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Sa Pa is a town in the highlands, is a famous resort of Sa Pa District, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam. It hides many wonders of nature, natural landscape, and topography of the mountains, the green of the trees, making a painting with a harmonious layout, with romantic scenery and attractive from the landscape earth northwest region.
Sapa Overview
Sapa is a beautiful town located in Lao Cai province where is surrounded by Yunna (China) on the north, Lai Chau Province on the west, Ha Giang Province on the east and Yen Bai, Son La provinces on the south.
It is a significant impression of spectacular scenery including mountains, waterfall, rice paddy fields and Man flowers in Sapa; because of climate here. It is also an ideal stop for Vietnam trekking and hill tribe tours.
Sapa History
Established as a hill station by the French in 1922, Sapa today is the tourism center of the northwest. Sapa is orientated to make the most of the spectacular views emerging on clear days; overlooking a plunging valley, with mountains towering above on all sides. Views of this epic scenery are often subdued by thick mist rolling across the peaks, but even when it's cloudy, local hill-tribe people fill the town with color.

If you were expecting a quaint alpine town, recalibrate your expectations. Modern tourism development has mushroomed haphazardly. Thanks to rarely enforced building height restrictions, Sapa's skyline is continually thrusting upwards.
But you're not here to hang out in town. This is northern Vietnam's premier trekking base from where hikers launch themselves into a surrounding countryside of cascading rice terraces and tiny hill-tribe villages that seem the world apart. Once you've stepped out into the lush fields, you'll understand the Sapa area's real charm.
Sapa climate and best time to visit
Lao Cai has a typical mountainous climate. The dry season lasts from October to March, it is cold, and rain season is from April to September.  Normally, annual average temperature is 23ºC; sometimes, there is snow in Sapa. This weather is very suitable for Sapa trekking tour.

The average temperature for Sapa town is 15.4ºC, with a maximum of 29.4ºC and a minimum of 1ºC. The warmest months are July and August, and the coldest months are December and January. While trips can be enjoyed all year-round, the winters in Sapa get cold, with some fog, drizzle, and snow falls in some years on the highest peaks.
The four seasons comes distinctly to Sapa when Nature changes her costume. Spring is bright with pear, peach, apricot and plum flowers. Summer comes and blooms with pansies, dahlias, sun-flowers and numerous tropical fruits. Autumn is the time for perfume mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms and plenty of specious medicinal plants,… The sky is vividly brightened with golden sun-rays and playful white clouds which seem to land on the ground, over the heads of people or on tops of trees. In winter, fog filled the space, making the landscapes look more mystery and attractive.
Sapa also experiences a marked wet season from May to September, with the heaviest rainfall occurring in July and August. The weather is notorious for changing frequently and quickly. Visitors to Sapa in summer can feel the climate of all four seasons in one day. In the morning and afternoon, it is cool like spring and autumn. At noon, it is as sunny and cloudless as in summer. And it is also cold in the evening. With no advance warning of a thunderstorm short and heavy rains may come at noon on any summer day. Subsequently, a rainbow appears, transforming Sapa into a magic land, which has been a constant source of poetic inspiration for years, lights up the whole region.
The best time to visit Sapa is March and May or from mid-September to early December. 
In April and May, the ethnic people grow rice on terraced fields. When being seen from afar, the terraced rice fields look like a picture of nature with heart-catching beauty keeping tourists to stay for admiration a while. This picture however has its color changed seasonally, shows it most charming appearance when the new crop begins and when the field is lush with ripening rice.
In September and October when autumn ends, tourists can feel prosperity all over the area as rice in all terraced fields is ripe and turn to yellow color. During the time, the terraced rice fields look like golden silk scarves flying over in the wind above green mountain slopes, making the mountainous landscape amazingly beautiful.
From late December to February, Sapa has a harsh winter with the temperature sometimes drops to below zero degree which makes tree branches and grass are covered with ice. Sa Pa on icy days always attracts many tourists and photographers to the most beautiful pictures about wintertime in Sapa. In recent years, snow falls at the end of December which is the great time for a Christmas holiday and New Year vacation. Travelling to Sapa at this time, visitors may contemplate beauty-spot as breath-taking as in picture described in the Snow Queen fairy tale of Andersen.

Sapa Transportation
By train:  
The train is the most popular way to get to Sapa, some trains depart from Hanoi daily to Lao Cai located 300 km from Hanoi.
By Bus:
It gives your eyes a massage with the endless blue sky and colorful terraced paddy field. The road is curved around the mountain and you will just go from one surprise to another. The further you go, the closer you are to the sky and to nature. 
Things to do and see in Sapa
If you enjoy Vietnam trekking and hill tribe tours, Sapa is the best choice to both discover the beauty of nature, learn the culture and challenge your health to overcome long trails. Addition to trip, you can enjoy some interesting market there

Bac Ha Market
Around 100km from Sapa, the biggest ethnic market in the north-western region of Vietnam is Bac Ha market held Sunday on a weekly basis. This market is able to attract a lot of locals that visit from the nearby hill tribes. Many of the local people walk for hours to arrive at the market with the intention to sell or buy home-made goods or products. This is a great place for the locals to meet and demonstrate their traditional and colorful costumes. Bac Ha Market is not only for the locals but also a very attractive destination for the tourists.
Coc Ly Market
The Coc Ly market is approximately 70 km from Bac Ha and takes place every Tuesday. It is appreciated by the brightly colored and distinctive outfits of the Flower H’mong ethnicity.
Xin Cheng Market
The Xin Cheng market is opened every Wednesday; it seems to be a great place for locals to gather from minorities like the Gia, Tay, and Flower Hmong
Lung Khau Nhin Market
The Lung Khau Nhin market is opened to locals and travelers every Thursday, is rich in original characters, and is relatively hidden in the forests and mountains of the far North.
Can Cau Market
The Can Cau market is one of the most interesting markets and opens every Saturday. It is approximately 130 km from Sapa and is a quite busy market that has been able to retain its authentic outlook over the years.
Binh Lu & Tam Duong Market
The Binh Lu and Tam Duong Market are opened to the public every Sunday and are not too far from Sapa town
Ham Rong Mountain
The Ham Rong Mountain peaks at an impressive 1850 meters make it possible to a view stunning views of the local surroundings and sunset, as well as admiring the local valleys and towns in the background.
Fansipan Mountain
Climbing Fansipan Mountain, at a total height of 3143 meters, makes it possible to reach the highest peak in all of Vietnam. The actual trek to reach the summit can take in the region of 48 hours with at least one night spent in bamboo huts or tents at a height of 2200 meters.
For those that are really fit it may be possible to complete this trek in a single day. But for those that want to reach the summit as quickly as possible, there is the cable car system that can get you to the top of the mountain within about 15 minutes. A visit to Fansipan Mountain is a top highlight in the Sapa travel guide for the adventurous travelers that wish to conquer this wonderful mountain range.
Cat Cat Village
Within a short walking distance of the center of town, Cat Cat village is one of the most popular attractions with tourists. The village dates back to the 19th century and was established by ethnic families, such as the Black H’mong in this mountainous region.
Sapa Travel Tips
In Sapa, you will meet ethnic vendors, who keep following you to sell handmade articles. It is fine to buy, but if you are not interested, you might want to take care to show a lack of interest.

Also please note that it would better separate handmade articles within your bag preventing some color bleeding as those beautiful articles are used natural dyes. Riding on motorbikes around Sapa is interesting, adventurous and becomes a popular option. However, just do it with experienced riders or a tour guide.
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