Many tour operator in Vietnam offers to stay in Sapa just for 2 or 3 days, so it is very important for tourist to know is Sapa worth visiting? Especially when they are going this long way from Hanoi to stay there for a short time!
Sapa is known as a “foggy land” and the second Dalat in the North of Vietnam. It has always been a chosen destination to “run away from the busy life” of young people. From the weather, scenery to the people here, all create a unique, convergence of “quintessence of heaven and earth” that gives Sapa a beauty that any visitor always wants to come back.
Let’s check the below details about what makes Sapa worth visiting?
Each season in Sapa has its own beauty. Depending on your free time, you can choose the best time to travel here.
The best time to Got to Sapa is from September to November or from March to May. At this time, Sapa weather is stable, sunny at day time, quite cold at night time.
From April to May is a special occasion of Sapa. It is the water time for the terraced fields here. You can take lots of impressive photos of Sapa.
From September to October is the season of ripe rice. When Sapa seems like putting on a shiny, sparkling yellow shirt. And the best time to admire the fields is in the middle of the end of September because they are harvested by the beginning of October.
The period from December to February is very cold, it may appear ice and occasionally snow. This is also the bloom season of peach blossom, azaleas.
Besides the weather, Sapa is also home to many majestic, breathtaking views. So where in Sapa has contributed to such a beautiful picture like that?
- Ta Phin – the village of the Red Dao people
The Red Dao people in Ta Phin are famous for herb remedies to osteoarthritis pain. A few days after giving birth, Red Dao women and their babies bathe in traditional rare herb leaves to stay in good health.
Some places such as Ta Phin cave, ancient Monastery, and terraced fields give a big contribution to keeping Ta Phin as an attractive destination for visitors.
Two experiences not to be missed when coming to Ta Phin are visiting the ancient Monastery and bathing the Dao herb bathtub at the service in Sapa hotels or some homestays in Ta Phin.
- Fansipan peak – Indochina roof
What can be better than standing at 3143m? Stretching and breathing by the clouds, touching them and looking down at the panorama of Sapa below.
You can get that high-level experience with the world’s longest three-wire cable car system. Cable car ticket costs 600,000 VND for a round trip. Fansipan cable car has realized the dream of conquering the “Roof of Indochina” for everyone with that desire.
- Ham Rong mountain
Located right in the center of town, with a ticket price of 70,000 VND / person. You can stay at the hotel near Ham Rong tourist area to have a panoramic view of Sapa, Muong Hoa valley, Ta Phin hid in the fog. On the way to the mountain, you will encounter many kinds of colorful flowers about to bloom.
- The Love Waterfall
Love Waterfall is about 12km from the center of the town, on the way to the top of O Quy Ho pass. Visiting one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sapa, you will not only feel refreshed when enjoying the cool steam but also listen to the legend of the Love Waterfall. On the way through Love Waterfall, don’t forget to visit the Bac Falls too!
People and the local cuisine
Sapa is also home of two main ethnic minorities, called Dao and H’mong. Because this place has been exploiting tourism for quite a long time, you may be surprised by the friendliness and hospitality of the people here. Another special feature is their good English skills. They can communicate fluently, naturally thanks to the practice with many tourists who frequently come and love the village here.
Besides admiring the lyrical natural scenery of Sapa, do not forget to try many local cuisines of this town.
The cultural richness of the people here is well worth experiencing. These include traditional costumes, festivals, annual markets and especially the love market.
- Salmon, fresh sturgeon
Different from imported salmon, sturgeon, cold-water fish raised in Sapa often have toned meat with no fat. The recipes for salmon and sturgeon can be sliced to mix salad or grilled. What can be better than sit in the cold air of Sapa to enjoy a hot pot of salmon or sturgeon with fresh vegetables?
- Grilled pig
This is a special dish of Mong people. Pigs weighing only 4 – 5kg are cleaned, marinated and bring to grill or roast. With some cups of Sapa apple cider, you will have a good time with your buddies.
- Special barbecue dishes in Sapa
Because of the cold climate in Sapa, any dish will be brought to grill from chicken eggs, duck eggs, skewered meat, vegetables wrapped in meat, etc all are created by Sapa people.
- Thắng cố – unique food
With a unique name, the dish is cooked with buffalo, beef and pork. Good “Thang Co” requires 27 different spices such as cinnamon, star anise, aromatic leaves, etc and forest vegetables as the second most important ingredients of this dish.
A beautiful and friendly Sapa awaits you, which brings you many emotions and experiences on the wonderful. Let BestAsiatour accompany you.