Sapa is a magnificent small town. Sapa is more than 1500 meters above level sea in the northern province of Lao Cai. In Sapa there is the highest mountain – Fansipan (3143 meters). Different ethnic groups live here, for example H’Mong, Dzay, Dzao…
Lao Cai is very proud of Sapa, a unique natural tourist site. Many new married couples like spending their honeymoon in Sapa because of good weather and romantic sightseeing. Visitors to Sapa in summer can feel the climate of four seasons in one day. They enjoy discovering other interesting places including Ham Rong Mountain, Silver Waterfall, Rattan Bridge, Bamboo forest, Ta Phin Cave and Sapa ancient rock field. Taken place every Saturday night, Sapa Market is an attractive place for visitors who are keen on exploring traditional cultures.
The night market in Sapa is the principal tourist attraction. Here not only the place for people purchase their products handicrafts, but also exchange the thought, meet each with other, look for new friends and lovers. It is the nice cultural feature.
Sa Pa is one of 21 national tourism areas in Vietnam. Sa Pa is at an altitude of 1,200–1,800 metres (0.75–1.1 mi), has a mild climate throughout the year, lush, forested and mountainous scenery, waterfalls and is a hub of cultural activities of various ethnic minorities in the region, such as the Hmong, Dao … In Cat Cat Village many H’Mong residents are good at manipulating gold and silver jewelry.
A good time to visit Sa Pa would be when Rice Field in different green shades are being harvested in the fall season (September to November). The colours of the rice fields indicate the time for harvesting various plots. The women of the ethnic minority tribes who harvest the crops on the fields further accentuate the different green shades of the fields with their eye catching red and indigo coloured dresses.
It is festinate to travel from Lai Chau to Lao Cai following National Highway No. 4D because of scenery along roadsides and impressive sight of Hoang Lien Son Range. This way attracts to people liking the adventure and discover on bicycle, too.
The Hoang Lien Mountains are home to a rich variety of plants, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and insects, many only found in northwestern Vietnam. For this reason, the Hoang Lien Nature Reserve was made a National Park in 2006, and covers much of the mountain range to the immediate south of Sa Pa.
The town has been under Japanese, French, Chinese and Vietnamese control at various times in its history. It was most recently rebuilt by the Vietnamese. You can see in these area minority villages, streams, Silver waterfall.