At 5413 feet (1650 meters) above sea level, Sapa, in the north west of Vietnam, enjoys a much cooler climate than the majority of the country.
Sapa has been a major market town in the area for many years, but it wasn’t until it was established as a French hill station in to the early 1920’s, that the town began to really appear on the national map.
To this day, the town remains a major trading post for more than 30 local ethnic groups, such as the H’mong Dao and Tay people, who live among the rolling rice paddy covered hills that dominate the region around Sapa. Beautifully adorned in their colourful traditional dress. The only thing brighter than the locals’ clothes are their never-fading smiles, and a trip into town on market day can feel like stepping back in time.
Trekking is a huge draw for the region and is often the best way to see many of the local villages and the stunning rice paddies. A trip to Sapa can be as relaxed, or active, as you choose to make it. A whole host of half and full day trips are on offer to explore the region, or one can simply relax and enjoy the cooler climate.
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