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Explore the best of Sapa

| Words by Ashley Diterlizzi |

An established French hill station which dates back to 1922, Sapa orientates the most spectacular views of mountains and plunging valleys.

Local hill tribes fill the town, transforming the vibrant green rice terraces into a colorful landscape. Experience the charm of the northwest Vietnamese tourist center in Sapa.

Red Dao woman and baby

Sapa Markets

Sapa’s hill tribe villages brings culture in Sapa to life. The local village markets are open every day of the week, the biggest held on Saturdays. Stalls sell everything from handicrafts and ethnic clothing, to flowers and produce. Step back in time and visit the Muong Khuong Bird Market where biord cages line the street and locals dress in traditional clothing and reflect on everyday life in the mountains.

Topas Ecolodge

Topas Ecolodge

Located deep in the last surviving forest Hoang Lien National Park, just 45 minutes outside of Sapa town, are 25 mountain bungalows known as Topas Ecolodge. Guests here enjoy magnificent views of the stunning scenery from the comfort of their own private balcony. With unique trekking and mountain biking trails in their backyard, Topas invites visitors to escape busy city life for a quiet mountain getaway and experience Vietnam differently. Discover Topas Ecolodge here.

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Thac Bac Waterfall

Located less than 15 kilometers from the center of town is Silver Falls or Thac Bac Waterfall. Known as the white dragon who looks down from the sky to the locals, the waterfalls are easily accessible by car and motor bike along the Tram Ton Pass, Vietnam’s highest mountain pass.

Rice terraces

Muong Hoa Valley

Famous for its breathtaking scenery and mountainous terrain, take the opportunity to hike through Muong Hoa Valley. Walk along the Muong Hoa River, passing terraced fields and local minority groups at work.

Cat Cat Village

Nestled in the beautiful valley only three kilometers from Sapa Town, the old village of Cat Cat is characterised by its distinctive customs and practices. Formed in the 19th century, the ethnic village and H’Mong people give visitors an insight into local, everyday life in the mountains.

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