Sapa, also called “The Queen of The Mountains”, is a frontier town - formerly a French hill station located in Lao Cai province, North West of Vietnam. It is home to several ethnic minorities, for instance: Hmong, Dao, Tay, Pho Lu and Giay.
The town overlooks a picturesque valley, lofty mountains towering over the town on all sides. The surrounding area is the Hoang Lien Son Mountain, including Fansipan – the Vietnam’s highest peak. Trekking to the summit is a popular activity often combined with a Sapa trip.
The most interesting things to do when visiting Sapa is taking a short trek to the traditional hill tribe villages here: Cat Cat village, Ta Van village, Lao Chai village, etc. You can also take part in some typical activities of the locals such as visiting Bac Ha, Can Cau and Coc Ly market – three unique markets held monthly in Sapa. Some other famous and scenic sights in the neighborhood might include the epic Tram Ton Pass, the Silver Falls, Cau May, and Mount Ham Rong.
The whole town is magnificent and frequently shrouded in mist. In the winter, the weather in Sapa is very harsh with low temperature and hazy fog. Thus, the best time to visit Sapa is either from March to May, when you can admire the blossoming cherry trees; or from September to November, when you can view the yellow rice terraces at its best.