"Living in the clouds" Top 5 Page for this destination Sa Pa by lyrad

Sa Pa Travel Guide: 133 reviews and 488 photos

Back to nature

The mountain views in Sapa (when the mist clears) are absolutely stunning. Chill out, enjoy the tranquil scenery and fresh air over a cup of coffee and french pastry; rough it out, hiking along muddy trails through beautiful terraced padi fields; or better still, do BOTH!

Interact with the locals

It was an eye-opener to vist the local traditional villages to see first-hand how a predominently agrarian subsistence society lead their lives. The locals are entirely self-sufficient, growing their own food and making their own garments (which they try to sell to tourists). Each tribe wear their distinct colours. The most common tribe encountered in Sapa are the Black Hmong, who are decked out in indigo.

Savouring good food

This former french holiday resort town still shows remnants of the french influence with several cafes serving excellent french pastries and desserts. When it gets too wet to go outdoors, it's ideal to read a good book at one of these cafes while sampling the wonderful food.

  • Last visit to Sa Pa: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • thedouglas's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2006 at 6:25 PM

    Your tips and beautiful photographs make Sapa look so enticing! Looks like a good tip from JonnyVN!

  • akikonomu's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2006 at 9:21 AM

    The hikes are the best part of Sapa. And we all try out the same restaurants, thanks (or no thanks) to the guide books :)

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2006 at 2:09 AM

    Great shots you have here, Daryl! Thanks for sharing, will consider taking that guide you had if I do make it up here in Aug..

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