Things to See in Sapa Lao Cai
Thach Bac Falls and Tram Ton Pass, Sapa
A beautiful if busy waterfall 11kms from Sapa and enroute to spectacular Tram Ton Pass, Vietnam's highest mountain pass.Thach Bac or Silver waterfall is a compulsory stop for local tour groups and can be pretty busy. The falls are beautiful but probably only warrant a visit if time permits and in conjunction with a visit to Tram Ton Pass 3kms further along the road.Tram Ton Pass is Vietnam's highest mountain pass. On a clear day, the views are spectacular. Don't be deterred by mist in Sapa. Conditions on the pass are frequently different to those in town. The temperature can also rise quite a bit on the pass as you break away from the cooler air of Sapa
Ta Phin and ruined monastery walk, Sapa
The Red Dao village of Ta Phin is around 10kms from Sapa and it's well worth walking at least half of that. This is another very popular stop so the village is very commercialised. The walk is at least half the fun.The Red Dao village of Ta Phin is another of the more popular spots and it's now possible to drive or take a xe om all the way. Accessibility has made a visit to Ta Phin a very commercialised experience. The local Red Dao women will be very persistent. Show some good humour and you'll enjoy yourself. And don't expect to escape without at least a modest fabric purchase.You can add some value to a Ta Phin visit by walking as much as possible in the surrounding hills. Walking to the village from the ruined French monastery is easy and interesting. The countryside is lush and you'll encounter plenty of locals on the route. The monastery had barely been established in the early 1940s when Ho Chi Minh's Viet Minh began their assaults on the Vichy French colonial establishment and their Japanese patrons. The monastery was a natural target and its occupants are said to have made a swift retreat to Hanoi.
Sapa Market, Sapa :
The main market in the centre of town is a good spot to pick up some local embroidery if you haven't been persuaded on the street.
Overnight treks from Sapa :
Staying in a local village for a night can be a great experience as can longer treks over the 2 or 3 nights to more remote areas.Several Hanoi and Sapa based tour operators offer treks that include an overnight stay in a minority village. Like most things in Sapa, you can select the degree of difficulty that suits. These are a great way to get a closer look at village life and get away from the more touristy spots. Longer 2, 3 and 4 night treks are also popular and use local villages throughout for accommodation.
Cat Cat and Sinh Chai walks :
The closest and easiest walk from Sapa is also the most popular. Don't let that put you off though. The Cat Cat walk is still a beautiful way to start your exploration of the spectacular local scenery.The 3km walk to Cat Cat village is the closest and most popular from Sapa town. While the village sees plenty of travellers, the walk is beautiful - especially in the early morning or on a clear late summer afternoon. It's a good way to start a Sapa journey.The energetic may also wish to continue a further four kilometres to a larger Black Hmong village, Sin Chai.
Bac Ha market , around Sapa :
Bac Ha is a small village around 3 hours from Sapa. Its Sunday market is very popular with day trippers from Sapa.
Bac Ha is a popular day trip from Sapa - especially its Sunday market. It's a much smaller town than Sapa and the setting is not as spectacular. If you're spending quite a bit of time in the far north, it's a worth adding Bac Ha for its access to other minority villages and treks.
Bac Ha is home to a large Flower Hmong community. The name is derived from the beautiful colours of their traditional costume.
Taking Photos with local people in Sapa :
While visiting the region of Sapa you will take many photos. Something you should remember is that local people are not here to entertain you. They are real people living their daily lives. Ask always for permission when taking portraits. Ethnic minority people are kind, and welcome foreign visitors, but may be offended if you take a picture without permission. How would you react if someone took a picture of you on a monday morning and disappeared without even saying hello? A sincere smile, may be the beginning of a short friendship. Remember that locals speak good English. You can learn many things about their daily lives if you ask them.
Fansipan Mountain :
Location : Fansipan Mountain is located 9km south-west of Sapa Townlet in the Hoang Lien Mountain Range.
Characteristics: Fansipan is branded "the Roof of Indochina" at the height of 3,143m; Fansipan is to be approved as one of the very few eco-tourist spots of Vietnam, with about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species.
The topography of Fansipan is varied. Muong Hoa Valley, at the lowest altitude (950-1,000m), is created by a narrow strip of land at the base on the east side of the mountain.
Geologists say the Hoang Lien Mountain Range, with Fansipan as its highest peak, did not emerge in the mountainous North West of Vietnam until the neozoic period (circ. 100 million years ago). Fansipan, a rough pronunciation of the local name "Hua Xi Pan" means "the tottery giant rock". The French came to Vietnam and in 1905 planted a landmark telling Fansipan's height of 3,143m and branded it "the Roof of Indochina". Very few people climbed to the top of Fansipan at the time. Then came the long years of war and Fansipan was left deserted for hunting and savaging. The trail blazed by the French was quickly overgrown by the underbrush.It takes six or seven days to reach the 3,143m summit, the highest peak of the Indochina Peninsula.In 1991, Nguyen Thien Hung, an army man returned to the district town and decided to conquer Fansipan. Only on the 13th attempt did Hung, with a H'Mong boy as his guide, conquer the high peak by following the foot steps of the mountain goats. Scaling the height was meant to satisfy his eager will and aspiration to conquer the mountain without expecting that his name would be put down in the travel guidebook. After that the Sapa Tourism Agency started a new package tour there. It seemed the Fansipan Tour was meant only for those who wished to test their muscular power.The summit of Fansipan is accessible all year round, but the best time to make the ascent is from mid-October to mid-November, and again in March.Foreigners like best to book Fansipan tours between October and December, as this period is more often than not free from the heavy rains that obstruct the jaunt. But the Vietnamese prefer their tours to the peak of the mountain from February to April, as it is not so cold then. However, the best time for the trek to the mountain is from the end of February to the start of March, when the flowers all flourish and the climbers may behold the carpets of brilliant blossoms, violets and orchids, rhododendrons and aglaias.
Coc Ly Market :
If you want to visit the most unspoiled market in the Sapa region, go to Coc Ly. This town lies 60 miles from Sapa (95km). It will take you two and a half hours to get to Coc Ly. The market takes place on Tuesdays mornings. You should leave Sapa at 7 am in order to get there around 10 am. In this market you will see people belonging to the following ethnic minorities: Black Dao, Flower C'mon, Fula, Lachi, Nung, Sandui and Tay.
If you book one of the tours, you will also have the chance to do a boat tour along an extraordinary landscape. On the boat trip you will see many caves.
Ban Ho Village, Ban Ho Village Sapa Vietnam, Ban Ho Village Travel Guide :
Come to Sapa, tourists can climb Ham Rong Mountain, Cat Cat or Lao Chai- Ta Van of The H'Mong, Ta Phin village where The Dao live and go to Silver Waterfall, Rattan Bridge or ancient reef, the roof of Indochina-Fan Si Pan mountain. Sapa has one place that you should come and stay with home stay style. No foreign tourists before leaving Ban Ho village without leaving the emotional entries beacause the natural scenery is very fascinating and people is very friendly and hospitable. Ban Ho is far from Sapa town about 20 kilometers. It is divided into three areas: Ta Trung Ho, Xeo Trung Ho and Hoang Lien, which is place of the Mong, Dao, Tay. Have no specific price but guides usually pay 20.000vnd/people/day for accommodation. The owner doesn't appreciate it as important; they bring foods and wine for tourists. Come to Ban Ho, you will be alive and living in the cozy ambiance and friendly family. Because the climate in Ban Ho is warmer than Sapa (between 18-250C), in the afternoon, tourists can enjoy yourself in the stream Lave, sight Da Nhay waterfall.
After lunch, the hospitable owner will take guests to the Red Dao village on the mountain so as to bath with herbs. The herbs will be poured into wood tank. Tourists will dip into the tank and after 15 minutes the water has been drawn to refill new water. After that, tourists can feel well being, euphoria extremely.
When the sun sets, you can walk around Ban Ho to see people weave brocade and can buy a plate with only 20.000 vnd that is wide enough to wrap around a skirt. At the weekend, tourists can sing with local people. Each region will bring the different games, dances and unique dishes to invites its visitors. Ticket prices: 40.000vnd/adult
Silver Waterfall, Silver Waterfall Sapa Vietnam, Silver Waterfall Travel Guide :
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. 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 mountain Fan Si Pan 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.
Tourists can go to Silver Waterfall by Jeep or Car 4-seats.
Ticket prices: 10.000vnd/ticket/adult