Some tips to enjoy Sapa Tour – The best tour in Vietnam
Known as “Dalat of the Northern Vietnam”, Sapa is a famous and favorite tourist attraction for both domestic visitors and foreigners. It impresses tourist not only by its stunning landscapes or cool weather, but the diversified and unique culture of ethnic minorities as well. Especially among Vietnam tours, a trip to Sapa may be the most ideal tour for couple.
The ideal time to travel to Sapa
Actually tourist can visit Sapa all year-round; however, the best time is from September to November when Sapa weather is stable and it is on season of the golden rice on terraces creating a beautiful landscape. In May, the weather may turn cool, foggy and even cold. Another best time to arrive in Sapa is January and February (during Tet’s holiday in Vietnam). Sapa in Tet’s holiday is much more charming and colorful with the scenery of peach blossom and plum blossom booming.
What to see in Sapa?
Ham Rong Mountain
This is the most visited place in Sapa. Only about 5-minute-walk from the center. Travelling to Ham Rong mountain resort, tourists can visit the orchid garden, peach blossom and many other flowers, or climb to the height of 1800 m to see the whole town and zoom out to the Fansipan summit. It can be an amazing experience for those who have the interest of sightseeing and photography.
At the height of 1800m, we can feel the interference of heaven and earth, and leisurely walk on the clouds as we admire the clouds drifting and panoramic view of Sapa from above. Hundreds of and thousands of brilliantly-colored flowers in the mountain clouds are booming year-round and making anyone feel like in the heaven.
Sapa Stone Church
Another must-see destination in Sapa is Stone Church built in 1895. Located in the center of the town, it is an ancient stone structure built by the French and preserved intact to this day.
Since its establishment, Sa Pa Stone Church has always been a place of many traditional cultural activities of ethnic groups. Right in front of the church is the area of the courtyard and the annals, where every Saturday evening, there is a unique cultural activity of ethnic minorities that tourists are familiar with the name “love market”. With the flute, the trumpet, the lips of the lips, the passion and the bold style of the boys, young Mong and Dao women along with the praying activities on weekends make the church’s interior be more sparkling, fanciful and incredibly charismatic.
Muong Hoa valley in Hau Thao commune, 8 km from Sa Pa town. This place is famous for the ancient stone carvings engraved between the terraced fields and grass. There are hundreds of stones with many unique shapes, strange drawings and symbols engraved by archaeologists so that archeologists have yet to determine its origin and significance. And now, this ancient carved area has been classified as a national monument, a unique heritage of the ancient Vietnamese.
Mount Fansipang is the highest mountain in Indochina, 9 km from Sa Pa town. At the height of 3,143 m, Fansipan attracts many tourists at home and abroad in the conquest. Sometimes, in the winter, when the temperature gets lower, even tourists can take photos with the snow (which never appears in other areas of Vietnam).
Cat Cat is also called Cat village, which is located 2 km from the town. This is the place where traditional brocade weaving and jewelry made from silver, bronze are popular. Another impressive tourist highlights of Cat Cat are the ancient houses with wooden trusses.
Ta Phin is a beautiful natural landscape, located 17 km from the town. This is the place where the red Dao people live with traditional brocade weaving. In addition to admiring the scenery here, visitors can also visit the nearby Ta Phin Cave.
What is Sapa’s shopping as a gift?
Brocade is one of the most favorite items that many tourists choosing for their loved ones. Brocade items are available at the local market or on the street, in the middle of the street.
Dried buffalo meat: Meat is sold pretty much in Sapa. The price is about 800,000 -1,000,000VND/ kg depending.
Mushroom: Sapa forest mushrooms growing on chestnut trees in Hoang Lien Son deep forest is considered the best – it is sweet. The locals often go to the forest to pick up mushrooms, string on the bamboo strip and bring out the town to sell a lot.