Sapa is an ideal place for young people to visit and experience. If you have the opportunity to come here, you definitely cannot miss the most interesting travel experiences in Sapa below.
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Top 10 most interesting travel experiences in Sapa you should try
When mentioning Sapa, people immediately think of the experience of conquering Fansipan Peak, “The roof of Indochina”. This is the highest mountain in Vietnam in the Hoang Lien Son range with an altitude of 3,143 m above sea level, about 9km from Sapa city. Fansipan is the meeting point of many climbers, conquering this mountain is the dream of many people.
The climbing route can start from Hanoi to Lao Cai by train over a distance of 333 km, then from Lao Cai to Sapa by car across 38 km, and then from Sapa to the top of Tram Ton Pass. Nowadays, conquering the top of the mountain is much easier with the cable car system, you just need to sit on the cable car and enjoy the feeling of floating between the misty clouds and majestic mountain and forest nature. For those of you who like to explore, hiking will be an extremely interesting experience.
Not only is it a place to enjoy the majestic nature, but Fansipan is also a famous spiritual destination with the majestic Kim Son Bao Thang Tu pagoda. The construction of the temple is truly a miracle in this place where heaven and earth meet.
A noteworthy point during the climbing process is the timing. According to many experienced climbers, the best time to conquer Fansipan is from October to April. At that time, the weather was cold and there was little rain, so the road was dry and very convenient for climbing.
See the terraced fields
Nature has graciously gifted Sapa with an extremely majestic, poetic landscape and a cool, pleasant climate. Sapa terraced fields are probably a rare masterpiece anywhere, a harmonious combination of nature and human labor for hundreds of years. With rudimentary tools, their compatriots have reclaimed and built fields, turning the arid and rocky land into fertile terraced fields, where generations of industrious and simple people have been fed.
The best time to see Sapa’s terraced fields is when people are planting seedlings and when the rice is ripe. In May and June every year, when it rains, people start the seedling season. The fields that were just yesterday were bare of stubble, now they put on a new layer of green, curling around in the middle of the thousand. The newly sown rice tops are melodious in the cool breeze, and golden sunshine, mixed with the chirping birds, and the murmuring streams into a wonderful harmony.
In September, when the rice is ripe, the fields stretch a golden carpet, a vivid picture of nature. Tourists visiting the terraced fields of Sapa seem to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city to immerse themselves in nature. And don’t forget to save your best photos here!
Climbing Ham Rong Mountain
Ham Rong Mountain is a mountain located in the majestic Hoang Lien Son range, a destination not to be missed when coming to Sapa. The name “Dragon’s Jaw” comes from the image of a dragon’s head facing the sky, due to the randomly arranged rocks. This mountain is associated with many folk tales that you can be told by your compatriots when you come here.
Ham Rong Mountain has a campus of nearly 150 hectares and its peak is 1,800 meters above sea level. Going gradually to the top of the mountain, you will encounter many beautiful landscapes and flower gardens such as an orchid garden, peach garden, 12 zodiac animal statue garden, Thach Lam rock garden, and San May,…
Brightly colored flower gardens are considered a “specialty” of Sapa because the subtropical weather is very suitable for flowers and grass to grow. Garden of statues of 12 zodiac animals with familiar shapes of the Giap people according to folk beliefs, interspersed with flowers and ornamental plants. Thach Lam Stone Garden has tall, steep rocky mountains that were formed hundreds of millions of years ago.
In addition, a place that you should not miss is San May, an expensive sightseeing place on Ham Rong mountain. From here, you will be able to cover Sapa City, Muong Hoa Valley, and terraced fields hidden in the mist.
Watch sunrise – sunset
Have you ever thought about “stretching out your hands to catch the clouds and sky”? If not, then experience watching the sunrise and sunset in the “City in the Mist”.
Sapa is beautiful at any time, but sunrise and sunset perhaps give Sapa its most shimmering and magical beauty. When dawn broke, a cold wind blew, and the blades of grass and forest trees swayed in the wind, waking up the City after a long night. Then as the afternoon wore on, the clouds began to spread over the mountains so that the sun gradually disappeared. Standing before that moment of transition, people’s hearts are filled with so many emotions, sometimes filled with the joy of the new day, then filled with something as the afternoon fades.
To hunt for these memorable moments, there will be some suggested places for you, such as Fansipan Peak, Ham Rong Mountain Peak, O Quy Ho Pass, or simply sitting at a cafe in the city. Sipping a cup of coffee on the street, silently watching time slowly pass by. Because the sunrise and sunset times in Sapa are quite early, you need to arrange your time so as not to miss these moments. And don’t forget to bring a camera or phone to save valuable photos!
Overnight homestay in Ta Van
Ta Van village is located about 20 km from the center of Sapa city and is the residence of the Giay people. The village is located at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range in the beautiful Muong Hoa valley, attracting many tourists when coming to Sapa. Ta Van has high mountains, immense terraced fields, and friendly and hospitable people. And that is the reason that many tourists choose to stay in homestays in Ta Van to experience the nature and the life and culture of the people here.
Because it has been developed for a long time, the homestays in Ta Van have all the necessary amenities and are clean. You can join in the production activities of the people, participate in handicrafts, or prepare dishes. The women in Ta Van are famous for their dexterity because they make beautiful embroidered products. You can buy brocade and embroidered items to take home as gifts. The dishes are rustic and new, such as Ban pork, grilled chicken, duck meat, leaf cakes, sticky rice, grilled stream fish… and indispensable are the wines such as corn wine, plum wine, and apple cider.
Coming to Ta Van, eating rustic dishes, and waking up in the village in the middle of wild nature will be a great experience that you will not forget when coming to this land.
Admire the majestic landscape at the top of O Qui Ho
O Quy Ho Pass is one of the four great passes of the northern mountains and forests and is the longest pass in Vietnam. This is a check-in location not to be missed when coming to Sapa. O Quy Ho Pass is a masterpiece of nature with extremely majestic and poetic scenery. From the top of the pass, you can see the vast Northwest mountains and forests engulfed in dim clouds.
Right at the foot of the pass are extremely majestic waterfalls. Silver Waterfall is located at the foot of the pass towards Sapa, pouring white water day and night, surprising visitors. Love Waterfall is somewhat gentle and soft like a young girl in the mountains and forests.
As a high hill on the top of O Quy Ho pass, Heaven Gate is the place where heaven and earth intersect, where you can see the whole majestic Hoang Lien Son range. At Heaven’s Gate, there is a cafe named after the pass. There’s nothing better than sipping a steaming hot cup of coffee in a foggy setting. O Quy Ho Pass is also one of the most ideal places to watch the sunset in Sapa. Come here at about 17:30, you will admire the beautiful sunset view that is rarely found anywhere else.
Walk to explore highland ethnic villages
Sapa not only has beautiful nature but is also home to many ethnic groups such as the Mong, Red Dao, Tay, Giay, and Xa Pho. Each ethnic group has its own cultural identity that is worth exploring for tourists.
Coming to Sapa, tourists sometimes walk dozens of kilometers through streets, villages, fields, bridges, and streams to slow down, to see, experience, and learn more about cultural life. of the indigenous people here.
Attractive places to visit include Sapa ancient town, Cat Cat Village, Lao Chai, Ta Van, and Ta Phin. The longest and most interesting walking route that you should refer to is from Cat Cat – to Lao Chai – to Ta Van to stay at a homestay.
In highland ethnic villages, you will also be warmly welcomed by extremely hospitable people. Sometimes, you can try yourself in brocade costumes to take beautiful photos and buy handicrafts from the people here as gifts.
Enjoy Sapa Specialties
Tourists coming to Sapa cannot help but be surprised because Sapa cuisine is extremely diverse and attractive. Sapa’s weather is very suitable for enjoying hot pot and grilled dishes together, sipping a cup of famous corn wine will feel extremely warm on a cold night.
Sapa has modern culinary streets and restaurants, but not only there, visitors can enjoy delicious dishes in many places, from local markets to homestays in villages. , to the sidewalk shops. It would be a pity if you missed Sapa’s specialties such as buffalo meat, Ban pork, stone sprouts, sturgeon hotpot, salmon salad,…
In Sapa, Mong cuisine is most famous with the famous dishes Thang Co and Men Men. Thang co is cooked from all parts of the horse in a very large pot with traditional spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, lemon leaves,… Men Men are made from upland corn kernels, ground into flour on a stone mortar, then steamed twice, often eaten with pho or noodles.
Discover a Sapa without tourists
If climbing Fansipan, visiting Ham Rong mountain, and walking around the city center and tourist villages do not give you a new feeling when coming to Sapa, then discovering the scenery of Sapa without people will make you more interested. there. There are some places in Sapa that help you “escape”: ethnic villages in Sau Chau, Thanh Kim,…
A bit far from the city center, but here you can completely stay away from the dust and noise to enjoy quiet moments. These are two small communes of Lao Cai with pristine nature, without much human impact. You should visit the homes of the ethnic minorities here, join activities to understand more of their traditions, and enjoy simple meals in the mountains with your relatives.
Immerse yourself in the quiet scenery, only you and the murmuring stream, the chirping of birds, along with the terraced fields and the majestic Hoang Lien Son range. You will feel a quiet, fresh, strangely cool Sapa!
Bathing with medicinal herbs of the Red Dao people
Bathing in Red Dao herbs is the ultimate experience that you must try when coming to Sapa. The Dao people have long been famous for their extremely effective folk remedies made from precious medicinal herbs in the forest.
After a long walk, there is nothing more enjoyable than soaking in steaming herbal water, your fatigue will surely be dispelled. To experience the Red Dao herbal bath, you can go to a number of addresses right in the center of the city that are modernly built. However, it will be even more wonderful if you experience this in Ta Phin village, where the Dao people live.
Visitors will be able to soak in the wooden tub until the tobacco soaks in, making you feel intoxicated, and elated… only then will the medicine soak in, take effect, and make you unable to forget this land. The price to experience the service is quite cheap, only about 100,000 VND/person/time, so when visiting this village, you should take advantage of it!
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