Get lost in the trekking paradise that is Sa Pa. This picturesque region is made up of rolling hills, glorious valleys and charming, slightly rugged hill-tribe villages. The breathtaking hills offer magnificent views, as well as unique hiking opportunities that cannot be found elsewhere in the world. Get lost in the countryside, find yourselves in the heart of colourful villages and start the adventure all over again.
Whether you want to discover the gems of the Vietnamese landscapes or you plan on exploring the villages and learning more about the cultures at large in the region, this is a place where memories will be made.
Keep a journal of your experiences, take a photo, paint a picture or write a poem, in Sa Pa, creative masterpieces might just be at your very fingertips.
The history of Sa Pa
Sa Pa has been the home to villages and tribes that history does not even know about. The only links we have to the unknown inhabitants are the petroglyphs of the valley which date back to the 15th century. The area then became the home to a number of minority groups including the Hmong, Dao, Giáy, Pho Lu and Tay people.
It was only once the French reached the mountainous region that Sa Pa was actually placed on a map. It was during this time that the region began seeing military presence. The French Military marched through the valleys until eventually the region came into French power.
In 1912 it was decided that the township would become a medical base for ill and injured officers, however more unrest struck the region at the end of the Second World War as attacks commenced until 1954. Most of the local residents fled to safer lands and the region was almost deserted.
Numerous projects have commenced since then to give the region a rebirth of sorts and it is now a tourist destination that is growing constantly.
Tourist attractions in and around Sa Pa
Sa Pa is undoubtedly a hiking and trekking hotspot; with gorgeous scenery, challenging peaks and delightful valleys, nature lovers will be enthused in Sa Pa. The Muong Hoa Valley, Rice Fields of Shin Chai and the Fansipan Mountain are amongst the favourite attractions in the region with a number of the smaller villages drawing in adventurous explorers all year round.
If you crave the sound of waterfalls thundering down into beautiful pools then the Thac Bac Waterfall and the Love Waterfall will offer you a picture-perfect moment. Make sure you capture the wonder of the Cat Cat and Ta Phin Village, take a motorcycle tour or embrace the crowds at the market or Quang Truong Square.
Sa Pa and its surrounding regions are most definitely prime tourist destinations, so let you senses soar as you experience a vibrant town that just continues to thrive and flourish in Vietnam.
Accommodation in Sa Pa
The town of Sa Pa is well on its way to being one of Vietnam’s most prized tourist attractions and while it may seem that the town has a long way to go, once you have experienced Sa Pa in all of its glory you will feel right at home in this tantalising township. Hospitality is a growing industry in Sa Pa so there are a number of hotels available for tourists who crave comfort and style. If you plan on spending more time in nature then a backpackers’ lodge might be the better option for you. Once you decide how you plan on spending your time in Sa Pa, choosing the perfect hotel or lodge is simply a formality.
So what are you waiting for? Start packing for your adventure to Sa Pa and enjoy a destination that cannot be rivalled.