For those whose wanderlust is running in their blood, there are many destinations around the world, captivating them once they setting foot on. And Sapa Vietnam is such a tourist paradise for those travel fanatics.
Situated near the border of Vietnam and China, and joined by Hoang Lien Son range, Sapa Vietnam is generally regarded as a sleeping highland town whose climate is pretty cool all year round with fog at dawn and coldness at night. Most the population here are ethnic minority groups, including H’mong, Yao, Thai, and so on.
3 “must-go” destinations in Sapa Vietnam.
Considered as another Dalat in Northwest Vietnam, Sapa always enthralls visitors as they wind up hanging around the town in endless enthusiasm. The first place that you must visit, in 5 minutes walking away from the downtown, is Sapa Town Square, where you can shop plenty of typical souvenirs of Sapa Vietnam, for instance, brocade, horned or pighoofed jewelry, or silver, etc. Especially, on Saturdays you can also join a night love market of Red Yao ethnic community.
Traveling to the town in year-end months, visitors will be mesmerized by the prominent yellow of enormous ripen rice terraces. This sheer course of time is the harvest, and the hustle and bustle of harvesting dominates all over the town. With ethnic minority people up to their ears in paddy fields, visitors can share such a lively atmosphere while photographers are trotting their cameras here and there to seize the very moment in Sapa Vietnam.
Another interesting destination is Sand Village, or known as Cat Cat Hamlet (thôn Cát Cát or bản Cát), home of H’Mong people. Strolling around the village, visitors can sight-see some attractions whose natural beauty is still preserved, for example, Cat Cat Waterfall. Besides, Bac Waterfall or Mt Ham Rong (Núi Hàm Rồng or Mt Dragon’s Jaw) also attracts many travelers.
Special food in Sapa Vietnam – unique, curious and ‘pretty weird”
When it comes to Sapa, Thang Co (Thắng Cố) emerges as a specialty of the town. Prepared with a mixture of buffalo meat, beef, pork and horse flesh, Thang Co tastes pretty weird but delicious, served with up to 25 spices, mainly embracing cardamom, cinnamon, anise and herbs, etc.
Additionally, other specialties, such as Sapa shiitake, Pau Plau rice cakes (bánh dày Páu Plậu), Pau Po Cu corn cakes (bánh ngô Páu Pó Cừ), Pau Co cake (bánh đao Pau Cò), sweet-and-sour bamboo shoots, wild edible veggies, “white and spicy” chicken blood jelly (tiết canh gà ‘trắng cay’), and so on, bring about a bunch of fascinating experiences of gastronomy that you exclusively attain through touring in Northwest Vietnam. Another dish – fresh, fatty and tasty is Sapa stream fish. Caught from local bodies of water, and grilled at place, fish, though cooked, remain fresh, solid and appellingly savory.
Sapa Vietnam – where earth meets the sky
Apart from those experiences, anyone coming to the northwestern foggy town will be thrilled by the game “cloud hunt”, having spotlighted as a trend in recent years. Visitors will make it to lofty mountainous peaks, among which Fansipan tops as the roof of Indochina. Upon this height, you can feast your eyes thousands of meters downward on overall scenery of Sapa. Upon this sheer height, earth meets the sky as massive banks of cloud hover around one’s hips, making you feel as if strolling around a realistic heaven.
For all the reasons above, touring Sapa Vietnam these year-end months will definitely blow your mind with a host of heavenly memories.
Sapa Vietnam – Touring a foggy heaven on earth
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