As one of the most beautiful tourist destinations, Sapa is doing a good role in promoting Vietnam's image as well as creating a meaningful tourist area.
Said to Sapa people often think this is the rare beauty that nature has bestowed on this land, beautiful natural landscapes, seductive tourists. Most tourists travel to Sapa, everyone has a common feeling that it brings the pure beauty of nature. It is like a colorful picture of nature merging closely with people.
Sapa is also an interesting tourist destination because you can see the whole terraced land. The weather is cool, slightly chilly at night and in the morning. The best thing is that Sapa is home to many small ethnic villages, so the culture is also very diverse. Here are 10 things to do when you come to Sapa.
1. Conquering Fansipan peak
The reason why people travel to Sapa the most is to conquer Fansipan. If a few years ago, you would have struggled to conquer the "roof of Indochina", climbed the 2.3 - day mountain pass to reach the legendary landmark, but now there are cable cars from below. foothills to the top.
However, the fun of trekking to Fansipan peak still does not "cool down". The feeling of touching the mold after a few days of eating girders in the forest is extremely difficult to describe.
It is a pity if coming to Sapa without having conquered the Fansipan peak. With a height of 3,143m, the mountain belongs to the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, about 9km southwest of Sapa town, bordering the two provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau in the Northwest region of Vietnam. According to the local language, the mountain is called "Hua Xi Pan", which means that the giant stone is protruding.
Fansipan is also known as the most sacred place, where heaven and earth harmonize, a destination for those who want to pray for peace. It is also considered the nation's largest litchi, visitors can come to burn incense or bring offerings to pray at the top of the sky.
Visitors can choose to climb or take the cable car to conquer Fansipan peak, but the conquest is very difficult when walking, climbing on terrain is quite dangerous. To shorten the time and travel faster, watching the landscape of mountains, terraces, ... from above visitors can choose to take the cable car.
The cable car sells tickets and operates continuously throughout the day, at a price of 700,000 VND / ticket for adults and 550,000 VND / ticket for children. However, this time is promotional, until the end of November 15, 2019, visitors with Vietnamese nationality will receive a 50% discount on the entire cable car fare. Therefore, tourists should take advantage of this time to enjoy the offer.
From the cable car station stop, visitors who want to reach the top of Fansipan must climb the 600m step road, although the distance is not too long, but the stairs are quite high and steep. Guests can choose to buy additional tickets to the afternoon train with the price of 70,000 VND / ticket at the cable car ticket counter.
Fansipan Peak is the ideal meeting place for climbers and those who love to touch the sky. Here, you can zoom in on the scenery of the three countries: Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
After enjoying the scenery of clouds, cascading mountains like "lost place in the future" and checking in with the landmark of the roof of Indochina, visitors can walk down to visit the monuments here. There is the most spiritual system, with the great Amitabha Buddha statue 21.5 m high and many temples. In particular, there are 18 Arhat statues with different standing poses and expressions along the way. This road is like "the great wall of the city".
2. Discover Hoang Lien mountain range
Conquering Fansipan mountain, of course, you must climb through the Hoang Lien Son mountain range to coincide with the same message. This is a must-do if you want to have a hiking trip in this beautiful mountain forest before touching the "roof of Indochina".
From Hoang Lien Son you can see the green hills and mountains of Sapa town, the space becomes beautiful when you are immersed in the morning mist or emerging in the sun of the new day.
3. Explore Sa Pa town center
Right in the center of town there are countless beautiful checkpoints for young people.
There is a stone church - a famous symbol of Sapa town. For a long time, the stone church in Sa Pa has been considered an indispensable check-in point for visitors when coming here. Built-in the year 1895, the Sa Pa stone church with classic French architecture with impressive impression of Western-style will help visitors to have photos of Vintage style "standard without adjustment".
In addition, there is a plaza and a commercial center with a modern style, this is a place to take pictures of "luxurious" with tourists.
Walking around the town to see the scenery and people will also bring you wonderful sensations, the fresh air is strangely strange. What is more wonderful when sipping a small cup of coffee at a cafe in the heart of town, leisurely watching the small streets in the fog.
There is a very special thing when tourists come to Sa Pa during this time, it is the feeling that you just need to turn your back and the fog is closed, the view does not exceed 1-2 meters, but right after There, the dew can immediately disappear.
In the evening, visitors can stroll around the city and find the very busy and bustling Sa Pa night market.
4. Trek Ham Rong mountain
Located 3km from the center of Sapa town, Ham Rong Mountain is the place to admire the heavenly fairy. Because reasonable, panoramic Sapa town, Muong Hoa valley, ancient stone beach, ... are all located in the view from Ham Rong Mountain.
Ham Rong Mountain is like a giant ledge rising high in the shape of a dragon's head. Located in the majestic Hoang Lien Son mountain range Ham Rong is located close to the beautiful Sapa town. This tourist destination is associated with a legend from the beginning of the wild about a pair of Dragons because they were engrossed in tangerines together without knowing that the flood was massively coming. Although it must be separated, the dragon is always facing the Dragon on the Hoang Lien Son range in the west.
After a few minutes of hiking, visitors will set foot in the orchid garden of hundreds of thousands of colors, followed by a miniature plain of peach blossom and grass in the middle of spring. Moreover, the rocky forest feels like a place of fairy, which the ancients had cleverly imagined as the dragon's claws and fins. In that niche on that cliff like hiding something mysterious, suddenly appeared through each person's ideas. Follow the cliff is the way to the sky gate one and two, you will stand on the ledge ecstatic in the feeling of hovering that satisfied eyes overlooking the whole city in the mist. Here heaven and earth meet, there is a cloud guy who does not hide the dream with her stone, under the shimmering shimmer. Coming here not only enjoy the scenery of the sky and sky but also enjoy the fresh air of Sapa air. So how much concern, sorrow suddenly disappeared. Travelers who want to be curious, please climb and whisper to the stone dragon.
5. Visit Hang Tien
Hang Tien is known as a "miniature Ha Long" of Sapa, associated with the legend of Ba Co temple in Bao Nhai commune. To get here, you have to go back to Chay river about 6km.
The place is fascinated with cliffs creating extremely beautiful and attractive shapes such as floating lotus, elephants bowing down to drink water or flying eagles, etc.
The magical beauty of Hang Tien is formed from drops of water coming from above. The water is like a skilled, hard-working sculptor, carved on the cliff day by day creating various shapes of stalactites, sometimes the lotus, when the shape of a baby elephant drinking water, sometimes is the physique of an eagle taking off.
To see this magical landscape, you have to weave through the rocks and cling to the roots to climb.
Coming to Hang Tien, you will admire the beautiful stalactite system, it is like terraced fields layer by layer. At around noon there will be light outside illuminating the cave entrance, creating a sky on the magical dome.
Next to the sky there is a small path, which leads you to a place like a "high room". Go through this "room", you will see the exit and that means you have conquered Fairy Cave.
After discovering the magic of Hang Tien, you can immerse yourself in the cool water of Tien stream to pray for wealth and peace. Or you can also take pictures, record beautiful memories with friends and relatives.
6. Wander on Cau May
Cau May is about 7 km southeast of Sapa. The bridge is made from rattan strings, crossing the poetic Muong Hoa River and especially becomes fanciful every morning as the mist envelops the river. It is that poetic beauty, May cloud has become an attractive destination for tourists from all directions, taking super-beautiful photos, as evidenced by the photo "Bridge to the green forest" by an American photographer named is the famous Skip Nall around the world.
If you're lucky to visit Cau May on foggy days rolling from the Muong Hoa stream covering the bridge, and feeling floating when crossing the bridge, you will feel like you're walking on the clouds ... Because So the bridge is named: May May - A bridge with aesthetic and high tourist value.
Previously, this was the only bridge for the local residents to travel from Ta Van Commune to the center of Sapa town, due to the weathering process, the bridge became increasingly degraded. At the same time due to the development of Sapa tourism, the number of curious visitors to a beautiful bridge is increasing, so a new solid wooden bridge is built next to the locals to travel. The old bridge is remodeled and only for curious visitors to visit.
7. Make bargain in Bac Ha Market - Sa Pa
Bac Ha Market is located in Bac Ha town, Lao Cao province. The market is held every Sunday. This is also one of the few markets in the Northwestern region that still retains its pristine features in the trading culture of the Mong and Red Dao ethnic groups.
It takes more than 2 hours from Lao Cai town to visit Bac Ha market. Along the way, visitors will have the dip to see the vast terraced fields spread like giant rugs across the mountains. The market is early in the morning so people across the street start to walk early, some people still have to go far from the morning before.
As a rendezvous point cannot be missed every week, Bac Ha market is full of colors, extremely rich products, but perhaps the most impressive for visitors are brocade weaving products that are extremely delicate and beautiful. of the sisters. Bac Ha Market attracts visitors by the rare ancient culture, the market is very crowded and the largest in the highland but never see the scene of rowing or catching people. After a while of shopping, observing busy business people, you should stop by a small shop and enjoy the hot bowl of hot pot and anise with a cup of aromatic corn wine. Come to Bac Ha market, you should enjoy winning a famous product here, eating and trying to sip a cup of wine and listen somewhere the flute of the boys and girls calling each other. That feeling will surely be an unforgettable memory in the hearts of visitors.
8. Visit Ta Phin - Sapa
Ta Phin is more than 10km from Sapa town to the Northwest when coming here, tourists will be fascinated by Ta Phin by the pristine natural scenery, terraced fields, streams, and villages. Here, tourists also have the opportunity to directly bathe tobacco leaves of the ethnic Dzao Red, Mong ...
Coming to Ta Phin, tourists will understand more about the customs, habits, daily life of ethnic communities here. The traditional cultural activities of the red Dzao people have been restored and staged into performances for tourists such as wedding ceremonies, dance rituals like "Bai Tram", "tortoise-shell fishing", Bell dance, love song, etc. Mong people have an oath festival, a worshiping ceremony, a village worshiping festival and especially the Gao Tao festival.
Brocade is an indispensable gift for visitors every time they come to Sapa. For highland people, brocade is not only used for decoration, to beautify beauty but also as a souvenir of love or on the wedding day of couples. The patterns shown on the brocade are the quintessence of a culture imbued with national identity, making Sapa brocade unable to mix with any brocade product of any region.
9. Hoang A Tuong mansion
Hoang A Tuong Palace (also known as Hoang Yen Chao Castle) was built in 1914 and completed in 1921. After more than 80 years and two wars, the palace retains ancient Asian - European architecture. glasses like the early days.
During the reign, supported by the French colonialists, Hoang and his father tried to exploit the people, to do business in an illegal way to support the French garrison and the henchmen. Based on economic potential, Hoang Yen Chao built a superficial palace to show its wealth and authority. Later, Hoang A Tuong grew up, living with wives in the mansion, and they were called this the King Meo's palace or Hoang A Tuong's mansion.
The Palace is located on a large hill in the northern part of Bac Ha, now is the center of Bac Ha district town, behind and on both sides are mountains, in the front, there is a meandering stream and there is a mountain where mother and child are held. The land "like a bicycle" firmly, with the desire that the family line is valuable, the descendants of the glory is thanks to two French and Chinese architects selected, then directly designed and directed. construction.
The two architects come from two different cultures, so the Asian-style mansion combines. Among them are the Western architectural features expressed in details such as the motif of laurel branches embossed on the doors, symbolizing happiness and prosperity, the railing doors carved out of arches, columns clear bar, railings, stair stairs, tiled corridors.
10. Muong Hoa valley
Muong Hoa Valley, located about 8km southeast of Sapa town, is one of the largest and most beautiful valleys in Vietnam.
The valley owns a beautiful natural landscape with colorful terraced fields, reporting houses and many culturally diverse upland ethnic groups. In Muong Hoa valley, there is also an ancient stone beach - a super nice shooting spot for many tourists to Sapa.
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