Sapa Holidays, Vietnam's cool mountains with colorful ethnic people

Sapa is a little hill station hiding itself to the foot of the Hoang Lien Mountain Range in the North West of Vietnam. Sapa is 1500m above sea level and covered in clouds most of the time. The town enjoys a cool climate all year round and the area about the town is inhabited by 7 ethnic groups whose life has been unchanged for centuries.

The French came to Vietnam and built Sapa into a mountain resort in the early 20th century. There are still some French villas left in town beside many new luxury hotels and resorts, while most others were destroyed in the 1979 Chinese invasion of Vietnam.

The Hoang Lien Mountain of Sapa - Vietnam
The Hoang Lien Mountain of Sapa - Vietnam

 Sapa has a temperate climate with two seasons per year. The rainy season is from May through November and the dry season is from December to April. During the rainy season, some walking paths may become too muddy for village tours; traveling at Sapa at thise time, be prepared with raincoat or ponchos whenever you go out for your daily tours, as the rain may come any time.

Sapa Town - Vietnam
Sapa Town - Vietnam

 Sapa is a popular tourist attraction for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors alike thanks to the cool climate, the colorful ethnic groups and the breathtaking mountains. Traveling to Sapa, you can have an easy sightseeing tour visiting the ethnic villages to learn about their life or join a adventure tours trekking from one village to another. There are ethnic households providing homestay to the adventure travellers; the accommodation conditions are really rustic though.

The black H'mong in Sapa Vietnam
The black H'mong People in Sapa Vietnam

Accommodations in Sapa include mini hotels and luxury boutique hotels many of which offer spectacular mountain views. Accommodations are always in the lack at weekend and during the high tourist season.

From Hanoi, you can take a 5-hour trip by private car to Sapa via the highway or an eight-hour overnight train journey to Lao Cai. The roads are in good conditions, the train sleeper carriages are simple but clean. Train tickets may be scarce in the periods: May-September and October – April.