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Sapa


Update : 29/07/2015

Sapa lies in a valley close to the Chinese border, in an area of outstanding beauty, and is home to a number of hill tribes. It is reached by overnight train from Hanoi and was originally a hill station which was built in 1922. It has recently been "rediscovered" and has become a place of interest for travellers to visit.

THINGS TO DO:

Bac Ha Market
Some 100km (62 miles) from Sapa, this is the most famous market in the region and more along the lines of what Sapa was once like. Here, various hilltribes converge every Sunday morning to conduct commerce. As a visitor, you're part of the trade here because folks are keen to sell you their wares, but this market isn't as much about the tourist buck (yet) as it is about small-time business and fellowship. Bring a camera. Sunday morning from dawn to late morning is prime time, but the market continues until about noon. Most visitors make the 3-hour drive from Sapa in the early morning

Cat Cat Village
At the base of the hill below the town of Sapa, this Hmong village is accessible by rough-paved road most of the way, and cement path for the rest. The small waterfall here is a good spot to kick back and rest -- quite dynamic in rainy season.

Coc Ly Market
Also some 100km (62 miles) from Sapa, this is a lesser-known market than Bac Ha, which means it attracts less tourists. It runs Tuesday mornings. However, because it is about 1/3 the size, it also attracts few locals and is much less varied and lively than Bac Ha.

Ham Rong Mountain
Ham Rong Mountain is right in Sapa Town. The mountain is home to some stunning orchid gardens and "rock gardens". From Ham Rong Mountain, we can have the best view of Sapa and the surrounding fresh nature including Mount Fansipan.