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Located in the Northwest of Vietnam, Sapa town has an average altitude of about 1,500 m – 1,800 m above sea level, 33 km from Lao Cai city and 317 km from Hanoi.
The climate in Sa Pa town is quite pleasant with an average temperature of 15-18 ° C.
Because of its high terrain and near the tropics, Sapa has a humid subtropical climate, temperate, cool air all year round. In the summer, one day in Sapa seems to have 4 seasons. In the morning, it is the spring weather when you feel the warmth lightly, in the afternoon it is like the summer with the brilliant sunshine. In the late afternoon, clouds appear with dewfall, which makes you feel cool autumn in Sapa. And the night falls, it is a different world of the cold winter.
The average annual temperature in Sapa is 15 ° C. In summer, the town does not have to suffer from the intense sunlight like coastal plains, about 13 ° C – 15 ° C at night and 20 ° C – 25 ° C during the day. Winters are often cloudy and cold, with temperatures sometimes below 0 ° C and with snow. The rain is most concentrated during the period from May 5 to August.
Sapa is the residence of 6 ethnic groups of Kinh, H’Mong, Red Dao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho. Although most Sapa people are ethnic minorities, the center of the town is concentrated with the majority of the Kinh people living on agriculture and tourism.
The ethnic groups in Sapa have cultural festivals characterized like “Roong poc” Festival of Giay people or “Sai san” Festival of H’mong groups.
People in Sapa are very friendly, simple, and kind. When coming here, you will have a chance to experience the rustic yet happy and peaceful daily life.
Their smiles can spread love and happiness to all visitors who once set foot in Sapa.
In the 1940s, the French planned and built Sapa into an ideal tourism place. There is a full system of hydroelectric power, water stations, the embassy, ranger, and especially more than 200 Western-style villas in the center, between the peach forests and the samu mountains.
This makes this picturesque mountainous town look like a European city.
Sapa has many natural beauty such as Silver waterfall about 200m high, Cloud bridge is a historical relic of the ethnic people, Heaven Gate is the highest point to admire the peak of Fansipan, Ta Phin cave or Sa Pa ancient rock in Muong Hoa Valley. Besides, Ham Rong is a famous place where you can contemplate an breathtaking orchid garden with many rare flowers.
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