Sa Pa District is located in Lao Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 km north-west of Hanoi, close to the border with China. Sapa is famous both for its fine, rugged scenery and for its rich cultural diversity. French used to consider Sapa as Summer Capital of Northern Vietnam in the early decades of the 20th century. Its naturally gifted beauty keeps attracting more and more people to spend their vacation there since then. Particularly, the place is the foremost choice for honeymoon couples. Furthermore, Sapa is also famous for its special cultural diversity in a combination of ethnic minority groups’ culture. It has an adequate system of hydroelectric stations, water stations, Full Power Palaces, Chief Envoy Office, Treasury, Forestry, the system of asphalted road and especially more than 200 villas in Europe style in the center of the town, among peach forests and Samu ranges. This makes the town’s style more likely a European city. The services of the Sapa are well qualified by the foreign tourists. Some good standard sapa hotels for foreign tourists are Violet, Royal View sapa, Victoria sapa resort, etc. In every Saturday, there is also Love Market, an ethnic tradition in Sapa.
To the west of Sapa is a range of mountain Hoang Lien Son, which has Phan Xi Pang Mount with the high of 3143m. Phan Xi Pang is very suitable for the one who like mountain climbing. It is also has many rare vegetables and animals. 37 species of them are in Vietnam’s Red Book.
Ham Rong Flower Garden is a wonderful garden with many beautiful flower species. It is built on Ham Rong Mount. To visit the garden, tourists have to climb a long way with thousands stone steps. In each short way, there are different sights like orchid gardens, Europe garden, peach flower forest, etc. The last site reaches the highest of Ham Rong Mount. It is arranged as an observatory, where tourists can see the full view of Sapa town.
Sapa has many other beautiful landscapes like Silver Waterfall with 200m height, Cloud Bridge – an ethnic historical monument, Sky Gate – the highest site that can see Phan Xi Pang Mount, Bamboo Forest, eastern Ta Phin, Sapa ancient rock ground located inside Muong Hoa valley, etc.
Tourists can get to Sapa from Hanoi by taking train or car to Lao Cai town. Then you have to keep going a 38-km way by car or motorcycle from Lao Cai to Sapa. The main transport in Sapa town is motorcycle. Tourists can hire one to go around the town.