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Located in the middle of breathtaking landscape, Sapa is one of the most wonderful places in all of Asia. Being a former French hill station, it is situated in the midst of mountains, just south of the Fansipan, with 3143 m the highest point of Vietnam. It is very convenient located for hiking in the surrounding area, where you can visit many small villages of minorities, mainly the Hmong (Meo) and the Dao. Especially the Hmong sell beautifully embroidered bags, caps, jackets, etc. Market day is every day, but the weekend is special. But the weekend is also specially crowded with foreigners, so it's probably a good idea to avoid it. I dare say that someone who has been there just one year ago will not recognize it anymore and certainly not like the crowds. But that's the way of most of the (former) insider locations

(Lotta and Johan) A wonderful place. The surroundings are breathtaking, and the atmosphere friendly. During weekends, the minority people walk down from the mountains to sell their goods and handicrafts at the market in Sa Pa. They wear their beatiful costumes, and they would wear them even if the tourists weren't there, which felt good. At night the Hmong people gathered on the street, and the young girls and boys sang traditional, monotonous tunes to one another to find a husband or a wife. All the tribes members, as well as some tourists, gathered around them and listened. As a couple had found each other and finished singing, they left hand in hand. Let's just hope tourism doesn't spoil this wonderful place

The best time to witness the scenic beauty of Sapa is in April and May. Before that period, the weather might be cold and foggy; after that period is the rainy season. In April and May, Sapa is blooming with flowers and green pastures. The clouds that settle in the valley in early mornings quickly disappear into thin air.

Located at 1,500 m above sea level, Sapa lies on the side of Hoang Lien Son Mountains, 333 km northwest of Hanoi. Sapa’s flora is diversified, ranging from flowers to tropical fruits; among the most popular fruits produced in Sapa are apples, pears, peaches, and plums.

Sapa has many natural sites such as Thac Bac, Thuy Cung Grotto, Gio Cave, Troi Gate, and Truc Forest. Sapa is also the starting point of many climbers and scientists who want to reach the top of Fansipan Mountain, the highest mountain in Vietnam at 3,143 m. Hoang Lien Son Mountains is also called the Alps of the North Sea area, since Fansipan Mountain is not only the highest peak in Vietnam, but also in the Indochina Peninsula. The pyramid-shaped mountain is covered with clouds all year round and temperatures often drop below zero, especially at high elevations.

To reach Sapa, one can take a train to Lao Cai and take a bus to Sapa from there. On Sundays, Nung, Dao, Tay, Cao Lan, Paxi, and Xa Phong minorities in their colorful clothes ride down the mountain to take part in the Sunday market at the foot of Fansipan Mountain.


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