Terraces at Muong Hoa Valley
Terraces at Muong Hoa Valley

Sapa - Lao Cai

Sapa is a district of Lao Cai Province, in the North-West of Vietnam. The district of Sapa is like a huge valley running from north to south for 40km along the foot of the Hoang Lien Mountain Range. The district includes the eponymous capital town and several ethnic villages down the valley and on the mountain slopes.

Muong Hoa Valley, Sapa, VietnamMuong Hoa Valley, Sapa, Vietnam

With most of the terrain having altitude above 1,000m Sapa District has a temperate climate with temperatures ranging from below freezing point to around 30 Degrees Celsius. There are two seasons in Sapa: the rainy season from April to November and the dry season from December through March.

Rice terraces at Sapa, Vietnam
Rice terraces at Sapa, Vietnam

 The capital town of the district is also called Sapa which is above 1,500m above sea level and covered in coulds all year round. The French built the town into a hill station accommodating the French colonialists during the hot summer months in the Red River Delta. Most of the French villas were destroyed by Chinese artillery during their 1979 invasion though.

Foggy Muong Hoa Valley, Sapa
Foggy Muong Hoa Valley, Sapa

With the opening of Vietnam economy in the early 1990s, the country is back on the map for the travellers. Sapa was among the first tourist attractions in Vietnam that were visited by the adventurers. Since then, there have been massive developments for tourist infrastructure in Sapa Town and down the valley. There are several boutique hotels offering fresh mountain view and there are some eco-friendly resorts built amid the mountains of Sapa.

Flooded terraces at Sapa, Vietnam
Flooded terraces at Sapa, Vietnam

Besides, many adventure travellers decide to have their trip to Sapa with overnight stay at the ethnic villages. The conditions at the village are very poor, but homestay provides authentic experiences while assisting the local ethnic people with some extra income. This makes it less of a burden on the environment around Sapa Town and engaging the local communities into protecting the natural environment and preserving their traditional culture.

The foot of the Hoang Lien Mountain, Sapa
The foot of the Hoang Lien Mountain

AdventureGreen from the outset takes the principles of responsible travel as the fundamentals for our tour operations. We have organized several private adventures and small group tours to different corners of Sapa. All our tours for Sapa are environmentally and culturally friendly. Our tours visit more the less visited villages and take the less-traveled routes. We tend to use local tour guides, porters, local cooks who come from the ethnic minorities whenever possible. The adventure tours AdventureGreen has for Sapa range from walking tours, hard trekking tours to challenging mountain hiking tours. The tours start from Hanoi with durations from 3 to 6 nights.

Rice terraces at Ta Van Village, Sapa
Rice terraces at Ta Van Village, Sapa

 

Black Hmong Lady in Sapa
Black Hmong Lady in Sapa

 

Sapa Vietnam
Black Hmong Lady in Sapa