Built in the year 1922 by the French, Sapa has emerged into a major tourist center in Northwest Vietnam. The city makes the most of its spectacular location with mountains on all sides and a plunging valley beneath. Some of the first things that you notice about Sapa is its wooden mansions and villas that dot the hillside, the fresh air and rows of pomu trees, instantly transporting you to old-world Europe.
What to Expect
Sapa is home to a number of natural wonders such as the Bamboo Forest, Ta Phin Cave, Ham Rong Mountain and the Silver Waterfall. Sapa is also the base of explorations for scientists and trekkers wanting to climb the Fansipan Mountain, the highest peak in the Indochina Peninsula. The ideal time to visit Sapa is between the months of April and May as the place is most beautiful during spring. Cherry, apricot and plum flowers transform the town into a natural wonderland and the markets are lively and crowded. There are all kinds of festivals and celebrations to become a part of and you can see locals wearing all sorts of colourful costumes as they come to meet and spend time with one another.
Haven for Trekkers
As the premier trekking base of North Vietnam, Sapa has become a haven for trekkers and hikers. The surrounding countryside is full of hill-tribe villages and beautiful rice terraces that really transport visitors into a bygone era and let them relive the history and beauty of the old world. Its only when you step into those fields that you realize the true beauty of Sapa.