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  • Trekking background: Minorities in Lao Cai
    4 stars

    Lao Cai is home to more than 20 of Vietnam's ethnic minorities, and you'll see plenty as you travel around the province. Lao Cai province counts more than 20 minorities, with the largest being Hmong, followed by Tay and Dao. In Sapa you will come across mostly Black Hmong and Red Dao, while Bac Ha ... read more

  • Is a Sapa homestay for you?
    4 stars

    Visiting a homestay during a Sapa trek is basic but makes for a memorable experience. When travelling to Sapa you’ll be faced with an array of treks to choose from and one decision you’ll need to make is whether to do a trek that includes a homestay. While a homestay can be a great experience, ... read more

  • Sapa O'Chau
    4 stars

    Sapa O'Chau arranges reliable, socially responsible trekking tours and runs a community cafe, both of which support its free schooling for disadvantaged ethnic minority children. Sapa is not short of tour operators, but Hmong run social enterprise Sapa O'Chau is certainly worth considering: it ... read more

  • Ham Rong Resort
    3.5 stars

    Ham Rong Resort is not a hotel resort, but a swathe of landscaped land swooping around Ham Rong Mountain. Easily accessible, it's a relaxing escape from Sapa town – well, if you ignore the hundreds of steps, that is. Ham Rong translates as Dragon's Jaw and many dragon-related legends surround the ... read more

  • A tale of two day treks in Sapa
    3.5 stars

    Trekking is one of the main activities to do around Sapa. But which one is the right one for you to do? We checked out two different day treks to narrow down your options. ... read more

  • A trip to Muong Hom market, Lao Cai
    3.5 stars

    Many weekend visitors to Sapa opt to visit Bac Ha market, which is easily accessible on an organised day trip from Sapa. But if you want to avoid the tourist hordes, Muong Hom market is a more interesting option… if you can get there. ... read more

  • Trekking
    4 stars

    Most hotels offer trekking all throughout Sapa's surrounding hills and valleys. Overnight stays are usually spent drinking and eating with the locals — a great chance to brush up on the local lingo over gecko wine. Although you can catch a glimpse of the scenery from a comfortable chair in Sapa ... read more

  • Climbing Fansipan
    3.5 stars

    Fansipan is Vietnam's tallest mountain and more than a few tackle its summit but at an altitude of 3,143 metres, climbing Mount Fansipan is no mean feat and should be organised through a tour agent. Treks are usually overnight, or even over three days, with accommodation in tents or bamboo huts ... read more

  • Motorbiking
    4 stars

    If you're not a trekker but are keen to explore the area, renting a motorbike is an alternative. Bikes can be rented from a number of locations around town or ask at your hotel. Daily rental prices as of July 2013 were US$4 for a semi-automatic and US$6 for an automatic. If you're after a manual, ... read more

  • Cat Cat Village & Falls
    4 stars

    If you've already scheduled a trek elsewhere, there's no need to squeeze this into your itinerary. But if you've got an idle day on your hands, the weather is fair, and you're up for an excursion, this is an easy and very worthwhile option. There's no real consensus on what to call the falls; some ... read more

  • Markets
    3.5 stars

    The local markets in the region are unlike anything you're likely to have seen elsewhere in Vietnam. These aren't town and city markets with meat and veggies for sale — these are genuine country markets, with livestock trading and myriad handcrafted homewares and souvenir stalls. Minorities ... read more

  • Sapa Museum
    3 stars

    Visiting a museum is not top of most people's list of things to do when visiting Sapa, but for those interested in the history of the region and the culture of its inhabitants, the Sapa museum is worth half an hour of your time. The museum is housed in an attractive stilt house with a static ... read more

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