Things to do in Sapa - Immerse yourself in nature

Nguyen Mai Huong - October 25, 2018

Sapa has become a popular tourism destination for travelers around the world who come to trek trails between and around the highland villages of the Hmong, Zao, Ta Van, Lao Chai and Y Linh Ho people.

The little mountain town sits in the North of Vietnam. Mist fills the sky and lush green rice fields spread for miles in all directions. You honestly won’t be surprised if a unicorn and rainbow appears in the distance.

As a person who was born and bred in Sapa, I would like to recommend you some attractions and activities that are appeal to foreigners in that beautiful town.

I. Top Tourist Aattractions in Sapa

1. Fansipan Mountain

Fansipan Peak Landmark

Fansipan Peak Landmark

Located in Hoang Lien Son mountain range, Fansipan is the highest mountain of the Indochina (3,143 m). Although it is only 9 km from Sapa downtown to the southwest, you may take 6 to 7 days to conquer this mountain if you go hiking.

On the way up the mountain, visitors can explore the flora and fauna, especially precious and rare species such as monkeys, antelope, birds, and the natural wonder of Hoang Lien Son.

2. Muong Hoa Valley

Muong Hoa Valley

Among the must-see Sapa tourist attractions, you should set foot in Muong Hoa Valley, located in Hau Thao commune. The most impressive feature of this valley is the ancient stone field that has many stones with different shapes intermixed with grasses, trees and terraced rice fields of ethnic minorities.

There are hundreds of carved sandstones with strange symbols whose origins and meanings still remain unknown. This is regarded as one of the unique heritages of the ancient Vietnamese.

3. Cat Cat village

The peaceful scene of Cat Cat Village

Located at the bottom of Muong Hoa Valley, Cat Cat village is an age-old village of H’Mong ethnic group with unique customs and practices. It retains many traditional crafts such as cotton, flax, weaving. Visiting this small village, tourists can explore the timeless and unique cultural and traditional values of the ethnic group.

II. Food

Apart from the stunning landscapes, Sapa also has a unique cuisine that many tourists would like to try. If you’re into grilled dishes, Sapa is undoubtedly an ideal place for you!

Sapa grill area

In addition, there is a dish that could horrify everyone with its extremely unpleasant smell but as well makes you addicted to it just by taking the first bite. And that is Thắng Cố, one of the most well-known dishes in Northwestern Vietnam.

Thang co – the signature dish of Sapa

There are so many other specialties in Sapa that I bet you will be more than happy to sink your teeth in. Pin them for later!

III. Top 3 Activities that all almost Travelers do in Sapa

3. Stay at Sapa homestay

You will fall in love with the homey ambiance of the homestay

Staying at a homestay run by a local family is always a refreshing change from staying in the usual and rather boring hotel with minimal interaction. In Sapa, you have plenty of options for lodging where you can surround yourself with nature and immerse yourself fully into the local culture.

While staying at a homestay, you will be able to help families source food for meals, learn to cook regional specialties, and be a part of their day-to-day lives.

Here are some of the best homestays in Sapa.

2. Explore Sapa Markets

Markets differ greatly across Vietnam, from the floating markets of the Mekong to the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, but nowhere is as diverse and interesting as in the mountains of Northwest Vietnam.

Sapa market becomes more lively and more attractive on the days near Tet Holiday

Here we provide you with a list of markets which you may wish to consider visiting as part of your Vietnam experience.  Whether you are here for a day or a week, we can likely find a market for you to visit.

1. Trekking

Each time I think the hiking chapter closes, another beautiful destination pops up and I soon find myself ooing and ahhing over idyllic scenery right out of a postcard. If you find yourself in northern Vietnam, you shouldn’t miss out on trekking in Sapa, after all, it’s one of the most scenic regions in the country.

You can go for an easy trek if you travel with kids

There are a bunch of great things to do in Sapa Vietnam, so you may need more time to consider. I hope that my blog does good and somehow assists you in planning your journey