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 Sapa
Sapa in Vietnam Bac Ha market Ta Phin village Sapa destination

Sapa Overview:
Sapa situated on above 1600km from sea level in the North- West of Viet Nam, belong to Lao Cai Province, near the border of Chinese. It’s around 36km from Lao Cai province to Sapa and around 376 km from Ha Noi to the North – west.
Sapa was found during the inspection about the hill tribes under the French colonial period. The first exploring group came to Lao Cai on 1898.
In 1903, during working on information for the map, those explorers found the plain of Lo Suoi Tung and Sa Pa Village that was marked for the born of Sapa Town.
Main hill tribes in Sapa are H’mong, Tay , Dao Do , Giay, Xa Pho. And now, Kinh people moved there a lot for doing business as Sapa is on development as a special tourist attraction.
Sapa surrounds by Hoang Lien Son mountain range and the famous Fansipan summit that creates very nice climate around the year. It is Spring in the morning that is around 15oC, warmer at noon as Summer with light sunshine and breezes , foggy in the evening as Fall and Winter season at night. Sapa is one of very rarely places in Viet Nam where it was snowing sometimes. In 1971 – 2011, there are 15 snowing times in Sapa. The strongest one is on the year 1968, it was snowed from 3:00 AM to 14:00 PM with 20cm of snow.
Nowadays, Sapa attracts a lot of tourists by its beautiful scenes, nice climate but the most attraction is the tribes of people. Many special tours for trekking and homestay offer to travelers a chance to meet , stay together and learn about the hill tribes living.


 Tourist Attractions in Sapa

Fansipan Mountain
Fansipan Mountain

Fansipan is a highest mountain in Viet Nam and in Indochina. It is located in Lao Cai Province in the Northwest of Viet Nam at 3,143 meters above the sea level. Just 9km from Sapa Town to Hoang Lien Son range, that adventure tourists can take an adventure trip to the Fansipan summit.
Fansipan is dubbed "the Roof of Indochina"; it is to be approved as one of the very few eco-tourist spots of Vietnam, with about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species. The topography of Fansipan is varied. Muong Hoa Valley, at the lowest altitude (950 to 1 000m), is created by a narrow strip of land at the base on the east side of the mountain. It can be climbed in a steep and fairly strenuous hike.



Love Market
Love Market

It was a time, talking about Sapa, people thinking about the Love market!
Love Market is very lovely feature of the hill tribe young people in Sapa for every Saturday night. That was the place for them to find out their partners, to love and get married. Normally the young hill tribe gathered there and found out their lovers by singing a song. Girls often sang a song but stayed in the dark. Young man will try to find out that girl. They stayed there for singing and dancing into the early hours.
Unfortunately, things changed by the time! The Love market is still existed but a lot of changes nowadays! Many Kinh people are there as vendors, some hill tribe people be there for asking some money from tourists, young hill tribe people still there and looking for their partners but not by the old romantic way. However, still see here and there, the remains of their beautiful culture.



Sapa Market
Sapa Market

Sapa market is located right in the center of Sapa Town. As other market, this place supplies food and things for local people. Most of the vendors are Kinh and hill tribe people. Kinh people sell “ imported “ products from abroad or from other places around the country. Hill tribe people sell their special products from the nature or hand-made.
The difference with other market is the colorful of their clothes. Most of hill tribe people wearing their traditional clothes for going out that made a beautiful picture that you can see everywhere in Sapa.



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