Sapa Valley in Northern Vietnam is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The valley is a haven full of picturesque terrace fields, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and quaint villages. You can also find many ethnic minorities who have made Sapa their homes like the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Red Dao, Giay, and many other smaller tribes.
Let’s check out the best places to visit in Sapa Valley.
The tallest mountain in Vietnam, Mt. Fansipan is located in the beautiful hills of Sapa. Standing tall at around 3,143 meters above sea level, the hike to the top of the mountain is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can also hop on a cable car from the base to the top if you don't want to hike and witness the breathtaking scenery from the top of the tallest mountain in Vietnam.
Muong Hoa Valley is what put Sapa Valley on the map for every tourist. Terrace fields, crystal clear rivers, waterfalls, and lush green forests thrive here. In short, the valley is literally heaven on earth. The valley is stunning all year round and one of the most visited places in Sapa Valley. The villages around the Muong Hoa Valley are also worth a visit. The people there are friendly and welcoming. You are guaranteed to have a great time here.
Thac Bac or Silver Waterfall is a stunning waterfall and one of the best places to visit in Sapa Valley. Located about 30 minutes away from Sapa Town, the cascading waterfall is a breathtaking sight with its “silver” flowing water, booming sound, and mist that covers the area. All it takes to reach the waterfall is a short hike up the mountains but the climb is worth the scenery you get at the end of your hike.
Sapa Valley is dotted with tiny quaint villages you can tour. One such village is Cat Cat village. Located on the foothills of the Muong Hoa Valley, the village is home to the ethnic Hmong and Dzao tribes. This tiny village is surrounded by rice fields, mountains, and a majestic waterfall. Explore the place on foot to truly get a first-hand experience of what village life is like in the valley.
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If Sapa Valley scenery is something you cannot get enough of, head to Tram Ton Pass. This scenic pass high up in the mountains is where you'll get the best views of Sapa valley. It is also one of the highest passes in Vietnam. There are several lookout points scattered all across the area. The end of the pass, aptly named Heaven’s Gate, offers incredible views of the mountains and valleys on all sides. If you're lucky you might even catch a glimpse of misty mountains and rain on one side and sunny valleys on the other.
Every Sunday the Bac Ha Market comes alive with the sounds, smell, and sight of a lively market. This market is located around 80 km away from Sapa City and is run by local ethnic tribes. You can find tribals in colorful dressing from all over the region selling their wares here. It is also a great place to shop for local handicrafts directly from the maker's hands.
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Sapa Valley is easily reachable by road. You can rent a car from any of the major cities in Vietnam. But the best route is by car from Hanoi and will take around 10 to 11 hours to reach Sapa.
Traveling by bus is a popular method of reaching Sapa Valley. There are daily bus services from Hanoi to Sapa town and will take around 6 hours to reach. You can book your bus ticket here.
Another way to reach Sapa is by train from Hanoi to Lao Cai Railway station. It will take around 9 hours. After reaching the station you will have to get on a shuttle bus to reach Sapa Town.
Are you ready to head to the majestic Sapa Valley? Apply for a Vietnam visa online now and get ready to have the time of your life.
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