There is no doubt the region of Sapa is spectacular. The scenery is beautiful, add in the local hill tribes with their striking colourful clothing and headwear, along with the feeling of being somewhere very special and you’ll soon see why travellers love Sapa.
The town of Sapa was established by the French in 1922 and by 1930 it was a flourishing hill station. Successive wars involving the French, USA and China meant the once grand villas fell into disrepair and very few remain today. However, Sapa has been revived and has emerged as a tourist centre. Sapa town has great markets and streetlife and also serves as the base for exploring the countryside, nearby villages and for some stunning trekking.
The Black Hmong tribe are one of the ethnic minorities that call Sapa home. They can be seen embroidering and selling their colourful wares at the markets and are known for their friendly nature.
The mountainous air is fresh and invigorating and mist often fills the valley adding to the spectacular scenery.
Be sure to take warm clothing when you visit - at 1500m it can be chilly year round and the winter time has even been known to snow.
Below are a few images of Sapa with more on our Sapa Tour page.
We are sure if you go you will take your own fantastic Sapa Snaps which we would love to see and with your permission share with other travellers.