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  • Location: northwest part of Vietnam
  • Status: a part of Lao Cai province
  • Population: 8,975 (2009 census)
  • Area: 24.02 square kilometers
  • Most well-known for its love markets

Lying beneath the majestic mountain range of Hoang Lien with emerald green hillsides flooded with terraced fields, in the northwest part of Vietnam near China's boundary is the frontier town of Sapa which is famous for its rich culture as well as strong-featured and dreamy scenery.

Sapa embraces the wonders of nature, with a beauty of pristine condition. Its unique geographical location and climate (with 160 days covered in mist annually) turn the town into an ideal place to support inhabitant plants, animals as well as human beings. You can spot one hundred different species of orchids together with many rare or even endemic species there. Through bamboo huts, water buffalos roam in the soggy fields; along the roads, members of Hmong, Yao, Tay, Giay - four main ethnic minority groups inhabit there head to Sapa's busy market carrying bamboo baskets.

The town's origin tracks back from thousands years ago, and the identity of those who first lived here still remains unknown. In French occupation, from 1920s, several expensive private villas are built in the vicinity, letting charming colonial buildings to be seen today. If you want to find out more about the local customs and tradition, drop by Sapa Culture Museum. Moreover, the bustling heart of Sapa is the Central Square where you can go shopping and check out restaurants. Nearby, just a short walk away is the ethnic village of Cat Cat where the traditional farming techniques of Vietnam can be observed. Also, you can stay overnight at Cat Cat or other villages of Sapa like Ta Van, Ta Phin as this is a valuable chance of experiencing the warm hospitality as well as stunning culture of the ethnic groups living here.

Still, there are several other worth-visiting destinations in Sapa, which just their names give you the hustle to explore, such as Silver Waterfall where you can observe the lush forests of Hoang Lien National Park, Heaven's Gate with fantastic views, and Fansipan - the roof of Indochina. Another reason to visit Sapa is that your stomach will be satisfied there thanks to a wide variety of extraordinary dishes with fairly cheap prices baked purple yams, grilled eggs, bamboo-tube rice, grilled Muong pork, San Lung wine, and more.

The best time to visit Sapa is at spring when you can see the peach flowers blossom, or at September when terraced fields are at its best appearance. Now, what are you waiting for pack up your stuff, pick up your phone and order a Sapa tour which is full of unique adventures right away.

Minorities, Rice Field and Waterfall

    • Have a beautiful hike through the remarkable panorama of Sa Pa valley

    • Get a high regard for the rice terraces hidden behind mist of the morning which can be a truly inspirational sight

    • Trek along the Muong Hoa River as crossing a small suspension bridge where you can find a collection of rock carvings

    • Continue to visit Vietnam's ethnic minority people and refresh at a waterfall

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Bac Ha Market
1 day

    • Begin your journey up to Bac Ha by crossing the Bao Nhai bridge

    • Stop at Bac Ha market in the heart of the town with tons of homemade products

    • Observe the daily activities of ethnic minority people

    • Refresh yourself at the splendid and peaceful sceneries of the natural mountainous area

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Sapa Valley
1 day

    • Visiting Tay and Dzao villages

    • Talking with them to understand their local daily life, their culture and traditions

    • Enjoying beautiful landscape and scenery along the trek

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Mountain View to Riverside

    • Trek through beautiful landscape surrounded by rice paddy terraces

    • View the mountains covered by rain forest under the protection of Hoang Lien National Park

    • Hear about the life style and tradition of Back Hmong and Giay minorities

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Coc Ly Market
1 day

    • Explore the unique market taken place only on Tuesday

    • Meet several ethnic minorities such as Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La, Nung and Tay

    • Enjoy one-way boat ride along Chay River and a short walk to Trung Do village of Tay minority

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Eden Boutique Hotel Sapa
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  3B Thac Bac Street, Sa Pa, Vietnam

Eden Boutique Hotel Sapa is ideally located on the newly developed Thac Bac Street; only a 3 minute walk from the heart of Sapa Town. This location provides ideal access to Sapa’s top tourist sights, as well as local amenities. Eden Boutique, offers a modern and diverse range of services, including banking, excursions and transport.

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Freesia Hotel Sapa
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  Số 6A, ngõ Vườn Treo, Thị trấn Sapa, Huyện Sapa, tỉnh Lào Cai

 At Sapa Freesia Hotel, every guest will enjoy a roomy luxurious suite to live, to work or just relax. The hotel’s warm inviting atmosphere, polite staff and host will help to make every stay the most enjoyable one. Their philosophy is to satisfy our guests in every possible way. You only need to bring yourself and time to relax and we will...

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Chapa Ecolodge
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  Thôn Lý Lao Chải – Xã Lao Chải – Huyện Sa Pa – Tỉnh Lào Cai

Chapa Ecolodge is situated in Tả Van. Complimentary WiFi is featured. A terrace with mountain views is offered in every unit. A à la carte or Asian breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. You can enjoy a meal at the in-house restaurant, which serves a variety of Grill/bbq, European and Vietnamese dishes. You can also relax in the garden...

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Sapa Centre Hotel
  10– 12, Cau May Str, Sapa Town,Lao Cai , Vietnam

Well-positioned in Sapa City Center, Sapa Centre Hotel is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Sapa. The hotel is not too far from the city center: just 0km away, and it normally takes about 3000 minutes to reach the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. Sapa Centre...

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Sapa Luxury Hotel
  161 Thach Son - Sapa - Vietnam

Located in the center of Sapa town, the Luxury Hotel is conveniently located. From here, you can explore the famous sites, see Hoang Lien Son range in the clouds or shopping at Sapa market.  The architecture of the Sapa Luxury Hotel has a perfect combination with mountainous character. The hotel has a system of rooms including modern...

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Little View Homestay
  42 Cau May Alley, Sapa, Vietnam

Located in the heart of Sapa Town, Little View Homestay is a favorite stopover destination for many travelers. Because here is not only the homestay has a super view, where you also enjoy the food, delicious drinks, attractive with great entertainment space. Coming here, you will receive friendly and enthusiastic welcome, experience the atmosphere...

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Eco Palms House
  Lao Chai Village, SaPa Town, Vietnam

Eco Palms House is located in a Black Mong Village, Lao Chai with the best views of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain and the Muong Hoa Valley. With 6 private Bungalows on a beautiful paddy rice field, guests will be close to Mother Nature and get away from busy life of city center. Each of the Six Bungalows is designed as a local minority group house...

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Sapa Eden Hotel
  64 Phanxipang Street, Sapa Town, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Ideally located in the quite road of Sapa town, on the way to Catcat village, Eden Sapa Hotel is proud to be one of the best boutique hotels in Sapa. It’s merely 5 minute away from Sapa market, Sapa Church and the legendary Sapa love market. Eden Sapa Hotel offers a modern and diverse range of services and facilities. With an array of...

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Sapa Village Hotel
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  Alley 520 Dien Bien Phu Street, Sapa Town, Lao Cai province, Sapa City Center, Sapa, Vietnam

Hotels Village Sapa (Sapa viilage Hotel) is located at 520 Dien Bien Phu Tran Sapa parallax. Designed in a traditional style, intimacy with nature, is located on a hillside overlooking the Rose Garden is extremely clear and beautiful. From the field of each village in the hotel, guests can enjoy spectacular mountain views of the Hoang Lien...

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Pao's Sapa Leisure Hotel
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  Muong Hoa Street, Sapa Town, Sapa District, Laocai province

Nestled in a favourable hillside position, overlooking the spectacular view of majestic mountains, moss-green rice terrace plots and the poetic Muong Hoa valley, Pao’s Sapa Leisure Hotel is the most luxurious five-star hotel in Sapa town. Owned and operated by CTX Holdings, Pao’s Sapa Leisure Hotel offers 223 rooms featuring the cultural...

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