Regarded as home to spectacular views of terraced fields and mountain landscapes, Sapa would be an unforgettable experience for your trekking journey to the Northwest Vietnam. In the Sapa Vietnam travel guide, this article will give tourists 5 things to do that should not be missed when traveling to Sapa.
Far away the Hanoi’s bustle or crowded cities, Sapa is a perfect choice for those who love to join to outdoor activities and to explore the most unique and fascinating hill tribe villages in the region. Below would be a useful list for you.
1. Hiking up to the roof of Indochina – Fansipan Mountain: the most recommended things to do in Sapa Vietnam travel guide.
Being considered as the roof of Indochina with the height of 3,143m, conquering Fansipan is a challenge of many tourists, especially for professional mountaineers.
If you have a chance and a good health, why not to challenge yourself? That would be the memorable winning moments in your own way at the roof of Indochina. Not far from the southwest of Sapa downtown, arrange the trip with a guide within 6 to 7 days will lead you the way over excited excursion through small hill tribe hamlets or dense forest trails covered by scenic mountain passes. It can be sure that it is not an easy trekking for any mountaineer, but it promises stunning views of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range.
The best duration for you to go trekking is from mid October to mid November and during March. If you have a plan for your conquering, in Sapa Vietnam travel guide, don’t miss your lightweight luggage with convenient things and a good health in particularly.
2. Visiting Cat Cat village
Called as homestay village of many tourists, Cat Cat village is an ideal stopover for those who love to experience the authentic lifestyle of local people. Only a few minutes of walking distance from Sapa, there is no need to hire a local guide but your visit will be better if you have one. The entrance fee is VND 40.000. It is a good opportunity to purchase some traditional souvenirs and handicrafts from the craftsmen. Don’t miss to try some local food selling the way upcoming to the hill.
The best time to visit Cat Cat village is early October when the weather is neither hot nor cold. Instead of gifting candies to children, please offer them pens, pencils, books, balloons and others useful things for their simple life and their study.
3. Riding to Muong Hoa valley
Endowed with beautiful stretch of land by nature, Muong Hoa valley is home to many green paddy fields spread to the horizon. The best way to stroll around the village is by riding a bike or walking. Coming to Muong Hoa valley, you will have the chance to experience the beauty of terraced rice fields considered as one of most beautiful and impressive scene from nature.
If you have chances to get there on the occasions of harvesting and growing rice, do not hesitate to become farmers. That would be an unforgettable excursion as learning more their lifestyle as well as admiring the charming of terraced rice fields.
4. Strolling around Sapa’s Love market
It can said that Sapa’s Love Market has been an unique and valuable aspect in the culture of the Sapa’s ethnic groups for a long time. A traditional market takes place once a week on Sunday, but on the Saturday night before, many cultural activities of people in the highland occur. This is an occasion for you to get more knowledge of local people through cheerful songs, games, dances and even their traditional clothes.
5. Enjoying a variety of Sapa food
Being proud of the land of mountainous dishes that you cannot find out in another region, Sapa’s gastronomy is a combination of many kind of local ingredients. Visiting Sapa, you can enjoy many grilled dishes such as grilled egg, grilled chicken, chestnut, etc. at the Sapa food court right next to Sapa central square, in front of the Sapa church.
In Sapa Vietnam travel guide, high recommendation of food for visitors to Sapa is that “com lam”-rice cooked in bamboo pipes, Tao Meo liquor, salmon, boiled corn, etc. Only take what you know you’ll eat and make sure you know clearly the price first.