14 BEST THINGS TO DO IN SAPA FOR FIRST

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Located in Lao Cai, a province in the Northwestern region of Vietnam, Sapa is a small town but offers plenty of interesting things to lớn do and places lớn see. Spectacular mountain landscapes, verdant rice terraces & unique ethnic minorities’ villages, all of them can be found in Sapa. To lớn make the most of your Sapa experience, we have created an extensive of best things to vày in Sapa for you. Let’s check it out.

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1. Ride a bike to Muong Hoa Valley

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A stunning stretch of land at the bottom of Fansipan’s flank, Muong Hoa Valley is one of the most famous destinations for motorbike riders. 14 km far from the town, it lies between 2 high ranges of mountains. The place is a great place to lớn learn about rice cultivating for those who want to understand more about local life. Driving from the town khổng lồ Muong Hoa will be an amazing experience in your life. You have a chance lớn go through the highest mountain range to dozens of streams downhill, cross small villages & rice fields of ethnic minority people & watch how people do farming works. Besides, there are many photo opportunities of great views for you.

Tips:

The color of the terraced rice fields are the most attractive during September.

2. Conquer Fansipan Roof of Indochina

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For those who truly love adventurous experiences, conquering Fansipan should be on top of your bucket menu immediately. Regarded as the highest peak in Vietnam, it is located over Hoang Lien range, offering opportunities of discovering and enjoying many stunning scenery. It could be bamboo woods, rice terraces, or hospitable tribal people. And, a wonderful thing is that it doesn’t need any technical skill lớn conquer the Roof of Indochina. There are 3 different routes lớn climb to the peak. So, you should choose the most suitable one with your skill level và the time you have.

Tips:

You should prepare some sturdy và no-slip boots because the hike can be wet and slippery.Make sure you bring bottled water, dry food, và a flashlight.

3. Cửa hàng for Trekking Gear and Local Handicrafts

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Sapa và the surrounding areas have a number of local markets where you can buy both handicrafts và anything you need for your trek. In the đô thị center, you can find the main market which is close khổng lồ most hotels and hostels. It sells everything lượt thích clothing items, food, souvenirs, và hiking gear.

Spread around the town, there will be many more small shops providing handmade items lượt thích musical instruments, leather bags, or locally designed items. However, the price of these items are a bit higher than the markets outside the city.

The best place lớn buy these nice things is at truly local markets in small villages. Here, you can get the most original & beautiful products at reasonable prices. You will also have a chance lớn meet the artisans and tư vấn them at the same time.

Tips:

Many items are counterfeit brands like the North Face, Nike, or Adidas. So you should consider what to lớn buy as trekking clothes.

4. Trek in Sapa

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With dramatic landscapes, Sapa has been attracting trekkers for more than 30 years. As an undiscovered paradise for intrepid explorers, trekking in Sapa is a must-do activity when you visit this mountainous area. It is a challenging but incredible experience when you trek throughthe green paddy field và the world of minority villages around the town. You can choose to vày it with or without a local guide. However, we highly recommend hiring a local guide khổng lồ save your time and energy. They are also familiar with the weather, terrain, và tourist destinations so they can help you with a safer và more enjoyable trip.

Tips:

Before going trekking in Sapa, you should kiểm tra the destination you will visit carefully and tìm kiếm for the weather forecast also.

5. Climb to yêu thích Rong Mountain

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As the most spectacular mountain park, đê mê Rong Mountain is a popular tourist area built on an area of around 150 ha. The more steps that you climb, the more breathtaking scenes you can discover such as orchid garden, cloud yard, heaven gate, & peach garden. Visit Ham Rong mountain, you can also explore a wide variety of plants & see a large number of rocks in different shapes. The place has its own distinct màu sắc at any time of the year. However, the best time lớn visit is spring when plenty of flowers are blooming, showing their sweetness và fragrance.

Tips:

Ham Rong mountain is open from 6:00 am lớn 6:00 pm. So, you should consider this when planning your itinerary.Before exploring the mountain, you should buy the ticket at VND 70.000 right in front of its main entrance.

6. Explore Silver Waterfall & be Amazed at Sky Gate

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Waterfall has been famous as a land of Sapa which is about 200 meters high. Located at the foot of O Quy Ho pass, you can travel khổng lồ this place by motorbike or bus. Most tourists to lớn Sapa never miss the chance to get here because it is the most beautiful waterfall in Sapa. Standing at the foot of the waterfall, you will see the sparkling water flowing down. It looks like a spectacular mountain scenery from afar, creating a wild & mysterious feeling. The Sky Gate is the place to admire the majestic beauty of Northwestern mountains & forests và the spectacular natural scenery. From here, you can see huge valleys with green terraced fields, the long road connecting Lai Chau and Lao Cai provinces, & the Silver Waterfall (Thac Bac). 

Tips:

You should bring warm clothes because the weather can be quite cold & foggy even if it’s summer.There might be mosquitos và insects around, so it’s better khổng lồ have an insect sprayer with you.

7. Visit mèo Cat, Ta Phin & Lao Chai Village

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The villages in Sapa are an indispensable part of every Sapa tour. With beautiful và unique scenery, these villages attract large numbers of visitors khổng lồ Sapa. Among them, cat Cat, Ta Phin và Lao Chai villages are the most visited tourists. Mèo Cat is trang chủ to đen H’Mong while Ta Phin is home to Dao ethnic people & Lao Chai is the village where H’Mong people live. These villages are all located in a four-sided wide & flat valleys. Coming here, you can get to know special features of different Vietnamese ethnic minority groups. Especially, it would be a great experience to lớn try the bath medicine leaf Red Dao in Ta Phin village & buy local handicrafts in cat Cat & Ta Phin villages.

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Tips:

During your visit khổng lồ any ethnic villages, please ask for permission first before taking photos. Some of ethnic people are not comfortable with this.

8. See the Ancient Rock Field

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Ancient rock field is a unique spot that is located in Muong Hoa valley. The rock field is a good place to explore interesting history and take photos with its motifs. Located on the steep mountain road, the ancient rock field consists of more than 150 small & large boulders near the rice fields. Though it doesn’t look impressive at all from afar, you will be amazed to lớn hear the introduction và examine the rocks after getting off the bus. Covering an area of 8 square km, most big rocks with strange và beautiful carvings are in Pho village. The carvings feature 11 styles of strange human images and the scientists consumes this was a big heritage of mankind.

Tips:

Each carving is believed lớn store a story about ancient people’s life, living và culture. So, let’s see và guess what they want khổng lồ say.

9. Enjoy the Seven-color Steamed Glutinous Rice of Nung Dinh People

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The seven-color steamed glutinous rice is a specialty of Nung Dinh people. The dish was initially invented khổng lồ present to their ancestors to lớn wish for an abundant harvest and a comfortable life. Each màu sắc of glutinous rice presents a special meaning. For example, the green is the màu sắc of spring, the dark red is the màu sắc of patriotic martyrs who sacrificed their life in the war, and the yellow presents the màu sắc of the scatter và heart-break. The dish is a great combination of seven colors without using chemical colors. The clever local woman creates the color by using many kinds of forest leaves và herbs and some of their traditional secrets. Nung Dinh people believe that eating this dish will bring luck to lớn you. With an attractive appearance & special taste, it is prefered by many tourists.

Tips:

The original dish is in Muong Khuong, Lao Cai. However, you can find this dish in the morning market in Sapa town.

10. Enjoy Sapa Specialties at Sapa Food Court

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Every trip will not be complete without sampling the best local cuisine. As a culinary paradise with a diversity of food and flavors, Sapa food court is a great place lớn enjoy the most various culinary experiences. The place is very bustling & offers many delicious food stalls at reasonable prices. Eggs, grilled sweet potatoes, grilled meat,… all of these foods will surely fill your tummy before leaving. To make your eating experience in Sapa more enjoyable, it is advisable to lớn go with your friends.

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11. Admire Terraced Rice Fields

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Sapa is not only a best choice for summer escape but it also attracts tourists to admire its stunning beauty of terraced rice fields on the hilly slopes. Due to steep features & fertile soil, local ethnic minority people grow their rice và establish beautiful terraced rice fields. We highly recommend trekking these rice fields where you can both understand about local cultures và admire the beautiful & spectacular scenery and have nice photos. Seen from afar, these terraced rice fields are a great picture of nature with heart-catching beauty that makes tourists stay for a while. The màu sắc changes seasonally with alluring charm in the beginning of new crops và yellow ripening rice when it is about harvested.

Tips:

If you visit the terraced rice fields in the harvesting crop, you can ask the local farmer and join them in harvesting rice. It would be a brand new experience in your whole life.

12. Have a Drink at Café in The Clouds

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One of the great highlights of a trip to lớn Sapa is having a drink at a cafe in the clouds where you can take in the lush beautiful views and enjoy a local drink. Most of these cafes can be found in Fansipan and Cau May streets. To name an outstanding coffe shop, it would be cà phê in the Clouds where you can spend time enjoying the eerie landscape và admiring the vistas over the green valley below. The cafe also offers a wide range of drinks and both local & international dishes. This could be a great experience to try in Sapa.

Tips:

To get the best view over the mountain and terraced rice fields, it is recommended to kiểm tra the weather before visiting cafe in the Clouds. In the early morning, it is likely khổng lồ have fog so you could not see anything clearly.

13. Take Part in H’mong Sewing Class

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H’Mong ethnic minority counts a large population in this mountainous town. Their weaving technique is so unique and famous here. If you are curious about how they sew and make the products, just head khổng lồ Indigo cát where you can take the sewing class. An experienced local H’Mong person will teach you every step from picking the leaves, putting these leaves in the barrels, taking out, adding the lime,… to lớn the final product. After that, you can try to lớn practice & make your own product. The HMong are really good at English so they can explain lớn you carefully about the details. Besides, you can buy authentic weaving products for your family & friends here.

Tips:

If you are looking for some H’Mong clothing items different to lớn the shops on the main street, this is the place to lớn find some.

14. Watch The Ta Phin Commune Church Singing

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If you visit Ta Phin village during the very first weeks of spring, there will be a chance khổng lồ witness one of the most beautiful traditions of the ethnic people called “church singing”. On this occasion, local people và visitors in the area will flock to the Ta Phin commune to watch this wedding tradition and listen lớn the beautiful singing. For most of ethnic minorities in Lao Cai province, marriages are still pre-arranged. During the church singing, the grooms và brides-to-be will participate in the procession to lớn the village. The young men and women sing và dance in a competition to fulfill spiritual needs. The most exciting thing about this occasion is that you will see ethnic clothes in different styles and colors, creating a beautiful and unforgettable picture.

Tips:

You should come lớn the church early because there will be so many people attending this event.

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So, there are many activities lớn try in the town. Above is our recommended menu of best things to bởi in Sapa. If you have any other more interesting idea, please let us know so we can mô tả with other travelers.