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Sapa – Travel Information

Located in the northwest of Vietnam, Sapa is the foggy town in the clouds attracting visitors with magnificent mountain landscapes and many unique experiences of exploring the lives of ethnic minorities or adventures to some hidden parts of Sapa.


About Sapa

Sapa is a highland district of Lao Cai Province. Sapa is a favorite trekking site for many tourists as it is located in Hoang Lien Son Mountains and the stunning Muong Hoa Valley. Sapa is home to some ethnic minorities such as H’Mong, Dzao, Tay; each of them has their unique culture.

It’s an interesting experience in Sapa to conquer the Fansipan peak which is called “the roof of Indochina”. If you visit Sapa in the spring, you will see the picturesque scenery of flowers all over the hill in Sapa.


Located at an average elevation of 1,500m – 1,800m, Sapa has a great temperature and climate all year round with an average temperature of 15-18 ° C so you can visit anytime of year. Sometimes, it is snowy in Sapa during winter and many Vietnamese tourists come here to admire the Sapa in snow.

When is the best time to travel to Sapa?

The best time to travel Sapa is from September to November or from March to May. During these times, the weather in Sapa is stable, dry and sunny but cold at night:

From April to May

If you visit Sapa during this time, don’t miss to see the ethnic minorities transplant rice on terraced fields. This is also the time when numerous beautiful flowers blooming creating a gorgeous picture in Sapa. Many photographers choose to come here this time and in harvest time.

The azalea in Sapa
The beautiful azalea blooming in April in Sapa

From September to October

It’s the harvest time in Sapa, the immense terraced rice fields in Sapa are covered with ripening yellow rice.

Ripening rice in Sapa
Ripening rice in Sapa

From December to February

It is very cold during this time,sometimes it snows. Tourists to Sapa this time can see vibrant peach blossom which is considered to be the symbol of Sapa.

How to get to Sapa

Sapa town is 38km from Lao Cai city and 376km from Hanoi. There are 2 options for tourists to travel to Sapa.

How to get to Sapa from Hanoi

By bus

Viet Bus
  • Ticket price: 230,000 VND.
  • Contact:

Address in Lao Cai: 339 Lao Cai Railway Station. Phone number: 0203 828 626.

Address in Sapa: 1 Ngu Chi Son, Sapa. Phone number: 0203 887 733.

Address in Hanoi: 284 Giai Phong, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi. Phone: 043 627 2727.

Sao Viet Bus
  • Ticket price: 210,000 VND.
  • Contact:
  • Address in Lao Cai: 333B Pho Moi Ward, Lao Cai City, Lao Cai Province. Phone: 020.3689 689. Hotline: 0983 63 38 38.
  • Address in Hanoi: 789 Giai Phong Street – Hoang Mai – Hanoi. Tel: (04) 37.638.638 – 04.36.686.358 / 04 36.686.358. 7 Pham Van Dong Street. Tel: 0437.687.687 – 04.37.921.266. My Dinh Bus Station: 04.39 958 627 – 04.39 958 127. Giap Bat Bus Station: 04. 85 867 815
Ha Son Bus
  • From Hanoi to Sapa

+ Yen Nghia Bus Station – Bus Sapa. Departure time: 14h00

+ Underwater station – Sapa bus station. Departure time: 6h00

+ Ticket price: 250,000 VND

  • From Sapa to Hanoi

+ Bus Sapa – Yen Nghia Bus Station. Departure time: 6h00

+ Sapa bus station – Underground water bus station. Departure time: 13h30

+ Ticket price: 250,000 VND

  • Contact:

+ Hanoi Office: N2A Building – Tran Binh – Tu Liem – Hanoi (Entrance toMy Dinh Bus Station). Booking phone: 0984. 62 62 62 or 04 66 62 62 62.

+ Lao Cai Office: Lao Cai Bus Station – Group 19, Binh Minh Ward – Lao Cai City. Tickets: 0203 833 567 or 0203 65 65 65.

But these buses don’t offer English speaking guide and convenience.

Hanoi Travel Bus

By train

Trains to Sapa offer a variety of chairs, such as soft chairs, air-conditioned beds … The train leaves at 9 or 10 pm and arrives in early morning the next day.

Things to know
  • To get a good seat on board, you shoud book tickets at train ticket agents or travel agents, but it costs more expensive which is higher than 8 to 10% than usual tickets.
  • Train tickets from Hanoi to Lao Cai are easy to buy, but tickets from Lao Cai to Hanoi are difficult to get, it is best to book in advance.
Victoria Express Train

Victoria Express departs six times a week, departing from Hanoi Station to Lao Cai Station for about 8,5 hours. Accommodating up to 52 passengers, the Victoria Express includes two luxury sleeping cabins which are made of wood offering quiet ambiance and nice view. Each cabin consists of 6 Superior cabins (each with four cabins), 1 Deluxe Cabin (with 2 beds) and air conditioning, wooden flooring, reading lamps, luggage and large windows.

Train schedule:

The train departs from Hanoi Railway Station at 10pm and arrives at Lao Cai Station at 06:30am the following morning.

The train departs from Lao Cai Station at 09:05pm and arrives at Hanoi Station at 5.30am the next morning.

It departs daily except Saturday.


Getting around in Sapa

  • Option 1: You can rent a motorbike for about 120,000 – 180,000 VND / ride, excluding petrol to drive to visit places.But visitors must give the motorbike back to the owner at 6 P.M., possibly later at 8:00 pm.
  • Option 2: You can catch a motorbike taxi driver to get some famous tourist spots, but you should bargain the price. The price usually ranges from 100,000 VND to 150,000 VND for 4-5 locations.

Popular tourist places not to be missed while visiting Sapa

Here are the most attractive destinations in Sapa

Inner Sapa Town

Ham Rong Mountain

Standing on the top of Ham Rong Mountain, you can enjoy panoramic view of Sapa, Muong Hoa valley and Ta Phin village hiding in the mist. You will feel like being in paradise as being surrounded bu clouds and enjoying fresh air on the top of the mountains.

Ham Rong Mountain
Ham Rong Mountain

Location: right in the center of Sapa town.

Sapa Stone Church

Sapa Stone Church was built in 1895 and is considered to be one of the most ancient architectural vestiges of the French left. The church has been embellished and preserved.

Sapa Stone Church
Sapa Stone Church

Location: Sapa Town Center.

Cat Cat Village

It is an ancient village of Hmong people, where many traditional handicrafts.

Location: 2km from the center of Sapa town.

Cat Cat village - Sapa
Peaceful scenery of Cat Cat village

Ta Phin Village

Ta Phin Village is located in beautiful natural scenery and visit the Red Dzao people and see their beautiful brocade. At Ta Phin village, you can visit the nearby Ta Phin Cave where there are many interesting stalactites.

Ta Phin Village - Sapa
Ta Phin Village

Ta Van Village

Along Highway 4D to the southeast, Sapa Town is about 8 km to Ta Van village. Come here, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the style, lifestyle of the Dzay. The road to Ta Van village is small and narrow road. The two sides of the road are fertile terraced fields.

Ta Van Village - Sapa
Ta Van Village

Sin Chai Village

In Sin Vlilage, San Ho commune, about 4km from the center of Sapa Town.This is a Black H’Mong village with the population of about 1400 people. In addition to upland rice cultivation and hybrid maize, Sin Chai people also grow cardamom, a significant source of income for local people.

Muong Hoa Valley

The most special thing about this valley is the ancient rock with various shapes amongst the terraced fields. Hundreds of sandstone with carved figures and strange characters have not been identified their source and their meaning. In Muong Hoa valley there is a beautiful stream stretching for about 15 km, through Lao Chai, Ta Van, Hau Thao villages and ends in Ban Ho villages.

Muong Hoa Valley - Sapa
Muong Hoa Valley

Location: 8 km from Sapa town to the southeast

Outside Sapa Town

Fairy Cave

In front of the Chay River about 6 km, from the center of Bao Nhai commune (Bac Ha district), the boat will take you through the legendary ancient city of Trung Do. Here visitors will see gentle Chay River.

Location: 6km from the center of Bao Nhai commune (Bac Ha district).

Conquering Fansipan Peak

Fansipan is the highest mountain of the Indochinese Peninsula (3,143 m), located in the heart of Hoang Lien Son Range. You can go there with a tour agency or a local guidewhich is H’Mong or Dzao people. On the way to the top of the mountain, visitors will discover the diversity of fauna and flora here. There are many Hoang Lien trees – a precious medicinal plants, precious woods and animals such as chicken, bears, monkeys, chamois, …

Fansipan Peak - Sapa
Fansipan Peak

Or you can get to Fansipan peak by cable car. It takes only 15 minutes to conquer the Fansipan Peak by cable than 2 days by trekking.

Location: 9 km to the southwest of Sapa Town

Silver Fall – Love Fall

About 11 km to the West of Sapa Town, on the way to Lai Chau, you will meet the Silver Falls flowing from the height of over 100 m into the stream in O Quy Ho Valley. However, in the dry season, Silver Falls has very little water.Located 3 km further away from the Silver Falls, the Heaven Gate is the place where you can watch over the valley of Lai Chau and grandiose Fansipan. If you like walking, you can stop at Tram Ton and head to Hoang Lien National Park, about 1 km to discover the Love Waterfall.

Silver Fall -Sapa
Silver Fall

Location: 12km from the West of Sapa Town on the way to Lai Chau.

Heaven Gate

Located at the end of a winding pass of Hoang Lien Son mountain, the Heaven Gate is where you can see the broad valley below with green fields, the mountain pass, the Silver Falls from afar and the majestic Hoang Lien Son Mountain.

Location: About 18km to the north of Sapa Town.

Coc San

Coc San is a system of waterfalls and caves of different sizes. From National Highway 4D, there is a small road about 1 km long leading to Coc San. The road to Coc San is very zigzag, dark and covered by rocks, the beauty of Coc San is completely natural landscape.

Location: Coc San Commune, Bat Xat district, 7km from Lao Cai city.

Hoang A Tuong Castle

The architectural style of Hoang A Tuong is a harmonious combination of Asian-European style.

Location: Bac Ha district center, Lao Cai Province

Bac Ha Market

Bac Ha is the largest trading fair in the highland border area. The market takes place on Sunday, attracts local people to come for trading or entertaining. This is the place of goods exchanging between ethnic minorities. Here you will find essential things such as clothes, hoes, shovels and belongings.

Bac Ha Market - Sapa
Bac Ha Market

Location: Bac Ha town center, 60km from Lao Cai city.

Sapa Tours at Hanoi Travel Bus

Festival in Sapa

If you visit Sapa in the last months of year, you will have the opportunity to participate in many interesting festivals of local people. Each festival is characterized by the culture of each ethnic minority, strange and extremely interesting.

Roong Pooc Festival of Dzay people

Every year on the 5th day of January of lunar calendar, the Dzay people in Ta Van (Sapa district) organize the Roong Pooc festival aiming to wish for a brilliant new year. Although it is a traditional ethnic festival of the Dzay people, it now has become the festival of the entire people in Muong Hoa valley. During the festival, there are some unique rituals as well as traditional games and performances such as gong performances and bamboo dancing.

Roong Pooc Festival
Roong Pooc Festival

Nao Cong Ceremony

Every year on the 5th day of the sixth lunar month, the H’Mong people, the Dzao, the Dzay Muong Hoa come to the worshiping shrine at Ta Van Village to celebrate Nao Cong Ceremony. Each family appoints a representative of their family.Nao Cong Ceremony is celebrated towish for the god’s bless of happiness and harvest. In addition, during the ceremony, the host will announce the general conventions. The ceremony ends with a happy meal.

Tet nhay Festival

Tet nhay Festival is an important and well-prepared festival of Dzao people in Ta Van people,it is usually held on the first or second day of first day of Lunar month. The main aim of the ceremony is to wish to be happy and worship the ancestors. The ritual activities during the festival are extremely interesting with 14 dance performances, or rituals performed by the priest.

Nhan Song and Nao Song Festival

This is the festival of the Red Dzao people in Giang Ta Chai (Ta Van – Sapa) with educational aim for the villagers about prevention of deforestation. At present, the Dzao held Nhan Song Festival only after a year of serious deforestation and bad harvest.

At the festival, the “Chẩu chiếu” – the head of the forest guardians appointed by the villagers stood up to announce the law about prevention of deforestation and punishment for those who violate. After the discussion,the “Chẩu chiếu” will make a convention that every villagers should obey.

Nhan Song - Nao Song Festival
Nhan Song – Nao Song Festival

The H’Mong people at Seo Mi Ty, Den Thang – Ta Van Village as well as Lao Chai and Hau Thao Village, previously held a similar festival called “Nao Song” on the fifth day of January in Lunar calendar. The content of the convention of “Nao Song” has expanded the scope of adjustment than the Dzao village. In addition to protecting the forests, banning free grazing of cattle, the convention is also about to prevent theft, protect crops, assist each other among villagers…

Quet Lang Festival of Xa Pho people

Every year, the Xa Pho people organize Quet Lang Festival on 7th and 8th of second month of Lunar calendar, aiming to wish for a happy new year, lush harvest and their livestock free from sickness. Each villager should contribute their pigs, chickens, goats, dogs and rice … for the festival. The shaman holds the ceremony and the villagers draw on their faces and dance during the festival. At the end of the ceremony, everyone would have big meal together. The food must be eaten completely and must not be brought to the village.

Gau Tao Festival

Gau Tao Festival is a religious festival of the H’Mong people that takes place mostly on the Tet Holiday or when the farm rests.

The festival is organized to ask for happiness and longevity. If a family does not have children or has few children or only has daughters/sons, they will get a fortune-teller organize the Gau Tao festival to ask for happiness. The Gau Tao Festival is organized to ask for longevity when a family has sick children or sick cattle and poultry.

Gau tao Festival
Gau tao Festival

Going to the field festival – Long Tong Festival

Going to the field festival is taken place in the early spring. It is the festival of the Tay and Dzao people in Ban Ho Village – Sapa. The festival is opened in the morning on the 8th of the first month of Lunar calendar annually. They organize this festival in the best, largest field. The meaning of the festival is the first day of year to work on the field. There are many folk performances of the Tay and the Dzao people. Among them, the most prominent and interesting is Xoe dancing of Tay girls on the trumpet and drum sound. When the show ends, everyone starts to play folk games such as nem con (a game in which boys and girls throw cloth balls), tug-of-war, hide and seek…

Long Tong Festival - Sapa
Long Tong Festival

10 experiences you should try in Sapa

Sapa is a destination of numerous exciting activities such as:

Conquering Fansipan Peak

Conquering the roof of Indochina is the dream of many adventurous travelers. If you like to challenge yourself, then make a trip to conquer the Fansipan Peak.

Fansipan Mountain
Amazing scenery on the road to conquer the roof of Indochina

Admiring the vast terraced fields

The terraced fields in Sapa are honored to be one of the most magnificent terraces in the world. Under the skillful hands of local people, the terraced fields look gorgeous and like a masterpiece of nature with steps leading up to the sky. In September, the green fields are covered with golden color of the ripen rice. This is the ideal time to visit Sapa.

Climbing Ham Rong Mountain, admiring Sapa from atop

Observing the town from the 1800m high from Ham Rong Mountain is an enjoyable experience that anyone should try when visiting Sapa. Looking at the roads, hotels, tourist siteswhich are small under you will give you a diferent feeling about Sapa. Besides, on Ham Rong Mountain you also see the colorful flower garden hidden in the rocky ravine at Thach Lam Rock Garden.

Admiring the sunrise and sunset in Sapa

The early morning breezes will make you shiver slightly. With a cup of hot coffee and an omelet for breakfast, looking out the window at a beautiful view hotel, you will meet a gentle Sapa in early morning mist. At sunset, the sun disappears behind the Hoang Lien Son range, Sapa is romantic but remind us the vague sadness.

The romantic sunset in Sa Pa
The romantic sunset in Sa Pa

Leisurely walking and slow living in Sapa

Exploring Sapa by leisurely walking will bring you unforgettable experiences. Sapa is one of the longest destinations for walkng in the world. Coming to Sapa, you can walk from morning to afternoon, through the little towns, villages, rice paddies, small streams and bridges … A walk is suitable for slow living, you can observe and learn more about the life and culture of indigenous people in Sapa. The attractive walking tourist attractions include Sapa ancient town, Cat Cat village, Muong Hoa valley, Ta Van village and Ta Phin village.

Staying at the homestays of ethnic minority people

Staying at homestay of an ethnic minority is he most authentic experience on your visit to Sapa. Besides eating local and fresh food or staying in traditional stilt house, visitors can have a taste of their daily life such as doing farming activities or joining the families in cooking meals. Waking up in a peaceful village far away from the modern city life will be a wonderful experience that you can not forget when coming to Sapa. Homestays in Sapa are numeours, their rooms and food are also clean.

Visiting Silver Fall and Love Fall

Silver Waterfall and Love Waterfall are about 12km from town center, located on the way to Lai Chau Province. Visiting these two falls, you will hear about the legendary story of Love Fall where the seventh fairy goddess meets the woodcutter.

Admiring the majestic landscape from the peak of O Quy Ho Pass

Located on the way to Lai Chau Province, across the Silver Fall and Love Waterfall, the peak of O Qui Ho Pass is covered with clouds. O Quy Ho is one of the four great mountain pass of the North of Vietnam. Standing on the top of the pass, you will see the zigzag roads connecting the two provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau and the Hoang Lien Son range.

O Quy Ho Pass
The spectacular view from the peak of O Quy Ho Pass

Tasting Sapa specialties

It would be a big pity if you miss the fascinating specialties such as Sapa stream fish, Sapa salmon, … or chance to enjoy grilled dishes at night in Sapa town. Sapa’s weather is ideally suitable enjoy grilled dishes or hot pot with friends and sip a cup of wine.

Discovering a non-touristy Sapa

In Sapa, there is some non-touristy places which are very suitable for a retreat. These places include Thanh Kim village, Nam Sai village, Nam Cang village. This place is where you can enjoy an off-the-beaten-track holiday among the forest stream, terraced fields and Hoang Lien Son mountain range.

Sa Pa has many non-touristy wonderful places

What to eat in Sapa?

Besides visiting the dreamlike scenery of clouds, mountains, forests, terraced fields, tourists also should not miss the opportunity to taste all the gastronomic specialties of this mountainous town. Sapa has many specialties; among them, the most delicious ones are:

Sapa fresh vegetables

With the cold climate, Sapa is the land of temperate vegetables such as white cauliflower, blueberry, red radish, chayote, chives. Vegetables in Sapa have special tastes. The most famous vegetables in Sapa include: Boiled su su served with a mix of sesame, peanut and salt, chicken hot pot with vegetables …

Fresh salmon and sturgeon

Salmon and sturgeon in Sapa is lean and thick. In the cold air of Sapa, a hot pot of salmon / steamed sturgeon with fresh vegetables will be such a memorable experience in Sapa. Salmon or sturgeon can also be sliced ​​thinly to mix with salad or to be grilled …

Hanged armpit pork

Hanged armpit pork is a specialty of H’Mong people in Sapa. This is the meat of grazing pigs. Its name derived from the way local people sell the pigs. Peoplegrab the pig in their armpits bringing to market to sell. A mature hanged armpit pork weighs only 4-5 kg. Pigs are cleaned, marinated then grilled. The hanged armpit pork is usually enjoyed with Sapa apple cider.

Hanged armpit pork
Hanged armpit pork

Sapa grilled dishes

Sapa has many grilled dishes such as grilled chicken eggs, grilled duck eggs, grilled meat skewers,grilled sticky rice cooked in bamboo, grilled chicken, grilled corn, grilled potatoes and many other special dishes of Sapa. In the evening, BBQ restaurants near Sapa stone church are hot spots in Sapa because of their warm ambiance and delicious dishes. It’s ideal place to come in the cold of Sapa.

Sapa grilled dishes
Sapa grilled dishes

Stream fish

Stream fish have many kinds and the most special thing about stream fish in Sapa is that it has no fishy taste. Stream fish can cooked in may ways: grilled or fried with tomato sauce…


Dried mushroom is available many in the markets of Sapa, it is the specialty of the mountains of Sapa, its price is about 50,000 VND / 0.5 kg. The mushrooms remind us the smell of mountain and the taste of forest trees in Sapa. The restaurants in Sapa serve some attractive dishes from mushrooms.

Thang co

Thang co is a soup of mix of meats of many animals such as pigs, horse, cow … and 27 kinds of spices such as cinnamon, anise, cardamom, tobacco aroma and forest vegetables. It is hard to describe the special flavor of thang co, it’s both sweet and greasy. The best restaurants for thang co in Sapa are Thang Co Ma Le Restaurant and Thang Co A Quynh at 15 Thach Son Street.

Thang Co
Thang Co

Sapa black chicken

A black chicken is Sapa weigh only about 1.2kg.

It may be disgusting at first look but very delicious. Black chicken can cooked into many dishes, the most delicious dish from black chicken is grilled black chicken with honey. Visitors to Sapa without tasting this dish can’t have a complete trip.

Khang Gai dried meat

The H’Mong people often hangmeat, horse meat, beef on upstairs of the kitchen for drying. A 2-3 kg of bovine meat sliced into pieces is string and hung upstairs kitchen for informal dining reserves. Dried meats hanging upstairs kitchen will dry slowly and can be hung there for months.

There are other specialties in Sapa such as Bac Ha plum, Bac Ha mushroom, Nung Din bushmeat, Bac Ha alcohol, San Lung alcohol, …

Some restaurants in Sapa

Anh Dung Restaurant

Address: No. 69 Xuan Vien Street, Sapa town – Tel: (020) 3871024

Bien May Restaurant

Address: No. 031 Xuan Vien Street, Sapa town – Tel: 0203 872 606

A Quynh Restaurant

Address: No. 015, Road Thach Son, Sapa town – Tel: 0203 871 555

Xuan Vien Restaurant

Address: 08 Xuan Vien, Sapa town – Tel: 0203 875 888

Quynh Anh Restaurant

Address: Xuan Vien Street, Sapa town – Tel: 020 3872630

Hoa Sua Restaurant

Address: 10 Thac Bac Road, Sapa town – Tel: 0203 871 766

Hill Station Restaurant

Address: 7 Muong Hoa Street – Sapa town

Delta Restaurant

Address: Hai Yen, 99, Road Hop Thanh, Pho Moi Ward, Lao Cai City – Tel: 0203 835 288

Pho Tung Noodle Restaurant

Address: Sapa Trading Center

Nature Restaurant

Address: 24 Cau May, Sapa town – Tel: 0203 871 438

Some useful tips

  • Do not buy drugs or Ganoderma, tubers ventricular along the way to Ham Rong Mountain as it is from China – not as good as advertising and high prices.
  • If you wan to buy souvenirs at the night market near Sapa Stone Church, you should remember to bargain carefully.
  • There some brocade products are from China, especially the colorful ones.
  • If you intend to rent a motorbike to explore Sapa yourself, remember to buy tourist Sapa map which is available at the tourist office or at the ticket counter on the way to Ham Rong Mountain. There are some steep roads in Sapa so if you are not a professional motorcyclist, don’t travel by motorbike by yourself. And a local guide is recommended because they are experienced and will guide you to the exciting routes in Sapa.
  • You should not wear high heels, tight pants, and should wear sports shoes, wide pants and hat …
  • Even if it’s not winter, remember to bring warm clothes. During daytime, the weather is warm but it’s cold in the evening and at night.
  • After walking to visit places, you must be tired thentaking a motorbike taxi or taxi is the best way.


The best places to stay in Sapa

Hotels in Sa Pa are plentiful with relatively good service. Here are the most favorite hotels and resorts in Sapa:

Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

Address: Xuan Vien, Sapa, Lao Cai

U Sapa Hotel

Address: 08 Cau May, Sapa, Lao Cai

Amazing Sapa Hotel

Address: 44 Ngu Chi Son, Sa Pa, Lao Cai


Muong Thanh Sapa Hotel

Muong Thanh Sapa Hotel

Address: No. 9 Phanxipang Street, Sapa, Lao Cai

Hoa Phong Sapa Hotel

Hoa Phong Sapa Hotel

Address: 60 Ngu Chi Son, Sapa, Lao Cai

Best places to take photographs in Sapa

The terraced fields

Terraced fields in Sapa are beautiful I very season, especially in the spring, the harvest season or pour water season, or rice crop season in May or June.

Sapa Stone church

Stone church is located in the heart of Sapa town. It was built in 1895 and is the oldest church in Sapa. Due to being built under French colony, it’s French architecture style.

The villages of ethnic minorities

Sapa tourist visitors should not miss the opportunity to visit the village of Black H’mong (Lao Chai) and the Dzay (Ta Van), or walk to Ta Phin village to learn about the daily lives of the Red Dzao and Black H’mong ethnic minorities. Here, visitors will have chance to chat with the locals to understand the differences in their traditional culture and also have many beautiful photos with local people and wonderful landscapes.

Muong Hoa valley – Sapa ancient rock field

Muong Hoa valley is located in Hau Thao commune, about 8km southeast from Sapa town. In the valley, you’ll find many ancient stone engraved with different shapes, situated in between trees and terraced rice fields. It’s a great place for photography in Sapa.

Ham Rong Mountain

Ham Rong Mountain is located 3km away from the town of Sapa so visitors can walk to it. Standing on top of Ham Rong Mountain, you’ll get a panoramic view of Sapa, Muong Hoa valley, Sa Pả and Ta Phin village.

Cloud Bridge

The Cloud Bridge is made of rattan weave, it is set over the poetic Muong Hoa stream. Many tourists come here and wear the traditional clothes of ethnic minorities to have the best pictures.

Cloud Bridge - Sapa
Cloud Bridge

Heaven Gate

This place has attracted many photographers to come and take photo of the spectacular scenery here.

Road to Silver Fall

The road from Sapa Town to Silver Fall is so beautiful that you can take photos everywhere here. You will see vast tea hills stretching, romantic lake or brilliant rose garden.

Vong Canh Hill

Located 2km from the town and on the road to Cat Cat, Vong Canh Hill is situated on a hill separated from Sapa town and Cat Cat Village,. From Vong Canh Hill, you can see Sapa Town, and Cat Cat Village and spectacular Hoang Lien Son range… this is the best place in Sapa to see beautiful scenery.

Best homestays in Sapa

Sali House

Sali House is only 20 minutes way by car, at the end of Ta Van. You can enjoy beautiful view from any corner of the homestay.

Stay in Sali House, you will enjoy the fresh natural ambiance than ever. About 10-minute walk from Sali House there is a small stream with clear water. You should  also conquer the nearby hills to go to the Giang Ta Chai village to learn more about the lives of the indigenous people, or enjoy the specialties in Sapa… After an exhausting day of exploring, you can use a foot massage by ethnic people at Sali House.

Sali House
Sali House’s room

Contact telephone number: 086 846 50 85

Phori’s House

Phori’s House is a beautiful little house in Ta Van village of Sapa town about 10 km. The room rate of Phori’s House is 30 USD / night / room 2 persons.

Phori's House
Phori’s House

Contact phone number: 0906231047

The Haven Sapa Camp Site

The Haven Sapa Camp Site is located on the way to Cat Cat village, about 2km from the center so it is very convenient if you want to walk to town. The air here is very fresh. The Heaven Sapa will give visitors the experience of a very different feeling about Sapa.

Located on Vong Canh hill so from here you can enjoy panoramic views of Sapa with stunning and distinctive landscape from any corner of The Haven. The Haven Sapa is the best place to watch the clouds and admire the moon.

The Haven Sapa Camp Site
The Haven Sapa Camp Site

The Haven has 2 rooms and 30 dorms, it’s a favorite choice of accommodation for backpackers. The room rate is about 150,000 VND / person / night (including breakfast). In addition, it also has Outdoor Bar & Camp Site (outdoor bar and camping area); 360 Lounge (a bar with 360 ° view on a hilltop amongst the Muong Hoa valley), Cinema & BBQ Terrace (cinema and area for BBQ parties) and Haven Restaurant.

Contact phone number: 0936951725 to 0961460566

Eco Palms House

Eco Palms House is located in Lao Chai village with views of the Hoang Lien Son and beautiful Muong Hoa valley. Eco Palms House consists of 5 bungalows, each bungalow is designed as typical houses of ethnic minorities in Sapa including Mongolia, Red Dzao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho.

Eco Palms House

The bungalows are designed with environmentally-friendly materials such as wood, bamboo and thatched roof so the ambiance is cool in summer and warm in winter.

Contact phone number: 0985672888

Nam Cang Riverside Lodge

Nam Cang Riverside Lodge is located in Nam Cang village, inhabited by the Red Dzao ethnic people. Just passing a suspension bridge acrossing the small river and you will get this beautiful homestay. Nam Cang Riverside Lodge include 7 twin / double and 2 family rooms fully equipped that are compared to luxurious hotels.

Nam Cang Riverside Lodge
Nam Cang Riverside Lodge

Nam Cang Riverside Lodge overlooking a beautiful river. There is nothing better than sitting next to the river, hearing the murmuring flowing water, sipping a cup of hot tea or a cup of coffee and watching the majestic mountains of Sapa.

Moreover, just a few steps from the lodge, you can learn many interesting activities definition of indigenous peoples.

Contact phone number: 0203871331

VietTrekking Homestay

Located at the end of the Hoang Lien, VietTrekking Homestay looks like it’s set amongst clouds. Pretty small house on a cloudy sea every morning is not the ideal place to watch over the rays of sunshine. Glance to the left, you will find glimmering dawn clouds floating on the sea, stone eyes to right Fansipan and Hoang Lien Son range magic horns.

VietTrekking Homestay

VietTrekking Homestay has a total of 6 rooms including 4 room single, 1 double and 1 room. In addition, room rates here are also quite cheap.

Contact phone number: 0902121234

Heavenly Homestay Sapa

Heavenly Sapa is located in Ta Phin, Sapa town center is about 17km to the east. Sapa Heavenly is beautifully designed.Staying at this homestay, you will experience the daily activities of indigenous people.

Heavenly Homestay Sapa

Contact phone number: 0975565308

Hmong Mountain Retreat

The Hmong Mountain Retreat in Ban Ho is where you can feel the connection between the earth and sky and nature of Sapa. It consists of a large stilt house and some bungalows.

Here, you will be in the bungalow amidst lush terraced fields halfway up the mountain. The Homng Mountain Retreat offers 2 types of rooms that are shared room on the stilt house and bungalows with mountain view.

Hmong Mountain Retreat
Hmong Mountain Retreat

Price: 800,000 VND / bungalow

200,000 – 250,000 VND/ shared-room.

Topas Ecolodge Sapa

Located about 18km from the town of Sapa, situated atop a 2-cone hill, Topas Ecolodge has 25 rooms designed in the style of traditional stilt houses with wooden furniture, rustic stone. Staying in the rooms of Topas Ecolodge, you will feel the romantic atmosphere and be immersed into nature. All rooms have a private balcony overlooking the valley, from here you can see the dreamlike valley of terraced rice fields green with winding streams at the foot of the mountain.

Topas Ecolodge Sapa
Topas Ecolodge

This is the ideal choice for those who are looking for a place to escape the noise, hustle of daily life and crowded areas.You will be immersed in the spectacular natural beautiful, feel a real slow and peaceful life.