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  • Cau May Street, Sa Pa,Lao Cai Province,Vietnam.
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  • Black Hmong Kids,,Sa Pa Region,Vietnam.
    Black Hmong Kids,,Sa Pa Region,Vietnam.
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Sapa Things to Do

  • Trails of Mountain Travel - T.O.M....

    T.O.M Travel is a International Operator in Sapa of Viet Nam .specializing in tailor-made tours and holidays in Vietnam and other countries of Indochina and has been remarkably well-received a growing reputation as a Vietnam's top tour operator providing unique tours and holidays for groups, families, couples, honeymooners, students travelers to Ha...

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  • WEATHER ADVICE FOR YOUR SAPA TRIP

    Sapa is an incredibly picturesque town that lies in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range near the Chinese border in northwestern Vietnam, known as "the Tonkinese Alps". Sapa and its surrounding region is host to many hill tribes, as well as rice terraces, lush vegetation, and Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam. In this article, Vietwindtravel will...

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  • Sapa Overview

    Sapa is among the well- known beauty spots in Vietnam. It is famous not only for its landscapes but also convergence of many ethnicities living together. Coming there, visitors will enjoy vibrant dresses of ethnics as H’mong Black, Red Dao, Tay, Giay, etc. Each ethnic is different in dress, lifestyle, customs, and farming methods. Set on the slopes...

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  • Trekking to Lao Cai

    Sapa Village, the nature of Vietnam where the rice paddies and the ethnic minorities liveThe village would be of considerably less interest without the H'mong and Dzao people, the largest ethnic groups in the region They are mostly very poor, but are rapidly learning about free enterprise most of the Montmagnards have had no formal education and...

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  • Rice Paddies

    As usual in April and May when the local people water their fields at full to prepare for a new crop, the surface of terraced fields shines like a mirror reflecting the contrast of the reddish brown of soil the deep blue of the sky high above and the green of surrounding forestsJune and July, the terraced rice fields with fully-grown paddy rice and...

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  • Hill Tribe Children

    I never seen children in the town of Sapa, well, some of the young girls taken their baby with them at their back but a small children notI've meet a lots of the children during our trekking to the village and they are so adorable I have a bag of candy in my backpack and I was pleased to give to the kidsI cannot understand that some of them are...

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Sapa Hotels

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Sapa Restaurants

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  • Young manager warrants a hand.

    In March when we went to this restaurant, it had only changed hands a short while ago and renovated by the new manager and his wife with no help from outside. A young feller that has done his classes in Paris and London, but resolutely hopes to convince the tourists to try Vietnamese food, although he does have "hamburgers and fries" on the menu...

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  • Terrific Fresh Food..

    We eat here only once but thoroughly enjoyed our meal here.There really weren’t too many people here when we were here but it was mid day and it was NOT peak season. The town as a whole was not overly busy so in fact the service we received here was top notch and of course we had our choice of tables.The restaurant itself faces the busy Cau May...

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  • Once in Sapa - Vietnam, should try Pho...

    I'm working as the guide and once I came to LePho restaurant with my friends from Autralia. We are surprised that they serve here only Pho and Nem - two Vietnamese famous dishes. Well we really noticed that this is the real Vietnamese gastronomy. It is so amazing........ if you travel to Vietnam, and to Sapa, you should try Pho at LePho...

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Sapa Nightlife

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  • Run by a British expat

    There's not a great deal to do in the evening apart from visiting a few of the towns pubs. This particular pub is run by an English expat who's been here over 10 years. It looks and feels more like an English tearoom than a pub so I felt pretty much at home here! Anyway, it's a small and welcoming place that, luckily, had a fire in the corner so...

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  • There's hardly a nightlife scene in...

    You cannot really describe Sapa as having a nightlife scene.. Yes, there are pubs and restaurants to buy beer and drinks, but they all close around 10pm. Exept of some of the karaoke places though, who cater for Vietnamese middleclass travelers situated in the part of town close to the lake.A nice pub is well the only proper pub in town, the Red...

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  • Native Dance

    I was at Sapa on Saturday and saw this group of boys dancing and playing their musical instruments for tourists in the little park in front of the church at about 9 pm. When they had finished, one of them took a cap around to collect contributions. Many tourists moved away which I felt was improper because if they thought it was good enough for...

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Sapa Transportation

  • Good train to Sapa

    I had my hotel in Ha Noi booked tickets to Sapa for my family. The brand was Orient Express, and we stayed in a nice and clean 4-bed cabin. There were many foreigners on my train, you can refer here for more info.http://www.sapaadventure.com/orient_express_train.htmlThe weather at Sapa in winter is freezing, sometimes there are snow, so trekking is...

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  • Overnight Train...Like MOST people...

    The hotel owner that we booked with for our stay in Sa Pa offered for a small mark up in price to arrange our train transport between Sa Pa and Ha Noi...I have to say that this was more than convenient and the cost, agreed to before our confirmation, was just tacked onto our bill for the hotel...as well as the transit back and forth between Lao Cai...

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  • Train & bus from Hanoi

    The best way of getting to Sapa is by train and then by bus. As I travelled to Sapa as part of a tour with et-pumpkin, everything was done for me, they even have their own 1st class train carriage which was very nice (see their page on their train below). I had one of the 4 berths and shared the compartment with 3 lovely elderly dears from the US...

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Sapa Shopping

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  • Tribual textiles & jewellery

    You'll see several hill-tribe women selling textiles and tribal jewellery along the main tourist road of P Cau May and around the towns square where the church is located. You'll also find several stalls that are awash with the same items in the upper part of the market.

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  • Last Minute Hiking GEAR…

    This store has EVERYTHING you’ll need if you are caught short and wishing that you had a warmer jacket or want some sturdier footwear for your “trek”. The store fronts name is InViet Travel Co. Ltd and you really can’t miss it if you’re walking on Cau May Street. Going down the hill its on your left side…I had walked by this store more than once...

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  • Hand Crafted Silver Jewelery

    This little shop is open concept where you ca actually watch the Silversmith at work. He only sells what he makes. The silversmith’s name is Duc Khanh.It’s a small shop down the hill off of Cau May Street…as the road descends the hill [Cau May Street] Muong Hoa Street branches off to the left This is the same road that will take you out of town and...

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Sapa Local Customs

  • DELICIOUS DISHES FOR YOUR SAPA TOUR

    Sapa is not only famous for its natural beauty and landscapes, cool and fresh air, Sapa is best known for specialties. Sapa cuisine mirrors the country’s cultural and ethnic diversity. Its main characteristic is the systematic use of fresh, light products, mainly tropical or temperate fruit and vegetables. It offers a wide variety of foods ranging...

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  • Hill-tribes: Zay

    We stayed with a Zay family at our overnight home stay in the village of Ta Van. We got to their home stay where our beds were upstairs on the floor while they cooked our evening meal on a small open fire in the kitchen area. The food was fantastic - chicken and mushrooms, pork and mushrooms, chips!, rice and spring rolls. We also visited a second...

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  • Rural life

    If you decide to do a trek through some of the local villages, you'll encounter some amazing rural life. We walked through the village of Lau Chai with Red Dzao women past pigs, ducks, buffalo and some lovely wooden houses.

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Sapa Warnings and Dangers

  • Muddy!!

    Day 2 of my trek consisted of trekking from Ta Van to Giang Tachai. We left and started to make our way up the valley along some very muddy paddy fields where my feet slipped all over the place even though I had on brand new boots which I had bought in Sapa. The Black Hmong girls gave us a hand which we needed as at one point we had to cross the...

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  • Train to Sapa

    This is not a danger but it is a warning. I booked my ticket for a sleeper to Sapa, and when shown my cabin and bunk, to my horror, it was the top bunk. This would not have been a problem if there was a ladder like we have on our trains, but there was only one small "foot ledge" to haul yourself up to the top bunk. If you are older or a bit...

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  • Not so child friendly street vendors

    I have observed at night a sad ordeal of an elderly woman offering hasjis and mariuana to tourist on the streets of Sapa. My advice is obviously to NOT buy from her and others as this creates a demand for such substances. There are other ways of creating entrepreneurical opportunities for the local people, that will not harm both the ethnic...

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Sapa Tourist Traps

  • Sapa - A Tourist Trap

    After spending about a week in Hanoi, Vietnam, I decided to take a short trip north to the town of Sapa. An overnight trip by train brings you to Lao Cai, a town about an hour from Sapa by van. Ominously the parking lot was full of tourists vans. Sapa is known for its terraced rice fields that are tended by the local natives who still wear their...

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  • Sapa tours

    Absolutely agree with dawgon, above. That does sound steep. There are many travel agencies or traveler's cafes in Hanoi that offer a 3NIGHT/2DAY trip up to Sapa and you'd save quite a bit with them but you do need to choose wisely which agency you go with because there are quite a few that skimp on services with such things as claiming to deliver a...

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  • Bac ha markets

    Do not book this tour through the Pinochio hotel. A large group went on this tour from the hotel. On the way to the market, our driver was on the phone a lot. Lots of tourist buses were coming back. When we were 25kms from Bac Ha, he informed us that the road wasn't passable, so we couldn't go to the markets. Another tour group there, were...

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Sapa What to Pack

  • Sapa means 4 possible seasons a day!

    A day pack to bring on your treks is a good idea. But these can also be baught in Sapa Bring clothes to suit the local weather! In January to March it can be quit cold, foggy and rainy. A fleece, raincoat/windbreaker, and good trekking shoes is advisable! These items are available here, but at not so fair prices... Rubber boots are cheap in the...

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  • Packing list for trekking in Sapa

    Most trekking tour agents in Sapa have temporary room for trekkers to wash up on arrival or departing from/to Hanoi. Most trekkers leave their main luggages in the room and take a lighter backpack for the trek. To avoid missing out on important items, it will be a good idea to prepack your backpack ready-to-go in Hanoi as you have only about 2...

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  • Bring those wellies out!

    The trek along the mountain in Sapa is really bad, due to the rain the nite before. A pair of wellies is the best to battle through the muddy trek. None of us have it with us, but you can get it fairly cheaply in the market in the town area.

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Sapa Off The Beaten Path

  • Around Ta Van.

    Although Ta Van is pretty limited in things to do, there are still things to see. Just get out and have a walk, wear a smile and you'll find some sights.

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  • Cat Cat Clinic

    On the way down to the waterfalls at Cat Cat, we went past this small clinic which, my young Black Hmong guide mentioned to me, was just 7 years old, despite looking much older from the outside. We went inside where there is a baby delivery room, office, 2 beds in another room and a doctors consultation room. It was good to see but it didn't look...

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  • Border Crossing to He Kou, China

    Prior to crossing the Vietnamese border at Lao Cai to He Kou, China, my Vietnamese friend was very concerned that I will not be able to return back to Vietnam. Vietnamese has to obtain visa and approval from their immigration department to do the border crossing.However, as a Singaporean, I'm do not need a visa to entering both Vietnam and China....

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Sapa Favorites

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  • ATM

    Cau May (Cloud Bridge) is the main thoroughfare for foreign tourists, and is crowded with restaurants serving western food. This street starts at the south side of the town square and terminates in a steep set of stairs lined with cheap rooms, let out by the Vietnamese who have come here to work. At the top of the stairs, you'll find one of the...

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  • Cau May (Cloud Bridge)

    Cau May (Cloud Bridge) is the main thoroughfare for foreign tourists, and is crowded with restaurants serving western food. This street starts at the south side of the town square and terminates in a steep set of stairs lined with cheap rooms, let out by the Vietnamese who have come here to work. At the top of the stairs, you'll find one of the...

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  • Climate

    When I arrived in Sapa in January it was pretty cold with night-time temperatures only a few degrees above freezing. As there's very little in the way of any heating, I had to hire an electric fire for my room in my hotel. To go with the cold, expect fog. I arrived early in the morning after taking the overnight train, and walked around the town...

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Five hour walk into the village
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Around Sapa.
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Lao Chai.
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Hike to Lao Chai.
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Sa Pa market. San Quan square.
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Cat Cat cultural centre.
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Cat Cat waterfall.
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Hike down to Cat Cat village.
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Sa Pa museum.
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Trip out to Silver waterfall (Thac Bac)
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fantastic coffee shop
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Cat Cat Waterfall
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Cat Cat Village
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Ta Van Village
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Muong Hoa River
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Y Linh Ho & Lao Chai Villaga
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Hire Motorbikes and explore Sapa
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The Red Pirahna's
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Giang Tachai
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Ta Van
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Rice Terraces
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Trek - Day 2
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Trek - Day 1
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Et-Pumpkin Tour
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Cat Cat Cultural Village
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Hill-tribes: Flower Hmong
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Lake
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Black Hmong seeking partners
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Square
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Market
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Sugarcane
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