Holiday Sapa – the ultimate guides for a memorable trip (P2)
We are now back with the second part of the ultimate guides for a memorable holiday Sapa. Let’s discover more!
- Introduction about Sapa
- Best time to take your holiday Sapa?
- How to get to Sapa?
- Where to stay in Sapa?
- What to eat in Sapa?
- Top attractions for your fantastic holiday Sapa
- What to buy as souvenirs from your holiday Sapa?
6. Top attractions for your fantastic holiday Sapa:
- Fansipan Mount – The rooftop of Indochina:
Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and in Indochina Peninsular, located in Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Conquering the rooftop of Indochina promises to bring you the high sense of achievement. Standing on the top at the altitude of 3,143 m and enjoying the fresh atmosphere, you seem to have the feeling of touching cloud and have the ample chance to watch the panoramic view of Sapa from such a height.
For those who wishes to make their effort less hard, you can take the cable car to the mount. The price for cable car return is 600,000 VND each. With the support of cable car, everyone now has the chance to make their dream of conquering the rooftop of Indochina come true.
- Ham Rong Mountain:
In Vietnamese, Ham Rong which means the jaw of dragon is a fine combination of natural and man-made landscape and is an attractive tourist area in the center of Sapa town. Ham Rong Mountain is home to various kinds of orchard gardens and flowers.
When in here, you can follow the stone paths leading to wild peach forest, then the orchid gardens with over 6,000 orchid plants belonging to 194 kinds. The exotic and indigenous flowers and fruits are totally worth your try. These include hydrangea Lily of the Nile, geraniums; peach, plum, pear.
If you depart from Hanoi for this breathtaking town, this Sapa tour from Hanoi is all what you need.
- Love Waterfall:
Love Waterfall is located in San Sa Ho Commune which is about 4 km to the northwest of Sapa town. Do you want to learn about the name of this waterfall? Its name, Love is attached with a legendary love story that has been told from generations to generations. Here it is, this waterfall was the bathing place of fairies from heaven.
One day, one of the fairies was mesmerized by the flute sound of a young boy living near the fall so she spent every night listening to his flute melodies. After that, her parents knew the secret and didn’t allow her to come back to the fall. The fairy then transformed herself into a bird so that she could stay with her love forever. And the name of Love is born after that.
- Sapa Cathedral:
Sapa Cathedral or Sapa Rock Church was erected in 1895 and it is the most ancient French architecture in Sapa. Sapa Cathedral is just behind Ham Rong Mountain and is home to colorful festivals in the mountain town. The cathedral was built in cross inspired by Roman Gothic architecture which reflects through the roof, the bell tower and the arches.
Sapa Cathedral covers an area of 6,000 m2 providing enough room for all functional spaces. The direction of the cathedral has an important spiritual meaning for Catholics. Sapa Cathedral faces the east to welcome the light of the God. The end of the cathedral (the bell tower) is the west revealing the birthplace of Christ. When visiting the cathedral, you can easily see and learn about the life of Jesus by the stories depicted on the colored glass windows.
- O Quy Ho Pass:
If you are a traveling adventurer, then you can’t miss this daunting pass. O Quy Ho Pass is 50 km long running around Hoang Lien Son Range, between the northern provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau. Standing at the altitude of more than 2,000 m, its top is covered with white clouds almost all year round bringing its poetic name of the cloudy mountain pass.
Would you like to know about the story of its name – O Quy Ho? Legend has it that, a long time ago, there was a couple but they couldn’t marry together. The girl missed her lover missed her lover so terribly that she became ill, passed away and turned into a phoenix bird. When the sun set on the mountain, the bird sung O Quy Ho, O Quy Ho like the heart-rending cries through the forest. From there, the mountain pass was named after the cry of the phoenix.
- Ta Phin Village:
If you wish to learn more about the local way of life, then visiting Ta Phin Village is totally a right choice. Located about 17km in the west of Sapa, Ta Phin is a village of Red Dao’s people whose culture is still well-preserved in the modern life.
When you come here, you immediately encounter many groups of Red Dao’s women gathering next to their reels of colorful threads, needles and clothes. You may be overwhelmed by their sewing skills. All their products are now diverse and eye-catching ranging from clothes, purse, handbags, skirts, scarf. Remember to buy some of their beautiful products as souvenirs for your family and friends.
- Sapa Ancient Rock Field:
Sapa Ancient Rock Field is located in Muong Hoa Valley, Hau Thao Commune between the spectacular terraced rice paddies of ethnic minority groups. The first exploration in 1925 recorded the existence of 200 stones with various dimensions here. Hon Bo is the biggest rock found in the area with the size of 15m long and 6m high. On the surface of the stone, you can see many engravings of either pictures or decorations.
Besides, you can see the impressive images of da chong (the husband stone) and da vo (the wife stone). The da chong and da vo shows a story of faithful love between a couple who overcame all difficulties together, even though they turned to stone, they still sit next to each other.
- Lao Chai – Ta Van Village:
If you wish to take a trekking trip in the mountainous area of Sapa, then Lao Chai and Ta Van Village are those must-see destinations on your holiday Sapa. Paying a visit here brings you the great chance to learn about the colorful and enticing cultures of ethnic minorities here including Giay and Dao people.
The best way to fully experience the local life is to stay with them in their homestay where you can join them in their daily activities and yes to sample their best dishes. More interestingly, the breathtaking views from the golden rice fields in these two villages surely bring you the valuable moments for stunning photoshoots. Remember to capture those precious moments.
- Cat Cat Village:
To fulfill your holiday Sapa experience, remember to drop by Cat Cat village. Nested in a wonderful valley about 3km from Sapa Town, Cat Cat Village is an old village of ethnic groups drawing the huge attention from worldwide visitors due to the unique customs and practices of the ethnic community here.
When in here, you will be mesmerized by the picturesque sceneries and the dynamic local life. You can easily catch the sight of women sitting in front of the loom with colorful pieces of brocade, children playing with their pets. All brings you a peaceful image of how the life in mountainous area looks like.
7. What to buy as souvenirs for your holiday Sapa:
On Saturday night, there is a love market of Dao people in Sapa Cathedral. When in here, you can buy the colorful and beautiful brocade products made by skillful ethnic women.
Wandering around Bac Ha, Khau Vai or Cao Son Market, you can see a long range of colorful and attractive items like jewelries, purse, clothes, fabrics, etc.
Remember to take a look at some local alcohol products like wine from tao meo (made from local apple), men men (made from maize). Who knows you may be soon get into them. Buying some as gifts from your holiday Sapa is totally a great option.
Now that we have shared with you the ultimate guides to fulfill your holiday Sapa. Another good news for you is, this is now the best time to visit Sapa with the ideal weather and spectacular views waiting ahead. Will you pack your luggage and have a go now? For more interesting tips, check out some related articles below: