Holidays to Sapa, Vietnam

Established as a hilltop retreat by the French in the 1920s, Sapa is the tourism hub of northwest Vietnam – and the start of your hill-trekking adventure. Perched dramatically on the edge of a valley, the undulating rice terraces below and near-constant mist add to its beauty. Although its centre has been overtaken by tourism, once you’re out in the open, the tiny villages and hill tribe people you’ll come across will soon make you forget where you are.

Vietnam's highest mountain, Fansipan stands at 2,143 metres just a few kilometres out of town but only serious trekkers should attempt the arduous climb, which can take a couple of days to complete on a guided tour. For the easy way to the top, hop on the new cable car, soaking up the amazing views of the valley below before you reach the summit which is usually shrouded in cloud. The cable car is very popular, particularly at weekends, so time your visit well and be prepared to queue. If you want to avoid the crowds, the short hike to the Radio Tower is easy-going and rewards you with spectacular views for minimal effort.

Wandering round town and the hills beyond, you’re sure to bump into various tribespeople who can be identified by the villagers’ outfits. Most striking is the Red Dao who wear crimson headdresses decorated with coins and tassels, while the surprisingly stylish Black Hmong tribe sport indigo turbans. In the small co-op shops above Sapa market you can pick up various handicraft products, like pillows, belts and bags. The small Culture Museum is worth a quick visit when you first arrive to find out more about the tribes and Sapa’s history.

Of course, the real reason for visiting Sapa is the incredible walks that take you through rice paddies, bamboo forests and villages. Make sure you’re well prepared with suitable shoes and clothing. 

Highlights

  • Meet friendly hill tribes and learn about their fascinating culture

  • Trek through breath-taking scenery

  • Cool down in the refreshing climate

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Sapa trip ideas

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Places to stay in Sapa

Here are some of our favourite accommodation options in Sapa. All of our hotels and lodges are hand-picked by our Travel Designers. Need help deciding where to stay during your trip? Call our Travel Designers now and they’ll help you pick the best hotels suited to your needs: 020 3510 5777

Things to do in Sapa

Here are some of the things you can do in Sapa. When you've chosen your favourite experiences, just give our Travel Designers a call and they'll put a trip together for you. If you need help choosing an experience, or if you want to learn more about it, our Travel Designers will be more than happy to talk to you. Just call them on: 020 3510 5777

Map of Sapa

Sapa weather

The best time to visit Sapa is in November when the weather is bright with little chance of rain. Other months that are good for visiting Sapa are January to May. The rest of the months are usually too wet.