"Sapa - Mountain Magic of Northern Vietnam" Top 5 Page for this destination Sa Pa by victorwkf

Sa Pa Travel Guide: 133 reviews and 473 photos

Sapa is a small and picturesque hill town (former French stronghold) located in the mountainous area of Northern Vietnam close to the border with Yunnan province of China. This town is a main tourist attraction as people from all over the world take the train from Hanoi to spend a few days here relaxing, walking, enjoying the scenery, colourful ethnic minority groups, bustling Sapa market etc.

My wife and I were in Sapa during Decemeber 2006 and enjoyed ourselves. We were lucky that the weather was good but it was somewhat cold due to winter season in Sapa.

Let me share with you some information and photographs, which hopefully will be useful to you. Tips and photos will be updated periodically, so keep a lookout for updates.

There are several colourful ethnic minority tribes living in Sapa and surrouding mountainous areas. The most common are the Hmong (same as the Miao tribe in China), Red Dzao and Tai. They are one of the main attractions in Sapa and the target of photographers.

The people in Sapa and surroundings are self sufficient as they grow their own rice, vegetables, have their own farms and there are many rivers here. However, tourism has brought some modernisation here and some houses now have electricity. Nevertheless, this is still one of the poorest areas in Vietnam.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very picturesque place with colourful ethnic minority tribes
  • Cons:Overnight train, unpredictable weather, mountainous terrain
  • In a nutshell:If you like natural scenery, mountains, culture etc, then come to Sapa
  • Last visit to Sa Pa: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Hi, Nice updates. Like your comment "Poultry in motion". The chickens are avian flu time bombs. Bring back fond memories. Glad to know that you had nice weather at Sapa. Cheers, SL

  • pfsmalo's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Some lovely pictures and helpful tips for one of my future destinations. Thanx.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Hi, Victor, your pages are very detailed and useful! Thanx! Have a good time!

  • cheuleng's Profile Photo
    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:48 AM

    May i know what is this cabin train name?

  • Sambawalk's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2007 at 8:25 AM

    Helpful trips with good pics.

  • Vulindlela's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2007 at 8:59 PM

    Fascinating place! Thank you for sharing.

  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2007 at 1:08 AM

    Great page once more... It really has developed since the last time I visited it.

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2007 at 7:55 PM

    Vic, stunning photography over here, very detailed info too!! Love your pix of the ethnic women in red.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Great photos and tips. Mariana

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2007 at 7:47 AM

    thanks victor, i am doing fine. reading and enjoy your sapa page >> very nice and details. well done :)


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