Travel to Sapa in the afternoon, where to go and what to do to have the most enjoyable experiences? Here are eight suggestions for you to make your trip amazing.
CAT CAT VILLAGE – AN UNIQUE CULTURAL ATTRACTION
Must see: Cat Cat Waterfall, also known as Tien Sa Waterfall.
Cuisine: Gem Valley Café or Zmong Café.
LAO CHAI – TA VAN VILLAGES – EXPERIENCE THE LIVES OF LOCAL PEOPLE
Lao Chai – Ta Van Villages are located in a valley, surrounded by the majestic Hoang Lien Son mountain range and Ham Rong Mountain. This is home of many ethnic groups including the H’Mong, Dao, and Day. The first impression when visitors travel here will be of the immense rice terrace fields covering hillside and the pure, quiet and peaceful atmosphere.Top tips: From the centre of Sapa, follow Cau May Alley, turn to Muong Hoa Street and follow the road for about seven kilometres to reach Lao Chai – Ta Van. Learn the unique local culture through their daily customs and traditions. Ticket price is VND50,000 per person.
Must see: May Bridge built from rattan ropes, crossing the poetic Muong Hoa Stream.
Cuisine: Dining services are offered at homestay inns in the village such as Lucky Daisy’s Buffalo House, Avan Ecologic Homestay, My Tra Homestay and Sapa H’Mong Homestay.
SIN CHAI VILLAGE – AN UNTOUCHED IDYLLIC BEAUTY
Located at the foot of Fansipan mountain, Sin Chai Village is home to the Black H’Mong ethnic group. This village has not been turned into a tourism spot, so its pristine idyllic beauty still remains. In addition to rice and maize upland farming, local people take advantage of the hillside to grow cardamom, a significant source of income for people in this ancient valley. There are many elders in the village, especially women. According to the locals, their secret to longevity is climate, fresh air and water, and clean vegetables.Top tips: Sin Chai Village is located over 4 kilometres from Sapa’s centre. There is only one road to get access to the village, so visitors can travel from the center of Sapa, past Cat Cat Village to reach Sin Chai Village.
Cuisine: You can ask the locals to cook for you and enjoy a meal with them.
SILVER FALLS – THE SYMPHONY OF FOREST AND MOUNTAINS
Must see: Research Centre for Coldwater Fisheries (located on Highway 4D).
Cuisine: Song Nhi Sapa Restaurant, famous for its salmon dishes.
LOVE WATERFALL – COUPLES’ RENDEZVOUS PLACE
Love Waterfall is nearly 100 meters high. It originates from the top of Mount Fansipan, flows through a variety of terrains and pours down to the Golden Stream at the bottom of the fall. From afar, Love Waterfall resembles a cone and is surrounded by lush vegetation. The waterfall is associated with the deep love story, and locals believe that couples who come here will be in love forever.Top tips: The famous Love Waterfall is located in San San Ho Commune, about 14 kilometres to the southwest of Sapa’s centre. To reach Love Waterfall, you will have to cross a lush bamboo forest. You should visit Love Waterfall during the azalea season (from February to April). Ticket price is VND45,000 per person.
Must see: Golden Stream at the bottom of the waterfall.
Cuisine: Song Nhi Sapa Restaurant famous for its salmon dishes.
ANCIENT STONE FIELD – TRACES OF PREHISTORIC HUMANS
Cuisine: Lucky Daisy’s Bamboo Bar & Buffalo House (No. 1 Ta Van Giay village), Muong Hoa Restaurant & Homestay (Giang Ta Chai Village, Ta Van Commune).
SAPA MARKET – SHOPPING DESTINATION
Cuisine: You can enjoy a variety of local dishes inside the market.