Located in the northwest of the country, Sapa contains many wonders of nature, people. The town in the clouds attracts visitors with magnificent mountain views and many unique experiences while exploring the lives of ethnic minorities. That’s why hiking Sapa Trip is a good option that many travelers choose. Below we will summarize the 8 best places to explore the beauty of Sapa.
1. Ta Phin Village
The Ta Phin village is located about 10km from the north-west of Sapa town, where visitors will be fascinated by the pristine natural scenery, the vast terraced fields, the beautiful streams, the local villages, and the famous Ta Phin cave… Coming here, tourists also have the opportunity to directly bathe leaves of the Red Dzao ethnic group. This is a worth try place for hiking Sapa.
In addition, you will understand more about the customs, habits, and lifestyle of the ethnic community here. The traditional culture of Dzao ethnic people has been restored and arranged into performances for tourists such as wedding ceremony, Bai Tram dance, Bell dance, singing love exchange. The H’mong people also have many special festivals such as the festival swear, ‘’Gau Tao’’ festival,…
Brocade is an indispensable gift for visitors when visiting Sapa. For ethnic people in the highlands, brocade is not only used to decorate, adorn the beauty, but also a souvenir of love on the wedding day of the couple. The motifs on the brocade are the essence of the rich culture national identity makes Sapa brocade cannot be confused with any brocade of any region.
2. Lao Chai Ta Van
Located about 7 km from the Sapa town, Lao Chai Ta Van is known as the place where many ethnic people such as Dzao, Mong, Dzay, etc live. If Sapa town is busy and bustle, when coming to Lao Chai Ta Van, you will feel surprisingly peaceful and serene. Setting foot in this village, your first impression is the vast terraced fields spread across the hillsides. If you go in April and September, you will have the opportunity to see the golden rice fields as a beautiful landscape painting. This is also the time where the village is fun and warm.
To understand more about the life of local people, you should stay one night in a homestay of their village, enjoy the dishes made from the hands of hard-working people in this Northwest Highlands. That would be an unforgettable experience in your life. All residents are friendly and hospitable. Moreover, the electricity has been pulled back to the village so you can spend the evening with the people watching TV, reading or asking them about their culture, their daily life,…
After a day of hiking Sapa with so many exciting experiences, visitors fall asleep in the padded cushions prepared by the host of your homestay. In the morning, you will wake up when the cock crows on the hill. Your soul will be so relaxed and peaceful.
3. Silver waterfall
About 12km from Sapa town, the Silver waterfall is one of the attractive destinations in Sapa. From the 200m-high ravine, water rush down and make the foam as white flowers, so the local people called it the Silver Falls.
After half an hour of hiking Sapa, listen to the sound of wind and birds, visitors will come to Silver Falls. Standing at the foot of the falls, amidst the enormous jungle, you will have a strange feeling. That’s cool and unforgettable. All the worries of life will disappear with the flow of water. You will just feel like stuck in the heaven.
4. Cat Cat Village
Cat Cat is one of the famous tourist attractions in Sapa. After a 2 km journey from Sapa town. From here, you can start hiking Sapa and exploring the beautiful life of the Mong people. The first impression when you come here is the very serene scene with the folds of the 3-story house in the traditional style of wooden fog roofing. They live together and cultivate near the land. This creates a close link in the community of people living in the village.
Cat Cat also preserves traditional handicrafts such as cotton, linen, weaving. Brocade products here are highly valued for the sophistication, the rich in decorative motifs, especially the indigo dyeing techniques of the Mong. After dyeing, people roll the cloth on a round log on a flat stone with waxed beeswax. You also have the opportunity to own the silver jewelry products are very sophisticated, beautiful.
For a better understanding of the local life as well as the beauty of the culture of the indigenous people you sleep one night in the village, eat an intimate feast with dishes of bold flavors of the mountains such as meat smoked, corn wine, corn tortillas, truncated omelets … Fortunately, you can see one of the traditional festivals of the Mong people: pulling his wife, bucket. These are rare rituals that keep the original but no other regions.
5. Bac Ha Market
Bac Ha Market near Sapa town is also a place you should not miss for a hiking Sapa trip. Markets are held weekly on Sunday. This is also one of the few Northwestern highland markets that retain the pristine features of the trading culture of the Mong and Red Dao ethnic groups. On the way to come here, visitors can have the opportunity to see the terraced fields as a vast expanse of huge carpets across the mountains. Bac Ha Market meets early so people also go very early.
As a meeting point cannot miss every week, Bac Ha market is full of color. The product is extremely rich. But perhaps most impressed with visitors are the products of beautiful weaving brocade. After shopping, you should visit a small restaurant and enjoy ‘’Thang Co’’ – a specialty of Sapa with a cup of aromatic corn wine. That feeling will surely be an unforgettable memory in the hearts of visitors.
6. Fansipan Mountain
Fansipan is the highest mountain in the Indochinese peninsula (3,143 m), located in the heart of Hoang Lien Son range, 9 km to the southwest of Sapa town. While hiking Sapa, conquering Mount Fansipan becomes a burning desire for all those who love adventure. Before, to reach the peak of Fansipan, you have to take 5 – 6 days. Bot now, this time shortened to only about 2 – 3 days. In order to participate in this journey, you need to have a good health, prepare the necessary supplies and essential elements are a good guide.
On the way climbing in Fansipan, tourists also have the opportunity to discover the wonderful nature of the Hoang Lien Son range. On the height of 2.400m, you feel like the wind of clouds mixed with forest trees, spreading the hand as if it can be clouded. From the height of 2.800m, clouds suddenly disappear, you just see the clear sky in blue. Only the wind blows the vegetation to stick to the stone. Climbing up, you will see a huge stone block is covered by small stones like the table. The Fansipan peak is there! So you have finished the adventure.
Leaving behind all the tired, anxious, you will feel the joy of victory when standing in the midst of thousands of forests. That would be an unforgettable experience in life. Fansipan is still there as a challenge for those who love adventure tourism.
Sapa has a variety of beauty that visitors want to come here not only once. You definitely hiking Sapa and visit these 8 places in your life to discover the beauty of Northwestern Vietnam and I promise you will not regret.
7. Sapa’s stone church
Sapa Stone Church is located in the center of Sapa town. It is considered one of the oldest architectural sites of France in Vietnam and was built in 1895. The church has been embellished and preserved, becoming an indispensable image when referring to this poetic town and there’s no reason to don’t visit it while hiking Sapa.
Every day, ethnic groups gathered here to trade and exchange goods. On Saturday every week, there is a unique cultural activity of ethnic minorities that tourists familiar with the name “Love market”. In particular, at Christmas, many parishioners gather here, the parish priest of Sapa to pray, celebrate, sing, and dance together. Catholics come to the ancient church of Sapa mostly are ethnic people.
With the Gotic architecture and the great location, this is one of the best tourist attractions of Sapa. In the winter, the snow falls and you can feel like standing in the middle of the beautiful Paris.
8. Ham Rong Mountain
Ham Rong Mountain is like a giant head-dragon-shaped rock. Situated in the majestic Hoang Lien Son Range, near the beautiful Sapa Town, Ham Rong is a favorite spot for visitors in a hiking Sapa trip. It is surrounded by many different types of mountains, evergreen forests with other broadleaf trees.
Ham Rong resorts have 148 hectares width. It fully exploited the wild character and nature of the moss stone forest. This is an ideal location for you to hike and take some nice photos with vibrant colors of over 300 species of orchids, European garden, Heaven Gate, national cultural village, the Fansipan mountain – the rooftop of Indochina,…