Sapa Overview

Sapa is located at the foothills of Vietnam’s northern mountain range. It is a mountainous district of Lao Cai province. Sapa is a modest and quiet land but it hides many wonders of nature. Sapa’s scenery is the combination of human creativity and mountains’ topography and green forests, all creates a romantic area.

Engulfing in clouds, Sapa is – a magical area. Its weather is cool and fresh, creating diverse nuances. Its average temperature is from 15° C to 18 ° C. The rainy season is from May to August. The dry season in Sapa lasts from January to June. The coldest months are January and February. The most excellent weather is from March.

Sa Pa name is originated in Mandarin. Sa is called “Pả”, “Sa” means sand and “Pả” is beach, in Mandarin.  From two words “Sa Pả”, Westerners often pronounce with no sign, so it is changed into Sa Pa.

Sa Pa has Phan Si Pang peak (3.143m) on the Hoang Lien Son range. The mountain range was named after a pharmaceutical tree, Hoang Lien Son.
Sapa was originally home to the Black Hmong ethnic minorities. With the growth of tourism, many of the hill tribes have moved away from Sapa’s city centre into the surrounding hill country. Weavings and artwork are often sold at main market by ethnic minorities.

Sapa with more than 57 motels and hotels (including 3-4 stars hotels), it welcomes thousands of domestic and international visitors there annually. Tourism is really a potential sector of Sapa. It contributes to reduce poverty rate from 70% in 1992 down to 22% in 2000.
Sapa has become a best destination for travelers seeking adventure. Come to Sapa to explore its hidden charm!

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