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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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  • 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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Top 7 Impressive Festivals in Sapa

Being a mountainous town with many ethnic tribes, Sapa enchants tourists worldwide by both the pristine, spectacular and poetic natural beauty and the rich, diversified and unique culture and customs of locals. It is said that to fully understand the culture of any country, you have to come to its holidays and festivals. Let’s discover top 7 impressive festivals in Sapa to know more about this compelling land with Viet Vision Travel.

Long Tong Festival

Long Tong Festival or “ going to the field” festival is a religious activity of the Tay ethnic group prayed for good weather, lush trees, harvests, prosperous life. It’s held on 5th or 15th of the 1st lunar month in the fields near the village. Long Tong festival reflects the desire to have good crops, health, as well as many children and grandchildren. The ceremony includes solemn rituals, such as staging a procession for the Water, worshipping ceremonies to the Village Deity, the Stream Deity, and the Mountain Deity, and worshipping the con tree (Cloth-ball tree). Visitors can take part in a ton of traditional games in the festival such as nem con (a game in which boys and girls throw cloth balls), tug-of-war, playing cockfights by banana flowers, and buffalo fights by asparagus. Boys and girls come to the festival to folk dance, sing love songs, and make friends.

Tet Nhay Festival in Ta Van village

Tet Nhay Festival of the Dao group in Ta Van Sapa is the combination of various traditional art forms like singing and dancing. This festival is organized annually on the first day of a year with the aim of giving thanks to ancestors and preparing to make New Year’s wishes. It often takes place at the house of the village’s leader. Take a Sa Pa tour in the days of the festival to sing, dance, cook, eat and play games continuously with locals there.

Gau Tao Festival Of Mong People Festival

Gau Tao festival or Spring mountain festival is organized on 3rd to 5th of the first lunar month after the Lunar New Year celebration. The name “ Gau Tao” or “San Sai” of this festival means “waking in the open air” or “wandering on the mountaintop”. As one of the most exciting festivals in Sapa, it impresses tourists with colorful costumes and many entertaining games such as gun shooting, giao duyen singing, kungfu, pan-pipe playing, dancing, etc. Participating in this festival, visitors also will absolutely be mesmerized by a lot of traditional religious customs like blessing heaven for child, fortune or a prosperous and happy life.

Nhan Song And Nao Song Festival

Nhan Song is a special festival of Red Dao ethnic group in Giang Ta Chai (Ta Van – Sapa). They used to organize festival every month in mystery forests, however now they just carry out the festival it when forest be destroyed and horses damage garden. They offer a pig to God in the festival, hope this God will support for villagers. This customs is to pray God give goodness and protect forest and harvest. Nhan Song is a famous festival of Red Dao ethnic group in Giang Ta Chai. In the past, it was held on good days of the first lunar month every year but since 1950, this festival is only organized in the years when the forest is destroyed much to raise awareness of people towards deforestation. The festivals are held in the forbidden forest where people worship the God of Land and the offering is usually a pig. In the festival, the wizard carries out the ritual and read the regulations about deforestation for people to obey. Nao Song is the ceremony of Mong people in Seo My Ty, Den Thang, Ta Van and Lao Chai with the similar aim of protecting the forest and some extensions over Nhan Song ceremony. Take your Sapa tour on the dragon day of lunar January to join in this special event.

Quet Lang Festival Of Xa Pho

Quet Lang Festival is an important festival of Xa Pho ethnic group in Sapa. It is often organized in February of the lunar calendar to pray for a safety, healthy and wealthy New Year for villagers and cattle. When coming to join the festival, each person takes along a bowl of rice, a chicken, money, two bars of incenses and a bottle of wine. During the festival, some agile and strong men will be assigned to slaughter goats, dogs, pigs, and chickens to make the offering to ghosts. After that, the wizard will do the house-cleaning ceremony with a wooden sword and a small branch of peach leaves. When the ceremony finishes, all people feast together, all foods must be eaten and the remain cannot bring home. Notably, during 3 days, strangers are not allowed to come to the village because locals want to prevent bad things come to their village in New Year.

Nao Cong Festival

On dragon day lunar June every year, ethnic groups of the H’mong, Dao, Giay in Muong Hoa gather together to one of three the Temple which is located by the suspension bridge across to Ta Van Giay village to join in the Nao Cong Festival. Each family has to assign a representative often is a man to take part in the festival. As other festivals, there are three main parts of this event: the god worship ritual, announcement of general regulations of the regions and the last one is dining party.

Roong Pooc Festival Of Giay People

Held annually on the Dragon Date in the lunar calendar like Nao Cong festival, Roong Pooc festival of Giay people is the harmony between nature and humans, which makes each individual in the community to respect the value of history, admire nature and adore the man. It is celebrated to pray for bumper crops, peace, wealth and nice weather. In the past, this festival belongs to Giay people but over years, it becomes the festival of Muong Hoa valley and attracts many domestic and foreign tourists. Joining this festival, visitors can soak up in a colorful atmosphere and many exciting folk games like singing, dancing, especially the plowing competition of the boys. With that useful information above, we hope that you have some ideas for your Sapa tours. Please feel free to contact our experts if you are preparing for your holiday in Sapa or any destination in Vietnam. We offer a variety of choice of Vietnam vacation and tours and willing to tailor any types of Vietnam tour packages that satisfy your needs.
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