The town of Sapa in northern Vietnam on the border with China is one of the most visited destinations in this fascinating country. Rice terraces, colorful ethnic minorities and a variety of hiking trails are a strong attraction for visitors, who rarely remain disappointed, is a precious gift that Mother Nature has given to Vietnam.
Sapa is 38 km from the city of Lao Cai and 376 km from the city of Hanoi. At a height of 1,500 to 1,800 meters above sea level, Sapa is a beautiful tourist resort that is hidden in the clouds. The average temperature of this area is 15ºC-18 ° C. It is cool in summer and cold in winter. Sometimes, in winter, even snow falls.
The district is home to a large number of ethnic groups, including five major groups such as the Hmong, Yao, Tay, Zay and Xa Pho. The city of Sapa is the place where ethnic minorities gather, trade and sell to tourists their agricultural products such as rice, corn, fruit, crafts and souvenirs.
Sapa is also voted to be the best place for trekking in Vietnam, both from locals and foreigners. The entire district is dominated by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, which also includes the mountain. Fan Si Pan – the highest peak in Vietnam and the entire Indochina peninsula with a height of 3143 m. This mountain is not only a tough challenge for trekking enthusiasts, but also an opportunity to witness the beautiful view.
The geographical position of the area makes it a truly unique place for a rich variety of plants, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and insects, some of which can only be found in the northwest of Vietnam.
Another reason that attracts more and more tourists travelling in this city. Here you can find a wide range of subtropical vegetables such as white cauliflower, red beet or chayote. There are obligatory dishes for all visitors – such as boiled chayote, consumed with sesame or “lon cap nach” – or domestic pigs but grown in the fields or in the forest.
The fresh climate of the region makes grilled meat and fish accompanied by mushrooms and vegetables the favorite street food. Corn, sweet potatoes, gnocchi, rice with bamboo and eggs are grilled. However, tourists can try many other local foods such as purple rice or “thang co” – horse meat right at the Sapa market.