Sapa is known as home to spectacular verdant rice terraces and mountain landscapes, unique tribe villageá and Hoang Lien mountain range which set a challenging backdrop for a lifetime trekking journey. Below is the list of 5 things you should do when travelling to Sapa.
Muong Hoa Valley is a stunningly beautiful stretch of land lying at the bottom of Fansipan’s northern flank. There are many green paddy fields stretching to the horizon and dotted with different minority group’s villages.
Cat Cat village is a typical village of ethnic minorities. The ancient tribal village of the H’Mong Hills attracts tourists from around the world for its distinctive culture and unique practices that have recently disappeared.
Tourists will be impressed by the peacefully picturesque landscapes of pristine nature, traditional traditional culture and unique original architecture. You can admire a large waterfall on the stream and a former hydroelectric plant built by the French. In addition, the image of young women in traditional costumes, sitting near the looms and making colorful pieces of brocade with flower motifs, bird motifs was a symbol of this mountainous land.
The traditional style of the wooden house is also a beauty that deserves to be mentioned. Apart from that, you can try weaving, buying traditional souvenirs and crafts as gifts. The trip to the cat cat village will certainly enchant you.
The best time to visit Cat Cat Village is early October, when it is neither too hot nor too cold. The village is about 3 km from the city of Sapa and located on the side of the hill. It’s easy enough to walk here.
Terraced rice fields
If you already make a trip to Muong Hoa Valley, you cannot miss the chance to experience the beauty of terraced rice fields voted as one of seven most beautiful and impressive ones of Asia and the world.
The slopes claimed from nature for cultivation in hilly or mountainous areas create the spectacular terraced rice fields. Local ethnic people here often grow rice and establish next terrace rice fields, one after another, from the foot to nearly top mountains. Being observed from a far distance, the terraced rice fields look like a picture with a beauty which absolutely melts your heart. Especially, the color of this picture will be changed seasonally depending on the time of new crops, which displays its most attractive charm.
Nung people are always proud of their steamed glutinous rice with seven colors here. This dish is very special and splendid with natural colors. It is also called “xoi bay mau” in Vietnam- a traditional dish served in festivals of Nung Dinh ethnic in Muong Khuong province.
To make delicious Xoingu sac, it is necessary to select the best glutinous rice and fresh water from Muong Lo Stream because it helps make the food more delicious and fragrant. In addition to its tastiness, it also implies a historical meaning. In accordance with Nung people’s stories, each color of this dish represents each month in the struggle of Nung Din people lasting from January to July here. Green from banana leaf represents the spring, scarlet is the color of blood from people who died for the struggle, yellow is for the agonies, vermilions for the magnanimous victory. Etc.
On market day in Lao Cai, visitors will not only see colorful costumes and try the steamed glutinous rice containing the essence of mountain and forest. Come here once, there is no doubt you will come back again because you already fall for the typical and amazingly delicious cuisine and atmosphere in Sapa.
There is a Sapa food court right next to Sapa central square, in front of Sapa church. The area is particularly lively at night with many grilled dishes such as: grilled egg, grilled heart and stomach, grilled chicken, chestnut , etc.
In particular, visitors to Sapa cannot ignore the other attractive food such as Lam rice cooked in bamboo pipes, Tao Meo liquor, Ban Pho corn liquor, grilled stream fish, salmon, boiled corn, etc. Before buying, make sure you ask the price first.
Other than staying in a traditional hotel, staying with locals in a village homestay is worth considering things to do in Sapa if you want a real local experience. This will be an extensively different and unique experience as ethnic people carry a significantly special and distinctive culture.
Ethnic groups maintain their culture and live their own way in the modern world. Despite the difference, they are friendly and nice people to be around. You will receive warmly welcome from them.
If you stay in the center of Sapa town, you will see that this small town is surprisingly modern than other mountainous areas of Northern Vietnam.
For food and beverage, Sapa offers a wide variety of options, from local street food to high-quality Western food and wine. Coffee shops are also found in Sapa as they have delicious Vietnamese coffee.
Sapa is still a destination with many stunning landscapes, beautiful villages, friendly people which are not so hard to explain why tourists fall in love with this land once stepping on here. It’s easier said than done. Why don’t you start your journey to Sapa with Asia Eyes Travel to understand how much love we give for this amazing land?