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Best Things to do in Sapa


Beautiful Sapa is located in the northern mountains of Vietnam and is made up of a main town in the Muong Hoa Valley. Surrounding Sapa proper you will find a selection of local villages which are the home of some of the ethnic minorities in Vietnam. This means that this part of the country has a distinct and unique culture which makes a visit here not to be missed if you are in the region. On the outskirts of the town you will find jade hued rice paddies that are cut into the craggy mountain sides and the air is cooler as the mountains covered in a delicate mist. If you like trekking then this is definitely the place to come as the rugged scenery and mountain air makes this the perfect place to get outside and explore.


Here are the  Best Things To Do In Sapa:

1. Get out into the local villages

Sapa is basically a collection of small local villages which are dotted around the mountains.


This means that this is the place to come if you want to get out of the cities of Vietnam and experience something a little more rural.


You can stay in the local villages in a guesthouse with a local family and this will also give you a glimpse of how people have lived here for centuries.


The homestay programs here are not for everyone but for many who have tried them they are the highlight of a trip to Vietnam.

Some most famous villiages in Sapa:

Cat Cat Village

Cat Cat Village is the most touristic ethnic village to visit from Sapa, the most excellent example of a hill tribe village of Hmong people. What you can enjoy here is the idyllic landscape, dramatic backdrop and the peaceful atmosphere of the local community.


Young Hmong people proudly wear their traditional costumes which were dyed in so many colors.
One thing to look for is the traditional Hmong houses which still preserved in good condition, the house is considered a very important part in Hmong life. On your trekking way, we can’t fail to mention the beautiful sight of terraced paddy fields running immensely to the horizon.


Cat Cat village is definitely a delightful and special feature of Sapa.


Location: 2km away from Sapa central town
Admission: 70,000VND/adult.

Ta Van Village

Located about 8 kilometers from Sapa Town, Ta Van Village is a wonderful alternative for a trekking trip to a hill tribe village in Sapa. The village belongs to Ta Van commune, is home to almost 150 households with approximately 1000 residents mainly from Hmong, Zay, Red Zao ethnic minorities.

Ta Van Village – Sapa in the falling water season

The path leading to Ta Van village is small and narrow, running through two sides of terraced fields. Coming deeper into the village, visitors can’t help to be amazed by the harmonious beauty of the natural landscape and the idyllic wooden traditional stilt houses.

The Zao culture shows most influence in Ta Van through their prominent Red costumes to cuisine and cultural festivals. Ta Van shouldn’t be missed on your bucket list if you’re looking for a true adventure.


Sin Chai Village

Sin Chai is another Hmong village with a population of 1400 peole, lying about 4 kilometers away from town’s center. Sin Chai belongs to Ta Giang Phinh commune, located at the lower part of Thau Stream and the foot of Ngu Chi Son Moutain Range.

From the village, you can see the mysterious Ngu Chi Son Mt, gentle curves of terraced fields, hundred-year-old Mong valley, traditional Hmong houses and more. Sin Chai is no doubt the best spot for views in Sapa.

2. Discover Sapa Love Market

Sapa’s Love Market is one of many specialties of Sapa, celebrating the humane values in the local way of life. Hmong, Zao and many other ethnic groups hold love markets annually or monthly or in Sapa’s love market case – weekly for men and women to meet and show their affection. Many young girls and boys become husbands and wives soon after.


Sapa Love Market is held on Saturday afternoon, the girls will show up in colorful costumes and silver ornaments which make the festival even merrier. The boys will perform traditional dancing and singing until late. Love Market is indeed one of the best things to do at night in Sapa.

3. Visit Fansipan –‘Root of Indochina’

Fansipan – ‘Roof of Indochina’

As the roof of Indochina, Fansipan peaks at the height of 3143m above sea level. Fansipan also offers some great choices for many levels of trekking starting from the easiest path can be done within a full days for those who are physically fit, not necessary experienced. Scenery along the way to the top is worth your effort with thick forest, magnificent landscape of Hoang Lien Son range, idyll tribal villages and the sight of wild Azalea near the peak.

Best time for a Fansipan trek would be between mid-November and March since in this time the weather in the north falls in winter, drier air, less rain and temperature low which will make your trek much more easier than it is in summer.


For folks who are not capable of trekking on long hours, you still can reach the top of Fansipan by riding cable car. From 2016, Fansipan Legend, the highest, longest and most modern cable car system in the world has been opened for everyone who dreams of standing on top of ‘Roof of Indochina’.


Cable Car Fees

– Cable Car: 700,000VND per adult
– Cable Car + Funicular Ride: 840,000VND per adult


*Note: The cable car  will take you to the mountaintop, not the peak. You’ll have to walk up the stairs then take the funicular to near the Fansipan’s peak.

4. Explore Sapa’s history and culture at Sapa Museum

If you’re interested in knowing a little bit about a more formal historical perspective as well as the culture of this hill town, Sapa Museum is the right place for you. This is simply the only place you can have a deeper insight into this unique town of the country.

Learn about the culture of Nothern Vietnam

The history that dates back to the French colonial period is shown here. You can also find galleries which are dedicated to the various ethnic minorities who are inhabitants here.

Sapa Museum is also near the church and is an option when the weather is bad and rainy. If you’re looking to buy some handicrafts, there is a shop on the ground floor.

5. Shop for local handicraft – What to do in Sapa Vietnam

Beautiful handicrafts from ethnic minority people

You will see people sell local handicraft everywhere in Sapa, from big streets to tribal villages. Handicraft here is all self-made by the ethnic minorities people.


These handicrafts are unique in design and have a high quality. The colors and patterns on the items represent the different tribes of people, and it is interesting to figure out which is which.


There are tons of items you can buy, from bracelets, anklets, and headbands to scarves, jewelry, handbags, shoes, and carpets – each with embroidery intricately sown with love and care. Stop by some colorful stalls, and we are sure you will not come out empty handed.

6. Have a drink at Cafe in the Clouds – Things to do in Sapa town

The cafe shop serves a wide range of drinks and delicious foods

Sapa is known for its breathtaking natural scenery and what can be greater if you have a chance to enjoy a drink amidst the beautiful nature.


Sit in a mountain bar, sip a drink in front of a majestic view of the sky, the cloud and the emerald green valley is truly relaxing experience. Go to “Cafe in the Clouds” and all will come true.


“Cafe in the Clouds” offers a range of drinks from basic local to international drink and this cafe also has Wi-Fi.

7. Go boating on Sapa Lake

Sapa Lake

Sapa Lake is one of the main attractions in town and is just a 5 minute walk away from the main church.


The lake allows you to take in the beauty of Sapa from the water and this is a popular place to come for local families at the weekends.


One of the great highlights of the lake is that you can rent a peal boat for an hour and shoot all over the glassy surface of the water and enjoy the sights.

8. Check out Muong Hoa Valley

Muong Hoa Valley

The Muong Hoa Valley is one of the jewels in the crown of Sapa and you will find the Hoa Stream cleaving through the valley and running through to villages like Han Thao and Tan Van.


You can take a tour from Sapa that will lead you through the amazing valley and there are even paintings on stones here that are said to date back some 3,000 years.


If you walk down to the bottom of the valley then you can also enjoy some river hiking along the Hoa Stream.

9. Take in the flowery sights of Ham Rong Flower Garden

Ham Rong Mountain is another famous tourist attraction in Sapa town which is located right behind Sapa church. Ham Rong Mountain is a part of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and is a few mountains in Vietnam that has clear and beautiful figurativeness.


Anyone who comes here is impressed with flowers that bloom everywhere on the mountain. Along the way up to Ham Rong Mountain are multiple species of flowers. Visitors will encounter an orchid garden located halfway up the mountain which is home to hundreds of orchid species, including the rarest ones.


Come to Ham Rong Mountain and you will be swarmed with bright-colored flowers in the dewy air and sweet fragrances up your nostrils.

Sunworld Fansipan Legend Admission Ticket


Shared City Transfersbetween Sapa & Hanoi


Shared Limousine Transfer from Sapa to Hanoi


Cat Cat Village Trekking Tour from Sapa


Ma Tra and Ta Phin Village Private Trekking Tour from Sapa


Lao Chai and Ta Van Village Trekking Day Tour


Love and Silver Waterfalls Private Day Tour from Sapa


Lavender Spa Treatments in Sapa


Do Quyen Spa Private Experience in Sapa


Shared City Transfers from Sapa to Hanoi via Limousine