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Sapa Overview

Sapa (or Sa Pa, Cha Pa, Chapa...) District is located in Lao Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 km north-west of Hanoi, close to the border with China. The Hoang Lien Son range of mountains dominates the district, which is at the eastern extremity of the Himalayas. This range includes Vietnam's highest mountain, Fansipan, at a height of 3143m above sea level. The town of Sapa lies at an altitude of about 1650 m. The climate is moderate and rainy in summer (May - August), and foggy and cold with occasional snowfalls in winter.

Localities and attractions

Sapa has many natural sites such as Ham Rong Mountain, Silver Waterfall, Rattan Bridge, Bamboo Forest and Ta Phin Cave. Sapa is also the starting point for many climbers and scientists who want to reach the top of Fansipan Mountain, the highest mountain in Vietnam at 3,143m. Hoang Lien Mountain Range is also called the Alps of the North Sea area since Fansipan Mountain is not only the highest peak in Vietnam, but also in the Indochina Peninsula. The pyramid-shaped mountain is covered with clouds all year round and temperatures often drop below zero, especially at high elevations.

History of Sapa

In the 19th century, the Lao Cai area served as fighting ground for various armed groups, among which the famous Black Pavilions and White Pavilions. These gangs of plunderers had taken refuge in the mountains of Vietnam after the Taiping rebellion in China. Their main purpose was to control the shipping trade on the Red River. Sea salt from Vietnam, opium from the Yunnan province, new rice, fabrics, manufactured goods were to be their primary objectives. Between 1850 and 1886, the town of Lao Cai was taken, destroyed and fortified several times by different groups.

Bac Ha

Fairy Mountain

From the north of Si Ma Cai district to Bac Ha township and at the height of over 1,000m, you will see Fairy mountain alone. A legend told that in the old days, there were a man and his daughter going to Pac Kha market (present Bac Ha market).

Bat Xat

Landscapes in Bat Xat district

Muong Vi grottes and caves

Muong Vi grottoes and caves is located in a part of Muong Vi commune and inclusive of various small grottoes and caves. Until now, only 4 grottoes and caves are discovered and have their own special attraction.

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