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  • Water bffalo working the land, Sapa, Vietnam
  • Hilltribe ladies making handicrafts, Sapa, Vietnam
  • Hmong girls working the rice terraces, Sapa, Vietnam
  • Ladies in traditional hilltribe dress at the markets, Bac Ha, Vietnam
  • Buffalo roaming the Cat Cat Valley, Sapa, Vietnam
  • Flower Hmong women, Can Cau market, Sapa, Vietnam
  • City view of Sapa, Vietnam
  • Sunday market day, Bac Ha, Vietnam



Sapa is an atmospheric old French hill station nestled amongst the stunning scenery of the Tonkinese Alps. Easy day walks pass through terraced paddy fields to reach H’mong and Dzao minority villages, where traditional dress is still worn and ancient beliefs hold sway. If possible, we time your visits to coincide with one of the bustling weekly markets that take place in the villages dotted amongst the surrounding hills, where many colourful ethnic groups congregate to trade. Sapa is generally accessed by an overnight train journey from Hanoi.

For the more adventurous, we suggest heading off the beaten track on a road circuit that visits Dien Bien Phu, the famous site of the French defeat by the Viet Minh or climbing Mt Fansipan. Please pack a few warm clothes as the weather in this region can vary day by day and often gets quite cold in the evenings.

Climbing Fansipan
Fansipan, standing at 3,143 meters, is Vietnam's highest mountain. It is only 9 km from Sapa Town but can only be reached on foot after at least 3 days of forest trekking to get to the peak and back. The peak is accessible to anybody who is in good shape. As there are no mountain huts on the way, you will be camping. Your porters carry all the equipment and food that you will require. No ropes or technical climbing skills are needed, just endurance and plenty of energy. The terrain is rough and the weather often foggy and cool.

Sapa Hotels

$$$$ Victoria Sapa Resort Sapa

Remote Location

The Victoria Sapa Resort is without doubt the best available accommodation in this remote corner of Vietnam. Built as a traditional mountain chalet with accented wooden décor and a welcoming stone...

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$$$ Topas Ecolodge Sapa

Eco-friendly, Remote Location

The newly developed Topas Ecolodge is located 18 km from Sapa, deep in the Hoang Lien Mountains. From each individual lodge there are breathtaking views across the scenic valleys below, which are...

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$$ BB Hotel Sapa Sapa

Located tust a short stroll into the heart of town, the BB Hotel Sapa (formerly U Sapa Hotel) is a great base from which to explore the hilltribe villages and take advantage of the superb walking...

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