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See the Best of Sapa – Luxury Asia Tours – Vietnam



During his Vietnam tour, our very own Enchanter Suraj Somaiah was the lucky to experience a magical sojourn in Sapa Valley. This is his story.

Vietnam tour: In the Home of the Mountain Hmong of Sapa

In the misty Hoang Lien Mountains, in the furthest reaches of the Himalayan chain, lies the town of Sapa. The town is tucked neatly into the Muong Hoa valley of northernmost Vietnam. Sapa is home to the Mountain Hmong people, who terrace these soaring mountains, growing rice on their picturesque ridges.

Hill tribe of Sapa:

Black Hmong, Red Hmong, Flower Hmong, Green Hmong, Striped Hmong and even Variegated Hmong - we saw them all during our Vietnam tour. Perhaps the names are a legacy of the profusion of seriously retina-shattering colors the people were wearing, and then the sub-groups of all of these.

Sapa is like that - even in April! Thousands of terraces the Hmong have carved into the steep sides of the mountains stretch out into the horizon in every direction you turn. These have not yet been planted with the green shoots of rice that will transform the region into a carved verdigris bowl for seven months of the year.

Rice fields on terraced of Mu Cang Chai, YenBai, Vietnam. Rice fields prepared the harvest at Northwest

Gazing at that view I have visions of Shangri La, and lines of poetry flow easily into my mind:

  • So twice five miles of fertile ground

  • With walls and towers were girdled round;

  • And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,

  • Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;

  • And here were forests ancient as the hills,

  • Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

Is that what Sapa is? An enchanted place at the summit of the world? It certainly seems that way.

And I am not perturbed at all when I am surrounded once again by a gaggle of smiling Enchantresses of the Purse, saying, “What’s your name? Where you from? Buy from me.”

When to go to Sapa

March to May in the best time to travel to Sapa during your Vietnam tour, when warm days and cool nights welcome you into the valley. Temperatures range between 16 to 22 degree Celsius and a pleasant breeze and sometimes a light drizzle accompanies you everywhere.

What to see around Sapa

Markets in Sapa

Sapa is known for its charming Hill Tribe Market where you will find everything from fresh produce to beautiful fabric. If you are looking for famous ethnic local brocades during your Vietnam tour, this market is the perfect.

Hiking and trekking in Sapa:

Sapa is known as Northern Vietnam’s principal trekking base. Take a bike ride through the meandering mountain roads, or trek to nearby villages to meet the locals and enjoy exquisite views of the valley and the lush paddy fields.

Day trips from Sapa:

Apart from colorful rice terraces carved into the lofty hills, and enchanting scenery throughout the year, Sapa is famous for the twinkling Love Waterfalls, just 30 minutes from the town.

Sunrise on a magnificent landscape.

Uphill from the waterfalls, lies the breathtaking Heaven’s Gate where you’ll see the Fansipan Mountains - the highest in Indochina, defiantly rearing their head towards the blue, blue sky

Pining for a personal and tailor-made luxury Asia tours around Vietnam? We are here to help Get in touch with your Enchanting Travels Consultant today!


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