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Sapa highlights tour 3 days 4 nights

Muong Hoa Sapa
Highlights of Sapa brings most of Sapa’s natural wanders to your holidays. You will enjoy much the natural beauty and magnificent landscapes while paying visit to Sapa’s most beautiful wonders, meeting tribal peoples, witnessing unique ways of life.

Duration: 3 Days / 4 Nights
Tour route: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Silver Waterfall – Heaven Gate – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Lao Cai – Hanoi

Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai

Pick up at your hotel lobby at 20.00 for a short transfer to Hanoi railways station for taking the night train (first class 4 beds cabin with air-conditioning) which arrive in Lao Cai.

Day 1 : Lao Cai – Sapa and Surrounding  (B, L, D)

Tour guide pick you up at the Lai Cai train station and transfer to Sapa town for breakfast. After that, tour guide will show you around for a brief introduction of this charming town. At the market, ethnic minority people of different groups wearing their traditional costumes made by themselves comes every day selling local products includes vegetable, bamboo shoot, mushroom, medicinal herbs and souvenirs…there are chances for making acquaintance and taking photos.

Later you will follow the footsteps uphill to the top of Ham Rong Mountain for over viewing beautiful scenery of the town and surrounding area, paying visit to an orchard garden and a mini museum which tells you a lot about ethnic minority people living in SaPa and the northwest region. The rest hours is at your leisure.
Overnight at hotel in Sapa.

Sapa Wonder and Minority Village 3 Days 4 Nights

Sapa Wonder and Minority Village 3 Days 4 Nights
On the way you will learn more about the different process of making rice field to the rice is on the dinner table. You will hear about the daily life of Black Hmong and Giay minorities. Trekking through beautiful terrace rice fields, landscapes; Meeting smiling and warm-hearted Black Hmong and Red Dao people; Talking with them to understand a bit more about their way of life, their customs and traditions.

Duration: 3 day/ 4 nights
Tour route: Hanoi – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Sapa – Mong Sen – Taphin – Ma Tra – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Cai – Hanoi

Night 1: Hanoi Departure (Night train)

Our tour will be started at 20:45 at the lobby of the hotel. We will pick you up and transfer to the Hanoi Railway station for the overnight to Sapa.

Day 1: Sapa – Mong Sen – Taphin (B, L, D)

You will be met up at your hotel in Sapa by local guide and transferred downhill to Mong Sen, where you start trekking uphill through mountainous area. Enjoy while walking the spectacular view over rice paddy terraces, corn fields. Your picnic lunch will be provided on the spot.

After lunch, we continue our trek downhill towards Taphin village where you will meet Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities, two largest ethnic groups in Sapa area. Stop by a house to talk with local people to know a bit more about their daily life, their customs and tradition. Have dinner and overnight in the village.

5 Most Beautiful and Dangerous Mountain Passes in Vietnam.

5 Most Beautiful and Dangerous Mountain Passes in Vietnam.
Although, it is considered dangerous roads, an obsession of the lorry drivers, but 5 below mountain passes always attract tourists by the wild and grandeur beauty.

1. Pha Din Pass – Son La:  Pha Din Pass system located in Ta Phin plateau, with the first two located in two provinces of Son La and Dien Bien. With a total length of 32 km, the pass has very rugged terrain, a steep cliff sides, one side is deep chasms. Moreover, it also has a multitude of dangerous bends sleeves crab, crab letter A, the letter Z in sequence makes it dubbed as one of the most dangerous road passes the Northwest.

2. Khau Pha Pass – Yen Bai: 
Khau Pha Pass is one of the supply lines across the highest mountain pass in Mu Cang Chai – the peak Khau Pha. It is also famous crooked and steep grade of goods in Vietnam. The pass is especially dangerous fog on the day because there is not any traffic sign or warning.

3. O Quy Ho – Lao Cai:  With a length of up to 50 km across Hoang Lien Son. O Quy Ho Pass is a major challenge for long-distance drivers, by providing dangerous roads, a deep inside the area on one side and high mountains. However, if overcome fears and climbed to the top of the pass at an altitude of nearly 2,000 m, you will have the opportunity to admire the clouds floating like a fairy realm. Because of this, it is also the name of Heaven Gate.

Panorama of Bac Ha and Sapa - 5 days

Panorama of Bac Ha
This is a captivating panorama of Sapa and Bac Ha we invite you to discover. With this five day tour, you will truly live a fantastic journey to the most enchanting destinations in Northwest Vietnam.

Day 1: Hanoi – Night train to Lao Cai

About 20:00 p.m, pick up at the hotel & transfer to Hanoi station and catch train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train

Day 2: Lao Cai –  Bac Ha - Sapa (B, L)

Arrive in Lao Cai station in the morning about 06:00a.m. Transfer to Bac Ha market (70km) (only opens on Sundays morning). Breakfast in a local restaurant. Then, we will visit Bac Ha market - situated 18km from Bac Ha centre. This market is  the most popular spot. In the market, you can see Flower H'mong people and other ethnic groups gathering to buy and sell items like buffaloes, pigs, horses, wine and handicrafts. After lunch, continue to visit Ban Pho 1, Ban Pho 2 village. Ban Pho is home to Flower Hmong people. It is a beautiful village on the mountain side.  Finally we will take the road to Sapa where we arrive late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel in Sapa

Day 3: Sapa - Cat Cat Village - Ham Rong (B, L)

After breakfast, we depart to discover Sapa- the city in cloud, take part in the mountainous market which is very busy with sellers and buyers. After the market, walking down the road to discover the village of Cat Cat- home to black H'mong. This walk through the old villages offers a taste of traditional customs and habits. You also can enjoy a beautiful waterfall on the way and the remains of a hydroelectric plant built by the French in the colonial era.

Sapa – Bac Ha market, Can Cau market – Halong Bay – 6 days

Sapa Train


After having breakfast the tour guide and shuttle bus will arrive to pick up you to join Hanoi city tour at 8.30am. You will start the tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-palace. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live in the past. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, built by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.

Continue to visit the Temper of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam) – Vietnam’s first University constructed in 1070. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Have lunch at local restaurants. Proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum. After that we will take you to Hoan Kiem Lake, see the peaceful water, and visit Ngoc Son Temple.

An hours cyclo tour around the bustling old quarter.

18.00: Back to your hotel. It’s your free time now to have dinner and a short while to explore the streets of Hanoi.
20.00:  Our tour assistant pick up from your hotel to go to Tran Quy Cap train station. He will lead you to your cabin on the train.

Ta Phin Village – a cultural destination of the Red Dao ethnic minority

Some attractive destinations in Ta Phin Village
If you have an opportunity to visit Sapa, don’t forget to reach to Ta Phin Village, one of the most attractive destinations that located about 17km from Sapa town to the east. With the wonderful natural beauty and the unique cultural features of the Red Dao ethnic group, Ta Phin is an extremely suitable choice for your holiday. The following are some interesting characteristics that I would like to share you.

Some attractive destinations in Ta Phin Village

The first stopover for you in this trip to Ta Phin Village is Ta Phin Cave, also called as Ti O Cam Cave by the ethnic people here. This cave is located under the foot of the mountain and you must follow a path with the green paddy fields in its two sides. This is a big cave with many shapes of stalactite in the cave. In addition, the cave is also fit the lights with a number of different colors that make tourists feel as if they were in the fairy land. To explore this cave in the peaceful atmosphere of the northwestern forests is really a wonderful experience for all you.

The next destination that you should also pay a visit is the ancient monastery here. This unique monument was built under the Western architectural style at the end of the 19th century and until now; it has also kept its ancient beauty. Coming here, you will be impressed on its original architectural characteristics and majestic beauty although it has been out of use for a long time. Almost tourists when reach here also take a lot of photos and learn about the history of this old monastery.

Conquer Fansipan Summit

Located about 9 km from Sapa to the southwest, Fansipan is the highest mountain of Vietnam and Indochina with the height of 3143m. This is a exciting destination not only for explorers, adventurous people but also for young people wanting to experience and express their selves. Today, to help you take a safe and perfect itinerary, +Vietnam Typical Tours would like to share you some tips to conquer Fansipan Summit.

The best time for travelling

The best time to conquer Fansipan Summit is from September of this year to March of the next year. However, it’s more wonderful if you travel at the end of February when the spring comes and all the brilliant flowers in the forest also bloom. If you travel at this time, it will be an unforgettable time for you and your partners.

Preparations for the climbing trip
Firstly, it’s necessary for you to practice a good health before joining a climbing trip. If you plan to conquer Fansipan Summit, you should regularly do exercises, go for a walk every day and have an enough nutritional diet to have a good health for the trip. Secondly, you should thoroughly prepare the clothes and some essential items for the climbing trip because you can catch the different types of weather that can affect your health along the path to Fansipan Summit. It can take much time to continue the trip. Particularly, you should bring backpack (waterproof type, if any) or you can use nylon bags to contain all your items in the backpack; hiking shoes, high socks (knee – high socks, if any; you should prepare some pairs of socks to avoid being torn while climbing), glove, hat, food and drinks (it will be difficult to find food in the forest). Besides, you should also wrap your knees to decrease the injuries when getting contact with anything sharp along the path such as stone, tree, etc. You should not wear the tight clothes because it’s not easy for you to travel. In addition, it’s important to bring some medicines, tents, sleeping bags and some small items including handkerchief, toilet paper, pocket knives, toothbrush, toothpaste, flashlight, alarm whistle (used to inform others if the unexpected accidents occur), etc.

Love in Sapa

Travelling to Vietnam in search for a romantic trip, you may never find your dream in big cities. Thing is much more different in Sapa.

Sapa is the most memorable place you would ever see in Vietnam. A lot of Asian backpackers confessed that they met their love in Sapa. For small families and couples, Sapa is ideal for spending some quality time together. Everything around here seems to remind you of love, the most well-known sites you should not miss are Love Waterfall and Love Market.

Love waterfall, located about 4km to the North-West of Sa Pa Town in San Sa Ho Commune, SaPa District, Lao Cai Province, is just extraordinary with amazing stream. It is, for tourists, one of a “must-see” destination in the Sapa tours. The name itself originates from a legendary love story told by local people decades ago. A beautiful fairy, came down from heaven to bathe under the fall, fell in love with O Qui Ho, a local man playing his flute nearby. Her love was forbidden by her parents, so she transformed herself into a yellow bird that lives on O Qui Ho Mountain.

Tourists are encouraged to walk the way back to Sapa down the mountain and have chance to meet great locals on route who have only a passing interest in selling you 

A Glimpse Of Sapa 2 Days 3 Nights

Victoria Hotel in Sapa
Tour class : Luxury Tours
Duration : 2 days 3 nights
Itinerary : Hanoi – Lao Cai - Sapa Town – Ta Phin Commune - Muong Hoa Valley - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Price : Contact us

Travel to Sapa in the most comfortable carriage, staying overnight at the Victoria Resort, taking a short walk around Ta Phin and Muong Hoa Valleys to enjoy the most beautiful scenery of a fresh nature, meeting local tribal peoples or sitting down with a cup of coffee over viewing the romantic scene of the town at sunset…All are included in this only two days trip and you’ll never forget Sapa.

Night 1 : Hanoi – Lao Cai (Overnight on train)

Please, be ready at your hotel lobby at 20.30 for a short transfer to Hanoi railways station. Tonight you will travel to Lao Cai on sleeping train in the most comfortable 4 bed cabin of Victoria compartment or in 2 bed deluxe cabin of other train carriage.

Day 1 : Sapa Town – Ta Phin Commune (B,L,D)

The train arrives in Lao Cai early at about 06.00, meet your guide as you check out the station. In a private car, you will travel uphill the Hoang Lien Son mountains to Sapa and enjoy as many stops as you wish for over views of valleys and terraced rice fields as well as magnificent scenery.

Breakfast and check in Victoria hotel upon arrival to Sa Pa if your room available. Later your guide will show you around this charming town for a brief introduction. Ten minute walk from Victoria hotel, you will be the market where ethnic minority people of different groups wearing their traditional costumes made by themselves comes every day selling local products includes vegetable, bamboo shoot, mushroom, medicinal herbs and souvenirs…there are chances to get intact and taking photos.

Endless menu of cuisine in Sapa!

Being compared as amazing destination for newly-married couple and foreign tourists, Sapa, which is far 350 km north-west from Ha Noi. Locating at altitude of 1500-1650m, Sapa is embraced by magnificent appearance with green forest, majestic mountains or romantic falls. Surprisingly, if tourists fail to experience Vietnamese climate, Sapa holds the key to your nuisance. It is endowed with amazing weather including four seasons: Spring in the morning; Summer with sunny in the afternoon; Foggy Autumn in the evening and the cold of winter.

If you used to set foot on Sapa but failed to enjoy typical cuisine here, it is really your big loss. Let the party begin with list of Four most famous foods in Sapa right moment:

1. Thang Co – Unique Specialties from Sapa.

Let’s warm up your morning with a cool experience with Thang Co, which means a pot of soup which mixes meat, organs of horse, vegetables and special kinds of spices. Back to the past, Thang Co is traditional dishes of H’Mong in North-west Vietnam and cooked in festival or special events. However, it is now pretty easy to be served a bow of Thang Co in the morning market of Lao Cai. Never ever tourists experience something amazing this way. The flavors of all the mixture are blended in the soup that will keep you stay away from the cold and be ready for a brand-new journey.

Sapa Homestay 3 Days 4 Nights

Sapa Homestay
Duration:  3 days/4 nights
Itinerary:  Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sa Pa - Ma Tra – Ta Phin – Lao Cai - Hanoi

Have you ever lived with the local people in the wooden and bamboo house, eat local traditional food, seen daily life of the minorities people and enjoyed the peaceful life in the upland? All these things are your experiences that Sapa homestay 3 days 4 nights tour bring to you. Moreover, visiting Silver waterfall and suspension Rattan Bridge, trekking through Bamboo forest and seeing rice terraces is the great time you have in Sapa. Let’s enjoy your trip.

Night 1 : Hanoi / Lao Cai (Overnight on train)

19:00 – Your train ticket(s) will be delivered to your hotel in Hanoi. Transfer yourselves to train station for night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on 4 berth soft sleeper sharing cabin.

Day 1 : Lao Cai / Sa Pa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B,L,D)

Upon your arrival, you are picked up at Train station in Lao Cai, transfer to Sapa.
After breakfast in local restaurant, we take a short drive to the H’Mong village – Cat Cat Village, start trekking and walk around the village. We continue to visit the old Hydro Electric Power station, built by French in the old days. We then hike on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River and from here to the Black H’mong village of Y Linh Ho & Lao Chai. Enjoy the overall pictures of the villages among terraces and visit the H’mong people living in the wooden and bamboo houses. After that, we continue going to Ta Van village to visit Zay minority. Have dinner and free evening at leisure.
Overnight at home stay in Ta Van Village
(Trekking distance: 12 km. Trekking time: 6 hours)

Hunt the clouds in Y Ty

Have you ever been fed up with the busy and cramped life in your city and wanted to escape from it to do something new and special even once in your life? Let’s join Sapa tours with us to explore this journey of “hunting the clouds” in Y Ty!!!

For those who haven’t ever known about Y Ty, this land has ever been regarded as an out-of-the-way area of the northwest. Located about 100 km from Lao Cai City, Y Ty is a highland commune in the west of Bat Xat District, Lao Cai Province. Y Ty is called as “the land of fog” because the clouds cover all year round. To have a safe and advantageous journey, you should “pocket” the following helpful experiences:

1. Means of transport

From Hanoi, you can catch the night train to Lao Cai and stop at Lao Cai Station at about 7 o’clock. You can also reach to Lao Cai by coach at My Dinh Station, Luong Yen Station, Giap Bat Station or Gia Lam Station. From here, you can hire motorcycle to reach to Y Ty. It’s necessary for you to choose the strong motorcycles because the streets here are zigzag and quite difficult to travel. There are 2 ways to reach to Y Ty from Lao Cai Station:

1: Lao Cai – Bat Xat (11km) – Trinh Tuong (26km) – Lung Po (19km) – A Mu Sung (7km) – A Lu (7km) – Ngai Thau (5km) – Y Ty (7km): however, it’s quite difficult to travel from Ngai Thau to Y Ty in the rainy season because of swampy ground.

2: Lao Cai – Sa Pa (38km) – Muong Hum (42km) – Den Sang (10km) – Y Ty (29km): This road is nearly asphalted, but you should bring more petrol because there are few petrol stations along this road.

How to get Sapa from Hanoi

Train to sapa
Sapa is a highland town, is a famous resort of Sapa district, Lao Cai province, Vietnam. Located about 379 km from Hanoi City, Sapa is the residence of the ethnic minorities including Mong, Dao, Tay, Giay, Xa Pho, Kinh, Hoa, etc. Sapa is actually one of the most ideal destinations for tourists when visiting Vietnam. To get to Sapa from Hanoi, you can refer to 3 ways that we share as follows:

1. By train

If you travel by train, you will depart at Tran Quy Cap Station in the city center of Hanoi and stop at Lao Cai Station. This trip from Hanoi to Lao Cai Station will last more 10 hours. The ticket price depends on the quality of services on the train, e.g. hard chair or couchette, normal day or holiday. To get tickets, you should make a reservation at the train station. It’s better for you if you book a round-trip ticket for both outward and return journey from Tran Quy Cap Station to Lao Cai Station and vice verse. From Lao Cai Station to Sapa Town, it takes you about 40 km of the sinuous mountain roads. You can catch the bus or motorbike taxi to reach to Sapa; however, it’s safer and more convenient for you to travel by bus. For the return journey, the train will leave Lao Cai Station around 7 p.m and arrive in Hanoi at 4 a.m. Therefore, you should prepare for this by booking taxi or contact someone to pick you up after leaving the station at such an early hour.

Food Paradise in Sapa

Sapa is not only famous for beautiful romantic sceneries and sightseeing but also attractive with a wide range of delicious dishes handmade by the locals. Today, I introduce two savory dishes which are my favorite, as a guide for you when you have a chance to resort to Sapa.


The cold weather in Sapa is compatible to the appreciation of barbecued food in Sapa. The pungency of grilled dishes there can make you warm and blushed. Numerous ingredients are integrated in order to serve you a perfect barbecue party. Of course, you will start by some grilled meat such as pork with Meo’s spinach and beef with enoki mushroom. Then, provide yourself with carbohydrates by having grilled yams, eggplants or corns. If you like fast-food, barbecued sausages and grilled chicken wings should be the best choices. Salmon can even become a barbecue if you order the servants in advance. All of the meat, fish and vegetables are well seasoned so surely you will feel excited when eating some.

About the prices, do not worry because the total payments for a couple can be maximally 300,000 VND (or $15), for a group of four or five members to be $30. Grilled dishes are appropriate for hanging out and chatting. You can find a lot of street restaurants when walking along the street in Sapa town.

Sapa – Vietnam’s Northwestern paradise

It is not by chance that Sapa is the most promising travelling destination in the Northwest of Vietnam. Sapa is the ideal place for relaxing, discovering, enjoying and even honeymoon for young couples. For Vietnamese people, even not come to Sapa, they can sense the beauty of Sapa through poems, songs , novels, photos . It can be said that Sapa has long been an abundant inspiration for artists to create great works with peach-blossom, love market, Bac serenade, Ham Rong Mountain … But the works cannot fully illustrate the dreaming and mysterious beauty of Sapa. In order to sense the beauty, you had better pay a visit to Sapa – the paradise of the Northwest.

Someone said that Sapa is the most beautiful in the spring but I personally think that Sapa has its own distinctive beauty in each season. In spring, the mountains in Sapa are not only covered with the vivid color of blooming peach-blossom and plum blossom but also the foggy coat in the early morning which make a mysterious scene. As the sun rises, the mountains gradually take the foggy coat off and welcome the gold sunshine and it is the best time in the day to see blooming flowers and visit waterfalls.

If spring is the time for blooming, the summer is the time for fruiting. Unlike the extreme hot climate in the lowland, Sapa is favored for a cool and fresh summer with a green color covers all the mountains, forests, villages and terraces. Summer is the season of many local products like fruits, vegetables and many craft products. With the cool and dry weather, it is the best time in the year to conquer Fansipan Mountain – the roof of the Indochina for adventurous people.

O Quy Ho Pass

O Quy Ho is a mountain pass connecting two northern provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau, an area home to the magnificent Hoang Lien Range including the Indochina's roof of Mount Fansipan with the height of 3,414 meters. It is also known as Hoang Lien Pass, but travelers having a strong love for the Northwest region prefer using the name O Quy Ho.

Xe om or motorbike taxi drivers often tell a story of a bird whose tormented song that sounds like 'o quy ho' is attached to an inconclusive love affair. Step by step, the bird's voice O Quy Ho was used as the name for the wild mountain pass that is 2,000 meters above the sea level.

The pass is nearly 50 kilometers long encompassing two thirds of Lai Chau's Tam Duong District, and one third of Lao Cai's Sapa District. Tourists will have to cover a few kilometers from Hoang Lien National Park gate to come to the top of O Quy Ho Mountain considered the border between Lao Cal and Lai Chau.

Tourists will also have opportunities to enjoy imposing and impressive scenes of mountains and forests on the top of the Hoang Lien Mountain Range or even a view of mountains going up and down like fingers of a hand, and the Fansipan Peak of course.

Helpful information and tips

Sapa is one of the most attractive destinations on Vietnam’s tourism map. If you are planning to go on a vacation in Sapa, the first thing to bear in mind is the helpful information and tips supporting your trip effectively.

Time to visit Sapa

The best period of time to travel to Sapa is from September to November or March to May when skies are more likely to be clear. In this time, the weather is mild, sunny and dry in daytime and cold at night.
In April – May, Sapa is filled with colorful blooming flowers and green fields. Travelling to Sapa is a great chance to see picturesque terraces in late August and early September, or to watch cherry blossoms after Lunar New Year, Tet.
In winter it is freezing at night especially in northwest, but tourists can see sunrise on high valley in the early morning with occasionally romantic snowfalls. However, this is the period when Sapa is crowded with travelers. Thus, to enjoy a quiet and peaceful countryside, you should not get there at that time.

Luggage to bring

If traveling frequently, you should choose a small-sized and high-quality suitcase capable of being stuffed into the luggage compartment and containing clothes and personal belongings of 2-5 days.
What is more, only dark brown and black footwear should be carried. Also, it may turn cold in the evening so you ought to bring thin coats in summer or scarf, gloves and woolen hat in winter. In case of weather changing, raincoats and umbrellas should be required.

Simacai market – the wild character of Sapa

Once visiting Sapa, tourists cannot help participating in markets of local people. It is the place that expresses cultural features most fully. Of all Sapa markets, Simacai market is becoming a promising destination of tourists from all around the world thanks to traditional customs and habits which has not been affected by tourist commercialization.

To reach Simacai market, visitors have to drive about 90 kilometers from Lao Cai city. However, the tiredness would be dispelled by roadside scenery with superb mountain ranges and unspoiled wild forests. Up the hill are some house roofs of local people which seem to be floating in the cloud. Simacai market takes place along the road 153, surrounded with successive terraced fields clinging to the mountain.

Simacai market is the fair of H’mong and Dzay ethnic groups but is held in Dao people’s way. It is said that Simacai is derived from a phase of H’mong people, which means “new horse fair”. The fair takes place on weekly Saturday and holidays. The best time to enjoy Simacai market is in early morning. At that time, tourists have the opportunity not only to participate in purchasing goods but also to contemplate the atmosphere of preparing. When the sun has not risen yet, H’mong men have ridden their horse down the mountain leading buffaloes and cows to sell. The market gradually becomes noisy because of chatting voices which signals the upcoming fair.

Taboos in Sapa ethnic villages

There is a famous saying that “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” and it is also an important note you should bear in your mind to avoid indelicacy situations. Sapa is a Northwestern mountainous district of Vietnam where many ethnic minorities in Vietnam live like H’mong, Dao, Tay, Pho … Local people in Sapa are well-known for their hospitability and generosity. However, you should try learning suitable behavior in order not to get into unexpected problems.

First and foremost, it is not to mention about clothes; white lines cloths is highly tabooed because it is the color of funeral. Next, walking to visit around villages is a popular interest of many travellers; however, sometimes you can see a bunch of green leaves hung on the top the high pillar inside villages such as Cat Cat, Ta Van, Ta Phin … That is the signal to recommend you not to go into the village. It means that, the local is worshipping gods or dispelling evil spirits so they do not want other people to come in. Also, you should avoid making noise when visiting the ethnic villages because it may break the peaceful and quiet atmosphere of the village.

Secondly, there is a divine place inside the village where often has an old tree and many sculptures; it is the most powerful place – a forbidden forest where villagers often gather for ritual ceremonies. You are not permitted to play inside the place and littering trash is unacceptable. Besides, whistling is tabooed there because the ethnic believe that whistle is the sound calls evil spirits.

Unique architecture of Sapa

Sapa is not only a wonderful destination of culture, cuisine, and tourism attractions but also a land famous for unique architectural buildings. The architecture of Sapa in particular and Lao Cai in general may be divided into two main styles. One is traditional style of local ethnic groups, the other is the Western style with French architectural buildings.

The traditional style of Sapa’s is expressed most clearly through houses of local ethnic groups especially those of Tay, Nung and H’mong people. Each type of house is designed differently from another but in general, all ethnic houses in Sapa are made of wood. Stilt house of Tay people is made of iron wood of which roof is thatched by forest leaves to resist the summer heat. Stilt house generally has great area and is divided into many rooms. Traditionally, the center room is placed with an altar to worship ancestors. The space under the house is used for not only keeping tool such as shovel, plow and harrow but also confining cattle. The artistic decoration of Tay’s house is very unique. There are three stoves in a typical house. One is placed in the center room for guests, another is put near the bed of the elderly and the last one is placed in the kitchen for cooking. Tay people build only one door at the top of the staircase. In Tay people’s belief, the stair must have 9 footsteps which symbolize 9 souls of the woman.

Y Ty, Lao Cai – cloudy valley in Sapa

Y Ty is an ethnic village in Lao Cai province which is near the Vietnam – China border. The village has long been well-known for dreamy and charming beauty and becoming a promising destination for many couch surfers.

340 kilometers from Hanoi, Y Ty is a mountainous ethnic village which is not easy to come due to the dangerous topography. However, it is not only the target place but also the challenge in the journey to find cloud of many couch surfers. To visit Y Ty, a 3 days trip is advisable because you have to spend quite much time on travelling. First and foremost, to travel from Hanoi to Lao Cai, there are 2 best mean of transport: train or motorbike. Travelling by train, you will have to spend up to a night to reach Lao Cai station with the price of 150.000 – 200.000 VND for a normal ticket (hard –seat). Then you will hire a motorbike at Lao Cai to travel to Y Ty, the price for one – day hiring is about 150.000 VND. I highly recommended travelling by motorbike because it can be cheaper than travelling by train and you can actively and flexibly move. Besides, travelling by motorbike is very interesting when you can enjoy all the way to the mountainous area. However, travelling by motorbike is suitable for healthy and adventurous people especially experienced couch surfers. The good news for many couchsurfers have intention of travelling to Y Ty by motorbike is that the road from Lao Cai to Y Ty has been completed; but it is easy to travel in dry weather, in rainy weather, you had better to go to Y Ty in Lao Cai – Bat Xat – Trinh Tuong for safer purpose.

Ideal attractions in a Sapa trekking tour

A trekking tour may be the most suitable tour for those who want to explore the true soul of Sapa. Participating in a Sapa trekking tour, you will have the opportunity to not only contemplate breathtaking sceneries but also experience the true lives of local people. There are a wide number of trekking tours with various destinations. However, an ideal trekking tour cannot miss following attractions.

Muong Hoa valley in Sapa

Passing through the forest to villages is indispensible in the itinerary in a trekking tour. Only by going on foot, tourists may contemplate all the beauty of Sapa’s nature. Walking along Muong Hoa valley, tourists will be surprised at spectacular terraced field which has been recognized as one of the most beautiful terraced fields in the world. In harvest, the terraced field is colored with the yellow of rice paddy while in the rest time of the year it wears a fresh green shirts. It is interesting that tourists may see local people working on their fields and are freely to stop to talk with them.
Muong Hoa valley is the place that has the famous ancient rock field. This strange carved stone field lies between the terraced field area and the forest. With the area of 8 square meters, Ancient stone field is the home of nearly 200 stones which are carved with several mysterious drawings. There are a large number of scientists from all over the world having come here to explore and study. They believed that those drawings are the definitions of ancient people about nature. Therefore, it is called “the giant book of the sky”.

Top 10 places of attraction in Sapa

For many foreign visitors especially those come to Vietnam for the first time Sapa is a must-to-visit place. But Sapa is a mountainous district with high and difficult topography. Moreover, many visitors may be confusing how to go in Sapa. In order to help you plan a good itinerary, here are some places for you to go in Sapa:

1. Fansipan Mountain – the roof of the Indochina
With the height of 3143 meters, located in the central of Hoang Lien Son Mountain range, Fansipan is the highest mountain of Indochina. To conquer the height of the mountain, you have to spend 6 or 7 days because it is very difficult to trek on the mountain. Fansipan is on the top of must-to-go places for many trekkers and adventurous people. The mountain is about 9 kilometers from the Sapa town to the Southwest. You can be received the help from the ethnic people here to go to the mountain, they even guide you to the mountain if possible.

2. Ham Rong Mountain

Ham Rong Mountain is 3 kilometers from Sapa town so you can walk to it. Ham Rong Mountain is compared as a beautiful eden with many colorful flowers of all kinds and floating clouds. From the view of the mountain you can see all Sapa town, Muong Hoa valley, Ta Phin village.

Useful tips for a Sapa trekking tour

Taking part in a trekking tour, tourists have to go on foot and prepare essential items by themselves. Because destinations especially in Sapa are usually on mountains or in forests, it does not appear in any map. It is also the reason why a trekking tour will give participants the feeling of conquest. Another advantage of a trekking tour is the low cost. However, it requires tourists to prepare carefully about itinerary, luggage and food. Following are some useful tips you will need for a trekking tour in Sapa for sure.

1. Necessary luggage

- Warm clothing, wading boots, sport shoes and raincoats. Tourists are suggested to wear waterproof clothes or clothes to be quickly dried. If not, it is hard to move.
- Shoes and socks of anti-leech types are essential especially if tourists go into the forest. Clothes should have many pockets. Backpacks should be made of waterproof canvas not to be easily torn. Backpacks should have belts to be pressed to the waist.
- The medicines of cold, fever, diarrhea, antibiotic, bandages, vitamin and Snicker candy (a kind of candy providing energy) are indispensible. Some cosmetics for skin care are also necessary.
- If tourists intend to rest in local villages that provide home-stay service then eating is no longer a problem. However, in case that you want to spend nights in forest or food of local people are not your appetite, it is suggested to bring some fast foods like bread, canned meat, packaged noodles and nutritious biscuits.

Ho village – an attractive destination in the Northwest

Trekking Seo Trung Ho Village
Hiding from mighty Hoang Lien Son Mountain range and silhouetted into dreamy Muong Hoa valley, Ho village is an ethnic village in Sapa which attracts thousands of visitors each year. In recent years, Ho village has been considered as the most attractive destination in Sapa due to the fact that it has many advantages to become a wonderful site to go. When coming to Ho village, you cannot only see the splendid scene ever but also have chance for experience a rich cultural land.

On the way to Ho village, you will be amazed by the golden terraces and small roofs of ethnic houses scattered along the streams on the mountains which creates a lyrical beauty. Den village is the junction of two streams: Muong Hoa stream and La Ve stream. It can be said that stream is the living source of the ethnic people here as it provides fresh and clean water for the local people. Besides, the stream in accordance with the mountain is considered as the well-known beauty in mountainous area. Den village is the center of Ho village where Tay people live. The village has long been famous for “then” melody and favored with beautiful and charming scene with mild climate, high topography, mighty mountains, nice valley, streams, and endless paddy fields …

If Muong Hoa stream is the water source for ethnic people in villages, La Ve stream flows into Den village from the jungle to create fresh serenades which are look like magical curtains. It is the reason why the fish gather under the serenade to perform beautiful charming dances. Therefore, the local people named the serenade as “dancing fish” serenade. The serenade idd an ideal place for those want to catch fresh and tasty fish under the serenade. It is very excited to enjoy roasted fish by the serenade. Beside two beautiful streams, Ho village also have other charming streams like Ta Trung Ho, Seo Trung Ho … they are all places for those want to conquer the nature and discover the precious beauty of the nature.

Summer in Hoang Lien Son mountain range

In the list of the places of Attraction in Vietnam, Hoang Lien Son mountain range with mighty Fansipan mount is always listed as the most attractive place to go in Sapa of the four seasons of the year. If the winter brings ice and snow which whiten the mountains with the extremely cold weather, the spring seduces all the visitors by its lively beauty of blooming flowers and the green of all the plant here. On the other hand, the fall comes to dress another coat for the mountainous area; it is a yellow coat which is silent and peaceful like an old painting of a famous artist. In general, each season comes; you can experience a new sense of the beauty of the place. However, the most recommended time for all visitors is the summer. Summer does not bring the white snowy coat of the winter, the green coat of the spring or the yellow coat of the fall. It comes with a fresh and blue coat of a clear sky and mild weather. It is the time for visitors to explore the mountains in the area.

Hoang Lien Son mountain range is well-known for its national park with the area of nearly 70.000 hectares. Hoang Lien Son national park is one of the most important special-use forests in Vietnam which is enclosed by a range of mountains of Hoang Lien Son mountain range including Fansipan mount – “the roof of the Indochina” with the height of 3.143 meters above the sea level. Hoang Lien Son national park is a jungle with various and diversified fauna and flora system that it is recognized as the Asean Heritage Park. Therefore, the national park is the best place to go on an eco-tourism in summer vacation.

Food’s Aroma of Sapa

Sapa is famous for not only beautiful, grandiose landscape but also numerous kinds of food which attract tourists. I am sure that this land is a promising destination for every tourist. If you have no idea about cuisine in Sapa, let me give you some suggestions.

1. Roasted food

Your trip will be less exciting if you don’t taste roasted food in cool and fresh atmosphere of mountainous Sapa. Roasted food is so many that you are not able to serve all kinds except for having a long-time trip. Main ingredients of this dish are beef, pork, fish, egg, etc. which are very popular everywhere, but they have special favor because of recipes and spices of local people. The raw materials are ingeniously marinated, combinated with specific herbs only in Sapa, so the favor is entirely defferent from favor of roasted dish you’ve eaten elsewhere. Also thanks to a bit sour and sweet taste of vegetable got from the forest, you are attracted and want to eat much more! Sipping San Lung wine, chatting with friends at cool night in Sapa must be an exciting moment.
It is very difficult to list all the name of roasted dishes, but I point out some most popular ones:

- Roasted beef
- Roasted pork

Homestay travel in Sapa

Homestay is tourism type in which tourists will stay at home of local people and be considered to be a member of the family. Taking a homestay tour, tourists will have the opportunity to not only contemplate the natural scenery, enjoy traditional food, explore culture but also mingle with local people in a normal working day. In Vietnam, there are a large number of destinations providing homestay service such as Hoi An ancient town, Mai Chau (Hoa Binh), Mekong River Delta and especially Sapa. Sapa is truly an outstanding homestay destination which is widely praised by international tourists.

In Sapa, homestay is particularly attractive to visitors thanks to houses made of “po mu”, a rare wood species in forests. Those houses are particularly popular in Ta Van Giay village, also the most famous village for homestay service. Ta Van Giay village is located on the halfway of Muong Hoa valley. Along the way to Ta Van Giay are terraced fields which look like a picture of beautiful natural ladder to the sky. Especially in harvest, the terraced fields are covered with golden yellow which is like a golden silk flying over the wind. 

Passing terraced fields, tourists cross a bridge named “Cloud Bridge” to get Ta Van village. There are 140 households in the village, of which two third provides homestay service. Houses are built with wood and designed in traditional architecture of local people. Furniture inside are so simple, with only a cushion, a pillow quilt , a curtain for tourists and some local items and brocade dresses for decorating. 

Beautiful flowers on Ham Rong Moutain

Ham Rong Mountain not only does the most attractive place to have a panorama of Sapa but also is widely renowned as the royal garden with wide range of flowers blooming all year round.

Ham Rong Mountain is currently the most well-known tourist destination in Sapa due to the favorable center situation. Situated right adjacent to Sa Pa stone church, those who have ever reached here spend at least a half of day to fully discover the beautiful place. As a part of Hoang Lien Son Range, Ham Rong is one of a few mountains in Vietnam possessing obvious figurative factor on account of looking like a flying dragon among white clouds.

It is not a proud boast if comparing Ham Rong as “a small Sa Pa” because visitors can totally feel the top-drawer beauty of nature, culture, and people in this high land even in each step of local residents from Ham Rong gate up to the mountain. Both first-time visitors to set foot on this land and ex-visitors will be specially astonished by the abundant of blooming flowers here.

Along roadsides you can directly enjoy uncountable flower species of temperate region with variety of colors such as: azaleas, “trang phao”, roses…etc. Particularly, azaleas flowers take account for a large quantity looked upon as the colorful picture consisting of red, purple, pink, yellow, then white. Going ahead, travelers will be quickly drawn in orchid gardens located halfway up the mountain.

Typical festivals and ceremonies of ethnic minorities in Sapa

To fully understand a country’s cultural features, you have to come to its festivals and holidays. It can be said that festival is a panorama of a place’s culture and so does Sapa. Being a mountainous area with many ethnic tribes live together, cultural features in Sapa are very diversified and rich. Come to Sapa at any time of the year, you can have chance for coming to many unique festivals here.

Roong Pooc festival of Giay people

Annually, on dragon day of lunar January, Roong Pooc festival is opened by Giay people in Sapa to pray for harvests and nice weather conditions. Initially, the festival belonged to Giay people; however, after many years, it now becoming the festival of Muong Hoa valley. Beside unique ceremonies, the festival also has many interesting performances like sing, dance, drum ,…

Nao Cong festival

On dragon day lunar June each year, people of Mong, Dao, Giay ethnic tribes at Muong Hoa valley are attracted to a temple in Ta Van village to hold Nao Cong festival. The must is that each family has to choose a person to go to the festival. In the festival, after praying ceremony for a peaceful life and harvests, all attendants will be showed general regulations by the leader and then having feast together.