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Come and look at the Sapa Vietnam map!

Nyob Zoo! Hello! Welcome to our place on Earth! We are so happy to see you here. We are in Sapa and want to show you our map. There are some incredible attractions in Sapa. This is a place in the very north of Vietnam. It is 318km on the map from the Capital City, Hanoi.

Sapa people like to live off our Earth. Nutrition is sourced from the rice paddies and organic vegetable patches in the mountain areas and water is drunk from the streams around the spectacular valleys. It is a simple village life in most places. It is so very different from those big, crazy, bustling cities in our Vietnam. This is why so many visitors come to see us every year!

Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay

Let me tell you a little about Sapa…

Let me tell you about Sapa before you visit the map. It is the market town for all the locals living in the area. There are 16 places that make up the map, some close to the town and some hidden in the green mountain areas surrounding Sapa. There are not so many people in Sapa, probably around 82,000 across the whole map. Our place has a lot of farming and handicraft going on throughout the villages. It is mostly a sleepy area, except for market days. This is when you’ll see a diverse range of ethnic minority groups trekking to town and mingling together; they all try to get a bargain!

We are pretty much enclosed by breathtaking mountain scenery here. Most people are from hill tribes here in Sapa. These are the attractions that make Sapa famous in the world. The H’Mong is the biggest group in the map and one you see associated with Sapa around Vietnam. There are a few groups around town, such as the Dao, Giay, Xa Pho and Tay. We all share the community, nature and the gifts it brings to us. Ethnic minority groups have been in this area since the 15th Century. The French even came here in the 19th Century to use the healing properties in our land. The French people came from Hanoi to recover from sickness. Nowadays, you can travel from Sapa to Hanoi by bus or train. We send a variety of health-based foods and ointments Vietnamese people all year round. Come and buy some when you visit!

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Our Sapa in Vietnam

In 1993, tourists started to visit Sapa. Since then, we have learnt about new cultures and ways of life from all these wonderful diverse visitors. We love showing you our culture, customs and the way we do things here. We offer both comfort and opportunities to explore around Sapa. Please come and see what wonders you can experience, places you can visit and pick up some tips on living a sustainable life during your visit. Come and look at our interactive map that can give you some information about the places that are a tourist ‘must-see’ during your time here. Welcome to Sa Pa!

Holy Rosary Church

This was built by the French in the early 20th Century, as a place to pray and attend service on Sundays and special celebration days. Most people here call it the stone church. It is the most famous Christian Church in the whole of Lao Cai on the map. The whole church is built by stone, mixed and decorated with sand, lime and molasses in the structure. The bell tower is 500kg, and rings and can be heard across town during service. It has beautiful gardens on the grounds and holds some interesting events, especially on a Saturday. This is when the tourist can see local music performed by the Lao Cai Sapa people, with music and dances. Open daily from 06.00-21.00, this is a place close to Sapa Town. It is an attraction worth seeing both in the day and the night.

Inside Sapa’s Holy Rosary Church. Image by Mùa Thu Vàng from Pixabay

Tram Ton Pass

By trekking on this picturesque road, the tourist can feel bewildered by the sheer beauty and tranquil alignment on the mountain landscape in this area. The Tram Ton Pass is a road which goes from Sapa to Lai Chau. This is the highest mountain pass in Vietnam and is 1900m high. It is on the Northside of Fansipan mountain and divides two climate places. This attraction is something more than a book or an interactive map. This is one of those places you must search around and explore further. This is an unmissable tourist area in Sapa. We can arrange a tour for you at Absolute Asia Travel around all the places, hassle-free!

At Tram Ton Pass. Photo by Darren Lawrence on Unsplash

Thac Bac Silver Waterfall

Thac Bac is one of the most scenic waterfalls in the region. The silver waterfalls are located at a great point on the map; the location offers incredible views of Mount Fansipan and the rice paddies of Lao Cai, Vietnam. Any tourist will love trekking around this part of Sapa. You can see some spectacular places on the map in this area. For $1-2usd entry fee, this is a place worth looking around.

Muong Hoa Valley

This Lao Cai area is one of the quaint places where the tourist can live the local village life for a little period of time. You’ll find this is one of the unique attractions of Sapa and worth trekking on the map. You can visit a local Sapa village home here and see the way the locals live. You can also go trekking around the mountain areas here. Get a photo here and let someone click on your social media post with envy!

Image by trinhxuandao from Pixabay

Ta Van Village

Ta Van is one of the peaceful villages that lie in the midst of the Muong Hoa Valley’ on this map. The people are so friendly and hospitable here. This is one of the cultural specialities of Sapa. Early September is a good time to visit. The locals celebrate the harvest season at this time. Take a camera. Good shots are like a picture from a book; you’ll be on the same page as the locals after seeing this charming locality.

Cat Cat Village

This village is situated about 3km from Sapa Town. It is at the foothills on the Lao Cai area of the map. For around $1-2usd, you can go trekking around the village and search for aspects of local H’Mong and Dao life here on the map. You can look around the local houses here. You will marvel at the old-fashioned bamboo water wheels, which are used to pound rice.

Image by Ngô Thanh Tùng from Pixabay

Ban Ho Village

With a bit of help, you’ll find some lovely out of the way villages in the midsts of the mountain. This is the Tay village on the map, around 30km from Sapa. This village in Sapa Vietnam is known for its warmer climate. It is usually warm at all times of the year. Go and see the intriguing stilted houses which blend in wonderfully with the hillside rice paddies encompassing this very attractive part of Vietnam Sapa. You may find this a bit difficult to travel to independently. No worries, you can book a Sapa Tour with Absolute Asia Travel that will take you to this part of the map in Sapa.

Thanh Phu Village

For those with extreme passion and energy, you can go trekking from Ban Ho to Thanh Phu as a day trip. You can see they are close on the map. The trek takes around 6-7 hours and offers the opportunity to search more about Sapa local life. It is known to be a very scenic stroll. This village is around 35km from Sapa on the map.

Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay

Hotels

It is always important to stay a few nights in one of the comfortable hotels on offer. The map shows some ideal locations for you to enjoy your stay. Here is a brief guide showing some of the best hotels recommended by us at Absolute Asia Travel:

Aira Boutique Hotel

This 4* hotel offers comfort, luxury and incredible views of the Sapa from its unique vantage point. Located in a popular hiking area, you’ll have a sense of relaxation when returning to enjoy fine dining at the hotels’ restaurant as well as pampering yourself while using the hotel spa facilities and health suite with the hotels’swimming pool.

Photo courtesy of Aira Boutique Hotel

Victoria Sapa Hotel

This is a 4* Hotel overlooking Sapa Lake. With a heated indoor pool, local spa and sports facilities, guests can unwind at the Victoria on those much-needed rest days. Enjoy dinner on the hotels’ terrace while taking in the lakeside views of Fansipan Mountain and the captivating forests around.

Photo courtesy of Victoria Sapa Hotel

Topas Ecolodge

The Topas is for those who enjoy trekking around the wilderness. Located outside of town, this is immersed in the natural grounds Hoang Lien National Park. This is off the main part of the map and offers real tranquillity. You can experience staying in a rustic cabin house while looking at views of the ethnic minority villages in the distance. The Topas offers the opportunity for the tourist to explore Sapa from a unique standpoint.

Photo courtesy of Topas Ecolodge

MaiEcolife

The MiaEcolife is an example of tourism showing eco-friendly sustainable living. The palatial lodges offer relaxation without damaging the environment. The organic dishes are homegrown and home-cooked on the BBQ. The locals are close by, looking for tourists to joining in with their activities. This is the accommodation for intrepid exploration.

Photo courtesy of MaiEcolife

Getting to Sapa and back

You can have a look at the map, then call us at Absolute Asia Travel. There are trains and buses travelling from Hanoi every day. If you book with us, you can see all the tourist spots around Sapa. You are left with no worries about seeing any of the attractions on the map. We’ll even pick you up from Hanoi! You’ll also get an expert who knows the area well, who can offer some hidden gems that you can’t know elsewhere. It is easy to book with us through our website or by giving us a call, anytime from January through to December. Let us take you on an unforgettable journey around the Sapa map.

Photo by Krisztian Tabori on Unsplash

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