Close to the tallest mountain range in Vietnam and the Chinese border, in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains, “The Tonkinese Alps” this city was once a French Hill Station and today is home to a several unique ethnic groups most predominantly the Black Hmong but also Dzao and Red H’mong. These groups were actually there before the French and have remained throughout the years. You can be privileged to see the ethnic costume of these groups, the Black H’mong is their black clothing and head dress with silver jewelry. They also have embroidered elements on the black cloth and brocade embroidery work is one of the souvenirs you can buy here as well as silver jewelry is the Black H’mong style.
The Red H’mong females, also in black have red cloth wrapped around their heads, hence the name. The Dzao have an intricate silver head dress with coins and braids. All of the trinkets and textile art on sale can be bought from street vendors or at the Sunday Bac Ha market.
The main draw of this Vietnamese tourist attraction is the natural surroundings and incredible location as well as the unique cultural character. The assent up the mountain will take you past rice terraces small villages, the tallest peak in the area Fansipan and houses on stilts. It is possible to get even more connected with the indigenous people here by staying at a Homestay, some are very basic and others cater to tourists. The best time to visit Sapa is during the summer when the clouds and fog don’t limit your views over the countryside.
It is possible to arrange tours to Sapa together with overnight stays from Hanoi or to travel by train to the nearest train station in Lao Cai. From there mini-buses take tourists up to Sapa. Once there the village is easy enough to navigate without transport and if you wish to visit one of the outlying villages the most common form of transport is motorbike. Come explore one of Vietnam’s most beautiful destinations in Northern Vietnam.