Discover Unmissable Sights And Wonders Of Sapa
The fantastic tour in Sapa will allow you to visit the unmissable sites and also discover the cultural and human values of local people in this misty town.
Let’s go to Sapa to enjoy the cooling, fresh air and beautiful landscapes of the mountainous region as well as explore the specific cultures of minorities.
Ta Phin monastery
According to Sapa Vietnam tours review, Ta Phin monastery is a recommended place for visitors on the road from Ta Phin tourism village to the downtown of Sapa. Although the monastery was abandoned more than half a century ago, it still appeals to tourists who stop to admire the bold beauty of the French colonial architecture hidden under the dust layer of time.
Ta Phin monastery was the stop of 12 female Catholic followers who was deported from Japan. They came to Sapa and established this monastery to expand the religion. The nuns had actively contributed to research and disseminate the technical cultivation of temperate food plants, suitable to the climate and soil in Sapa such as black oat, vegetables, sweet potatoes, and fresh fruits like grapes, apples, peaches.
The construction of the monastery started in May 1942. At this time, Vietnam was still under French domination, and the building was under the strict supervision of a military unit. The monastery was called the Virgin Peace Monastery.
According to the original design, there is a pretty big monastery, accommodating over 100 people to live and do religious work. However, in reality, only a portion of the building was completed. Plans to build a guest room, a chaplain, as well as farms, have not yet been implemented. In 1947, due to the unstable security situation, the group nuns were forced to evacuate to Hanoi, leaving the monastery devastated.
O Quy Ho mountain pass
O Quy Ho pass
O Quy Ho mountain pass is a twisted challenge for the adventurous drivers. It holds the record for the longest one in Northwest mountains of Vietnam at nearly 50 km. From above, the mountain pass is a long winding thread as supple as silk.
O Quy Ho pass is also called Cloudy pass which connects Lai Chau and Lao Cai provinces. It is associated with a legend about the Love waterfall, where a fairy and a lumberjack named O Quy Ho met and fell in love. Because they could not get married, she turned into a bird, flying over the mountain and calling out his name “O Quy Ho.”
The local people often say that from the pass, visitors can admire the imposing panorama of Fansipan mountain, the highest peak in Indochina. O Quy Ho pass, called the Sapa heaven’s gate, is the highest point of Vietnam’s roads which is 2,000 meters above the sea level. At the top of the pass, you can see Lai Chau’s beautiful valleys below. When it is sunny, the passes of Lao Cai province are often shrouded in clouds.
Sapa night market
Sapa night market
Sapa town is home to many different delicious dishes, most of which are the grilled or roasted ones. Visiting Sapa without trying the grilled meat, beef, fish, and vegetables is such a pity. These specialties are harmonious with chilly sauce or lemon-salt. Moreover, there are many other delicious dishes to try at this particular market. If you have enough time, let's spend a night wandering around Sapa night market to enjoy the best food and join in the activities of local people.
Sapa night market opens almost every day of the week, so it is an excellent place to visit after a long trekking day exploring the beautiful places around this town. To not miss any memorable moments in Sapa night market, you'd better go here with a local. He will guide you to the best food stalls, and the right places to buy Sapa specialties.
Ta Phin commune
Ta Phin commune
Coming to Sapa, don’t forget to visit Ta Phin commune which is home to the Dao people. Dao people owns a unique herb bathing method which is one of the best experiences off-the-beaten-path in Sapa trip. Relaxing in a hot tub with a gorgeous view and fantastic health benefits, you will find it relaxed and enjoyable.
It was a bit hard to find the way to Ta Phin because it is not well noted on the internet, but it is right in the outside of Sapa town. You can completely take a beautiful motorbike ride to the village. Once you reach a fork at the end of Ta Phin, you will see a sign marked Ta Chai. Following it straight through the junction 2 km, you will see the herbal spa up on the hill.
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