Sapa is the one place in the northwest where tourism is booming and it’s a firm favourite with European and North American travellers.

The town overlooks a plunging valley of cascading rice terraces, with mountains towering above on all sides and this epic scenery provides a real feast to the eye. The landscape has been engineered to suit the local’s needs over the years converting steep slopes into level fields which can be flooded to grow rice. The terracing here is truly on an awesome scale and in the late afternoon sun, the rice glows with more shades of green than you would have thought possible, and the lengthening shadows cast the entire landscape into vivid three-dimensional relief.

Sapa is a fascinating destination with a huge amount of charm, especially when local hill-tribe people fill the town with colour. Inherent in the areas prosperity is cultural change for the hill-tribe people. The H’mong people are great traders and although many have had little formal education, all the youngsters have a good command of English, French and a handful of other languages.

Sapa at a Glance

We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Sapa:

time difference
19 Hours
flight time
90 Million
Ta Van
famous landmark
local food
best time to visit

Popular Holidays to Sapa

Sapa offers a wealth of wonderful sights and experiences. What better way to explore them than on a Wendy Wu tour?

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