There are many Villages and place to visit in Sapa. Each place also have it’s own beauty. We would like to list most beautiful and impressive you can read before going to Sapa.

1: Giang Ta Chai Village – Be charmed with marvelous sightseeing



Opposite to Muong Hoa stream, Giang Ta Chai lies silently by a majestic waterfall and was hidden by old trees and bamboo groves. On the narrow path to Giang Ta Chai, visitors have to pass through Muong Hoa stream which flows slowly year by year in Hoang Lien forest. Like other beauty spots in Sapa, here visitors will admire the gorgeous picture of mountains and rice terraced fields.

Colorful traditional customs of Red Dao group

Red Dao is the second biggest group of minority people in Sapa in Vietnam. Coming to the village, tourists will be charmed immediately with the out-standing traditional costumes of the local people; and most of those clothes are made from natural materials. Have an overnight at home stay of local people, you will have chance to experience the life style of Red Dao through their folk songs, traditional dances or their handicrafts.

One of the special occasions of the villgers is Cap Sac and they consider that it is the vital rite to the life of Red Dao men. A Red Dao man is only considered a mutual man until he completed the rites in Cap Sac.

Travel Tips Visiting Giang Ta Chai Village

  1. Travelers can take a trekking route up to the mountain to Su Pan Village, which is not far from Giang Ta Chai.
  2. It is better if you have a tour guide
  3. Wear a hat and good shoes for the trek.

2: Y Linh Ho Village

Coming to the tranquil village called Y Linh Ho, you will have a chance of going along such a beautiful valley lying between mountains. The fresh air in the highland of Vietnam is really great for taking a walk. Y Linh Ho is a small commune composed by a dozen of small hamlets scattering on the very tough mountain terrain with high and steep mountains. This village is home to the Black Mong who wears very dark clothing in blacks and navy dyed with indigo (often seen on the hands of older Mong women).
Here you can enjoy the beautiful and interesting scenery of these villages. This is your chance to visit the H’mong people living in their wooden and bamboo houses. Then walk beside the river and valley to Lao chai village where the H’mong also live, enjoy a picnic lunch beside the Muong hoa river, if the weather is good you can go for a swim! After lunch you move onto Ta van village to visit the Dzay minority and Ta van Bridge where you take the Jeep or motorbike back Sapa.

3: Ham Rong Mountain (Dragon’s Jaw) 

A famous spot is known for beautiful scenery of Sapa which is Ham Rong Mountain, located in the center of town. The main geomorphology is Casteur. Ham Rong is surrounded by many different types of mountains, evergreen forests with other broadleaf trees.

With the height of the top, there have almost no more trees, sporadic bamboo mountain and wind of dust. The average temperature Ham Rong mountain is from 15-180C, the average rainfall about from 1.800 to 2.000mm, particularly, climate has a change with the appearance of snow and frost. Ham Rong Mountain is considered as one of the potential spot for tourism and it plays the important role in the transition of economic structure of the province. It is an indispensable itinerary of tourists to Sapa.

Started work in 1996, Ham Rong resorts has 148 hectares width, which fully exploited the wild character, nature of the moss stone forest. Ham Rong is a miniature Sapa; it likes a dragon flying among white clouds. There are many legends about this mountain. The most interesting folklore is said that when Sapa was sinking in the ocean, two dragons brothers came here, his father discovered that thing so he called two dragons to come back home. The big brother dragon heard so he few into the heaven, the little dragon was playing in The Water Palace who could not hear. After a long time, the little dragon few into the heaven but it had closed. The little dragon had to stay on the earth forever and he turned into a mountain. Sapa is very fascinating with the cool climate, special cultural landscape, Ham Rong Mountain is considered as the Sapa’s fairy. From Laocai to the bridge 32 to Sapa is about 6 kilometers, tourists can see the mountain in the middle of the immense space. It likes a dragon with the curving body.

Located in the heart of Sapa town, it is far from the center of town about 200m; tourists can walk to Ham Rong on foot.

This is an ideal location for you to walk and take photos with vibrant colors of over 300 species of orchids, Fan Si Pan mount- the roof of Indochina, European garden, national cultural village, Heaven Gate, etc.

Ticket prices: adult 70.000vnd/ticket/adult. The best time to visit is about 9 a.m

4: Stone Church of Sapa.

The ancient church is known as stone church or the Holy Rosary church which is located in the heart of Sapa town built by the French from the early 20th century. Before starting to build this structure, the French architect selected carefully about the terrain. The shape and architecture of the church was built by cross. This architecture presented in the roof, bell tower… which created the elegant church.

The whole church was built by stone (walls, floors, bell towers …) that are linked by a mixture of sand, lime and molasses. With total area over 6000m2, Sapa church has enough rooms for the arrangement of the area.

The church of Sapa is always a place where holds many traditional cultural activities of ethnic minorities. In the front of the church is tennis area which has unique cultural activities of local people on Saturday. With flute, trumpet leaves, “xòe” dance… created sparkling, magical atmosphere in Sapa.

Additionally, because the structure was designed early, the church of Sapa experienced many events of history. Since its establishment, the church always has priests in order to offer parishioners. However, many years later, due to the presence of Japanese troops, the activities of the Church have stalled. In later years, the war makes almost activities to suspend. After that, the church became the repository of rice.

 

5: Ta Van Village – Sapa

Ta Van located far from Sapa less than 10 kilometers, Ta Van – a village of Lao Cai province is lying peacefully in the valley of Muong Hoa. Residents are mainly the H’Mong ethnic, Giay, and Red Dao… with approximately 1000 people.

The road leads to Ta Van village that is small and narrow. Along two sides has a fertile terraced field which adorns by the green of corn and rice. When visitors come to Ta Van village, they will not be amazed at the simple beauty of the houses in the village. Previously, Ta Van based on the customs and characteristic of the Giay in Lao Cai. They live together at the bottom, mountains, the valleys, along streams.

Growing rice is the major profession of the Giay. Besides, they also produce instruments and engraved silver. They live in both stilted houses and common houses with a solemn central part which is served as a place for ancestor altar and guest reception. The Giay have quite various cultures with fairy-tale, poetry, proverbs and riddles. Costumes of the Giay are simple: women with short eczema, wearing cloth bag with embroidered flowers; man also wears pants and shirt. If having the opportunity to come here, visitors can enjoy some special dishes of ethnic Giay such as: roast fish of Muong Hum, horse meat of Muong Khuong, sticky rice of Van Ban… and enjoy festivals, folk games of the Giay: Nao Cong, Roong Pooc… and participate in tours of the village.

6: Cat Cat Village – Sapa

Cat Cat Village is located on the Muong Hoa Valley, this is the village of the H’Mong hill tribe. It’s far from Sapa Town about 3 km and takes you 45 minutes to walk here. The village is on the slope of the hill and easy walking, rice field and corn are grown here.

Visiting Cat Cat village, we can have a chance to visit a big waterfall on the stream and the old Hydro Electric Power Station built by the French here. That is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds. When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed and embroidered with beautiful designs. A noteworthy is that H’Mong women use plants and leaves to dye these brocade fabrics. And then they roll a round and smooth section of wood covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their colors durable.

7: Ta Phin Village – Sapa

Though Sapa has long been familiar with tourists, Ta Phin Village is still a new name to almost everybody. Located about 17km in the west of Sapa, Ta Phin is a village of Red Dao’s people possessing a rich culture that has not been damaged by the modern life.

Ta Phin is the nearest village of Red Dao’s ethnic group within the area of Sapa district. From Sapa, it will take about 30 minutes to reach here by motorbike. The mountainous road can make it difficult for cars to move, so the best solution is to hire a “xe om”, or motorbike taxi, and the experienced driver will take you to right place at a very reasonable price with many useful advices and tips.

Through times, Ta Phin Village, however, still can remain its special traditions. If you are lucky enough, you can have a chance to participate in a Red Dao’s wedding, seeing how carefully they prepare and many complicated customs for this occasion. There are also several local festivals such as “dancing festival”, “greeting for the new house”, “oath-taking ceremony” that will help you understand more about the simple but happy and amiable life of ethnic people.

8: Terraced rice fields in Sapa

Terraced rice fields in Sapa were voted as one of seven most beautiful and impressive ones of Asia and the world by readers of the US’s magazine Travel and Leisure.

Rice terraces in Sapa are slopes claimed from nature for cultivation in hilly or mountainous areas. Due to the steep feature, fertile soil thanks to it was created by weathered granite rock and mountain cliffs often stock water, local ethnic minority people can grow rice and establish terraced rice fields, one after another, from the foot to nearly top of mountains.

When being seen from afar, the terraced rice fields look like a picture of nature with heart- catching beauty keeping tourists to stay for admiration for a while. This picture however has its color changed seasonally, exhibiting its most alluring charm when the new crop begins, green rice grows and the field is lush with ripening rice.

As usual in April and May when the local people water their fields at full to prepare for a new crop, the surface of terraced fields shines like a mirror reflecting the contrast of the reddish brown of soil, the deep blue of the sky high above and the green of surrounding forests. Embankments surrounding these terraces look like threads softly lined by the painter.

In June and July, the terraced rice fields with fully-grown paddy rice and forest trees spread the green out to the entire area, from the foot to top of mountains, before disappearing in mist. The green of paddy rice grown on the terraced field makes tourists think of it as a hand-made creation of uniqueness which cannot be found anywhere else.

In September and October when autumn ends, tourists can feel prosperity all over the area as rice in all terraced fields is ripe, giving the gold color. During the time, the terraced rice fields look like golden silk scarves flying over in the wind above green mountain slopes, making the mountainous landscape astonishingly beautiful.