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Top 31 best places to visit in the dew city Sapa, Vietnam

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Sapa is an incredibly picturesque village located in the marvelous valley of Hoang Lien Son mountains near the Chinese border in the northwest of Vietnam. The town was discovered by Jesuit missionaries in 1918, who were attracted by its stunning scenery and cool climate.
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1. Fansipan Mountain – The roof of Indochina2. Tram Ton pass - An exciting challenge for venturous travelers3. Ham Rong mountain - Dreamy scenery when the peach blossoms4. Heaven's gate Sapa - Sapa view from the halfway up the slopes5. Muong Hoa Valley - Sapa trekking journey in the world of yellow rice6. Cat Cat Village - Learn about the typical structure "Trinh Tuong House" of H'mong Minority7. Ta Phin Village - Undiscovered mystery of Ta Phin Stalactite Cave8. Ta Phin monastery - Visit an ancient construction hidden in a charming village9. Lao Chai village - Take part in exciting festivals of local residents10. Ta Van village - Check in at a range of traditional ancient houses 11. Fairy cave - Small duplicate of Halong Bay in the mountainous area12. Bac Ha market - Find a nice gift for the journey to North Vietnam13. Ban Pho village - Have a cut of traditional corn wine on-site14. Muong Khuong market - Dreamy picture of mountains and small streams alternatingly15. Coc Ly market - The place of local ethnic minorities' culture exchange16. Sin Chai village - Endless terraced fields sparkling under the sun17. Y Linh Ho village - Have a trekking tour around to enjoy the harmony atmosphere 18. Can Cau Market - a busy trade center full of local products19. O Quy Ho Pass - One in four great passes in North Vietnam20. Sapa church - A typical symbol of this mountainous city21. Sapa town square - The biggest entertainment center among the dew city22. Sapa Love market - Special market not to purchase goods23. Silver waterfall - The majestic landscape of waterfall on the road to Fansipan24. Love waterfall - A great palm-leaf conical hat sparkling under the sunlight25. Cloud bridge Sapa - Experience the feeling of walking on the clouds26. Sapa Museum - The house storing the history and culture of Sapa27. Hoang Yen Chao Castle (Hoang A Tuong Palace) - A old palace in the center of Bac Ha Town28. Sun Plaza Sapa station - The paradise of shopping, food and drinks services29. Coc San cave - The mysterious beauty of the cave, waterfall and forests30. Sapa ancient rock field - Strange traces of history among the terraced field scenery31. Terraced rice fields in Sapa - The unique landscape you can see in North Vietnam

Sapa is located at an altitude of 1,650 meters. Therefore, there are many places to visit in Sapa that hold spectacularly misty views. The town is covered with fog, mist, and clouds all year round. Nicknamed as 'Tonkinese Alps', the area features rice terraced fields, lush vegetation and Vietnam's highest mountain peak, Fansipan, which elevates the village to an altitude of 3,143 meters. However, with its challenging conditions, wet and cold, this place has become a premier tourist destination for backpackers and trekking lovers.

Ancient constructions are also worthy places to visit in Sapa Vietnam. In 1920, the French constructed it to be a pleasant hill station and formed numerous works such as churches, hotels, tennis courts, summer villas, an airport, and a hydro-electronic station. However, most of these constructions were abandoned or destroyed, but the colonial influences still remain nowadays.
Sapa is an incredibly picturesque village located in the marvelous valley of Hoang Lien Son mountains near the Chinese border in the northwest of Vietnam


People choose these places to go in Sapa not only to admire its scenery but also to discover the lives of the local ethnic minorities. Sapa is a big home of different Vietnamese hill tribes, including Hmong, Dao and Dai who cover the majority of inhabitants in this area, outnumbering the Vietnamese living in the lowlands. 

1. Fansipan Mountain – The roof of Indochina

The place is in the Southwest of Sapa town, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam. Fansipan Mountain Vietnam is one of the most popular places to go in Sapa Vietnam. With a height of 3.143 meters, it is the highest peak in Indochina. Tourists choose it as the destination to conquer this challenge and admire the breathtaking scenery of Northwest Vietnam mountainous landscapes.
The dreamy landscape from the rooftop of Indochina


2. Tram Ton pass - An exciting challenge for venturous travelers

Before you reach Fansipan Mountain, you will go through Tram Ton Pass. It is in the list of four great passes in North Vietnam. Enjoy every challenge on the road and admire the huge landscape surrounding. From the place, you may access to other outstanding attractions such as O Quy Ho Pass, which will be introduced below.
The pass has the perfect height for travelers' "cloud hunting"


3. Ham Rong mountain - Dreamy scenery when the peach blossoms

Ham Rong Mountain belongs to Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It is 33 kilometer far from the center of Lao Cai city.
From the peak of the attraction, you will certainly amazed at the overview of Sapa. Getting immersed in thick dew layers makes it hard to distinguish between the real and dreamy scenery. In addition, there are a lot of scarce orchids typical for Hoang Lien Son Mountain.
Wide ranges of peaches blossom in spring in the mountain

 

4. Heaven's gate Sapa - Sapa view from the halfway up the slopes

Located 18 kilometers far from Sapa townHeaven's gate of Sapa challenges travelers with a  twisted and turned, rose and fell road halfway up the slopes, along the sunny side of the mountain.
From the gate, you can capture the overwhelming landscape of the valley below with colorful fields of flowers stretching endlessly. In addition, you can also see the peak of Fansipan Mountain above.
These mountains are the best places to visit in Sapa Vietnam to admire the overall area

 

5. Muong Hoa Valley - Sapa trekking journey in the world of yellow rice

There is a beautiful stream stretching about 15 kilometers long through Lao Chai, Ta Van, Hau Thao and Ban Ho villages, all of which are also the best places to visit in Sapa Vietnam.
The most impressive feature of this valley is the ancient rocks in different shapes alternating with flower and terraced fields of the local ethnic minorities. They are perfect places to go in Sapa Vietnam for check-in lovers. 
Muong Hoa Valley is covered with yellow in the season of ripe rice
Muong Hoa Valley is covered with yellow in the season of ripe rice


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6. Cat Cat Village - Learn about the typical structure "Trinh Tuong House" of H'mong Minority

Cat Cat is one of the unique places to go in Sapa, just 2 kilometers far from the center of Sapa town.
The place still remains many traditional crafts of H'Mong ethnic minority such as cotton planting and silk weaving. When coming here, don't miss to go to Tien Sa Waterfall, which has developed Cat Cat into a tourism center recently.
The traditional beauty makes it one of the best places to visit in sapa vietnam
The traditional beauty makes it one of the best places to go in Sapa Vietnam

7. Ta Phin Village - Undiscovered mystery of Ta Phin Stalactite Cave

Ta Phin Village belongs to Dao Do ethnic minority, keeping its own features in house construction, decorations, letters, costume and especially their customs and festivals. They provide brocade items, a popular gift for tourists visiting Sapa. Moreover, there are many beautiful corners for check-in such as an ancient monastery and Ta Phin cave, which has a limestone mountain belonging to Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. The mouth cave opens a new space underground and there are a lot of stalactites hidden.
Ta Phin village and Ta Phin Cave are listed as best places to go in Vietnam

 

8. Ta Phin monastery - Visit an ancient construction hidden in a charming village

Having existed for nearly a hundred years, Ta Phin Monastery still keeps its original cultural and architectural features that you can find in no other places to visit in Sapa. It was built in 1942 at the foot of the mountain. Originally, it was the home of 12 Kito nuns until 1945, they left for Hanoi and the construction was abandoned. 
However, the specialties in structure still attract thousands of tourists to visit every year for check-in and discovering the Western ancient architecture.
Check in at this ancient architecture

 

9. Lao Chai village - Take part in exciting festivals of local residents

Lao Chai Village is one of the most most popular places to go in Sapa for its poetic beauty of yellow terraced rice fields stretching from valleys to the halfway up the hills. 
If you come here in spring, tourists have a chance to immerse in the pink color of peaches, the white color of plums and take part in many exciting festivals of local residents like Roong Pooc of Giay's people.
The area is covered in pink and white when the flowers blossom

 

10. Ta Van village - Check in at a range of traditional ancient houses 

The best impression about Ta Van Village in the mind of experienced tourists may by a range of ancient houses. You should ask for some of them like Mr. Hoang Din's and Lo A Muc's. The most ancient one is Mr. Lo A Muc, which was built by wood in 1934, typical for the construction of Giay ethnic minority. Entering the house, you will understand more about the culture hidden in every old wooden or copper items.
These ancient houses are also the best places to visit in Sapa Vietnam

 

11. Fairy cave - Small duplicate of Halong Bay in the mountainous area

Fairy Cave looks like a Halong Bay (One of seven wonders of the world by UNESCO) in a smaller size hidden among wide ranges of mountains in Sapa. There is a legendary story about Ba Co Shine in the cave. 
Don't miss to admire the charming beauty of the lake and the waterfall outside the cave while sitting on the boat, then gaze at the majestic structure inside the attraction.
Strange construction is the result of thousands of year accumulating


12. Bac Ha market - Find a nice gift for the journey to North Vietnam

Bac Ha Market is at the town center of Bac Ha District, about 60 kilometers far from Lao Cai City, Lao Cai Province. The market opens every Sunday not only for trading but also for entertaining. 
You can find almost domestic items in the market as well as the traditional food of local residents. Pay a visit to the town and discover the custom and normal life of Vietnamese ethnic minorities.
Visit Bac Ha Market to learn more about the local daily life

 

13. Ban Pho village - Have a cut of traditional corn wine on-site

If you once hear about Bac Ha Corn Wine, then you should pay a visit to Ban Pho Village in Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province. Besides the picture of green fields stretching out endlessly, you will have the chance to see in person the corn wine-making procedure of local residents. All the ingredients are local products, from the corn to the water, which makes it different from any other kind in the world. For wine-lovers when coming to the village, they have to keep some as special gifts of Sapa.
The corn wine making procedure will certainly make you surprised


14. Muong Khuong market - Dreamy picture of mountains and small streams alternatingly

Muong Khuong is a district of Lao Cai Province bordering by China. Visit the place to admire the dreamy picture of mountains and small streams alternatingly. Seen from above, the terraced rice field Tung Lau is covered in yellow, spotted by local farmers in the harvesting time.
Don't forget to visit the Muong Khuong market, which is open all day. There are full of products mostly collected by local residents in forests. Especially, seven-colored sticky rice is the most famous specialty you should once try in this market.
Muong Khuong market - One of the must-visit places to go in Sapa Vietnam


15. Coc Ly market - The place of local ethnic minorities' culture exchange

Coc Ly market is one of the places to visit in Sapa - Lao Cai Province. The market is only open on Tuesday every week. It is not a big one, but it has a significant meaning to local ethnic minorities. The place is not only somewhere to purchase but also the gathering center of Mong Hoa, Dao Den, and Nung people.
About products, they are local-made or brought from the lower areas or imported from China.
Local residents are in attractive traditional costumes 


16. Sin Chai village - Endless terraced fields sparkling under the sun

Sin Chai is one of the largest tourism villages in Sapa. It is located in San Sa Ho Commune, about 5 kilometers far from the town center. The village is hugged in the heart of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain range, famous for its hundred-year-old terraced fields.
The best time to visit the place is in September and October when the rice is ripening and the area is in glorious yellow. However, other seasons around the year are all worth visiting with their own beauty. Then from the village, you can continue to visit Cat Cat village too.
Not only in ripen rice season do these feel catch your eyes

17. Y Linh Ho village - Have a trekking tour around to enjoy the harmony atmosphere 

According to local residents, the village is named after the man who had discovered the land and established this one. It is well known by tourists for its wild and poetic beauty. Apart from the mountainous scenery, there are small fresh streams, terraced fields, corn gardens... all of which will certainly impress you for the first time seeing. Inside the village are old simple houses mostly made of woody bamboo.
Trekking is an exciting experience in these places to visit in Sapa Vietnam


18. Can Cau Market - a busy trade center full of local products

Can Cau Market is in Can Cau Commune, Si Ma Cai District, Lao Cai Province. It is still mysterious when it was first open but every Saturday morning, the market turns into a busy trade center full of products such as brocade costumes, foods, handy craft items... made of local residents.
The fairground stays along the hillside. It looks like five plots of a terraced field, each of which presents a particular product, creating a colorful area among the green color of the mountain.
The crowed atmosphere in the local market

 

19. O Quy Ho Pass - One in four great passes in North Vietnam

O Quy Ho Pass is listed as one in four biggest passes in Northwest Vietnam, attracting thousands of travelers every year to come and discover the hidden beauty of nature.
The landscape is changing around the year. In Lao Cai Province side, it is covered with dew. However, in the Lai Chau Province side, it is quite sunny. Moreover, there are thin layers of snow in winter and fluffy clouds in summer. All of them contribute to the heavenly beauty of the Sapa attractions.

Every route challenges your brave

 

20. Sapa church - A typical symbol of this mountainous city

Sapa church is a famous stone church built in the early 20th century by a French architect. It is considered as the only trace left of French people in Sapa. The most impressive feature is the church architecture designed in the Gothic style of Ancient Romans, which you can see in the rooftop, ring tower, the dome,... They are all shaped pyramid, contributing to the overall gentle beauty.
It is one of the best places to visit in Sapa Vietnam that hardly anyone misses

 

21. Sapa town square - The biggest entertainment center among the dew city

After a long day traveling around Sapa town, if you are a shopping lover and need an exciting atmosphere, the Sapa town square is one of the best choices of places to go in Sapa, especially when the lights have been turned on. There are always a large number of tourists gathering to play sport games or admire the scenery of this city at night. Moreover, you can take part in some games guided by ethnic people, portrait drawings,... Then pay a visit to the night market nearby to have some souvenirs for the journey.
A large space for tourists' free activities

 

22. Sapa Love market - Special market not to purchase goods

Many people visit the Love market not to buy a product but to enjoy the special atmosphere here, and the local young residents come to make friends or find their love. It may be the reason that the market becomes one of the most popular places to visit in Sapa Vietnam. It is always hustle and bustle with people singing, fluting,... Especially, young people who take part in the night will wear many attractive costumes, so that you will learn more about the beauty of the Vietnam ethnic minority culture.
The place has been a destination of love for local residents


23. Silver waterfall - The majestic landscape of waterfall on the road to Fansipan

Silver Waterfall Sapa is always in the list of the best places to visit in Sapa Vietnam. Tourists will have the chance to see in person the huge but romantic scenery. The sound of a brook curling over some rocks, with fish jumping and birds singing will create a feeling of experiencing a fairyland. Especially, in summer, tourists will immerse in the cool fresh water, getting away from the worries of daily life.
After that, you will have a stop and enjoy Sapa specialties such as bush meats, mountainous vegetables, stream fish... to get energy for the journey to O Quy Ho Pass or Fansipan.

Come to see in person the huge landscape of the waterfall

 

24. Love waterfall - A great palm-leaf conical hat sparkling under the sunlight

Love Waterfall is in San Xa Ho Commune, Sapa District, Lao Cai Province. It is one of the unmissable places to visit in Sapa journey. Before reaching the attraction, you can admire the beauty of original forests covered with roots and moss and colorful flower areas next to. The waterfall looks like a palm-leaf conical hat sparkling under the sunlight. At the height of 100 meters sourced from the peak of Fansipan, it still brings the cold air down to Golden Stream. Listen to its legendary story to understand more about its meaning.
From far the attraction looks like a great palm-leaf conical hat 

 

25. Cloud bridge Sapa - Experience the feeling of walking on the clouds

The bridge is originally built for traveling purposes. However, recently it has become a favorite check-in destination of travelers. If you are lucky to come here in snowy winter, you will experience an exciting feeling of stepping on a rope bridge covered by a thin layer of snow and cold dew surrounding. From the bridge, you will see Muong Hoa River through the morning mist.
Muong Hoa River and Cloud Bridge are popular places to go in Sapa Vietnam

 

26. Sapa Museum - The house storing the history and culture of Sapa

Located in Sapa town, open free all the days in the week, the museum is one of the must-see places to visit in Sapa to discover the tradition and culture of this city.
It was recommended to establish in 2007 by a French tourist Arcachon. Now it stores about 200 artifacts as well as patterns and movies about the daily life, history of local ethnic minorities in the area. You will understand more about H'Mong, Giay, Xa Pho, Ha Nhi, Dao Do people who you meet every day during the journey.

About 200 items keep the history and culture of the area

 

27. Hoang Yen Chao Castle (Hoang A Tuong Palace) - A old palace in the center of Bac Ha Town

You may get surprised at a majestic palace located at the center of Bac Ha Town, Lao Cai Province. It is Hoang A Tuong Palace, which was named after the owner of the house, also the most powerful leader in the area in the past. The construction was first built in 1914 and finished in 1921. After 100 years, it is now covered with moss of age but still keeps the ancient majesty among the crowed city.
It used to the greatest house in this mountainous town

 

28. Sun Plaza Sapa station - The paradise of shopping, food and drinks services

Sun Plaza Sapa is indeed a shopping mall in the city, located next to the stone church. It is the paradise of shopping, food and drinks services. With modern and attractive architecture, the place is one of the most famous places to visit in Sapa Vietnam. Every corner can become a perfect background for your check-in photos. More impressively, there is a railway station inside to bring tourists to discover Muong Hoa Mountain. On the top floor, you can capture the overall scenery of the city.
It is not only the shopping mall but also the railway station for Fansipan Mountain journey

 

29. Coc San cave - The mysterious beauty of the cave, waterfall and forests

Coc San Cave is located in Bat Xat District, Lao Cai Province, about 7 kilometers from Lao Cai town. It is one of the most attractive places to visit in Sapa showing how much deal the Creator gives to this place. Hidden among the huge landscapes of mountains and forests, it almost keeps the original beauty. There are not only attractive caves but also some breathtaking waterfalls. From the place, you can admire the scenery of Coc San Commune and Cao Son Mountain range through the mist.
Stalactites in strange shapes make the cave one of the favorite places to go in Sapa

 

30. Sapa ancient rock field - Strange traces of history among the terraced field scenery

Muong Hoa Valley is not only for its famous terraced fields but also for its ancient rock field. This strange are is 4 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide. It used to be a scientific research center attracting scientists from many countries all over the world such as Vietnam, Rusia, French, Australia,... There are more than 200 stones, each of which maintains different meanings of its own. Come to discover this mysterious land in Sapa.
A typical stone with unique traces on Muong Hoa Valley 

 

31. Terraced rice fields in Sapa - The unique landscape you can see in North Vietnam

Terraced rice fields are unique places to visit in Sapa Vietnam, which you can find nowhere else except for North Vietnam. In every season, these endless field has its own beauty, but it is suggested to come here in September and November when the rice is ripening. There are some areas stretching in hundreds of hectares, giving you a feeling of admiring a great picture draw by local farmers.
The endless terraced fields attract thousands of tourists visit Sapa every year

The peak tourism period for these attractive places to visit in Sapa begins between March and May or between October and November as this is the dry season which is suitable for a Sapa tour trekking. And the best period of time to admire misty scenery is during winter, between January and February, when it is very cold at night and sometimes there is snow.
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