Sapa town is located in Lao Cai province, northwest of Vietnam, 350 km northwest of Hanoi city, bordering China. This place is famous for its many poetic natural scenes, cool weather, and interesting activities; specifically, you will experience 4 seasons in 1 day and have many beautiful photos of the places of history and culture. So, Metta Voyage will suggest 10 great things to do in Sapa during your vacation.

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2.1. Trekking Fansipan 

Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam, with a height of 3,143, and is a trekking location to be noticed by any adventurous travel lover. This place is known as the “Roof of Indochina” with diverse flora and fauna. Standing on the top of Fansipan, you will see a majestic and poetic Sapa firsthand. In particular, you can also feel the cold of the dew, about 8-10 °C. You can climb this mountain self-sufficient or book tours with tour guides in tourist destinations.

Location: in the southwest of Sapa town – adjacent to Lai Chau and Lao Cai.

Price: From 100 $ to 150 $ for a tour trekking at travel services

Time: From the end of September to the end of April next year is the ideal time to trek Fansipan

2.2. Cable car trip Fansipan

Besides climbing, Fansipan has a cable car 6,292.5m long for tourists who love sightseeing and relaxation. This activity has made many people’s dreams come true: to touch the “Roof of Indochina” easily. When taking the cable car, you can see the four-season beauty of Muong Hoa Valley and the majestic Hoang Lien Son range. Besides, you can also see the spiritual cultural complex with 12 impressive architectural works through 6 transparent tempered glass panels.

Location: Sapa Station – 1st Floor Sun Plaza Trade Center, Sapa Town, Sapa District, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam.

– For adults over 1.4m high: 31.14$
– For children less than 1.4m high: 22.82$
Time: from 8:00 to 17:00/ everyday

2.3. Traditional experience at Cat Cat village 

Cat Cat village is a place that attracts many tourists every time they come to Sapa, just 3km from the town. You can rent motorbikes and motorbike taxis or book tours to visit this place. On the way around Cat Cat village, you will encounter factories powered by flowing water wheels, ethnic houses, Cat Cat waterfall, terraced fields, etc. Besides, there are many things to do in Sapa village, such as drinking alcohol, enjoying local food, or trying on Hmong clothes. Surely this place will make you feel excited with countless beautiful photos.

Location: San Sa Ho commune, Sapa district, Lao Cai province, Vietnam

– For adults over 1.4m high: 3.08$
– For children less than 1.4m high:  2.11$
Time: from 5:00 to 22:00/ everyday

2.4. Have fun at The Hmong Sisters bar

The Hmong Sisters bar is one of the most favorite bars for tourists when they visit Sapa, with a cozy space and wooden decoration design. Moreover, this place has modern music, good food, a great drink list, and friendly staff. The Hmong Sisters is a great place to kick-start the nightlife by strolling around the pool, playing billiards, or simply sitting by the fire to enjoy a cocktail. Although the space here is small, it is very chill and affordable.

Location: 31 Muong Hoa, TT. Sapa, Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Price: from 2.11$ to 19.02$

Time: from 14:00 to 2:00/ everyday

2.5. Visit Holy Rosary Church of Sapa

The French built the Holy Rosary Church in 1895, also known as the Stone Church, one of the symbols of Sapa. This stone church has a bell tower and Roman Gothic architecture. The area is located in the center of Sapa town, so it is easy to find. With nearly a hundred years of history and its unique architectural style, the ancient stone church has become a destination not to be missed by tourists when coming to Sapa. Every Saturday, there is a festival in front of the church called “love market: for people to participate in cultural games, sing or dance.

Location: Sapa town, Lao Cai, Viet Nam

Price: free

Time: from 8:00 to 18:00/ everyday

2.6. Enjoy Red Dao herbal bath

Red Dao herbal bath is one of the things to do in Sapa. This herbal is a perfect medicine for your health because Dao ethnic has tested them for hundreds of years. Specifically, they help to clean the skin, treat rheumatism, blood circulation, restore health, and relax the mind. The tobacco mixture will be heated for about 30 minutes, then the water will have a deep red color like wine, with a characteristic aroma of herbs. You can take a herbal bath after a long trip in Sapa or rest after a trekking trip.

Location: Ta Phin, Sa Pa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Price: about 5.07$ for 30 minutes

Time: from 8:00 to 23:30/ everyday

2.7. Shopping at the Sapa market

Sapa Market is only about 1.5 km from Holy Rosary Church, right in town. This market of Hmong and Red Dao ethnic with Vietnamese cultural identity. In particular, the market is also a meeting place for young men and women through singing, flute, and lip lute. In addition, the market sells food products and gifts of the Northwest, such as shiitake mushrooms, buffalo meat, brocade meat, and beautiful handicrafts for tourists to bring back as gifts. The items here are affordable and of outstanding quality.

Location: Sapa town center, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Price: Depends on each items

Time: from 6:00 to 18:00/ everyday

2.8. Visit Thac Bac waterfall 

Thac Bac waterfall is about 12km from the center of Sapa town. You can comfortably take many beautiful photos; feel the charming scenery of Northwest nature. February to June every year is a suitable time to visit Thac Bac waterfall because of the cool weather. You can also experience some places, such as visiting Muong Hoa stream, Love Waterfall, Ham Rong mountain, etc. Coming to this famous place, you should try to eat specialties such as stream fish, sturgeon, wild boar, and salad.

Location: Sapa town center, Lao Cai, Vietnam

– For adults over 1.4m high: 0.85$
– For children less than 1.4m high:  0.42$

Time: from 8:30 to 17:00/ everyday

2.9. Attend an Hmong sewing class

The Hmong sewing class is a prominent cultural feature in Sapa that you should try. Ethnic people used embroidered preeminently to make colorful clothes for the Hmong ethnic New Year, called “flower cloth”. Specifically, the Indigo Cat store sells souvenirs and has a teaching class for those who want to join. They will guide you step by step, from picking the leaves, putting them in the bin, taking them out, and adding lime until the finished product; this sewing class lasts for about one hour.

Location: 46 Phanxipang Street, Sapa Town, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Price: from 4$

Time: from 8:30 to 21:00/ everyday

Visit O Quy Ho Pass 

O Quy Ho Pass is one of Vietnam’s most breathtaking scenic spots. A place where you can stand and watch the majestic Hoang Lien Son mountains at an altitude of 1900m. In addition, a modern coffee shop called Cafe O Quy Ho was built in Sapa Heaven Gate; enjoying a cup of smoky coffee by the rolling mountains in the misty space will be a memorable experience. When you reach the top of the pass, you can visit the restaurants at O Quy Ho Heaven Gate to enjoy attractive Sapa specialties such as grilled skewers, grilled potatoes, corn flakes, sticky rice cooked in bamboo, and buffalo meat, wild chicken, etc.

Location: on the 4D National Highway that cuts across the Hoang Lien Son range

Price: free

– From October to December is the most suitable time for tourists to hunt clouds
– From March to April is the most suitable time to see Do Quyen flowers

So, above are interesting things to do in sapa on your holiday that any visitor should try once when coming here.

Make sure that when you experience the above activities, you will understand a bit about the interesting culture, history, and cuisine of Vietnam. In addition, if you want more experiences, Metta Voyage recommends the trekking tour or the Yoga retreat tour in Sapa. We hope the information above will help you well-prepared things to explore in sapa when traveling.

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