To be honoured as one of the fascinating places in Vietnam, Sapa has been attracting thousands of travellers to come here annually. Nevertheless, Before going to somewhere for discovering, travellers should research and understand the culture as well as places that need to explore. In my opinion, here are some recommended places that you should visit and figure the culture, wonderful corners.
Cat Cat Village (Bản Cát Cát)
Cat Cat village is an ancient village of Mong people. Stills, the people here try to keep the tradition and the unique featured. To go to Cat Cat village, from Sapa you need to move about 2km to approach the village. But don’t worry, because the infrastructure in here now developed by the authority so you could come here easier than before. Moreover, you could explore the culture and their traditional jobs of the H’Mong people in this village. People in Cat Cat village still retain the crafts such as cotton, linen, weaving … with very high and sharp quality.
Ham Rong Mountain (Núi Hàm Rồng)
Ham Rong mountain is a beautiful place for travellers to come and check-in/selfie. Moreover, because of its nearby, you only take about 3km from the town centre to go up here and there is a walking street for tourists to walk on foot. When you conquer the top of the mountain, you could see the panoramic view of Sapa town along with Muong Hoa, Sa Pa (Sa Pả) and Ta Phin (Tả Phìn) valley when you look down from above.
Sapa Stone Church (Nhà Thờ đá Sapa)
There is another name of this religious architecture called the ancient church. In 1895, the French first built it and it has a long history. During the war in Vietnam later on, the church was devasted badly but it was later restored and preserved to become an unforgettable destination when travelling to Sapa. Furthermore, to come to the church, there is a wide yard in front of it where many interesting activities take place. In common days, the ethnic minorities often also come here to sell their traditional hand-made things like clothes, fabrics, specialities such as mushrooms, bamboo shoots …
Fansipan mountain peak – the roof of Indochina (Đỉnh núi Fansipan – Nóc nhà Đông Dương)
Fansipan mountain stands at the centre of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. To reach to the top of Fansipan, there is a “small” challenge for travellers. As an adventurer, you have to climb about 3,143 meters from the bottom of the mountain to the top. Though, when you as long as conquered it, the prize for you is that you could enjoy the beauty and the enormous of Hoang Lien Son mountain range.
Fansipan is located in the Southwest direction and from the Sapa town, you have to move about 9km to reach to Fansipan mountain’s foot. There are two options for you to conquer this mountain. If you have good physical health, you could climb by yourself. It will take about 6-7 days to reach the top of the mountain. Otherwise, you could take the cable car to go faster and don’t require much about physical health.
Muong Hoa Valley (Thung Lũng Mường Hoa)
Muong Hoa valley has some mysteries corners and beautiful views for you to explore. You have to go about 8km from the Sapa centre to the southeast. The route is also relatively easy, you just need to pass a pass, then through the toll booth at the price of 80,000 VND / person will arrive. Not only possessing beautiful scenery captivating people, but this valley also has an ancient stone beach carved many different shapes. Until now, scientists have not been able to explain their origin as well as their meaning.
Those suggestions above are suitable for travellers in the first time they come to Sapa. As visitors, once you come to Vietnam, Sapa is a place that you should not miss because if its beauty. I truly recommend you guys should come to Sapa because besides what I mentioned above, there are thousands of corners that undiscovered and need you to disclose.