Attractions in Sapa what to see
Attractions In Sapa. What to see in Sapa
In the heart of Sapa attractions are not really a lot. In fact, the city itself and especially the Central market area to the East of the lake are the main attractions area of Sapa. Here come the representatives of the local tribes to sell their products, mostly for tourists. Basically trading takes place on the territory of the square, but some residents are trading in the market or just settle down with the goods in the lanes. In the city centre there are many cafés, restaurants and bars. This is interesting to just walk around, looking in local shops and stopping at a local cafe. You can also stroll around the lake and boating in the form of swans.
Another of the attractions is the Museum of Sapa, mount amrong (Ham Rong Mountain), the Catholic Church and love market.
Much more abundant attractions in the surroundings of Sapa. There are waterfalls and mountain rivers, mountains and passes, through beautiful landscapes of rice terraces and ethnic villages. To visit some of these places can, but some are better in the tour. Read more about each attraction you can read below.
From Sapa in the neighborhood constantly sent many excursions. Purchase them at any travel Agency on the street or in the hotel. And, interestingly, some of the tours are given by villagers who guides. They very well know the terrain, speak passable English and are generally pretty interesting people. It should be noted that some routes are much more interesting and safer to make it a tour or with a private guide. For example, climbing mount Fansipan, trekking tours in the village of Ta Van and Ban Ho, it is not recommended to implement your own because you just might get lost or not find the route nothing interesting. The cost of the excursions starts from an average of $ 20 for one-day tour and $ 40 for a two-day overnight.
Overnight during a tour can be carried out in special camps in tents (while Hiking), and also with the so-called home placement (homestay). Homestay does not mean that you will be staying in these the homes of local residents. Most likely, it will be the accommodation in the Guesthouse, which are specially built for tourists, but are positioned as the "home location". They have all the amenities included homemade food, but do not expect them to accommodate the type of hotel. In some tours the accommodation consists of an overnight stay in these houses of local residents (there include quite a few), but this is very very rare.
More simple routes, such as trips to the waterfalls, moved to the village and Ta Phin cave, trekking to Cat Cat village, visit to Ham Rong mountain is easy enough to make on your own.
But if you decide to go on an excursion to the village without a guide, here are a few tips:
- The entrance to the village paid about 40,000 Dong (currency of Vietnam, the exchange rate) for adults and 10,000 children.
- Some villages can be reached by bike, to stay there in one of the guesthouses (there are plenty of them), and then to recover to trekking in the surrounding countryside and neighbouring villages.
- If you go by foot, you can "stick" to one of the tour groups led by guides, and follow them. From Sapa group heading out in the morning gather near the tourist agencies or by the main square.
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Museum Of Sapa (Sa Pa Museum, Bao Tang)
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Small Museum will help you learn more about the history of the city and its edges. The exhibition of the Museum is modest, but it's free. The ground floor has several exhibits and souvenir shops, but the main exhibit on the second floor. It is recommended to visit this Museum before exploring the city or Hiking through the surrounding area.
Entrance fee: entrance free, donations are welcome
Working time: from 7:30 to 11:30 and 13:30 to 17:00
How to get there: the Museum is located next to the main square and tourist information centre Sapa (Sapa Museum on the map). Address: 2 Fansipan street
The Church Of Sapa
The Catholic Church of Sapa, known as Sapa Stone Church (Stone Church of Sapa) or Church of the Holy lady of the Rosary (Holy Rosary), was built in the city in the early 20th century. Before construction architect with special attention picked a place to build, and as a result chose the location in the heart of the city at the intersection of major roads. The building is completely built of stone.
During his not-too-long existence, the Church was discontinued and even at one time was a storehouse for rice crops. Today the Church even has its own web-site http://sapachurch.org
Inside the Church you can log in and even join the service held here.
Entrance fee: entrance free
Hours: services are held in 05:00, 18:30, 19:00 on weekdays and 8:30, 9:00, 18:30 Sunday
How to get there: the Church is located directly opposite the main square (tennis courts) (the Church of Sapa on the map).
Ham Rong Mountain (Ham Rong Resort)
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The entrance to the ham Rong mountain is located almost in the heart of the city, a short walk from the main square (tennis courts). But the mountain itself is outside of town. If you only stayed in Sapa and did not plan to participate in tours outside of town, ham Rong mountain will be a great option to explore part of the local flora and fauna. For the sake of tourists, the mountain turned into a Park: there are beautiful gardens, installed waterfalls, viewpoint. There is even a children's Playground, and in a certain time, tourists can see the traditional show with dancing and singing (3-4 times a day). Among natural formations on the mountain is a shallow cave and volcanic rocks of unusual shape.
Walk on the ham Rong mountain is not a simple task. Most of the route passes though convenient stairs and walkways, but constantly up and down. From the observation deck, which offers the best views of the city and surroundings in General get pretty high (1800 meters above sea level). Stands out to visit the mountains at least 2 hours.
Overall, if you stayed in town to visit the mountain is, but in any case should not abandon the excursions in the surrounding area of Sapa in favour of visiting Chamrong.
Entrance fee: 70,000 VND / adult, 20 000 children.
How to get there: the entrance to mount amrong is just a short walk from the main square and the Church. Everywhere there are signs showing where to go. Entrance to mount amrong on the map.
Hours: show at the cultural center at mount Chamrong starts (as of 2013):
- from Monday to Thursday in summer: 8:30, 9:45, 14:30, 15:45
- from Monday to Thursday in winter: 9:00, 10:15, 14:00, 15:15
- from Friday to Sunday in the summer: 8:30, 9:30, 10:30
- from Friday to Sunday in winter: 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
The love market
A special attraction is the Love Market. Earlier in this place from all neighborhoods going to young people to find a mate rather unusual way. The girls sang songs under cover of darkness, and young people found them. If they liked each other, we would be alone for three days, and then their relationship was held together by marriage. Hence the name love Market.
Today the market has turned in performances for tourists, but it's still interesting and worth a visit if you are here on Saturday evening. Don't forget to take with you on the idea of money for tips that you will ask in exchange for singing. Because it is for tourists, not for grooms, today sung by local brides.
Entrance fee: entrance free
Working time: the love Market on Saturday night
How to get there: the action takes place on the main square of the city.
Almost the entire center of Sapa is the market trade anywhere and anything. But the main market that sells consumer goods, fruit, Vietnamese fast food, and anything, is a short walk from the Church down the street Cau May. There you can find everything you need for a hike in the trekking (shoes, clothes, compass, knife, tools, etc.). Sold toys, casual wear, promotional merchandise and exotic food (see photo on the increase, but the kids better not show).
Trade takes place on the main square right on the tennis court, but there selling their crafts are only the residents of the local tribes and it is solely a tourist market.
Hours: in the daytime
Entrance fee: free
How to get there: a short walk from Sapa Church (the Sapa market on the map)
The Sapa Lake
In the center of town is a very picturesque lake Ho Sapa. If you linger long in Sapa, one of the entertainment in the afternoon or evening will be walking around the lake and a small broken at the Eastern end of lake Park, skating on the lake in boats in the form of swans. More on the lake doing nothing.
Hours: around the clock
Entrance fee: free
Silver waterfall Thac BAC (Thas You) and Thac Dien (Dien Thac)
10 kilometers from Sapa, is the Silver waterfall Thac BAC (Thas You). The height of the waterfall is 100 metres away, and it is the largest and most well-known around town. Unfortunately, in the dry season and popularity of the waterfall is way ahead of his beauty, at this time he is nothing special. But in the rainy season the view of the waterfall is worth such a long trip. Approximately a kilometer further the road there is a small waterfall Thac Dien.
Near the waterfall is organized infrastructure: there is a small market and got something to eat, paid Parking. Rise to the top of the waterfall is comfortable stairs, some where along the way has gazebos for relaxing. Through the waterfall also built the bridge, which offers possibly the best view for photographing.
Interestingly, most of the photos of this waterfall on the Internet does not correspond to reality, and he's not quite as pretty and big as shown in the brochures.
At the entrance to the waterfall on the bike you will have to intercept on the road, asking for paid Parking near the market. It is not necessary to agree to pay 10 000 VND. You can drive another 50 metres until the entrance to the waterfall and leave the bike on the roadside, it will be perfectly clear with waterfall.
Entrance fee: access to the waterfall is paid 10 000 VND.
How to get there: the waterfall is located about 10 kilometers North of Sapa (Thac BAC on the map) right next to the road. You can get here with an excursion or hire transport. The waterfall is included in the program of excursions of voschojdeniya the Fansipan and to Heaven's Gate.
Hours: access to the waterfall is open from 06:30 to 19:30
The Pass Of Tram Ton (Tram Ton Pass)
At the height of 2000 metres over the North ridge of mount Fansipan road through the pass of Tram Ton. It is the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. The views here are fascinating, but, unfortunately, they are often hidden by the mist, or rather cloud. But, in addition to the types of interesting climate in this place. The pass is the border between two climatic regions, and once you cross the pass, the coolness of Sapa will change dramatically hot climate of another region. The pass is located three kilometres towards the waterfall Thac Bac and so a visit should be combined. On the way to the pass there is an observation deck where the best views. Of course, as near any sights of Vietnam, there is a small market and sold that snack.
How to get there: the pass is located about 17 kilometers on a winding mountain road from Sapa (pass the map).
The Village Of Cat Cat (Cat Cat)
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This is the closest to Sapa, traditional village, which, however, is more attraction with a paid entrance. However, actually, there is a very interesting and informative to make a trekking trip. Along the way you will see not only the breathtaking landscapes, conditional residents of the local tribes and their way of life, but a small waterfall. For those who came for a few days only directly to the town of Sapa, and not planiruet to participate in multi-day trekking tours to villages, cat Cat will be the perfect alternative to experience the way of life of tribes.
In order to visit the village, do not necessarily need to hire a guide or buy a tour, to see her you can own. Only do not be fooled that this is an easy route for half an hour. Actually, you first have to get to the entrance to the village (about 3 km from the centre of the city), and then still have to overcome the circle route through the village (about 3 kilometers). The route is almost all over then descends steeply down, being forced to clamber up. To visit is to provide at least half of the day.
Entrance fee: the entrance fee, 40 000 VND for adults and 15 000 children.
How to get there: the village is located 3 kilometers from Sapa (Cat Cat village on the map). The path to the village is very winding and goes downhill. First you walk (drive) to the ticket office where you buy tickets and get your hands on a colorful map of the route through the village. Then will need to go approximately 1 kilometer to the entrance to the village, where you can go only by foot (motorcycle have to leave here in the Parking lot for 10 000 Dong). The way back to the city can be done on a motorcycle taxi for 40,000 Dong.
The Village Of TA Phin (Ta Phin)
Another ethnic village is located 10 kilometers North of Sapa. In this village live in a friendly neighborhood just two tribes: red Dao (Red Dao) and black Mong (Black Mong). The locals are very friendly to tourists, and will even offer to visit them at home to get you acquainted with their way of life. However, for this invitation, they will expect you to buy some of their Handicrafts to tourists. If you want, you can even spend the night in a local hotel or in the homes of local residents.
How to get there: the village is located 10 kilometers to the North of Sapa (Ta Phin the village on the map).
Cave TA Phin (Ta Phin Cave)
In the village of TA Phin, about 1 kilometre from the centre to the North, there are mountains, one of which is a cave. It is quite extensive and lengthy, it consists of many branches. There is nothing special, except for a bizarre stalactites and stalagmites, so be sure to include it in its programme of touring Sapa is not worth it. But if you find yourself in the village of TA Phin, you can look here, spending no more than an hour.
To explore the cave by yourself, but better to do it with a guide from the local kids for a small fee. They will catch you on the streets of the village, and to offer support in the cave and rent the lantern around 20 000 VND. The cave is not illuminated.
How to get there: the cave is located 10 kilometers to the North of Sapa and 1 kilometre North of the centre of the village of TA Phin (the Caves of TA Phin on the map).
Fansipan Mountain (Fansipan)
Fansipan (Fansipan) is the highest peak of Indochina. Its peak has a height of 3143m and it is located right next to Sly. On top of Sapa, you can go climbing, that may be one of the most exciting adventures of your life, or take a cable car, which was launched in 2016. If you choose foot ascent, that of way closely acquainted with the flora and fauna of these places, visit villages, enjoy breathtaking landscapes and experience triumph when you reach the top. Despite the fact that the ascent does not require special equipment and training, it is recommended to do it only as part of the group trekking tour or accompanied by a private guide.
At the same time, it should not be assumed that the ascent is very easy. There are several options for climbing: one-day, two-day and three-day. So, a one-day ascent can handle only the most hardy and prepared travelers: don't overestimate its capabilities, it is better to take a two-day tour.
Two - and three-day itineraries include an overnight stay (or two) in the intermediate camp at an altitude of 1900 meters or on top (sleeping bags, tents, food, provided by the organizers of the tours). Sometimes, depending on the program, they included a visit to the silver waterfall Thac bat, Tram pass Tone and the mountain villages. With you on trekking, you should bring comfortable shoes (not waterproof, not slippery), warm socks, warm clothes, raincoat, some sweets for extra energy, and less of unnecessary things.
Starting points for the ascent three: through the village of cat Cat or Blues Tea (Sin Chai), Tram pass Tone (the easiest way).
Entrance fee: the cost of the tours starts from $ 30 (one day tour from Sapa) and up to 150 for tours from Hanoi including the cost of train and accommodation in hotel in Sapa.
How to get there: it is best to climb the mountain as part of an organised tour or with a private guide (the top of Fansipan on the map).
The cable car to Fansipan
In 2016 opened cable car from Sapa to the top of Fansipan mountain, which was called Sun World Fansipan Legend. This cable car belongs to two world records, including the longest trehkanatnoy road in the world. Its length is 6292,5 meters, and the height difference when climbing - 1410 metres. The cableway allows you to climb to the top in just 15 minutes, instead of the two-day pedestrian lift.
Hours: daily from 07:30 to 17:30
Entrance fee: the cost of ascent/descent in one direction adults and children taller than 130 cm – 600 000 dogshow; children from 100 to 130 cm – 400 000; the children with the height less than 100 cm – for free.
How to get there: the cable car is in two and a half kilometres from the centre of Sapa (the cable car station dorgu on the map). Taxi ride will cost 3 dollars, walk and love to go down the street Thac Bac, and then along the winding road Nguyen Chi Thanh.
Field of ancient stones in Sapa (Sapa Ancient Rock Field)
While this place got its name, and therefore simply called "the field of ancient stones Sapa" (Sapa Ancient Rock Field). The first stones were found in 1925, and the Russian-French archaeological expedition. Rather, lay the stones and none of the locals were not needed until they turned their attention to the researchers.
On an area more than eight miles among the beautiful rice fields scattered over 200 stones of various sizes and shapes, and each of these stones painted and scribbled. The age of these drawings and inscriptions of about 2000 years.
Unfortunately, UNESCO has not yet decided to take the object under protection, and the labels tend to disappear, closing drawn on top of them the arts of tourists and local children. So if you this place interesting, is there a hurry or with time nothing left.
Entrance fee: free
How to get there: the stones scattered on the fields in the Muong Hoa valley near the village of Hau Thao and opposite (across the river) from the village of Ta Van, about 12 miles South of Sapa (fields with ancient stones on the map). In the valley of Muong Hoa is very popular organized trekking routes (in the village of Ban Ho and others), but they do not always include a visit to the fields, though held close. So it's best to get here by yourself on a rented vehicle, or you should ask your guide to stop for inspection of the stones.