Sapa is a mountainous town located in Lao Cai Province in the north of Vietnam, in close proximity to the Chinese border. Sapa town beautifully sits on a hill top at 1650 meters above sea level.
Thanks to its geographic condition, Sapa has one of the most favourable climates in Vietnam. The temperature remains stably cool throughout the year though winter may see more serious changes, with frost and even snow (mostly from mid-December to mid-January).
Sapa is famous for wild mountain landscapes, verdant rice terraces, unique stilt villages and Mount Fansipan which has been widely known as the highest mountain in Vietnam or “the Roof of Indochina”.
Until 1880s when the French arrived, Sapa town was quickly become well-known. The cool climate was a getaway from the stifling humidity of the lower areas during summer months, and reminded the French of home. As a result, in early decades of 20th century, it was built into a summer resort by the French with some hundred villas. Before the French came, Sapa was home to several ethnic minorities, and now that the French are gone – they are still there: Tay, Giay, Red Dao and particularly Black H’Mong...
Sa Pa has become a bustling tourist town since the mid-1990s with the arrival of large numbers of backpackers. Although experiencing such fast growing, the town is well maintained its own charms and harmonize to the surrounding nature.