For almost foreign travelers, Sapa is one of the most interesting sightseeing in the north of Vietnam. With the height around 1500-1650 meters, Sapa Vietnam is a modest and quiet land. But it is hiding wonderful things of natural scenes with the fresh air, clouds, sky, romantic scenery and majestic mountains. The best time to visit Sapa in Vietnam is from March to May and from September to mid-December. Being one of the most attractive tourism destinations in Vietnam, Sapa is a precious gift that Mother Nature dedicates to Vietnam. Visit Sapa in Vietnam with Indochina travel packages
Sapa Vietnam – fairy home of ethnic minorities
Sapa is famous for its special cultural diversity in a combination of Vietnamese ethnic minority groups’ culture. Traveling in Sapa Vietnam tours, you will have opportunities to discover the unique customs of the local residents. Local markets are the town’s typically cultural element, always crowded and joyful, attracting hundreds of visitors. This is the common place for minority groups to gather and exchange goods. Moreover, tourists coming to Sapa at weekends have the great chance to learn about local ethnic people’s courtship and martial life, through the Sapa love market and wife kidnapping ceremony of the H’Mong group. The ceremony will begin on April 29th. This is part of a five-day festival, titled Festival on the Cloud, to mark the beginning of the Sapa 2006 tourism year, in the northern mountain township of Sapa, in Lao Cai Province.
Sapa Vietnam – challenging for mountainous trekking
Sapa is voted to be the best trekking spot in Vietnam tours, by both natives and foreigners thanks to Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range; which also includes Mt. Fansipan – the highest peak in Vietnam and the entire Indochina peninsula with the height of 3143 meters. This mountain is not only a tough challenge to trekking enthusiasts but also an opportunity to witness the splendid mountainous vista. The scenery of the Sapa region represents a harmonious relationship between the minority people and nature; which can be seen perceptibly in the paddy fields carpeting the rolling lower slopes of the Hoang Lien Son Mountains. It was the elements wearing away the underlying rock over thousands of years created this impressive physical landscape.
Sapa Vietnam – thunderstruck local food
Foreign tourists are actually fond of scarce and precious specialties of Sapa, such as forest’s products, handicrafts, delicacies; which is typical of ethnic minority people in Vietnam. There are dishes that will be a must to enjoy for every visitor – boiled chayote consumed with sesame; or “lon cap nach”, which are home pigs raising in the field or forest.
The cool weather makes barbecued meat and fish with mushroom and vegetables the most preferred street foods in Sapa. People grill corn, sweet potatoes, dumpling, bamboo-tube rice, or even eggs as well. Nevertheless, tourists can try many other local foods like purple sticky rice or “thang co”- horse meat right in Sapa market.
More surprisingly, Western restaurants, from Italian to French ones, can also be found around the center of Sapa, at a very reasonable price.
The Indochina Voyages team.