Sapa Travel Guide
Sa Pa Overview
The Northern Highlands of Vietnam are a wild and inaccessible region bordered to the north and west by China and Laos. Sa Pa, a former hill station, is located in the mountains overlooking the beautiful Muong Hoa Valley. It is the gateway to another world of mysterious minority cultures and luscious landscapes of terraced rice paddies, deep valleys, high mountains and waterfalls. The valleys and villages around Sa Pa are home to a host of hill-tribe people who wander into town and to the nearby markets to buy, sell and trade. These are also social occasions, a chance to chat, exchange gossip and drink wine. The best way to experience this stunning area is on foot, and treks can vary from gentle walks to more demanding trails.
Sa Pa's Attractions:
The Hoang Lien Son range of mountains dominates the district, which is at the eastern extremity of the Himalayas. This range includes Vietnam's highest peak, Fansipan, at a height of 3,142 meters above sea level. This is a vast area covered by thick forest, rich in wildlife.
Bac Ha Market
This busy and lively market is where ethnic minorities from around the region gather to trade water buffalo, livestock and handicrafts.
Can Cau Market
Many of the Flower Hmong minority with their colourful dresses can be seen at this vibrant market.
Ta Phin Village
A small village inhabited by the Red Dzao people known for their billowing red headdresses and their handicraft skills.
Y Linh Ho, Matra and Lao Chai villages
Small hamlets where the Black Hmong live in wooden and bamboo houses.
Cat Cat Village
Home to a beautiful waterfall and a hydroelectric station built by the French many years ago.