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Situated near the Chinese border, Sapa was originally established as a hill station by the French in 1922. Today, this mountain town is a popular destination known for its cool climate, stunning landscapes, and numerous ethnic minority groups.
Sapa is an ideal base for trekking and exploring the surrounding local villages. The key attraction in the town of Sapa is the main market where buyers and sellers from nearby villages converge, making it a great place to purchase souvenirs, try local food, and people watch.
|5hr drive / 10hr train
The Black Hmong women carry goods from the market as they return to their village
The quiet scenic roads out in the countryside are perfect for biking (Photo: Topas Ecolodge)
Colourful textiles are the trademark of Sapa, home to numerous ethnic minority peoples
From June to August, the rice fields in Sapa are vibrant green