Sapa is not only a place for relaxing but also a wonderful location for adventurous souls and nature lovers. Through the course of history, Sapa underwent the changes of time to turn itself from a remote trading post built by the French colonists into a global travel hub and a top-tier travel destination in Vietnam. Located in Lao Cai, a province in Northwest Vietnam, a small town like Sapa surprisingly boasts its richness in its indigenous tribal culture of the ethnic communities, together with the unrivaled beauty of natural landscapes. Here is a list of our favorite things to see and do in Sapa.

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1.    Thac Bac Waterfall

The outstanding nature of Sapa has been reflected in the mountain range, valleys, and, obviously, in breathtaking waterfalls. However, the best one of all is Thac Bac Waterfall (Silver waterfall).

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The Silver Waterfall echoes with the sound of its stream from 100 meters from the top of the mountain. Combining with the vast forest, Thac Bac creates the mysterious and charming beauty of the area. After 30 minutes of trekking, tourists can sit down and relax while listening to the sounds of water, birds and watching the slight movement of trees.

2.    Fansipan Mountain

More challenging adventures are also available in Sapa, and conquering Indochina's highest peak is one of them. This will be an exciting trip for those who desire to test their strength and endurance. Even though the climbing equipment is not necessary, you will have to trek for the whole day, carrying basic essentials and resting in simple accommodation. On the way, tourists will encounter a great number of mountain scenes and wild animals if they are lucky. After a long and difficult trek, the breathtaking view from the top will be the best natural reward for any traveler. However, do not worry if you are not fit enough because there is Fansipan Legend, a cable car that transfers you to the top of the mountain.

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3.    Tram Ton Pass

On a clear and sunny day, Tram Ton Pass, or the so-called Heaven Gate, is the must-visit destination for tourists during their holiday in Sapa. It is the road between Lai Chau and Sapa, offering an outstanding view of both sides of the region. Sapa from Tram Ton Pass is definitely one of the most wonderful locations to see Sapa. Photographers will love the landscape on the pass, especially during dawn or sunset. Interesting enough, while the weather in Sapa may be foggy and cold, the sky may be clear and blue on the other side of Lai Chau province. Therefore, you can switch between the two places for the best photo of the mountainous areas.

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4.    Bac Ha Weekend Market

You can find local markets everywhere in Sapa, but weekend markets are certainly a unique thing in the region. It is a perfect opportunity to contemplate the busy trading of the villagers and the special products of Sapa. On Saturday, you can visit Can Cau Market, a gathering place for mostly the Flower H’mong ethnic group. While tourists venture to this location, they will be able to encounter various outstanding scenes of the mountainous areas. Arriving in Can Cau, a huge number of agricultural products are being sold. You can immerse yourself in the lives of the locals and learn about their culture and customs.

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On the last day of the week, lots of tribes from different ethnic groups come to Bac Ha market to sell their products. As a result, it is possible to see their specialties, such as vegetables, farm tools, wines, and so on. You may also see exotic animals like birds, water buffalo, and especially the black pig. One good thing about the market is that customers can try the products first, before deciding to buy them. Therefore, feel free to try some wine at the Bac Ha weekend market.

5.    Muong Hoa Valley

If you want to find the best spot to take photos of the landscape in Sapa, we recommend you book any of the Sapa Tours and spend time in the Muong Hoa Valley. 

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The most notable feature of the valley must be the vast terrace fields of the villagers, along with their charming nature. It will be a great joy to sit back and contemplate the scene after all the stress and worry of modern life. Moreover, there are many strange ancient stones carved with unknown letters and graphics. 

Source: excursionvietnam.com/