THE 10 BEST THINGS TO DO IN SAPA, VIETNAM

     

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Sapa is a remote town in northwestern Vietphái nam that’s known for its pristine rice terraces và cool mountain atmosphere. It offers a wealth of trekking opportunities that take you through the region’s picturesque hillsides & smaller ethnic villages.

While trekking is the number one reason why travelers make the trip from Hanoi lớn Sapa, it isn’t the only thing you can vì chưng there.

From tasting indigenous horse meat stew to riding a cable car to Vietnam’s highest peak, this guide will show you ten of the best things lớn vì chưng in Sapage authority.


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THINGS TO DO IN SAPA

1. Go Trekking

As described, trekking is the most popular thing lớn do in Sapa và the main reason why most travelers visit this mountain town. I went on a self-guided trek but many people opt for multi-day guided treks with homestays in neighboring villages like Lao Cnhì, Ta Van, and Giang Ta Cnhị.

You can trek for as many days as you’d like but 1-3 day treks seem to be the most popular. Prices vary but you can expect khổng lồ pay between USD 20-40 per person per day depending on the length and difficulty of the trek. Prices typically include meals and accommodations.

Travel agencies in Hanoi offer all-inclusive sầu trekking packages khổng lồ Sapa. You can also book one in advance through Get Your Guide.

For the best prices, it may be best to arrange for a trek when you arrive sầu in Sapa. People will approach you offering treks but you can ask your hotel or homestay for help as well. My khách sạn routinely arranged treks & other tours for its guests.


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Expect lớn Pay: USD 20-40 per day


2. Try Horse or Salmon Hot Pot

If you travel for food like we bởi vì, then trying thang teo or horse meat stew is one of the best things to lớn do in Sapa. It’s a traditional H’ước ao hot pot dish made with different types of meat like beef, pork, buffalo, & goat, though the main ingredient is horse meat.

The H’ý muốn people have been using horses for transport for generations. When the horse becomes too siông chồng or too old to lớn work, they butcher it for its meat which is how this dish came to be.

Simmered in a large pot or pan for hours with up khổng lồ twelve sầu different spices, they use every part of the horse like its liver, lungs, intestines, and kidneys so nothing goes khổng lồ waste.

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If horse meat is a little extreme for you, then perhaps you’d like khổng lồ try saltháng hot pot instead.

Saltháng in Sapage authority may sound out of place at first but rainbow trout has been successfully farmed in the region since 2005. So comtháng is rainbow trout that salmon hot pot is now considered a local specialty in Sapage authority, one that’s particularly popular in winter.

I opted for the horse hot pot but any restaurant serving thang co will typically offer saltháng hot pot as well. Hot pot servings in Sapage authority are usually good for at least two people but the A Phu Restaurant was kind enough lớn serve sầu me a single portion of thang co.


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Expect khổng lồ Spend: VND 350,000 (horse), VND 450,000 (salmon) for 2-3 people


3. Ride the Cable Car lớn Fansipan

At 3,147 meters (10,326 ft), Fansipan Mountain is the highest mountain in the Indochine Peninsula. On clear days, it offers spectacular views of the valleys below. Riding a cable car to lớn the top of Fansipan Mountain is one of the most popular things to lớn vì in Sapa.

For VND 700,000 roundtrip, a 15-20 minute cable car ride takes you up to the top of the mountain. You can then climb up the 600+ steps to lớn Fansipan peak or pay an additional VND 70,000 (each way) khổng lồ ride the funicular.

Because clouds can make or break the view, my hotel’s owner would advise me every morning if it was a good idea lớn head up khổng lồ Fansipan Mountain. It was misty everyday so I didn’t wind up going. Based on what I’ve sầu read, March lớn April are the clearest months in Sapa.

You can purchase cable oto & funicular tickets on the spot or in advance through Klook. You can also book trekking tours on Get Your Guide that include visits to lớn Fansipan Mountain.


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Cable Car Fare: VND 700,000 roundtrip


4. Hike to Love Waterfall

Love Waterfall is a popular attraction in Sapa. It’s located in San Sa Ho Commune, about 15 km west of Sapage authority town. It’s one of three waterfalls I visited in Sapage authority and by far the most beautiful.

Part of what makes Love Waterfall so appealing is its remote location. You’ll need lớn walk for about half an hour through a forested path khổng lồ get to the falls. When I went, there were just a few people there so I had the place pretty much to lớn myself.

Flowing into lớn a stream and with viewing decks on either side, what you’ll find at the site is actually just a small part of the falls. Love Waterfall is said to begin from the top of Fansipan Mountain.

Love sầu Waterfall is too far to get to lớn on your own so you’ll need to arrange for transportation. I paid VND 250,000 to be taken lớn Love sầu Waterfall và Silver Waterfall by motorxe đạp, which I arranged through my hotel.

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I enjoyed the trek to lớn Love sầu Waterfall as much as the falls itself. From the ticketing booth, it’s about a 30-minutes walk on a scenic cobblestone path through dense forest và open plains khổng lồ get khổng lồ the falls.


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Admission: VND 70,000


5. Climb Up Silver Waterfall

Located on the main road between Love sầu Waterfall and Sapage authority town is Silver Waterfall. It’s less than 3 km before Love sầu Waterfall so you can easily visit both on the same day.

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Called Thac Bac in Vietnamese, Silver Waterfall looks bigger and more impressive than Love sầu Waterfall but its location by the side of a busy road makes it a little less appealing. Because it’s easier lớn get to, you’ll find a lot more tourists there.

There are stairs on either side of Silver Waterfall that you can climb to get to lớn a steel viewing bridge. The bridge crosses over the front of the falls, from one side to lớn the other, giving you a terrific vantage point for pictures.


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Admission: VND 20,000


6. Enjoy Breakfast with a View

If you’re planning on exploring Cat Cat Village in the morning, then you may want to lớn start with breakfast somewhere near the top of Fansipan Street. It’s a twisty road that starts in Sapa town then takes you down a steep incline to Cat Cat Village.

I had this terrific “big mountain breakfast” at Sapa NatuReview Hotel và Restaurant but there are several eateries you can choose from along this stretch of road. Built on the side of a hill, many offer spectacular views of the rice terraces & valley below.

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7. Explore Cat Cat Village

After breakfast, continue walking down Fansipan Street to lớn Cat Cat Village at the bottom of Muong Hoa Valley. It’s the nearest hill tribe village và one of the easiest day treks you can make from Sapa.

Cat Cat Village was established in the 19th century by H’mong mỏi & Dzao families who settled in the region lớn grow corn & cultivate rice. Today, their main source of income appears to lớn come from tourism.

Because of its proximity, Cat Cat Village is one of the busiest attractions in Sapage authority. It’s always packed with domestic và international tourists dressed up in traditional H’mong muốn costumes. They take selfies at the village’s many picture-taking spots which were obviously set up for the sole purpose of taking souvenir photos.

Cat Cat Village is quite pretty but also very touristy, so temper your expectations when you visit. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, food stalls, và souvenir shops to be found there.

If you keep walking & continue past Cat Cat Village, then you’ll find hiking trails that I believe will take you khổng lồ Lao Cnhị, Ta Van, và Giang Ta Cnhì villages. I walked for about an hour just to take in the scenery before turning around & heading bachồng khổng lồ Sapa.

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Cat Cat Village gets its name from Cat Cat Waterfall. Known as Tien Sa Waterfall in Vietnamese, it’s one of the village’s main attractions.

It’s important to lớn mention that it’s a steep but easy downhill walk khổng lồ Cat Cat Village from Sapa. But it isn’t so easy going baông xã up.

It’s an exhausting climb so you may want khổng lồ hire a motorbike to lớn take you bachồng up lớn Sapage authority. Many locals will be offering their services and if I rethành viên correctly, I paid VND 50,000 lớn be taken up that steep road that looks so much better going down than going up.


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Admission: VND 70,000


8. Visit Sapa Museum

Sapage authority Museum is a small museum near Sapa Station. Located on the second floor of a handicrafts siêu thị, it offers a few exhibits on the history và ethnology of the Sapage authority region.

There isn’t much khổng lồ see at the museum but admission is không tính tiền so it’s worth a quichồng stop during your stay in Sapa.


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Admission: FREE


9. Enjoy a Meal at The Hill Station

The Hill Station is the most refined restaurant in Sapa. They have two outlets in town – their signature restaurant located in the same building as their boutique hotel và their deli about 5 minutes away.

The Hill Station serves traditional Sapage authority food but prepared & presented in a more elegant way. I went lớn their signature restaurant and had this fantastic lunch of smoked buffalo with pickled local vegetables and three-colored Dzay sticky rice. It was the best meal I had in Sapage authority.

I didn’t go to The Hill Station Deli & Boutique but I read they serve sầu craft beer & wine along with cheese và charcuterie boards.


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Address: 37 Fansipan, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Tỉnh Lào Cai, VietnamOperating Hours: 7AM-11PMWhat khổng lồ Order: Pork, buffalo, rainbow trout dishesExpect khổng lồ Spend: About VND 125,000 per entree


10. Have sầu Coffee on the Roofdechồng of Dao Coffee

I wasn’t expecting this but the area around Sapa Park gets pretty lively at night. It’s a great place lớn have sầu a beer or coffee and go people watching in the evening.

There are a few restaurants and cafes around Sapage authority Park but I suggest checking out Dao Coffee. They have sầu a lovely roofdechồng with counter seating that gives you great views of downtown Sapa.

Sitting up here and sipping my hot Vietnamese coffee while enjoying the town’s cool evening air was one of my favorite moments in Sapage authority.


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Address: 6 Thạch Sơn, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Tỉnh Lào Cai, VietnamWhat lớn Order: Vietnamese coffeeExpect khổng lồ Spend: About VND 40,000 per cup


FINAL THOUGHTS

Sapa is one of the more interesting destinations you can visit in Vietphái mạnh. It offers a welcome change of pace from larger và busier cities like Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City.

Scenic treks are the main draw but there’s more to enjoy in Sapage authority. For me, one of the biggest draws was the food. Because of its remote location and hill tribe makeup, there are Vietnamese dishes that you can find only in this part of the country, which is a big reason why I went.

In fact, I wasn’t even planning on visiting this town at all until a google search for the “most interesting food in vietnam” opened my eyes to lớn Sapa.

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Whatever your reasons for visiting this cool mountain retreat, I hope this article on the best things lớn vì chưng in Sapa helps you make the most of your time there.

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