Sapa is a mountainous District, located in Lao Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 km from Hanoi, close to the border with China. It is dominated by The Hoang Lien Son range of mountains (Himalayas). The beautiful natural scenery combines with human creativity to make a picturesque Sapa, a romantic attraction for tourists all over the world to visit and explore.
It will be a surprise for tourists that the weather in Sapa often changes frequently and quickly. It is said that only in Sapa, one can experience many different seasons within just one day. Wet season is from May to September, especially, there are usually heavy rains in July and August. In winter (from November to February), it is very cold, wet and even foggy. In each season, Sapa has its unique charm and beauty. The best time for domestic travelers to contemplate the scenic beauty of Sapa is in April and September. In April and May, Sapa is in great attraction with blooming flowers and green terraces. Whereas, periods January- May and September- November is the recommended time foreign travelers to enjoy a more comfortable natural and fresh holiday.
The train trip between Lao Cai (gateway station to Sapa) and Hanoi has brought more comforts and conveniences for travelers to Sapa. Besides, you can also take a bus from Hanoi directly to Sapa to have more experiences. For the best, you should book package tour right from Hanoi.
With famous places such as Bac Ha Market, Cat Cat Village, Sin Chai Village, Lao Chai- Ta Van Village, Ham Rong Mountain, Fansipan Mountain, Sapa Ancient Rock Field, Hoang A Tuong Castle, Sapa Love Market, ect. and unique cultural features of Sapa ethnic minorities have made Sapa become an attractive spot for domestic and foreign visitors. Especially, Sapa Love Market is a traditional culture of as H’mong, Dao ethnic groups in Sapa Town as well as Northwest region from ancient time.
This is the market of the remote villages, usually taking place once a week, on Sunday morning. This is the chance for old people to visit their friends, and young people to meet, date or seek sweehearts. A special feature is the sound people make friends through pan-pipe (Khen), flute ... Which contain their feelings.
Not only with beautiful scenes, Sapa is also remains in each visitors ‘mind with its special cuisine. Sapa has a lot of specialties attracting travellers ever come there such as boiled chayote squash, gooses, picks, fishes, smoked sausages and fresh field mushrooms and so on.