Sapa is home to stunning mountain landscapes in the North-West of Vietnam, spectacular rice terraces, unique stilt houese villages and “The Roof of Indochina”, the Fansipan peak.
1. Fansipan Mountain
Fansipan is dubbed “the Roof of Indochina” at the height of 3, 143m. Fansipan Mt is to be approved as one of the very few eco-tourist spots of Vietnam, with about 327 faunal species and 2, 024 floral varieties. The topography of Fansipan Mountain is varied. Muong Hoa Valley, at the lowest altitude ( about 950 to 1, 000m), is created by a narrow strip of land at the base on the east side of the Mountain.
Fansipan Mountain – in the Hoang Lien Mountain Range – is sitting 9km south-west of Sapa Township.
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2. Ham Rong Mountain
Via Muong Tien to get to Sapa, in vaporous clouds visitors will see a mountain peak rising as a dragon’s head, that is Ham Rong mountain, the mountain with 100 ha in area.
Climbing up Ham Rong mountain, travelers will enjoy afresh, cool atmosphere, charming landscapes such as cloud ground, stone garden, gardens, especially the garden of various orchids and specific stilts houses of ethnic minorities.
3. Silver waterfall
Thac Bac is located beside the 4D National Highway, about 12km far from Sapa down town. From a long distance, Silver waterfall looks like a white dragon looking down from the sky. The waterfall is formed by sources of water from the Lo Sui Tong mountain peak.
Travelers can get to the Silver Waterfall in half an hour by car or motor bike.
4. Bac Ha Market
Bac Ha market is a minority ethnic people market, located 80 km far from Sapa, and is famous for its Sunday market which is a trading center and meeting place for couples, friends, and relatives. This is a market of many different ethnic groups such as H’mong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay and Nung minorities.
The market was very crowded, with local products for sale or barter are carried on horseback.
4. Coc Ly Market
Coc Ly is a small village on the Chay River, inhabited by the H’mong minority people.
Coc Ly Market is the colorful market in a mountainous area where the H’mong people mainly gathers to exchange their homemade products. This only- Tuesday market is about 35km from Bac Ha. Travelers can get to this market via a good road.
Coc Ly market deals in vegetable, fruit, pork and chickens, in addition to colorful fabrics and items of traditional dresses. There is a buffalo sale in progress and many of these placid animals are tethered close to this market.
5. Muong Hum Market
Muong Hum Market is about 45 km from North-Western Lao Cai Town, passing over the complex of Muong Vi caves and grottoes, and Xeo village. Muong Hum market convenes on every Sunday, is a place where local people meet and communicate.
6. Pha Long Market
Located in the northwest, about 95km from SaPa Town, Pha Long market is a place for minority groups from distant villages coming to sell or exchange animals, agriculture products and especially textile products.
Pha Long is famous for Gau Tao (Grâuk Taox) festival in spring season, from 1st to 15th of the first month of Lunar Calendar. “Gau Tao” means “place to play”, and it starts from 3th to 6th in lunar calendar. People, who live in vicinities such as Mu Cang Chai, Bac Ha, and Chinese border, also come to Pha Long market. There are a lot of ceremonies and local traditional games in this festival.
Pha Long Market opens every Saturday morning and is swamped with Tay, Dung, Pa Di, Mong and Tu Di groups who are wakes up early in the morning to jump on a motorbike or horse to make their way to Pha Long.
7. Y Linh Ho Village
Coming to Y Linh Ho Village, you will have a chance of going along such a beautiful valley which is lying between mountains. Y Linh Ho Village is a small commune composed by a dozen of small hamlets scattering on the very tough mountain terrain, with high and steep mountains.
This village is home to the Black Mong people who wears very dark clothing in blacks and navy dyed with indigo. Coming to this village is a chance to visit the H’mong people who are living in their wooden and bamboo houses.
8. Ta Van Village
Ta Van is a nice Village located less than 10 km from Sapa. This Village is lying peacefully in the valley of Muong Hoa. Residents are approximately 1000 people, mainly the H’Mong ethnic, Giay, and Red Dao.
Coming here, travelers can enjoy some special dishes of ethnic Giay such as: horse meat of Muong Khuong, roast fish of Muong Hum, sticky rice of Van Ban… and enjoy festivals, folk games of the Giay: Roong Pooc, Nao Cong, also participate in tours of the village.
9. Lao Chai Village
Lao Chai village is about 7 km far from the Sapa down town, where the black H’mong people are living. This Village is also the beginning of a valley which is called Muong Hoa valley. From a high point of the main road, a great view of the whole village open wide to offer the marvelous panorama of the village, facing the river and backed by high mountains. Travel also can see this Village from Ham Rong peak.
In this village, you will have a warm welcome feeling at any houses of the hospitable people there, and travelers can interact them, learn about their culture and traditional customs. Travelers will enjoy here the fresh air, sees spectacular terrace fields, streams, visit and discover some of the H’mong’s families, three large villages with over 100 families of the Black H’mong ethnic.
10. Ban Ho Village
About 25 km from Sapa town, lies in a vast and flat valley, circled by mountains and hills, Ban Ho valley is the home to the Tay ethnic. It is divided into three areas: Xeo Trung Ho, Ta Trung Ho, and Hoang Lien, which is place of the Mong, Dao, Tay. Their villages are often large with hundred households, ands are impressively built on stilts in unique structure to form superb dwellings.
Ban Ho is also a very good village for experiencing home stay. Come to Ban Ho, travelers will have chances to view wonderful spots, enjoy fresh air, see natural beauty landscapes, see water fall, go swimming in hot water pool or cold water stream, find out traditional weave fabric, make brocade… and take part in community activities.