Discover Vietnam, a charming country renowned for rich historic stories, spectacular nature, and diverse culture. This 15 day Stunning Journey to Vietnam will be an exceptional introduction to travelers who seek for the sublime experiences. From North to South, you will explore the hustle and...

15 days
Hanoi → Sapa → Halong Bay → Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Phu Quoc → Ho Chi Minh
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Fresh Insight Into Vietnam Family Tour

Fresh Insight Into Vietnam Family Tour

15 days from $1427 pp

From rich history to modern life, from magnificent nature to interactive cultural experience, let’s gather up the family and explore Vietnam with a selection of family bonding activities and accommodations to get the most out of your shared experiences. This 15 day family tour will be an...

15 days
Hanoi → Sapa → Halong Bay → Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Phu Quoc → Ho Chi Minh
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Splendor of Vietnam Tour

Splendor of Vietnam Tour

16 days from $1411 pp

Well known as the land of culture and cuisine, Vietnam is an exciting choice for your Southeast Asia adventure. This fascinating 16 day tour trans-Vietnam will give you the valuable chance to explore a number of the world’s greatest treasures - UNESCO Heritage Sites with magnificent natural...

16 days
Hanoi → Sapa → Halong Bay → Hue → Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh → Cai Be → Vinh Long → Ho Chi Minh
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Unforgetable Vietnam Honeymoon

Unforgetable Vietnam Honeymoon

16 days from $1370 pp

Blessed with a lot of enchanting tourist attractions, ranging from spectacular mountains to stunning beaches and islands, Vietnam has much to offer for newlyweds, in regard to sights, cultures, flavors, and active experiences. On this 16-day Unforgetable Vietnam Honeymoon, you and your sweetheart...

16 days
Hanoi → Sapa → Halong Bay → Hue → Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Mui Ne → Ho Chi Minh
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Bewitching Northwest Mountains of Vietnam

Bewitching Northwest Mountains of Vietnam

17 days from $1265 pp

Deep in the North part of Vietnam lying large amount of astounding but underrated sceneries which might remain unknown by many till now. Strongly inspired by a successful experience, this themed adventure welcomes all strong hearts who have genuine desire to explore the secret wonders at high...

17 days
Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Hoa Binh → Yen Bai → Lai Chau → Sapa → Lao Cai → Halong Bay → Hanoi
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Uncover Gems of Southeast Asia Tour

Uncover Gems of Southeast Asia Tour

29 days from $4138 pp

A land of extremes, Southeast Asia showcases the power of nature in its immense jungles, volcanic islands, country-spanning rivers, and rainbow-colored coral reefs. Whether you are snaking through the Mekong Delta in Vietnam or snorkeling with whale sharks off the coast of the Philippines,...

29 days
Hanoi → Sapa → Halong Bay → Hue → Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Bangkok → Chiang Mai → Chiang Rai → Penang → Langkawi → Kuala Lumpur → Luzon → Palawan
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The authentic & unique experiences in Sapa you can expect

Sapa travel guide information

Sapa Quick Facts

Location: Sapa is a district of Lao Cai Province with the centre is Sapa Town. Sapa is around 600 km far from Hanoi to the NorthWestern, near the border with China.

Situating Indochina Summit - Mount Fansipan with the height of 3143m above sea level.

Population: approximately 62,670 (mentioning Sapa District, including Sapa Town)

Area: around 681 km2 square kilometers

Average Temperature: varies from 19 to 27 Celcius Degree in the Summer while just around from 7 to 14 Celcius Degree in the Winter.

Highlights: Stunning natural beauty, pleasant weather, trekking/ hiking routes, local ethnic minority culture.

Best time to visit Sapa, vietnam

The recommended periods to visit Sapa are from March through to June and from September through to November. From March to June is a great time for you to indulge the beauty of Sapa at the beginning of crop with reflections of water filled terraces for cultivation and rice seedling fulfilled paddies afterwards while September until mid-November is time to catch golden moments of endlessly beautiful yellow rice terraces in the harvest season.

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Best things to do in Sapa, vietnam

"Trekking along rice terraces, tribal villages and mountainous terrains "

Mountainous areas of northern Vietnam are among the best places all over the country for trekking, and Sapa is not out of this bucket list. Taking a trekking route in Sapa is the possibility to help you get out of the tourist trails, lead you to explore remote places, which are completely off the beaten track. Natural dramatic scenery in Sapa must be one of the most spectacular views that you've ever witnessed in your life. In case you prefer a less challenging journey, a short hiking route within a day or to nearby villages, along popular main roads is also a great option. As Sapa offers a wide range of trekking and hiking routes from easy to hard level, you can choose the route which is the most suitable for you, depending on your trekking skills and ability.

"Explore the indigenous culture"

Local culture is a unique charm that Sapa attracts tourists beside the amazing landscape. The distinct living condition has helped local ethnic communities here create their own traditions and customs which are different from the others. You can easily experience Sapa’s lifestyle through local markets, the fair for all trade among locals and only take place on specific dates in a month. To get to closer to their daily life, don’t hesitate to try visiting tribal villages through your trekking route, tasting local food, staying overnight with locals in rustic stilt houses and directly seeing how local costumes and traditional handicrafts are made. Their very unique way of life harmoniously associated with nature in Sapa is always tempting for you to come and explore.

"Herbal Bath – Authentic Therapy in Sapa"

Well-known as a healthy treatment which is signature therapy by Red Dao People in Sapa, a traditional herbal bath can be the most outstanding experience with Sapa locals ever. Depending on using purpose, the number of ingredients in Red Dao herbal water can vary from 10 to even 100. Average time to take a herbal bath is around 20 - 30 minutes with the warmth of water must be around 35 Celsius Degree. Not only as a popular refreshing remedy helping the entire body recover from fatigue, but Red Dao’s herbal water also has many other positive effects on blood circulation, bone suffering and skin detox. Soaking in herbal water and immerse yourself in relaxation will be good therapy for your health after a busy day exploring Sapa.

"Visit numerous places for amazing sights"

There are numerous places which are ideal for having a bird’s eye view overlooking Sapa’s breathtaking scenery. You can easily set off some of them in your trip, which are not forcing you have a trekking route such as: Tram Ton Pass – Heaven’s Gate (a superb place to see panoramic view of great valley below and O Quy Ho Pass – one of four greatest passes in NorthWestern Vietnam), Ham Rong Mount (ideal location to enjoy the imposing panorama of Sapa town and a part of SunWorld Fansipan Legend leading to Fansipan Peak) or just a cafeteria along Fansipan, Violet and Muong Hoa Road, which has balcony or outside terrace to witness the great view of Sapa’s beauty, etc.

"Take a cable car ride to Indochina Summit"

Being Indochina Summit with the height of 3143m above sea level, Mount Fansipan is a truly tough challenge for anyone who dreams of standing on top of Indochina once in a lifetime. Instead of climbing from two to four days before, the cable car journey operated by SunWorld Fansipan Legend has shortened the time conquering Fansipan within around 15 minutes. The cable car ride is not too long, but it is enough for you to admire the beautiful natural landscape which is thousands of meters away underneath. After arriving at the cable station on the top, it will take about 20 – 30 minutes to climb 600 more stairs to reach Fansipan peak, the roof of Indochina. Standing on the Peak, which is over 3000 metres above the sea level – an unimaginable altitude, and widen your eyes to surrounding mountains peaks among a sea of the clouds is indeed a priceless moment of your whole lifetime. You’d better spend half of a day to explore SunWorld Fansipan Legend which is a huge complex of spiritual, recreation, cuisine and sightseeing in Sapa.

Top Vietnam Food in Sapa, vietnam

"Dried meat (Thit Gac Bep)"

Dried meat (Thit Gac Bep) literally means the meat, which can be buffalo, pork or beef, is hung in the kitchen until it is well-dried. It is a unique speciality of the Black Thai people of Sapa in particular and people in NorthWestern Vietnam in general. They marinate the meat with many kinds of seasoning and spice then dry it by the smoke in the kitchen for a period of time. It is the smoke from the kitchen that gives the dried meat a distinct smell like no other. The meat is dark brown on the outside, but inside the meat is full of stunning bright pink-red. The first bite may be a little tough, but you will savour the mix of sweet, smoky, salty and spicy afterwards, which makes dried meat have unique flavour from others.

"Sturgeon/ Salmon sour hotpot"

Possessing temperate weather all year round, Sapa is a favourable place for salmon and sturgeon to exist and grow. Hence salmon or sturgeon sour hotpot is a familiar dish to anyone visiting Sapa. The highlight of the hotpot is its broth. It's a combination of several vegetable types, spice and fish head. The ingredients are relatively similar to a common sour but fresh flavour of the caught fish will bring an elegant and delicate flavour to the broth. Sour hotpot is usually served with fresh local vegetables besides fresh sliced-fish to make it a perfect meal. Enjoying a sour hotpot mixed with a bit spicy from fresh chilli with pretty coldness in the Sapa’s evening will surely pamper your hungry stomach.

"Grilled chicken with green pepper "

This special dish was originally created by a chef in a local restaurant in SaPa: Hai Lam Restaurant. The chicken fed by local people in Sapa which has a special flavour and sweetness will be marinated with signature green pepper sauce, then wrapped in silver paper and grilled until the meat is medium-cooked. The heat and all flavours will remain inside the silver paper, which helps the chicken smells really aromatic when opening. No word can describe the stunning taste of this dish unless you have the first bite with it.

"Local Tao Meo wine"

Tao Meo is a name of popular and local wine of H’mong people. As the name refers, this wine is made from fruits of Tao Meo tree - a kind of tree grows naturally on Hoang Lien Son Mountains. Tao Meo fruit will be soaked into local glutinous-rice wine for at least 6 months to have a pleasant flavour. This kind of fruit has a special sour and acrid taste, which helps the wine possess a unique savour. It serves up an amazing natural wine flavour for those who are seeking something unique in this mountainous town. 

Top accomomodation to stay in Sapa, vietnam

SAPA 3– STAR

Sapa Dragon Hotel

Just away few minutes walking from the town centre, Sapa Dragon Hotel is an ideal stay for you due to its utmostly attentive customer care and hospitality from the staff here. With an outstanding mountain view, well-maintained facilities as well as great location and service, every moment with Sapa Dragon will be enjoyable and worthy to you!

Sapa Village Hotel

Inspired by beautiful rice terraces, Sapa Village Hotel has unique structures with 7 levels simulating as terrace fields, each one is named after a village of Sapa. Most spacious and modernized rooms offer the panoramic stunning view to Sapa Town and Legendary Fansipan Mount. Excellent service and staff is also a highlight of your stay in Sapa Village Hotel.

Chau Long II Hotel (3.5 stars)

Chau Long II Sapa Hotel - New Wing from Chau Long Sapa Hotel Collection is located pretty close to the centre of Sapa town, with around 10 minutes walking to Sapa market and Sapa Stone Church. The Hotel also offers to guests magnificent views of Hoang Lien Son mountains range and Valleys. Chau Long II is incredibly ideal stay for you with excellent service and its value as well.

SAPA 4– STAR
Sapa Legend Hotel 

Possessing prime location in Sapa Town Centre, where locates various restaurants, shops, cafeterias, it is very accessible to reach major attractions from Sapa Legend Hotel. Offering modern amenities, hospitable staff as well as various choices of accommodation for big group or families which can suit to every guest’s requirement, Sapa Legend Hotel will bring to you a superior experience in Sapa Town.

Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel & Spa

Located about 15 minutes walking from the centre of town, Aira Boutique Sapa is a great option helping you escape from the hustling and busy town. Accommodating clean and well-decorated rooms, comfy bed and a great view to the Valley, wonderful service, friendly and helpful staff, Aira Boutique is truly a top-notch recommendation for your stay in Sapa.

Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa 

Being a member of Victoria Resorts & Spas – a renowned chain of hotel & resort in Vietnam, Victoria Sapa is a beautiful resort with excellent service and super-attentive staff. Stylish and spacious accommodation inspired by local culture with lovely views from the rooms is totally impressive. Great location is also one of the reasons that you should choose Victoria Sapa for your stay here. 

SAPA 5– STAR
Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa

Being an exceptional blend of local culture and French Indochina architecture, Silk Path Grand fulfils all guests' expectation by its lovely rooms with stunning views, impressively wonderful restaurant and food, well-equipped facilities as well as great staff and service. A good choice among luxurious selections for your stay in Sapa!

Hotel de La couple Mgallery by Sofitel

Right in the heart of Sapa Town, Hotel de La Coupole Sapa Mgallery is a brand-new luxurious hotel which managed by Accor – one of the leading groups in worldwide hospitality. Officially opened from December 2018, Hotel de La Coupole Sapa has promisingly become one of Sapa’s outstanding accommodations in high-class segmentation.

Topas Ecolodge

Separately out of centre town, surrounded among mighty mountains and terraced fields, Topas Ecolodge is a true retreat for your stay in Sapa. This lodge also has a one-of-a-kind infinity outdoor pool which overlooking the magnificent scenery of Hoang Lien Ranges and peaceful tribal villages in endless valleys. An ideal place to escape the busy life and completely immerse yourself in Sapa’s tranquillity!

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