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The hill town of Sapa is just 38km (24 miles) from Lao Cai by way of a winding, metalled road which climbs slowly into the hills. Developed in 1922 as a hill station– those universal retreats constructed by European colonial administrations all over the east to escape from the heat and humidity of the plains Sapa lies in an attractive valley at an elevation of 1,600m (5,200ft) and is pleasantly cool during the hot season. Should you visit during the winter months, however, bring warm clothing, as rain and drizzle are prevalent and temperatures regularly fall to freezing point at night. While a visit to Sapa makes a refreshing change from the plains at any time of year, the best months are September- November and March-May.
Besides the beautiful scenery and cool climate, this small market town affords the visitor a chance to enjoy temperate fruits such as plums, peaches and apples, as well as to meet with the local hill peoples, among whom the most numerous are the colorfully dressed Hmong and Dao.

  • Sapa trekking

    Sapa Trekking Tour – 5 Days


    On this trip you will trek along Muong Hoa River sneaking through the valley nearby Sapa town, which is surrounded by huge rice paddy terraces. On the way you will learn more about how is the rice cultivating, from when the seed…

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  • Walking through the rice paddies in Sapa

    Sapa Walking Tour – 4 Days


    Be immersed in the stunning scenery of Sapa valley, Gain a great perspective on the living of ethnic minorities,
    Admire the riveting collection of rock carvings…

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  • Coc Ly Market

    Sapa – Coc Ly Market Tour – 4 Days


    This is a very special market, which takes place only on Tuesday. Coc Ly is a small market where you can meet several ethnic minorities such as Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La, Nung and Tay…

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  • Can Cau Market

    Sapa – Can Cau Market Tour – 4 Days


    Although Can Cau is not a big market in the area but it is very beautiful, animated and colorful. The market is open only on Saturday. You will meet there several ethnic minorities such as Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La…

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  • Bac Ha Market

    Sapa – Bac Ha Market Tour – 4 Days


    Situated in the heart of province, Bac Ha market no doubt is the most colorful and largest market in Lao Cai province. Each Sunday morning, the ethnic Vietnamese who live in surroundings gather to trade and sell all kinds of…

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  • Trek to Fansipan

    Fansipan Trekking Tour – 7 Days


    Located about 350 km northwest of Hanoi and lies at the altitude of 1600m, Sapa is a small beautiful highland in Northern Vietnam. This small town is considered as one of the most worthwhile destinations for any visit…

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  • Fansipan trekking

    Fansipan Trekking Tour – 5 Days


    Fansipan itself is an attraction of Sapa area as well as Northern Vietnam. The peak is a part of Hoang Lien mountain range, which is under the protection of Hoang Lien National Park…

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20 Comments

  • Braden

    How is the weather in Sapa each season?

    • Angela

      Sapa’s weather is sub-tropical, cool all around year. In the summer, the average temperature fluctuates from 13-15 °C in nighttime and 20-25°C in daytime. In winter, the climate is covered by fog and cold air. Temperature may fall to below zero, sometimes with snowfall. The December and February witness the coldest time all year.

  • Christos

    When is the best time to visit Sapa?

    • Angela

      September to April is considered as the appropriate time to visit Sapa when the harvest time offers the nice pictures.

  • In your tour, I see that you mention walking around – 4- 5 hours, if is trekking in Sapa too tired? I prefer light walking.

    • Tracey

      Walking in Sapa is a fantastic experience, you just walk through villages, explore daily life of ethnic group with nice photos and rest. It is totally exciting and I am sure that you will not feel tired to spending your time here.

  • Edwin

    I have not much time but want to visit Sapa, how many days can you suggest?

    • Tracey

      It had better for you to spend at least 3 days. There is 2 options to transfer to Sapa, transfer by car via express highway (driving around 6 hours) or night train. However, I highly advise overnight on train with soft berths is better for your comfortable staying on vehicle.

  • George

    I want to visit local & nice markets in Sapa , but I see there are too a lots markets , could you please advise the best?

    • Angela

      Actually, there are many nice markets in Sapa, such as: Can Cau market (on Saturday morning), Bac Ha market (on Sunday morning), Coc Ly (on Tuesday morning). It depends on your travel date to choose visiting suitable one, however, the Bac Ha market on Sunday is highly advised.

  • Katie

    What is the best time to visit Sapa?

    • Angela

      The best time to visit Sapa is summer months from August to December when skies are clearer. Although it is rainier in these months but it also is warmer. Sometimes, you can meet brief heavy summer rains. In the winter, it will be cold, foggy and rainy but only in some days.

  • Ashley

    Should we get homestay for our trip in Sapa?

    • Tracey

      Visiting a homestay in Sapa is quite popular but it can make your trip in Sapa become more interesting as well as memorable.

  • How many ethnic can be found in Lao Cai?

    • Angela

      There are more than 20 ethnic minorities in Lao cai such as Hmong, Tay, Dao. You will meet Black Hmong and Red Dao in Sapa while Flower Hmong is more popular in Bac Ha.

  • Maddie

    Is there any ATM in Sapa town?

  • Can we book the tours in Sapa before arriving in the town?

    • Tracey

      Yes, you can book the tours for your trip in Sapa in advance. It is better recommendation to take the tour in Hanoi.

 

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