Sapa - a small mountainous town in northern Vietnam, is home to plenty of spectacular landscapes and cultural activities. The top Sapa attractions you should visit are:
1 - Fansipan Mountain - the best attraction in Sapa
Fansipan mountain, ‘The roof of Indochina’, is the highest point of Hoang Lien Son mountain range at the height of 3,143m above the sea level. For adventure and nature lovers, conquering Fansipan peak is an extremely worthwhile experience. The duration of the climbing trip is about 4-6 days and you’d better travel with local tour guides.
In case of time limitation, visiting Fansipan by cable car within one day is not a bad choice. Cable car ticket is 700.000VND (~ $30) per adult and 500.000VND (~ $21.5) per child (from 1m to 1,5m in height).
From Fansipan peak, you can take a gorgeous view of Heaven Gate in Sapa, admire the spectacular scenery of ‘City in the clouds’ and explore how awe-inspiring nature can be. Mount Fansipanis absolutely one of the best places to visit in Sapa Vietnam.
2 - Local villages in Sapa
The Sapa mountainous region is one of the most important home to ethnic minorities in Vietnam such as Hmong, Dzao, Tay, etc. Through many ups and downs of history, the local people still retain and spread uniquely traditional and cultural values of their ancestors.
These days, along with the fast paced development of tourism, the ethnic local villages have become extremely nice places for travellers who do love to explore the landscape, the traditional customs & culture as well as the humble but intriguing lifestyles of the locals. Some well-known villages that can’t be missed out are: Cat Cat Village, Sin Chai Village, Ta Van Village, Ta Phin Village, Ta Ho Village.
Cat Cat Village is a famous Sapa tourist attractions Source: Nicolas Ma
Cat Cat Village
Stretch of road from Sapa town center to Cat Cat Village is about 2km and it lies right below Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. This famous village is home to the H’Mong people in Sapa. Walking around Cat Cat Village, tourists can admire the stunning landscapes and have a better experience of the customs of the H'Mong ethnic community.
Sin Chai Village
Located in the north of Sapa, Sin Chai Village is about 4km to the center of Sapa town. Surrounded by breath-taking landscapes, this village is a great place for enjoying fresh atmosphere and immersing in the beauty of sunrise and sunset.
Ta Van Village
Ta Van Village is located at the bottom of the mountain of Muong Hoa Valley. To reach this Sapa attraction, you need to cross a 10km-trail winding through the hill. However hard it can be, Ta Van will definitely treat you well with green rice terraces or the golden ripeness during the harvest time. A picture of the industrious local peasants must be an unrivaled memory for you guys.
Ta Phin Village
Source: Kyle Petzer
What’s more, visitors can stand a chance to learn more about the lifestyle, tradition and customs of the locals there. Cuisine is a highlight in Ta Phin, so don’t forget to try some specialties such as hand-carried pig meat, chicken soup with bamboo shoots and heal yourself with Red Dao herbal bathing.
With the distance of 30km to the south-west of Sapa town center, Ho Village is a well-known attraction in Sapa Vietnam for its winding roads, majestic waterfalls or undulating hills. This is also home to many famous beautiful homestays that are suitable for tourists to experience the life of ethnic people in the most authentic way.
3 - Sapa waterfalls
Visiting waterfalls in Sapa is an unmissable experience. Bac waterfall and Tinh waterfall should be on your top list for sure.
Bac Waterfall or Silver Waterfall
Located about 10km from Sapa town center, Silver Waterfall is one of the most long-standing waterfalls in Sapa. The 200m-height waterfall originates from the Muong Hoa stream. It flows fiercely toward the bottom from the top of the mountain creating a picturesque scenery with the white strips of water.
The water strips flow along the rocky cliff in zigzag shape and pour into a small lake making the impressive white foam. Its fresh foam would make anyone want to spend their time complimenting how magical nature can be while visiting this Sapa top attraction.
Ticket fee: 15.000d/person (~ $0.64).
Tinh Waterfall or Love Waterfall
Love waterfall is 2km from Bac waterfall and it is named as one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Sapa. To reach it, you need to walk along Vang Stream. Green trees on both sides and the fresh air all year round is like an ornament for the waterfall. The first impression you can get immediately is that the waterfall’s like a thin, light white curtain hanging between the cliffs. . When visiting Sapa don’t miss this place, as you will be astonished at such an invaluable present of Mother of nature. Ticket price: 70.000d/person (~ $3) (tickets for nearby sites such as Vang stream, Tram Ton included).
4 - Terraced rice fields - a stunning place to visit in Sapa
Visiting the terraced rice fields in harvest time (from late September to early October) is a top choice of many wanderlusters for admiring the splendor of natural scenery when being dressed in a golden coat.
When you walk along the rice terraces, a sense of relief will surround you thanks to the aroma of ripe rice blending into the wind. Also, the laughter of the local peasants will give you a new-found appreciation for our life. That’s why for some people, such a peaceful terraced rice field is the most wonderful treasure they are gifted.
5 - Tram Ton Pass - Sapa attraction for adventure-holic
It takes you about 35 minutes to travel by motorbike through the distance of 17,5km along the 4D National highway from Sapa town to Tram Ton pass (as known as O Quy Ho pass).
Traveling by motorbike under the instruction of Google map along 4D National Highway:
- Travel time is about 35 - 45 minutes
- Motorbike rental fee ranges from 150.000 - 200.000VND/day/motorbike (~ $6.46 - 8.26). Some motorbike rental shops in Sapa are as follow:
+ Hoc Ly’s : No.8 Hoang Lien Son Street, Sapa - Contact: +84 915 190 874.
+ Tam Tran Sapa: No. 10 Hoang Lien Son Street, Sapa - Contact: +84 974 473 740
+ Mr. Chinh’s: No. 44 Fansipan Street, Sapa - Contact: +84 988 628 515
The 4D national highway is not an easy-riding road, you are highly recommended to call a taxi for more convenience and safety to get to this attraction in Sapa. By taxi, total travel time about 20 minutes/ way, traveling cost is from 150.000 - 200.000VND/4-seater car/way (~ $6.46 - 8.26). Some local taxi brands available:
+ Mai Linh Taxi +84 214 3 833 388
+ Hung Vuong Taxi +84 214 3 855 855
+ Huu Nghi Taxi +84 3 834 834
Also named as Cong Troi Pass, Tram Ton is one of the highest passes in Vietnam. Viewed from high above, it’s like a rope tied up in the middle of the mountain by a skillful artisan. If you are really into backpacking or a thrilling enthusiast, Tram Ton Pass can’t be a miss. The winding roads and the unspoiled natural landscapes on the both sides of the road will definitely entertain you.
6 - Muong Hoa Valley - a peaceful place to see in Sapa
Located in Muong Hoa commune, Muong Hoa Valley is about 10km to the southeast of Sapa town center. To get there, you need to go across the high mountains and winding roads. But right after that, you will be amazed by the picturesque scenery. The stacked rice terraces, ancient stone fields with different shapes or the monastic houses owned by the honest locals will leave you an indelible experience.
7 - Ham Rong Mountain
As a part of Hoang Lien Son mountain range, Ham Rong Mountain is about 3km far from Sapa town. This mountain was named Ham Rong because of its shape similar to the jaw of the majestic Dragon God. Located at an altitude of 1900m above sea level, Ham Rong Mountain is the ideal place to visit in Sapa to admire all the magnificence that the nature has bestowed on this place.
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8 - Sapa Stone Church
Built in 1935 by a French’ architect, Sapa Stone Church has the total area up to 6000 square meters located right behind Ham Rong Mountain. The design of Sapa Stone Churches is inspired by Roman Gothic style with 7 compartments, each compartment has an area of up to 500 square meters and a 20-meter-high bell tower. Behind a large yard is a chapel with 32 stained-glass windows. The whole church is built of hewn stone and linked by sand, lime and molasses. If visiting here on Saturday, you can join the love market and witness the unique traditional culture of the local people.
9 - Sapa museum
This Sapa tourist attraction is a storage of objects and artifacts of the locals through different historical periods. Until now, the museum has displayed 200 samples of documents, pictures and lots of ancient artifacts such as pottery, carpets, wooden statues. Everything becomes more lively under the shimmering golden light. No entrance fee is required and it opens everyday including Saturday and Sunday.
10 - Sapa Lake
Sapa lake is one of the most well-known destinations of Sapa, especially during the summer. Visitors can take a relaxing walk, watch the willow and feel how fresh the air is. This is also a popular venue for organizing cultural events such as firework festivals on the occasion of Tet.
Above is the list of the must-visit attractions in Sapa Vietnam. It is obvious that there are a wide range of places to visit in Sapa which can bring you to great memories.
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