Best Things to do in Sapa
1. Villages of Ethnic people
Visitors are never supposed to miss a chance of attending a trekking tour that reveals the distinctive lifestyle of locals, to visit the Cat Cat village of Hmong people as well as Ta Phin Village of the Red Dao people. Coming to those places, visitors are exposed to the highland lives at its best genuineness. These villages have always had the blending of natural landscape and richness of traditional values. Added to those things, traditional crafts like fabric-weaving, rice-farming, corn-farming really captivate visitors’ curiousity.
2. Muong Hoa Valley – Ancient Rock Site
A special feature in here is hundreds of huge stones carved with mysterious drawings which remain unexplained up to now, in term of their origins and meanings. Those drawings have existed for centuries, lying among trees and terraced fields. Nowadays, these ancient rocks are ranked as relics that should really be preserved with high concern.
From April to May, terraced rice fields in Muong Hoa valley look like huge sparkling mirrors as water fills all over the surfaces. From September to October, those rice fields just turn into golden seas of fruitful harvesting time. At those best times of a year, Muong Hoa Valley is perfect to see.
3. Local Markets
Someone said that if you want to learn the culture of a region, come straight to its market. Luckily, that saying is so true for Sapa. There are few well known local markets that you can visit during your stay in Sapa. There will always be the vividness of brocade from local ethnic groups of the Dao, H'mong, Tay people and there will always be many home-made items brought to the market to exchange for other items or to sell for money. Markets that you should visit are: Bac Ha, Can Cau, Coc Ly, Sapa Love Markets
A two or three day trekking incorporating homestays in the villages is an enjoyable experience in Sapa. From the popular Lao Chai and Ta Van homestays to the quiet and remote village of Lao Chai San, each homestay has a different feel, but all offer the traveller a rare glimpse into the way of life that has all but vanished from the rest of Asia. The government is very strict about tourists wandering off on their own so you need to register with a local travel operator who will obtain the necessary permits and assign a guide to take you from one village to another. Don't expect amenities like hot water, heater or modern toilet, all you will get is a thin mattress to sleep on and a mosquito net. On cold nights, your only comfort will be a thick blanket.
5. Mount Fansipan
Many adventurous travelers to Vietnam dream of conquer Mount Fansipan called “the Roof of Indochina” with the height of 3143m. This place is a good choice for those who are eager to conquer high peaks and test their muscular power. Tourists who are fit and have mountain climbing experience will enjoy this attraction the most, as the peak is accessible all year round. It’s definitely not an easy trek but it promises marvelous views of the Hoang Lien mountain range and pristine natural beauty. Climbers have chance to explore the diverse flora, enjoy beautiful orchids and wild flowers along the way. What a great experience! Technical climbing skills are not necessary, but endurance is a must. There are three popular routes to Fansipan, with the starting point is Tram Ton pass, Cat Cat ethnic village or Sin Chai. Sin Chai route is said to be the most beautiful but the most dangerous also. Almost all tourists choose the starting point at Tram Ton pass as it is the easiest way. It often takes two or three days to fulfill a conquest of Fansipan. If you decide to make the trip, be sure to book with an experienced local operator.