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Sapa Lays near the border with China in the upper North West of the country at a height of 1,600m above sea level and 350kms from Hanoi. Tourism into the area did not become common until around 1990 but since then, Sapa has quickly become famous for its natural beauty and breath taking scenery over the Muong Hoa Valley.


The Muong Hoa valley is part of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range which is the tallest in Vietnam and is actually the Eastern end of the amazing Himalayan Mountains.

The French came to the area in the late 1800s and quickly developed Sapa into a summer resort town which became known as Tonkin’s or, the Tonkinese Alps. The area became extremely popular with French colonials as a place to escape the heat of the southern regions. During the period of French rule, over 100 villas were constructed to accommodate visitors into the area. Unfortunately as a result of successive wars, there are now only about 20 of the magnificent structures still standing.

In Sapa you will be fascinated not only by the scenery but by the colourfully dressed peoples of the surrounding Hill tribes such as the Red Dzao and Black Hmomg who come into town to sell their famous embroideries and other items at the various markets. There are several markets but the weekend market is the one not to be missed. The market has become known as the Love Market as it is where many of the locals meet their future partners at the dance which follows the market at night. There are many other attractions in and around Sapa which will ensure your visit is interesting and memorable one.

A small sample of the local attractions includes: Sapa market which is actually open every day but has commonly become known as the Love market weekends and is very crowded late on Saturdays, Fansipan Peak at 3,143m it is the highest peak in Vietnam. No special mountain climbing equipment is required to reach the peak but it is extremely physically demanding and it may take up to 4 days to complete the journey. Hiring a local guide is essential and you will need to be 100% self sufficient and carry your own food and tent etc. Hmong King Palace although it is approximately 100kms from Sapa, the unique blend of Western and Asian architecture combined with the shear size of the building which covers some 400sqm makes it a must see when visiting the region. Tram Ton Pass and Silver Waterfall very near to each other and another must see in the area. Tram Ton Pass at 1,900m is the highest in Vietnam and offers awe inspiring panoramic views. Silver waterfall has a height of 100m and the cascading water provides wonderful opportunities for photographers. Please remember, when visiting Sapa the temperatures are very cool with an average of 15 – 18 deg C and can reach zero and snow during winter. As a result, the best times to visit Sapa are between March and May or later in the year between September and mid December.

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