Sapa

This pretty hill station, at an altitude of 1650 metres, enjoys a refreshing temperate climate. Indeed, was founded by the French in an effort to escape the oppressive heat of summer in the coastal plains. Near the town is the imposing Mount Fan Si Pan (3143m), Vietnam’s highest peak. With this in mind the region can indeed be called the roof of Indochina. The town itself is a powerful draw for the regions inhabitants, many of them from ethnic minorities. Groups such as the H’mong, Red Zao, Tay and Dzay regularly visit the town, especially on market days . The town also retains some of its former colonial feel with many stately mansions set amongst the stunning mountain scenery.

Many visitors come to hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sapa valley and admire the rice terraces that are best viewed in the morning mist, a truly awe-inspiring sight. Around the town it is possible to trek along the many small tracks that crisscross rivers and well tended rice terraces as they pass through peaceful ethnic minority villages.
Travel to Sapa is usually by overnight or day train to Lao Cai and then bus or car to Sapa. Sapa makes a great base for visiting some of the best and most colourful markets in Asia such as Bac Ha and, Tam Duong and Coc Ly

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