Sapa tourism you will enjoy the cool fresh air, excellent natural scenery, in addition you also experience the life of the indigenous peoples here.


Sapa is a highland district of Lao Cai province, containing many wonders of the natural scenery, from the town center you can also see the majestic scenery of nature.

Sapa landscape is a combination of nature and creativity of human beings to create fanciful natural scenes.

Sapa's natural landscape.
The fanciful natural landscape of Sapa.


Sapa is a mountainous area with a cool climate all year round, the weather in Sapa one day has four seasons, the average annual temperature of Sapa is 15 ° C. Summer in Sapa does not suffer from the harsh sun, winter is often covered with clouds and cold, sometimes snowfall.

Sapa tourism is most beautiful at 3 times:

– Water season falls in April and May.

– Season of ripe yellow rice in late August to the end of September

– Spring from December to the end of February of the solar calendar: The flowering season blooms across the hills and mountains of Sapa.

Water season in April and May : is the time when ethnic minorities cultivate rice on terraced fields, this is also the blooming season of many beautiful flowers and romantic natural scenery.

Water season falls in April and May: The rice fields are gradually putting on a fresh green color
Water season falls in April and May: The rice fields are gradually putting on a fresh green color.

Ripe Golden Rice Season : From the beginning of September to the middle of October is the ripe rice season, then all corners of Sapa are yellow and shiny yellow throughout the hills.

Sapa September - October is the season of golden ripe rice on terraced fields.
Sapa September – October is the season of golden ripe rice on terraced fields.

Spring : from December to February of the solar calendar, at this time it is very cold, can appear ice and sometimes snowfall, this is also the blooming season of cherry blossoms.

Terraced fields are covered by snow in Sapa.
Sometimes in the spring, Sapa has snow.


Ham Rong Mountain : Located in the center of Sapa town, Ham Rong tourist area is an attractive trekking tourist spot in the central area, from the foot of the mountain you walk up to the top of the mountain, on the way you will encounter a lot of beautiful flowers, especially peach blossom.

When going up to the top of the mountain, you will be standing at the cloud yard to admire the panoramic view of Sapa town below, the scenery is extremely spectacular.

Ham Rong Mountain - the most attractive tourist destination in Sapa.
Ham Rong Mountain – an attractive tourist destination in Sapa.

Ancient Sapa Church : Located in the center of Sapa is an ancient, magnificent, mysterious monastery, built by the French in the late XVIII century, the French architectural mark remains the most complete. Anyone who sees it is surprised that the period had an amazingly large and sophisticated work.

Sapa stone church - tourist destination in Sapa town center.
Sapa stone church – attractive tourist spot in Sapa.

Sapa Market : is a very unique cultural and economic activity, this is the place to exchange and buy and sell many kinds of local goods and products, and also an opportunity for highlanders to go to the market and young men and women. ethnic dating meet, love singing to learn mate through song confession, through flute, flute, lute …

Unique Sapa Market - the most attractive tourist destination in Sapa.
Unique Sapa Market – attractive tourist destination in Sapa.

Cat Cat village : Only about 15 minutes walk from Sapa town center, Ban Cat Cat is an old village of Mong people, it also preserves many traditional crafts such as cotton, linen, weaving.

Currently this place has been built into Cat Cat tourist area, and is planted with lots of flowers to attract tourists, not to mention the rose garden, yellow flower garden.

The idyllic beauty of Cat Cat village
Rose garden in Cat Cat village.

Golden cabbage blooms in Cat Cat village.
Golden cabbage blooms in Cat Cat village.

Ta Van village : about 8 km from Sapa town is to Ta Van village, this is a very attractive tourist spot, in the season of ripe rice, both Ta Van village is covered with gold, everywhere you can meet beautiful terraced fields, especially on the way to Ta Van village, you will admire the fairy landscape here with a mountain side, one side is the valley with nine golden terraced fields eyesight.

This is a tourist spot you can’t miss in the season of ripe rice, on the way to Ta Van village, there are 2 sightseeing spots for tourists, here you can take super beautiful photos.

Bản Tả Văn - điểm du lịch hấp dẫn ở Sapa.
Ta Van village – the most attractive tourist spot in Sapa, the season of golden rice.

Ta Phin village : This place has a beautiful natural landscape, cultural features imbued with the national identity of Red Dao with brocade. To Ta Phin village, you can visit Ta Phin cave nearby. In the cave, there are many stalactites in the cave, the pictures of the first dance, the first group sitting, the far field, the sparkling forest …

Ta Phin village - a tourist destination far from the center of Sapa
Ta Phin village – an attractive tourist destination in Sapa.

Sin Chai village: a village in San Sa Ho commune, about 4km from the center of Sapa town, a village has not been exploited much, so it still retains the original untouched character. This is a village of the Black Mong people with a population of about 1400 people.

In addition to planting upland rice and hybrid maize, Sin Chai villagers also choose gentle mountains to grow more cardamom, a significant source of income among this ancient valley.

Bản Sín Chải - điểm du lịch hấp dẫn ở Sapa.
Sin Chai village – an attractive tourist destination in Sapa.

Muong Hoa Valley & Ancient Stone Beach : Muong Hoa Valley is located in Hau Thao commune, about 8km southeast of Sa Pa town. From Sapa town, crossing a glaze mountain pass along the high mountain Sapa tourists will come to Muong Hoa valley.

Thung lũng Mường Hoa.
Muong Hoa valley.

This valley is an ancient stone beach with many different shapes, alternating between trees and terraced fields of ethnic people. Hundreds of sandstone rocks have carved drawings, strange characters so far have not identified the origin and meaning.

Today, this ancient carving area has been classified as a national monument, a unique heritage of ancient Vietnamese people.In Muong Hoa valley, there is a beautiful small stream stretching about 15 km, through Lao Chai, Ta Van, Hau Thao communes and ending at Ban Ho.

Bãi đá cổ Sapa.
Ancient Sapa stone beach.

Fansipan Peak : At 3,143 m above sea level, Fansipan peak is dubbed the Roof of Indochina. The sun, clouds, wind and mountains seem to create vivid and colorful songs. Admire the magical scenery at sunrise or sunset in the mountains is always an unforgettable experience for those who love nature.

Fansipan Peak - a tourist destination far from the center of Sapa
Fansipan Peak – an attractive tourist destination in sapa.

Previously to reach Fansipan peak, visitors had to walk 2 days from the foot of the mountain, but now there is the cable car of Fansipan Legend tourist area to make the climb to Fansipan peak much easier, you just sit the cable car After that, when the cable car runs out, you can walk for about 20 minutes or take a climbing train to the top of Fansipan.

Take the cable car to Fansipan.
Take the cable car to Fansipan.

Silver Waterfall Resort, Love Waterfall : Silver Waterfall has long been famous as a scenic spot of Sapa tourist land. This waterfall falls from a height of over 100m from the top of the mountain.

Standing at the foot of Silver waterfall, watching the immense sky and majestic mountains far away, we suddenly felt like we were so small before the magnificence of nature.

However, in the dry season, you should consider visiting Silver Falls because there is very little water.

Silver Falls - tourist destination far from the center of sapa.
Silver Waterfall – an attractive tourist destination in Sapa.

If you like to walk, you can stop at Tram Ton and go through Hoang Lien National Park, about more than 1 km to discover Love Falls.

The waterfall of love.
Waterfall love – tourist attractions in Sapa.

Hà Khẩu : is a town adjacent to the Lao Cai international border gate, located on the Nam Thi river, which cuts the upper Red River. Only a simple passport can go to Ha Khau. The commercial area of ​​Ha Khau town is not very large, if walking only two hours is all the streets.

Straight houses do not protrude like in Vietnam, streets are only slightly higher than the road surface, so pedestrians and motorbikes and bicycles are easy to go up and down.

Hà Khẩu - a tourist destination far from the center of Sapa
Hà Khẩu – a tourist destination far from the center of Sapa.


The hotel in Sapa is mainly located in two areas, which are the center of Sapa and the remote villages in the center of Sapa such as Ta Van, Ta Phin …

Accommodation in the central area of ​​Sapa : The central area has many guesthouses, hotels and resorts. In addition, this area also has many restaurants, delicious restaurants, nice cafés, convenience stores.

Staying in this area will be the most convenient to visit beautiful tourist spots of Sapa, so Sapa tourists mainly rent rooms in the central area.

The downtown area of ​​Sapa often has beautiful mountain views.
The downtown Sapa hotel usually has views of the mountains and the central area.

See more: List of hotels in central Sapa area .

Village area accommodation : If you want to be completely quiet, mix with nature and indigenous people, you can choose to stay in areas far away from the center such as Cat Cat, Ta Van and Ta Phin villages. … Here are mainly homestays and homestays of indigenous people.

Homestay or motels in Sapa villages are often surrounded by mountains, forests or terraced fields, services and quality of these accommodations are quite good.

In villages far from the center, Sapa has many beautiful homestay.
In villages far from the center, Sapa has many beautiful homestay.

See also: List of accommodation in sapa villages .


Weekends or holidays, tourists traveling to Sapa are very crowded, so good accommodation in Sapa often runs out of rooms, and prices rise high.
If you plan to travel to Sapa, you should book a sapa hotel room soon to have a wide selection of nice accommodation and good prices.
We have more than 350 accommodation facilities in Sapa to choose from.


– Topas Ecologde, 5 stars , Address: Ban Lach Village, Sapa.

– Pao’s Sapa Leisure Hotel, 5 stars , Address: Muong Hoa Street, Sapa.

– Sapa Jade Hill Resort & Spa, 4 stars , Address: Thon Ly, Lao Chai commune, Sapa.

– Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, 4 stars , Town center, Xuan Vien street, Sapa.

– Sapa Clay House – Mountain Retreat , Address: Lao Chai village, Sapa.

– Eco Palms House – Mountain Retreat , Address: Lao Chai village, Sa Pa.

– Sapa Charm Hotel, 4 stars , Address: 032 Muong Hoa, Sapa.

– Amazing Hotel Sapa, 4 stars , Address: Dong Loi Street, Sapa.

– Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel & Spa, 4 stars , Address: 30 Hoang Lien, Sapa.

– Sapa Highland Resort & Spa, 4 stars , Address: No 7, Thac Bac, Sapa.

– Sapa Legend Hotel & Spa, 4 stars

– U Sapa Hotel, 4 stars , town center, Cau May street, Sapa.

– Sunny Mountain Hotel , 4 stars Address: No. 10, Muong Hoa Street, Sapa Town

– Sapa Freesia Hotel , 4 stars, Address: Hanging Gardens, 470 Dien Bien Phu, Sapa


Not only pleasant climate, excellent natural scenery, Sapa also attracts tourists by diverse cuisine, bearing the characteristic flavor of northwestern mountains. Here are the outstanding delicacies in Sapa you should enjoy.

Sapa Salmon: Salmon is a dish that any tourist wants to enjoy once when coming to Sapa. Coming to this Northwest mountain area, you will enjoy the delicious taste of premium salmon and visit the biggest salmon farming area in the north.

Sapa salmon can be processed a lot of delicious dishes such as salmon salad, fried salmon, salmon hotpot, grilled salmon or green salad with salmon with orange sauce and green pepper, …

Sapa salmon - the most attractive specialty in Sapa.
Sapa salmon – the most attractive specialty in Sapa.

Salmon salad.
Salmon salad.

Salmon Hotpot.

The type of fish raised in Sapa is mainly rainbow trout, also called salmon. Despite being raised in many places, but to set up a salmon farming scene, tourists often choose Thac Bac area, because it is near the tourist spot and located at the foot of Fanxipan, it is very convenient to stop.

The salmon ponds in the silver waterfall area.
The salmon ponds in the silver waterfall area.

Fresh Vegetables : With its cool, cool climate all year round, Sapa is home to temperate vegetables such as vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli, red radish, chayote, Garlic clams, broccoli … Vegetables grown in Sapa when eaten with special tastes, soft and attractive sweet. The common delicious vegetables are kohlrabi, chayote, bamboo shoots, cauliflower, lettuce …

Đặc sản Sapa - Rau cải Mèo
Specialties Sapa – Vegetable cabbage.

Sapa mushroom flavor
Stir-fried cat cabbage with Sapa scent.

Rau su su.
Chayote vegetables.

In addition to cabbage, su chay, and sapa, there are countless other fresh vegetables such as cauliflower, lettuce, radish, etc. take time to enjoy all the vegetables here.

Victory : a specialty dish of H Mong ethnic people in northern Vietnam. Thang tried to speak the national language meaning a pot of soup, including meats, hearts, hearts, liver, lungs of horses, and vegetables of all kinds with a little dew, special spices of all kinds.

Nothing interesting by sitting on the winning pan, just eating and drinking a cup of corn wine, feeling warmer in the cold air, breezy mountain enjoying the special flavor, sweet and greasy, both rich and fragrant of this specialty.

Winning is a dish of highland northwest that you can't miss in Sapa.
Winning is a dish of highland northwest that you can’t miss in Sapa.

Winning is a dish of highland northwest that you can't miss in Sapa.
Winning is a dish of highland northwest that you can’t miss in Sapa.

Pigs of Armpit : This is a breed of local H’mong pigs raised in a free-style manner, sometimes the people catch one of them and put it into the armpit, bring it to the market, so it is called a pig under the armpit. A mature armpit pig weighs only 4 – 5 kg, pigs are cleaned, marinated and then left and baked.

Đặc sản Sapa - Lớn cắp nách
Specialties Sapa – Big stole.

Baked Goods : Maybe also because of the cold climate, so in Sapa, everything is brought to … to grill. From chicken eggs, duck eggs, skewered meat, vegetables wrapped in meat, lam rice, chicken wings to corn, potatoes and many special dishes, by the people of Sapa themselves think.

In the cold evening, the barbeque is the place that attracts the most tourists because of the warm ambience and delicious dishes suitable for the cold weather in the mountain town.

Vào buổi tối se lạnh, khu đồ nướng là nơi thu hút đông khách du lịch nhất
In the cold evening, the barbecue area is the most popular attraction.

Shan Lung cider and wine : These are the two most popular types of wine in Sapa, you can buy pure cat apple wine at the market of the Mong people, and Shan Lung wine is bought at the market of Red Dao people.

Especially, with Shan Lung wine, you can go to Shan Lung village in Ban Xeo commune (Bat Xat) to see how to process the Red Dao wine here, and enjoy the first drops of wine.

Rượu Shan Lùng.
Shan Lung wine.


Sa Pa town is 38km from Lao Cai city and 376km from Hanoi. To reach Sapa, you can choose the means of train or passenger car.

Going to Sapa by passenger car : The bed car is priced from 230,000 – 280,000 VND / ticket / way, departing from the bus station from Hanoi to Sapa straight after 8-9 hours, each company has many trips to Sapa, the earliest trip from 17:00.

The advantage of a car is to go straight to Sapa town, not stop at any station, the car also runs night trips similar to trains.

Going to Sapa by private car or tourist car rental : If you go to a large group, you can rent a private passenger car, the car will take you to the hotel as well as the places of interest as required.

Car rental fees vary widely, depending on vehicle size and travel time. For example, a 3-day Sapa trip with 12-16 seat car rental is VND 6,300,000, including driving salary, fuel and tolls.

Traveling to Sapa by train : If traveling by train, there are many types of seats such as soft seats, air-conditioned beds … by ships carrying ordinary passengers or tourist boats, trains run at 9 or 10 pm and arrive early in the morning. the next day.

Train ticket prices range from 250,000 VND / person or more. The train will arrive at the terminal at Lao Cai station, so you need to hire a taxi, or a passenger car to take another step from Lao Cai to Sapa.

From Lao Cai station to Sapa:

– Arrive in Lao Cai station, take a bus to Sapa town (30km), about 50,000 – 60,000 VND / person, there are lots of cars waiting out of the station.

– Save more, you can take a bus off the big road, usually 10,000VND / ticket but have to walk for a while and wait for the car to arrive.

– The most convenient is to take a taxi, from Lao Cai to Sapa for about 350,000 VND, you can go and admire the scenery and feel the pass in Sapa.

Transportation in Sapa

– To visit Sapa town center and tourist spots around the center you should walk, you will be spoiled for sightseeing and taking pictures.

– To visit the tourist destinations in the distance you should choose a motorbike because the terrain in Sapa is mainly hilly, winding road, the tourist attractions are relatively close together within a radius of 20km.

– You can also go by car but will not feel the beauty of the village, mountain, nature in Sapa.

– Note to rent a motorbike: The price of renting a motorbike is about 150,000 VND for 1 car, the gas is self-pouring. You ask the hotel to rent a car to secure a good car.


Gem Valley : About 3km from Cat Cat village, Reference price: 25,000 VND – 40,000 VND / drink.

Gem Valley.
Gem Valley.

Le Gecko : 04 Ham Rong. Reference price: VND 40,000 / drink or more.

Le Gecko
Le Gecko.

Viet Emotion Sa Pa : 27 Cau May, Reference price: about 100,000 VND / person.

Viet Emotion Sapa.
Viet Emotion Sapa.

The Hill Station : No. 7 Muong Hoa. Reference price: about 100,000 VND / person.

The Hill Station.
The Hill Station.

Fansipan Terrace : Fansipan Road, Reference price: VND 30,000 – VND 70,000 / drink.

Fansipan Terrace.
Fansipan Terrace.

The Haven Sapa Campsite : Canh Canh Hill – Cat Cat Village, Reference Price: VND 30,000 / drink or more. The Haven is located on the road leading to Cat Cat village.

The Haven Sapa Campsite.
The Haven Sapa Campsite.

Nhan Cafe : Located right on Xuan Vien Street, with view overlooking Sapa Lake.

Cafe Cafe.
Cafe Cafe.


Day 1: Go to Sapa, explore Ham Rong Mountain, Ban Cat Cat, Sapa Center.

From Hanoi, you take the train to Sapa from the night before, about 6am you go to Lao Cai station, then take a transfer bus from Lao Cai to Sapa. Around 7am, you go to Sapa and start your journey to discover Sapa.

– Morning : Check-in Sapa, Visit Ham Rong Mountain

Ticket price: 70,000 VND / person. Free for children with height less than 1m.

– Afternoon : Explore Ban Cat Cat

Tickets to Cat Cat tourist entrance are VND 60,000 / person.

– Evening: Explore Sapa center at night.

Beautiful stone church shimmering in the night.
Beautiful stone church shimmering in the night.

Day 2: Conquer Fansipan Peak, Silver Falls, O Quy Ho Peak

– Morning : Conquest of the legendary Fansipan. Cable car fares: 600,000 vnd 1 ticket for adults and children for 1 meter ticket price is 400,000 VND per ticket, children under 1m are free.

Check-in Fansipan peak.
Check-in Fansipan peak.

– Afternoon : Visit Silver Falls, love falls, the summit of O Quy Ho

Conquer O Quy Ho peak.
Conquer O Quy Ho peak.

Day 3: Discover the Village of Sapa Village

– Morning : Discover Ta Van village.

Trekking villages around the sapa center.
Trekking is a favorite activity of tourists in Ta Van.

– Afternoon : Visit Ha Khau, board the train to Hanoi.

– Evening : You get on the train, stay for 1 night on the train, the next morning is back to Hanoi.


There are a lot of sapa items for you to buy as gifts like brocade souvenir, vegetables, dried soaked wine … but you should look carefully at the origin of the items you are buying for a lot of items. Souvenir in Sapa is brought from China not like advertising.

Souvenirs most suitable for you to buy in Sapa brocade of the local people, fresh fruits and vegetables, you should buy in Sapa market on Sunday markets every week because it is the people of the village bring out for sale.


– When buying souvenirs, or dried products, you should consider carefully the origin of the origin because mostly Chinese products carry.

– In Sapa it is very popular to buy souvenirs, in the central area, there are many indigenous people selling souvenirs, often expensive and not good.


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