Sapa is well-known for not only its pleasant climate round year, friendly local people, but also unspoiled and beautiful places. Here are the top 10 most attractive spots in Sapa.
Mount Fan Si Pan – The roof of Indochina
Fan Si Pan is the highest mountain of the Indochina (3,143 m), located in the center of Hoang Lien Son. Although it is only 9 km from Sapa downtown in the southwest, but if walking and hiking, you may take 6 to 7 days to conquer this mountain.
On the way up the mountain, visitors can explore the flora and fauna, especially precious and rare species in mountains such as monkeys, antelope, birds, and the natural wonder of the Hoang Lien Son.
Ham Rong Mountain
Ham Rong Mountain is near the downtown of Sapa, just 3 km away, so visitors can walk to it. Standing on top of Ham Rong Mountain, you can take a panoramic view of Sapa, Muong Hoa valley, Sa Pa, Ta Phin hidden in smog. Hiking the Ham Rong Mountain, visitors are like to be lost in the wonderful land with fog, brilliant flowers and sweet fruits.
Sapa Cathedral stock
Located in the heart of Sapa town, Sapa stone church built in 1895 is considered a remaining ancient architectural imprint of colonial –French style. Sapa Cathedral stock embellished and preserved for decades has become an indispensable image referring to the town of Sapa.
Cat Cat village
This is one of the oldest of the Mong in Sapa. It retains many traditional crafts such as cotton, flax, weaving. Visiting this small village, tourists can explore timeless and unique cultural and traditional values of the ethnic group in.
Ta Phin village
Ta Phin village is in Sa Pa district, far from the Sapa downtown about 17km in the east. It offers a beautiful natural landscape, the specific-cultural values of the Red Dao with its famous brocade. If you have chances to go to Ta Phin, you can visit Ta Phin Cave nearby, which has many stalactites creating interesting shapes like fairies dancing, meadows, and so on.
Muong Hoa Valley
Muong Hoa Valley is located in Hau Thao commune. The most impressive feature in this valley may be the ancient stone engraved with different shapes, situated in between the grass and the terraced rice fields of ethnic minorities. Hundreds of sandstones were carved pictures and strange characters have not to determine the origin as well as meaning yet. This is regarded as one of the unique heritages of the ancient Vietnamese.
Silver Waterfalls & Love Waterfalls
From Sapa town, go to the west about 12km on the road to Lai Chau, we will meet Silver waterfalls rushing flowing down from 200m creating futuristic sound of jungle. Passing Silver Waterfall, Love Waterfall deserves to be a must-see in this allured town. The name of this waterfall, Love, originates from a legendary love story that has been told to generations in this land. Long time ago, this waterfall was the bathing place of fairies from heaven. One day, a fairy was mesmerized by flute sound of a young boy near the fall, so she spent every night listening to his melodies. Her parents know the secret, and forbade her from coming back to the fall. The passionate fairy transformed herself to a bird so that she could live with her love forever. From then on, the name Love is born. From far sight, Love Waterfall looks like a sparkling stream of light.
The winding road to the Sky Gate is named Tram Ton, weaving between the majestic Hoang Lien Son. And portal is the apex of this pass. Standing in the port of heaven, you can take a panoramic view with the green rice fields, the roads and the Silver Falls. Also in this portal, you can have chances to feel the glorious and charming beauty of Sapa.
Upstream Chay river about 6 km from the centre of Bao Nhai (Bac Ha), the boat will take you through the ancient citadel with many legends. Fairy Cave is considered the little Halong Bay in Sapa. Visiting Fairy Cave, tourists can sightsee, bath in the Tien stream and soak in the sunshine on the island of flowers. Traditionally, that people do these activities is the way to pray for the blessed beauty, health and wealth.
Located in Coc San, Bat Xat district, Coc San is the home of many spectacular waterfalls and caves in different sizes. The beauty of Coc San is purely natural and unspoiled. The way to Coc San is winding and dark, which is suitable for people being interested in adventure and discovery. However, the most impressive feature in Coc San is that caves are hidden in magnificent waterfalls. This makes this area more mysterious and worth-exploring.