Sapa Tours With Local

Sapa Tours Overview

The hill town of Sapa is just 38km (24 miles) from Lao Cai by way of a winding, metalled road which climbs slowly into the hills. Developed in 1922 as a hill station– those universal retreats constructed by European colonial administrations all over the east to escape from the heat and humidity of the plains Sapa lies in an attractive valley at an elevation of 1,600m (5,200ft) and is pleasantly cool during the hot season. Should you visit during the winter months, however, bring warm clothing, as rain and drizzle are prevalent and temperatures regularly fall to freezing point at night. While a visit to Sapa makes a refreshing change from the plains at any time of year, the best months are September- November, and March-May.
Besides the beautiful scenery and cool climate, this small market town affords the visitor a chance to enjoy temperate fruits such as plums, peaches, and apples, as well as to meet with the local hill peoples, among whom the most numerous are the colorfully dressed Hmong and Dao.

Sapa Tours daily departure from Hanoi by bus or night train

Best things to do in Sapa Tours

Conquer Mount Fansipan

The “rooftop of Indochina” with the height of 3143m is an absolute must on a Sapa tour. Fansipan offers adventurers a trekking journey of challenges and danger from rough terrains and inhospitable weather. But your efforts will be rewarded by an amazing panoramic view of Hoang Lien Son mountain as well as natural beauty along the adventure.fansipan sapa toursProvided that conquering Fansipan is an impossible activity, you still set your feet at the peak of the mountain thanks to Fansipan Cable Car. Spend some hours at a cabin, enjoy the scenic beauties along the route, then you reach the top of Mount Fansipan.

Visit Sapa’s Villages

No books, museums, or TV programs can help you obtain more interesting things of the locals’ lifestyle, culture, tradition, and custom than a day strolling around their villages. You will be impressed by the unique architecture of wooden houses, the images of children rejoicing with their friends on the streets, farmers working on rice fields with the smiles whenever seeing tourists, and caring women, at the same time, weaving fabrics at their home and lulling their children. Experience a simple but happy life of Sapa people in pristine nature will leave you unforgettable memories. In addition, the locals are also willing to help you become a farmer or a weaver as you wish. Their work looks easy but in fact, it requires a lot of skills and elaborateness. Cat Cat, Ta Van, Y Linh Ho are villages you hardly miss during your Sapa tour.sapa village sapa tours

Driving in Sapa Tours

Motorcycle is the best choice to travel to different destinations in Sapa without wasting your time and energy. Every stop during your excursion brings you wonderful explorations. The first one should be the marvelous Muong Hoa valley filled by immense rice fields of yellow ripe rice or sometimes colorful flowers. Silver Waterfall is the next stop where you can admire a white giant dragon heading down from the cliff. In addition, you can start your Sapa eco-tour by paying a visit to Hoang Lien Son national park with diverse distinctive flora and faunas. Ending your travel is a visit to the magnificent Stone Church built by the French in 1895. Remember to carry a camera to take wonderful photos for your Sapa tour collection.stone church sapa tours

Explore Local Markets

Your Sapa tour is not perfect unless you visit its local markets. They are held to meet the requirement of trade and sell products of Sapa people. Handicraft arts, beautiful brocade pieces, local specialties, and other products . Furthermore, a lot of traditional games and activities are also organized which makes your travel be full of excitement and discoveries. You can also buy some products as gifts for people you love on one side and support the local economy on another side. Names of recommendation are Sapa Love Market and Muong Khuong Market.sapa local market sapa tours

Taste Traditional Cuisine in Sapa

Your energetic day of discoveries and activities needs providing power with mouthwatering dishes with distinctive tastes only found in Sapa. A hot bowl of Thang Co made of horse meat, organ and bones will warm you up in cold night in Sapa. Additionally, salmon hotpot, bamboo sticky rice, black chicken, grilled egg, and chestnut are also worth your try. For ones who are fond of liquor, Tao Meo and Ban Pho will show you that Vietnamese liquor can be considered one of the best drink in the world. All of them can be seen in markets and restaurants in the town.sapa specialty sapa tours

The best and most Impressive Festivals in Sapa

Being a mountainous town with many ethnic tribes, Sapa enchants tourists worldwide by both the pristine, spectacular and poetic natural beauty and the rich, diversified and unique culture and customs of locals. It is said that to fully understand the culture of any country, you have to come to its holidays and festivals. Let’s discover top 7 impressive festivals in Sapa to know more about this compelling land with Viet Vision Travel.

Long Tong Festival

Long Tong Festival or “ going to the field” festival is a religious activity of the Tay ethnic group prayed for good weather, lush trees, harvests, prosperous life. It’s held on 5th or 15th of the 1st lunar month in the fields near the village. Long Tong festival reflects the desire to have good crops, health, as well as many children and grandchildren. The ceremony includes solemn rituals, such as staging a procession for the Water, worshipping ceremonies to the Village Deity, the Stream Deity, and the Mountain Deity, and worshipping the con tree (Cloth-ball tree). Visitors can take part in a ton of traditional games in the festival such as nem con (a game in which boys and girls throw cloth balls), tug-of-war, playing cockfights by banana flowers, and buffalo fights by asparagus. Boys and girls come to the festival to folk dance, sing love songs, and make friends.long tong festival

Tet Nhay Festival in Ta Van village

Tet Nhay Festival of the Dao group in Ta Van Sapa is the combination of various traditional art forms like singing and dancing. This festival is organized annually on the first day of a year with the aim of giving thanks to ancestors and preparing to make New Year’s wishes. It often takes place at the house of the village’s leader. Take a Sa Pa tour in the days of the festival to sing, dance, cook, eat and play games continuously with locals there.

Gau Tao Festival Of Mong People Festival

Gau Tao festival or Spring mountain festival is organized on 3rd to 5th of the first lunar month after the Lunar New Year celebration. The name “ Gau Tao” or “San Sai” of this festival means “waking in the open air” or “wandering on the mountaintop”. As one of the most exciting festivals in Sapa, it impresses tourists with colorful costumes and many entertaining games such as gun shooting, giao duyen singing, kungfu, pan-pipe playing, dancing, etc. Participating in this festival, visitors also will absolutely be mesmerized by a lot of traditional religious customs like blessing heaven for child, fortune or a prosperous and happy life.gau tao festival

Nao Cong Festival

On dragon day lunar June every year, ethnic groups of the H’mong, Dao, Giay in Muong Hoa gather together to one of three the Temple which is located by the suspension bridge across to Ta Van Giay village to join in the Nao Cong Festival. Each family has to assign a representative often is a man to take part in the festival. As other festivals, there are three main parts of this event: the god worship ritual, announcement of general regulations of the regions and the last one are dining party.

Nhan Song And Nao Song Festival

Nhan Song is a special festival of Red Dao ethnic group in Giang Ta Chai (Ta Van – Sapa). They used to organize festival every month in mystery forests, however now they just carry out the festival it when forest be destroyed and horses damage garden. They offer a pig to God in the festival, hope this God will support for villagers. This customs is to pray God to give goodness and protect forest and harvest. Nhan Song is a famous festival of the Red Dao ethnic group in Giang Ta Chai. In the past, it was held on good days of the first lunar month every year but since 1950, this festival is only organized in the years when the forest is destroyed much to raise awareness of people towards deforestation. The festivals are held in the forbidden forest where people worship the God of Land and the offering is usually a pig. In the festival, the wizard carries out the ritual and read the regulations about deforestation for people to obey.sapa festival sapa tours Nao Song is the ceremony of Mong people in Seo My Ty, Den Thang, Ta Van, and Lao Chai with the similar aim of protecting the forest and some extensions over Nhan Song ceremony. Take your Sapa tour on the dragon day of lunar January to join in this special event.

Quet Lang Festival Of Xa Pho

Quet Lang Festival is an important festival of Xa Pho ethnic group in Sapa. It is often organized in February of the lunar calendar to pray for a safety, healthy and wealthy New Year for villagers and cattle. When coming to join the festival, each person takes along a bowl of rice, a chicken, money, two bars of incenses and a bottle of wine. During the festival, some agile and strong men will be assigned to slaughter goats, dogs, pigs, and chickens to make the offering to ghosts. After that, the wizard will do the house-cleaning ceremony with a wooden sword and a small branch of peach leaves. When the ceremony finishes, all people feast together, all foods must be eaten and the remain cannot bring home. Notably, during 3 days, strangers are not allowed to come to the village because locals want to prevent bad things come to their village in New Year.

Festival Of Giay People

Held annually on the Dragon Date in the lunar calendar like Nao Cong festival, Roong Pooc festival of Giay people is the harmony between nature and humans, which makes each individual in the community to respect the value of history, admire nature and adore the man. It is celebrated to pray for bumper crops, peace, wealth and nice weather. In the past, this festival belongs to Giay people but over years, it becomes the festival of Muong Hoa valley and attracts many domestic and foreign tourists. Joining this festival, visitors can soak up in a colorful atmosphere and many exciting folk games like singing, dancing, especially the plowing competition of the boys.