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Sapa holidays immerse you in the history, culture and breath-taking scenery of Vietnam. From the majestic Hoang Lien Son Mountains to the centuries-old working rice paddies, the intense beauty and inspiring local industry will steal your heart.

The idyllic small mountain town of Sapa is situated in the Lào Cai Province in the northwest of Vietnam. Surrounded by spectacular mountains, rivers and waterfalls, you’ll have the chance to encounter the unique culture of Sapa’s ethnic hill tribes while mingling with the diverse array of fellow visitors. The stunning natural beauty of the area continues through the forest regions, where you can experience Sapa trekking for days among lush countryside, villages and rice fields.

The enchanting beauty of Sapa holidays

Standing 1,500 meters above sea level, you’ll soon become ensconced by the seemingly endless charm and beauty of the Sapa region as you gaze down onto the valleys and fields below. Once you’re fully settled into the fresh, tranquil serenity of the mountains, find your way down to the hustle and bustle of the markets and street stalls where the colourful surroundings and energetic atmosphere are equally enthralling.

As well as the glorious peaks and peaceful valleys of Sapa, there are many more Sapa tour spots well worth your gaze. As well as experiencing the culture first hand, a visit to the Sapa Culture Museum gives you an insight into the rich local history. Exhibits and galleries will enlighten you to everything from fashions through the ages of Sapa to the fascinating traditions and how the local culture has developed. Venture further afield and you’ll soon find yourself in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Just as picturesque and fascinating, Hanoi is renowned for its magnificent architecture and a medley of Southeast Asian, Chinese and French cultural influences.

Destination Highlights

  • Become enticed by tantalising scents of open-fire pho cooking while exploring vibrant markets such as Bac Ha and Muong Hum
  • Wander through rice terraces, bathe in waterfalls and experience the farming community lifestyle in a traditional family home
  • Immerse yourself in the culture from a mountaintop lodge complete with a private balcony where you can gaze over verdant valleys
  • Trek to the immense summit of Mount Fansipan for incredible views from the ‘Roof of Indochina’

Great sample itineraries


Being close to Vietnam’s capital, a stay in Sapa means you’re ideally placed to discover many wonders throughout North Vietnam. Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Sapa holidays. With so many options for your Sapa holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.

Country View

Sapa Luxury Tour

  • 4 Days
  • Guide Price £399 PP
Surround yourself with surreal views, intriguing local culture and endless vistas as you embark on your Sapa Explorer adventure. Spend...
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Rail journeys

Explore Sapa

Time Zone

GMT + 7 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 12 hours to Hanoi and then 8 hours by train

Currency

VND - Vietnamese Dong

Visa Information

British citizens don’t need to obtain a visa if staying less than 15 days for travel until 30 June 2018.

Language

Vietnamese

Health Info

All travellers should be up to date with routine immunisations. It’s important to contact your GP to check for the latest recommendations.

Harriet, Destination Specialist

“Mountain biking is a great way to explore some of the more remote areas of Sapa. There are various guided adventures to try, from half day excursions to multi-day trails.”

Harriet
Destination Specialist
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"Interact with different indigenous communities living in the hills, such as the H’Mong, Yao and Zay people. It’s easy to start a conversation, as most will speak English. If you’re lucky, you may even be invited into their homes for a meal.”

Karen
Destination Executive

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Sapa holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions. 

Roong Pooc Festival

Held on the day of the dragon of the first lunar month, the unique Roong Pooc Festival is a unique cultural event traditionally celebrated by the Giay people. The festival is dedicated to the Jade Emperor, as well as fairies and various deities. The people use this time to pray for their blessing for prosperity, peace and fine weather throughout the year.

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