For almost foreign travelers, Sapa is one of the most charming destinations in the north of Vietnam. This is a modest and quiet land but hides full of wonderful things of natural scenes with the fresh air, clouds, sky, romantic scenery and majestic mountains. With features in natural beauty, Sapa is really a precious gift that Mother Nature dedicates to Vietnam.
Breathtaking beauty of Sapa in cloud sea
Sapa – large home of ethnic minorities
There is nowhere in Vietnam that tourists can easily meet the local ethnic minorities like in Sapa. Sapa is famous for its special cultural diversity in a combination of Vietnamese ethnic minority groups’ cultures. Traveling in Sapa, you will have great opportunities to discover the unique customs of the local residents. Ethnic markets is a the town’s typically cultural feature, which are always colorful and joyful, attracting hundreds of visitors. This is the common place for minority groups to gather and exchange goods. On the market days, from the early morning, the town is awakened by human and horses sounds and colored by the costume worm by local people coming down from mountain around. Moreover, tourists coming to Sapa at weekends can learn about local ethnic people’s courtship and martial life, through the Sapa love market and wife kidnapping ceremony of the H’Mong group.
Colorful ethnic market in Sapa
Sapa- wonderful land for mountainous trekking
Sapa is voted to be the best trekking spot in Vietnam, by both natives and foreigners thanks to Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range, which also includes Mt. Fan Si Pan- the highest peak in Vietnam and the entire Indochina peninsula with the height of 3143 meters. This mountain is not only a tough challenge to trekking enthusiasts but also an opportunity to witness the splendid mountainous vista. The scenery of the Sapa region represents a harmonious relationship between the minority people and nature, which can be seen perceptibly in the paddy fields carpeting the rolling lower slopes of the Hoang Lien Son Mountains. It was the elements wearing away the underlying rock over thousands of years that created this impressive physical landscape.
Stunning scenery from Hoang Lien Son Range looking down
Sapa- unique local cuisine
Travelers coming to Sapa are also attracted by its a vast diversity of precious specialties such as forest’s products, handicrafts, delicacies which is typical feature of ethnic minority people in Vietnam. There are dishes that will be a must to enjoy for every visitor – boiled chayote consumed with sesame or “lon cap nach”, which are home pigs but are raised in the field or forest.
The cool weather makes barbecued dishes become the most preferred street foods in Sapa
The cool weather also makes barbecued meat and fish with mushroom and vegetables become the most preferred street foods in Sapa. People grill corn, sweet potatoes, dumpling, bamboo-tube rice, or even eggs as well. Nevertheless, tourists can try many other local foods like purple sticky rice or “thang co”- horse meat right in Sapa market. More surprisingly, Western restaurants, from Italian to French ones, can also be found around the center of Sapa, at a very reasonable price.
With many magnificent mountainous scenery, spectacular rice terraces along with small ethnic villages and attractive local dishes, Sapa is always a destination which offers tourists uncountable amazing things to experience. In your Vietnam tour, don’t forget to visit Sapa and explore interesting things awaiting you in this small town.