Top 10 Amazing Destinations in Sapa

Top 10 Amazing Destinations in Sapa

Located in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, Sapa hides in its many beautiful natural wonders of terraces mingling with green trees.

Here is the list of top amazing destinations that visitors cannot miss when visiting Sapa.

Top 10 places to visit in Sapa

Ham Rong Mountain

Ham Rong Mountain is considered a potential tourism spot that plays an important role in the transition of the economic structure of the province.
Six Amazing Destinations in Sapa
As part of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, Ham Rong Mountain is one of the few mountains in Vietnam that have clear and beautiful figurativeness. 
Ham Rong Mountain peak rises as dragon-head. The name of Ham Rong was derived from the legend that, in primitive age there were a couple of dragons that became attached to each other while the deluge was rising high. Walking up, they hurriedly separated from each other but failed. They were drifted to different places. After a long time, the female dragon was petrified but still tried to raise its eyes to the male dragon on the Hoang Lien Mountain in the west because its instinct for survival remained.
Currently, the Ham Rong Mountain is home to a number of some pretty orchid gardens and "rock gardens".

The Sapa Stone Church

Sapa Stone Church has been nominated by the Vietnam Records Book Centre (VietKings) as one of the top five over 100-year-old churches in Vietnam.
It is introduced as a unique and attractive spiritual tourism destination. Located in downtown Sapa, with Ham Rong Mountain behind, this Roman Gothic architecture church was built with distinct pyramid rooftop, belfry, and arches. Covering 6,000sq.m, the stone church includes 7 compartments, and a 20m belfry with a 1.5-meter bell, weighing 500 kilograms.

Cat Cat Village

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Nestled in a beautiful valley about three kilometers from Sapa Town, Cat Cat - the old village of ethnic groups- attracts tourists from all over the world for its distinctive customs and practices which have been lost in almost ethnic villages.
 
The village is within easy walking distance from any hotel in downtown Sapa.
Cat Cat cultural village was formed in the 19th century after families of some ethnic minority groups from northern Vietnam mountainous areas, especially the Black H’Mong gathered here. They lived next to each other along the mountainside and cultivated the soil around their home.
 
Rice and corn were grown in terraced fields, and traditional handicrafts such as twisting flax and weaving fabric have been well-kept. Through times, Cat Cat Village has transferred to one appealing feature of Sapa’s tourism.

Ta Phin Village

Ta Phin Village is located in Ta Phin Commune, Sapa District, about 12km northeast of Sapa Town. The village is surrounded by mountains and owns spectacular rice terraces.

The best time to visit Ta Phin is in the late afternoon when tourists can enjoy an amazing view of the sunset over the village and the whole surrounding areas.

Ta Phin Village

Ta Phin Village

Two ethnic minorities living in harmony in Ta Phin Village. They are the Red Dao, who make up the majority, and the Black Mong. It is the best for tourists to distinguish the difference in culture and way of living of ethnic minorities in Sapa.

Bac Ha Market

Being a minority ethnic people market, Bac Ha market is located 80 km from Sapa. Bac Ha is famous for its Sunday market which is a trading center and meeting place for couples, friends, and relatives.

Every Sunday, Bac Ha hosts the biggest fair near the mountainous highlands and the Chinese border. It is the largest and most colorful market in the area and attracts throngs of villagers from the surrounding hill tribes. Some walk several hours for the weekly opportunity to trade and barter food, animals, clothes and household goods. 80km from Sapa, Bac Ha Market is not only the place for buying and selling, but also a place for cultural and sentiment exchanging. On the market days, right from the early morning, all paths and mountain roads are full of people and horses pouring to the market. People usually sit in groups around a soup pan (“thang co”) eating and chatting.

Muong Hoa Valley

Muong Hoa valley is located in Hau Thao commune, about 8km southeast from Sapa town. From Sapa town, tourists must cross many high mountains to reach this beautiful valley. The road is twisty, but what you find on the road is worth it.

This valley has a basin-like terrain with a Muong Hoa stream stretching 15 km through Lao Chai, Ta Van, Hau Thao towns and ending at Ban Ho. Muong Hoa is home to many ethnic groups like H'Mong, Ta Van, Tay ...

Muong Hoa Valley

Muong Hoa Valley

Muong Hoa Spring is the downstream of the famous waterfall named Thac Bac. The stream is like a giant python winding; along the streams are terraced fields that look like "stairs to heaven". In the season of ripe rice, the golden glitter reflects on the water, reflecting the magic beauty of this valley.

Muong Hoa Valley is also home to the famous ancient Sapa stone field. This strange stone area is interspersed between plants and terraced fields of ethnic minorities. Stretching over 4 km long, 2 km wide with at least 159 stones, contains many mysterious images, the stone field used to be the focus of many Vietnamese, Russian, French and Australian scientists but until now no one has been able to explain their origin.

Both populations of ancient stones with beautiful carving are located in Ban Pho. With the big stones, it has many different sculptures on the surface. Especially, there have various postures and 11 motifs strange shape. Most scientists evaluated that it is the great heritage of mankind.

People found many similarities with the Dong Son culture, which has a date from 2300 to 3000 years. The mysterious graphics of the Sapa’s ancient stones can be of many ethnic groups living in different ages. They draw a primitive picture or sophisticated picture to express many different cultures. They can be either Dao or Mong.

Silver Waterfall

Silver Waterfall is far about 15 kilometers from Sapa toward Lai Chau; tourists take approximately 30 minutes by motorbike or bus to visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Vietnam. The scenery along the way, the pine forest, and the 'su su' spread over the hills. With more than 100 meters high, white water poured down the stream.

Silver Waterfall

Silver Waterfall

Standing on Ham Rong Mountain, visitors will see the water flows down as silver so that people in here called the waterfall with the romantic name “Silver Waterfall”. Go over about 2 kilometers, tourists will come to Tram Ton where the Fansipan mountain conquest begins to conquer the roof of Indochina.

Continue the trip to Heaven Gate, visitors will find spectacular natural paintings with dense forest, far away is the little crooked path. And they will see the difference between the two provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau. Sapa has the cool and pleasant air, in contrast, Lai Chau has climate as the summer. Guests can soak in the cool stream, throw away all worries and relax under the shade of forest in order to all sorrows go with Silver flows.

Coc Ly Market

Coc Ly market is located in Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province. It is held every Tuesday. Although it is not the biggest market in this region, Coc Ly market still plays an important role in ethnic minorities in the northwest of Bac Ha. This is a meeting place to exchange and trade of many local groups such as Hmong, Tay, and Nung, etc. The goods at the market are local products or imported products from China.

The scene of the bustling Coc Ly Market bending along the bank of Chay river is so poetic. No one knows why this market is named Coc Ly because its name means "the root of the plum tree" in the ethnic language.

Can Cau Market

Can Cau market is located in Can Cau commune, Si Ma Cai district, Lao Cai province; nearly 100km to the northeast of Lao Cai city, about 30km north of Bac Ha town, Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province.

Can Cau market is the fair market of the H’Mong and the Giay, however, it is operated with the ways trade of the Dao. The market has meeting on Saturday every week and holidays, New Year. In the fair, the line of the H’Mong, Giay from the villages flocked to the market: pedestrians, people carrying products, agricultural products, and livestock…

Can Cau Market

Can Cau Market

The market is divided into separate areas for all kinds of items. Those goods such as vegetables, herbs, spices, utensils, and other products, which show the talent of women. However, the most striking is the area where sell livestock because the H’Mong and Giay love livestock and want to select the best cattle. The atmosphere in this area is very vibrant; buyers, sellers have the deal.

Besides, the area for the traditional food of people is quite exciting. Having a multitude of different sounds, visitors will have the chance to sit down and enjoy the ethnic cuisine of them. Of all the dishes in Can Cau market, “thang co” will be the most favorite cuisine of ethnic. This dish is combined all kinds of organs of some animals such as pigs, cows, buffaloes.

One day, a fairy was mesmerized by the flute sound of a young boy near the fall, so she spent every night listening to his melodies. Not a long time after, her parents came to know the secret, and forbade her from coming back to the fall. The passionate fairy transformed herself into a bird so that she could live with her love forever. From then on, the name Love is born.