Located at an average altitude of 1600m over sea level, Sapa has a humid subtropical climate, temperate and cool. Especially in summer, cool air mixed with blue color of the Hoang Lien mountains and the magnificent terraced rice fields always brings a sense of tranquility for those travelers who are and will select Sa Pa to be the destination for a sweet holiday.
First Thing about Sapa
The Hoang Lien Son range of mountains dominates the district, which is at the eastern extremity of Himalayas. This range includes Vietnam’s highest mountain, Fan Si Pan at a height of 3143 m above sea level. The town lies at an elevation of about 1500 – 1600 meters elevation it’s far from Lao Cai city about 34km. The climate is moderate and rainy in summer (May—August), and foggy and cold with occasional snowfalls in winter. It’s always cool in summer and dry in the winter.
The Routes to Sa Pa
* The Road
– The first route: Straight to Noi Bai – Lao Cai express way to Sa Pa.
– The second route: From Hanoi along the high way No. 70 Through vinh Phuc, Yen Bai and along Chay river to Sapa, Lao Cai
– The third route: Along the hightway No. 6 through Hoa Binh, Bien Phu,Lai Chau and through O Quy Ho pass to Sa Pa.
– The fourth route: You can go to Yen Bai by train or Bus, then turn to Nghia Lo through Mu Cang Chai, Than Uyen, Tan Uyen to Sa Pa.
* The railway
There are many trains depart from Ha Noi to Lao Cai every day (day train and night train). a Lao Cai train station, there are many local bus to Sa Pa every 20 mins (from 6h00 to 18h00).
The Tourist Attractions in Sapa
Ta Phin Commune
Ta Phin Commune is 12 km away from Sa Pa Town. It is known for its wild beauty, cool and pure climate. Ta Phin is a fairly wide valley where Red Dao people and Black Hmong are living close to. There have some craft cooperatives to process bathwater made of forest leaves to embroider broacade. On the way to Ta Phin, there are many beautiful deserted monasterries which made of architecture stone. The commune is also famous for Red Dao ethnic traditional herb baths. Stone church: In the center of town, this is a very beautiful handmade stone architecture work. According to the workers who take apart in building it, each corner stone, arch stone must be produced by its molding for accuracy and conformity with building structure. The position of the church is very suitable for the photos in your tour in Sapa.
Cat Cat Village
Cat Cat is a village of Black Hmong people on the way down to Fansipan. Tourists come here to watch the indigenous weaving, embroidering brocade, producing their production tools…under the deep slot with a beautiful waterfall is flowing and rushing white foam between the green forest. In the village, there is a cultural team who performs lively dances for tourists’ enjoying.
Ham Rong Tourist Area
Along the left side of the church turn left and follow the stone steps to Ham Rong tourist area, there has a garden flowers blooming seasons, an orchid garden which collected from hundreds of species in Sapa and surrounding areas, a stone forest with many shapes to freely imagine, a courtyard to watch the clouds, watching the natural peaks created with the giant dragon head incense to heaven. Although climbing is tiring but worthy to enjoy.
Fansipan Mount and Hoang Lien Son National Park
Hoang Lien National Park is located in the Hoang Lien mountain range belonging to Sapa district (Lao Cai Province) and Than Uyen districts (Lai Chau Province) and includes Vietnam’s highest peak, Mount Fansipan (3,143 m). The park is a huge house of a wide variety of habitat types: elevations below 1,800m support lower montane evergreen forest; elevations between 1,800 and 2,500m support upper montane evergreen forest, elevations between 2,500 and 2,800m support sub-alpine forest, while the vegetation above 2,800m is dominated by stands of dwarf bamboo with scattered, stunted trees. Below 1,000m, the forest has been almost entirely cleared and replaced with anthropogenic habitats, including secondary grassland, scrub and cultivation.
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