Sapa has been known as a beautiful and romantic town of the northern mountains of Vietnam. With the location in the center of Muong Hoa Valley, many people love its picturesque landscapes as well as a variety of tribes here like Red Dzao, Hmong, and more.
Although Sapa is a small town, it attracts customers with many impressive features. When it comes to this place, there are many exciting things for you to discover, including both beautiful scenes and people. To clarify, Sapa may give you a precious chance to meet Vietnamese ethnic minorities who are very friendly and hospitable.
Most importantly, Sapa culture is entirely unique and different from other surrounding places. Think about moving to the outskirts of this beautiful town if you want to enjoy its fresh air and peaceful views.
Certainly, Sapa outskirts are the place where concentrates vast rice paddies and dim mist. Therefore, it is an ideal place for trekking thanks to beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air.
In this article, we would like to introduce to you 8 things to do in Sapa that everyone should know in their adventures. That is to say; it offers all you need to know before starting your trip to one of the best places to visit in Vietnam. Let’s immerse yourself in the beautiful and fresh nature.
- Top Things to Do in Sapa That You Should Keep in Your Pocket
Top Things to Do in Sapa That You Should Keep in Your Pocket
Stay focused! Following are some absolutely exciting activities that may provide you a unique experience in this beautiful town.
Move Around the Town on Foot
This is a must for those who want to discover Sapa on their foot. There is nothing more compelling than visiting some famous places in this fantastic town.
Some of them could be listed here, including Cat Cat Village, Sapa Market, Ham Rong Mountain, and Notre Dame Cathedral. These places are next to each other, and walking on foot is possible. Let’s move on different paths, and you can discover beautiful gems and alleys.
Challenge Yourself by Climbing Fansipan
Do you want to conquer the highest mountain in Indochina? Is it hard to conquer this aggressive beast? Then, let’s discover Fansipan with 3,143 meters in height. It is our third destination today.
Before you start, do not forget to contact the most suitable tour agencies in Ha Noi and Sapa for safety. With the full packages, you could enjoy their best support in many days, making your trip easier without finding homestays.
Standing on the Fansipan peak, you have an excellent chance to enjoy large rice fields and beautiful scenes. There is nothing more enjoyable than conquering the top of this Indochina roof.
Besides, you can see many beautiful florae, lovely wildflowers and a stream of insect sounds. However, think about the suitable time to do trekking as the cloudy weather may prevent you from enjoying the full romantic view of Fansipan.
Immerse Yourself in the Beauty of Muong Hoa Valley
When it comes to discovering Sapa, you should trek this beautiful place thanks to many positive reasons. Indeed, it’s worth every moment when spending your time here, right at the Fansipan’s bottom.
Certainly, it is impossible to complete your trip in one day so that choosing a homestay with a convenient location will help you much. If you may find out one located in Muong Hoa Valley, terraced paddy fields promise to melt your heart when being looked from a far range. These charming fields have changed color toward the new crops.
Besides, one of the most famous ethnic villages of this town is Cat Cat village. It makes impressive by traditional costumes, natural waterfall, and friendly young women. Even you pick up a homestay in this village; you still can walk through large terraced fields with mud. Also, you can have a deep sleep on the floor, drink stream water, enjoy rice wine, meet some typical minority villages and more. Such happy memories may stay forever in your mind.
Walk around Sapa Love Market
If you don’t know what to do on Saturdays, Sapa Love Market is a beast to conquer and is definitely worth your time and effort. What impresses me here is the meeting of different young people who want to find their halves. Therefore, take this activity to your to-do list when stepping in Sapa.
After having good preparation and coming to this market to find out beloved ones, if somebody falls in love, he or she will think about life under proof. With the firm intention, the market is crowded and cheered by many young people when being held.
Happy days will start with many young girls and boys. They share many activities, such as participating in traditional games, dancing, eating, drinking, laughing, hanging out, and more. They will say goodbye to each other when the day comes to an end. However, the reunion will begin in the next week.
Start Great Hiking
It’s a pity to forget hiking when having a trip to Sapa. Because everyone definitely feels relax to spend their steps on remote hill stations to avoid the sunlight and see nice sceneries. The cool climate of Sapa with fresh green hills are always the considerable advantage of this beautiful landscape.
In addition to green mountains, this place also comes with wonderful waterfalls, valleys, and caves. You can get the support from tour guide for checking the best places to visit in Sapa. Otherwise, starting your adventure alone can be an interesting experience. Let’s have great Sapa trekking.
Read more: Sapa Trekking Guide: The Gate to Heaven
Enjoy Special Food in Sapa
Choosing to go to this beautiful town means that you have the best time to recover your body with plenty of delicious meals. Sapa has a system of diners and restaurants that catch the heart of tourists. In other words, it is difficult to forget the taste of Sapa cuisine if you have eaten any dish here.
For example, Thit Lon Cap Nach (another name is a free-range pig) has a unique sweetness of wild pigs that eat food in the garden or forest. Two ways of cooking Thit Lon Cap Nach are roasting and grilling. When you roast Thit Lon Cap Nach, add some honey to make the skin brittle.
Next, Com Lam (another name is fried rice-in-bamboo-tube) is suitable for every budget and delicious. The unique thing about this dish is fried rice is kept in the tubes of bamboo. It is popularly used in many Sapa restaurants.
The next special food is Thang Co. Thang Co means horse meat soup. Despite the unpleasant smell, many tourists love this dish. This particular soup is a mixture of bone, blood, meat, organs, and 20 types of herbs such as a cinnamon twig, citronella, cardamom, star aniseed, and more.
Look it so attractive, right? If you are a people who are love to enjoy and explore the local food, you will really surprise about food here, very specially. Read more sapa famous food to explore it.
If you love crafts, walk around the town at night to have a chance to enjoy tours, food, handicrafts, etc. This precious option can show its strength when buying souvenirs for your friends and family.
There are various options of handicrafts for you to choose, such as anklets, carpets, bracelets, handbags, scarves, shoes, jewelry, and more.
Also, remember that each tribe has distinctive patterns and colors, which is easy to distinguish. You can ask the local women to discover then, take your time to buy their surprised souvenirs decorated by different colorful displays.
Use a Rented Bike to Drive Around the Town
Last but not least, we recommend you to start your trip on your own rather than hiring tours. Overcome Dinh Deo Pass, and you have a chance to meet Heaven’s Gate. The views here will make you a little bit thrill, but the stunning beauty of mountains and valleys ensures to surprise you.
If you are afraid of driving a motorbike by yourself, you could ask for help from a skilled rider. Take a photograph to grasp memorable moments. Let the bike become your partner, and you can explore many new things. However, owning a rented motorbike is difficult?
Renting a motorbike to explore Sapa town is an excellent way to help you save time and money. You may be overwhelmed by lots of places to get a rented motorbike here. Below are some reliable and affordable addresses for renting a bike:
- Thanh Dat hotel in Thach Son Street, contact: 01234346668 or 0973865292.
- Lao Cai Tourism Information Center, contact: 020 3871975
- Hoang Ha Hotel on 08B Thac Bac Street, Sapa Town, contact: 0918 324 535
- Ms. Ly with tel: 0915 190874.
- Mr. Nghia in 21 Thach Son, tel: 0973865292
- Mr. Trang with tel: 0935 999886.
- Mr. Tuan with tel: 0983 644588.
In conclusion, you should prepare carefully before planning your itinerary to Sapa in the next holidays. Hope that our list of things to do in Sapa will help you have a great to-do-list and memorable moments in your Sapa trip. Are you ready to explore the special culture and nature of Sapa?
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