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Sapa Town in Lao Cai Province



Sapa's overview information:



Sapa is a town in the highlands, is a famous hill-station of Sa Pa District, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam. It is covered by many wonders of nature, natural landscape and topography of the mountains, the green of the trees, making a painting with harmonious compositions, with romantic scenery and attractive landscape earth northwest region.Sapa town

Location: Sa Pa town is located on a ground at 1,500 to 1,650 meters in the mountainside of Suay Lo Tong. The peak of this mountain can be seen in the south-east of Sapa, with an elevation of 2228 meters. From the town overlooking the valley to the east and Ngoi Dum Muong Hoa valley in southwest

Climate: Located in the northwest of Vietnam, Sapa town at an altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level, it is 38 km from Lao Cai city and 376 km from Hanoi capital. Apart from the main roads from the city of Lao Cai to Sapa, it also is a route to other traffic that is connecting Highway 4-D Binh Lu, Lai Chau. Although the majority of Sa Pa district residents are from ethnic minorities, but the town focuses mainly the Kinh people in agriculture and tourism services.

Located in northern Vietnam, Sapa has a subtropical climate but is situated at high altitude due to cool air throughout the year. In summer the weather in town for one day with all four seasons: the morning is spring weather, noon weather like in summer, usually mild sunshine, balmy climate, afternoon clouds and mist falling induce feeling cold fresh autumn air and the cold night of winter. The average air temperature in Sapa town is in the 15 ° C. In the summer, the town does not have so much sun, it is about 13 ° C - 15 ° C at night and 20 ° C - 25 ° C in the daytime.  In the winter, it often is cold, the cloud covers and temperatures sometimes is below 0 ° C, sometimes with snow. Average annual precipitation is from 1,800 to 2,200 mm, mostly concentrated in the period from 5 to August.

Sa Pa Town is one of the places have snow in Vietnam. In the period from 1957 to 2013, has 21 times with the snow in Sapa. The biggest snowfall was on February 13, 1968, continuously from 3.00 am to 14.00 PM, it was with the thick of 20 cm.Sapa people

History: In 1897, the French colonial government decided to open an investigation on ethnic minority highland. The first investigation group to Lao Cai in 1898. Winter 1903, while conducting measurements mapping expedition geography of Indochina Department discovered the landscape of Sa Pa Tung Village. This work marked the launch of Sapa town.

In 1905 the French had collected the first information about the geography, climate, vegetation ... Sapa began to be known as the cool air, the fresh and beautiful scenery. In 1909 a built resorts. 1917, a tourist office was established in Sapa and a year later, the French began to build the first villas. In 1920, the railway Hanoi - Lao Cai accomplished, Sapa is considered the summer capital of North Vietnam. In total, the French had built nearly 300 villas in Sapa.

Sapa devastated by the border war in Vietnam - China 1979. Thousands of hectares of pine forests covering the town was burned, many ancient villas was built by France also destroyed. In the 1990s, Sapa was built, rebuilt again. Many hotels, the newly built villa. From the 40 rooms in 1990, up to 300 rooms in 1995. In 2003, Sapa has about 60 large & small hotels with 1,500 rooms. The number of tourists coming to Sapa increased from 2,000 visitors in 1991 to 60,000 in 2002.Sapa mountain

Sapa name: Sapa name is derived from the Mandarin. In Mandarin pronounced SA PẢ or "Sand" because of Sapa town is here only a sand ground where was local people often used for marketplace.

From the word "Sa Pả," Westerners pronounced with the unsigned “ Sa Pa” and they were written in French the two letters that the "Cha Pa" and a very long time and then Sapa was used by Name "Cha Pa" as one from Vietnamese. Later, this word was written Sapa agreed.

Ethnic People: It is inhabited by 6 group of ethnic groups: Kinh, Hmong, Red Dao, Tay, Giay & Xa Pho.

Tourist attractive places in Sapa: Sapa Ancient Rock Field, Fansipan Mountain and Hoang Lien Son national Park, Ham Rong Flower Garden, Ta Phin Village, Ta Van Village, Cat Cat Village, Ban Ho Village, Muong Hoa Valley, Sin Chai Village, Thac Bac Waterfall, Tinh Yeu Waterfall, Ta Giang Phinh Village, Ancient Church, Bac Ha Market.

The best tours in SapaSapa classic tour - 3 daysSapa Bac Ha Market – 4 DaysSapa Easy Trekking – 4 daysSapa Hard Trekking – 5 daysConquering Fansipan Peak – 4 days.


What to you do in Sapa town?


  • Visit the famous visiting tourist attraction like as: Ham Rong Mountain, Sapa Churh, Sapa market
  • Food: Local restaurant: Good Morning View Sapa Restaurant, Moment Romatic Restaurant, Luckydaysy’s Bamboo, Ninety Pub & Bar, Anise Restauran, Turing in.
  • Drink: The H'mong Sisters, Wooden PUB, Xin Chào Pub, Blue Loco Bar & Hostel


Sapa map


Sapa town is hill-station town, it is at elevation of 1500 meters above sea-level, it is cool around the year but a bit colder in the winter from December to April of next year. Explore Sapa town is very interesting, Impress Travel’s sapa tours provide the Sapa center map, it is easy to guide you the way travel by yourself. To book Sapa tours, email:


Map of sapa center town

Sapa Town on Google




Nowadays, Sapa town changes a lots



Anyone has been traveled to visit Sapa, that surely you to have remmebered sapa town is cloudy hill-town and so quite place to hidden on the Ham Rong moutain, and opening to look out the Cat Cat valley. Most of houeses, hotels and resorts here are low building and small but today when it is time for sapa town to be awaken, the town is more buslting by more domistic and foreign tourists coming this town, particularly when the express way from hanoi linked to Lao Cai city was opened, that is so convenient for tourist to be welcome Sapa with 5 hour driving from hanoi. So that the tourism is booming then make Sapa town is so intereted to invest here for touism business. There are a lot of resorts, hotels, and high buidlings are building this town that makes Sapa town to be a lots of changing for sreen on the traveler’s vision. Sapa is still keeping more attractive place in the north of Vietnam, should develop more but need to make the town with a stable tourism development. 


Sapa Today


Sapa today has a lot of contruction.



Sapa today



Sapa town transfer:



You arrive in Lao Cai train station in the early morning around ( 5 AM – 6.30 AM). Impress Travel Sapa tours Team will be in gate of Lao Cai train station, your sign name will be showed up on our hands that way bring you the easy way to recognize where your transfer service from Lao Cai To Sapa. Quickly hop on the private transfer service by new car / van / bus   with A/ C and very helpful and carefully driver then 1 hour driving up to Sapa.


Sapa 7 seater car


16 seater van in Sapa

Lao Cai – Sapa by 16 seater A/C Van for group 4-9 pax



Sapa Market


If you are in Sapa town, the sapa town market is the top market for travelers to visit and see around here, there are full of hill-tribe’s stores ( Black Hmong, Red Dzao, Tay and Dzay Ethnic minority people)  at the market, the hill-tribe people are coming here for selling  the fresh product such as vegetables and roots, the local traditional medicine, the fresh meat such pork and even dog meat, the poultry such as ducks, chicken and pigeon and some stores to sell brocades and any-stores for tourist souvenirs.  Therefore Sapa Town Market become a very attractive place while travelers have Sapa ToursSapa town market is located in the center of Sapa town. You should ask a way from hotel receptionist or local tour guide will tell you where is Sapa market located.

  • Sapa town market is opened for very day on hour opening time from 6.30 AM to 7 PM. The market is busier in the weekend.
  • Sapa town market become a very interesting suggestion when travelers have a free time  to explore Sapa town by yourself.

Sapa town


Sapa market


Sapa Town Streets:


The unique of Sapa Town Streets - the most attraction tourists in Vietnam. So, Sapa town streets is always bustling and crowded. when you travel to Sapa, we suggest that ou should spent a few minutes to sightseeing Sapa Town Streets.




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