Sapa

Sapa town stands at the head of a deep valley of magnificent rice terraces that are still worked today as they have been for centuries. Backdrops don’t get much more spectacular. Enticing ribbons of road lead the eye down to the valley floor, white-water rivers rush among rice fields, and lush green mountains stretch into the distance as far as the eye can see. The highest peak in the region, Mount Fansipan, crowns the ragged ridge line high above town.

Until 2016, those who wanted to conquer the 3,143m summit of Mount Fansipan had to trek for two or three days. Today, a 6km cable car journey will whisk you to the top in just 15 minutes. On a clear day, the views from the ‘Roof of Indochina’ are unmatched. 
The most famous and visually striking market in the area is Bac Ha, three hours from town. Every Sunday this sleepy little town bursts into life as hundreds of traders from the Dzao, Hàn, Xa Fang, Tay and Thai tribes descend on the market, decked out in their finest traditional garb. There is a riot of colour, the sound of excited haggling, and the scent of pho cooking over open fires.

 

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