Here are the top 11 Sapa tourist attractions, you have the opportunity to visit places of natural beauty, or discover the culture of ethnic minorities people, or both.
Sapa Stone Church
This ancient church is also known as the Rock Church or the Holy Rosary church where is located in the heart of Sapa town. The French built in the early 20th century. Before placing the first fundamental bricks for this building, the French architects had chosen careful terrain for building.
The Holy Rosary church is situated at a favourable position where is shielded by the Ham Rong mountain posterior, the wide and flat ground forward. This place can also develop more cultural works to serve for the social activities.
Cat Cat Village
Cat Cat village belongs to the Black H’mong where is distant the western Sapa Town about 3 km. This village is not only surrounded by hill slope covered by the terraced rice paddies and high mountains, but also situated near to the Fansipan foot’s the bottom of the deep valley.
At the hydraulic power station built by French near to this village, there is a really beautiful waterfall. If you are staying Sapa Town, let you perform a short walk to Cat Cat village from there. The best time for walking is afternoon because you are able to admire its magnificent and beautiful landscape along the way.
Ham Rong Mountain
Ham Rong mountain is one of mountains in the Hoang Lien Son range with the meaning “Dragon’s Jaw”. Furthermore, it is also one of the few Vietnamese mountains with the clear and beautiful figurative elements.
The 2000m Ham Rong mountain not only is situated near Sapa town but have many types of different kinds of mountains around with the evergreen broadleaf trees as well as vines, the interlaced bushes, the mixed broad-leaved and coniferous forest as well.
Muong Hoa River & Valley
From the Silver Waterfall’s foot, Muong Hoa River & Valley starts as a small water stream weaving along the mountain’s feet between 2 ranges of mountain southeast where is distant Sapa town’s northwest about 14 km while with the Sapa Town’s southeast, it is distant about 8 km.
The 2 ranges of mountain open the wider Muong Hoa Valley even going further south about 30 kilometers. This place is well-known with the biggest farmland planting rice and spectacular landscape.
Lao Chai Village
On the Muong Hoa River’s west bank, it just takes you about 9 km to come Lao Chai village from the Sapa Town’s southeast. This commune is created from 3 big villages with more than 100 the Black H’mong ethnic peoples’ families. Along the way to here, you will be admired the great and beautiful landscape.
The marvelous panorama village is opened wide where is in front of river and back high mountains. In this village, the main earning source of the H’mong people is their experiences in the rice intensive farming on the low land near to the valley bottom and on the back of commune, people grow corn on its mountain slopes.
Ta Van Village
The Ta Van village is also situated in the Muong Hoa River’s same side where is also home of both H’mong and Zay ethnic peoples. If you would like to see the different traditional lives as well as the assimilation of culture, you should consider this best choice.
However, they have a small difference that means while the Zay prefers to live the sedentary style so they always select the lower land near to the bottom of valley and river in order to grow wet rice, the H’mong chooses the high elevation to grow corn. Even about many decades ago, they cultivate poppy due to at that time opium hasn’t been forbidden.
In recent times, because of the change of the H’mong’s sifting style into the sedentary life, they start to move to the low land gradually for learning more things from other people. Nowadays, you can come Ta Van village by motorbike taxi (xe om), car or minivan easily. However, if you are a hiker, I have a better selection for you that is the trail up and downhill from Y Linh Ho Village passing Lao Chai Village to Ta Van village (this is the romantic and superb rout I know).
Sapa Ancient Rock Field
Besides the poetic beauty, Muong Hoa valley also attracts visitors thanks to a mysterious ancient rock which is located among plants and trees as well as the terraced rice fields of ethnic minorities. Also, there are the hundreds of sandstones with drawings, strange characters which up till now people haven’t determined their origin and meaning yet. Today, this ancient carving area has been ranked into the list of national monument, the unique heritage of the ancient Vietnamese.
This whole complex of the ancient rocks have stones with the beautiful carving concentrating in Ban Pho as well as the big stones engraved the different shapes on their surfaces like the shapes of people in various postures: stretching 2 hands flat on right and left, radiating glory on head, taking hands together, being upside down and so on.
Ma Tra & Ta Phin Villages
Ma Tra & Ta Phin Villages is located at a big valley in the oval shape. This place is also home of the Red Zao and H’mong. Its main road will lead you from Sapa to Lao Cai about 4km where you are able to admire the whole valley’s panorama view spreading out 12 km attached to several low hills in the middle of valley.
That unintentional divides this area into 2 parts. Ma Tra village is the closer area to road otherwise the Ta Phin village is the further area where is the general land of Black H’mong and Red Zao. Specifically, the H’mong takes the high land for building the narrow paddies of terraced rice whilst the Red Zao cultivates the flat and big fields around the valley’s center. Over 10 years ago, there was a built motor road about 15 km for connecting the valley’s center with Sapa Town so it just took you about a half of hour. You ought to still choose a more interesting trail running on the higher elevation around this valley to discover a real life.
The Silver waterfall scenic attraction has attracted many visitors of San Sa Ho commune, Sa Pa district, Lao Cai province. It is located next to Highway 4D which is the arterial road to Lai Chau province especially it is just distant the center of Sapa town about 12km to the northwest so it is quite convenient to visit.
The over 200m Silver waterfall is the source of 1800m high Muong Hoa stream under the O Quy Ho pass’ foot. Standing on the top of Ham Rong mountain in the heart of Sapa Town, you can see a white Silver waterfall on the nice days. This is also considered as the origin of this name waterfall. From the high canyon, there is a roaring water down with many white foams like flowers. That why people call this is Silver waterfall.
The Love Waterfall
Its height is nearly 100m. This waterfall originates from the top of Fansipan then weaves the ground of high and steep terrain with the nature’s cold. From far away, this waterfall cones even a good green vegetation appears and disappears alternately after each thin layer of water on side.
Under the foot of waterfall is an iridescent gold stream winding the banks with the green vegetation stretching under the foot of small bamboo bushes. In this place’s immense space and beautiful scenery, the Love waterfall is really a wonderful tourist destination with most of tourists. In addition, this is also source of a romantic love story.
The Roof of Indochina – Fansipan
With the height of 3143m, Fansipan is considered as the highest mountain in Vietnam. At once, it is also the highest mountain in Indochina belonging to the range of Hoang Lien Son mountain where is distant Sapa about 9km to the Southwest.
The Fansipan peak is rendezvous of a lot of climbers. The conquest of peak can be performed via several tours of the professional travel companies. Now, you can take the cable car, its just 15 minutes to go up the peak, the ticket about 30$/ pax.