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  • Trekking background: Minorities in Lao Cai
    4 stars

    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 is in the heart of Flower Hmong district. As with other minorities spread across Vietnam, families of these groups tend ... read more

  • Is a Sapa homestay for you?
    4 stars

    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, it’s not for everyone. Here’s some guidance on what to expect. As the name ... read more

  • Sapa O'Chau
    4 stars

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

  • Trekking
    4 stars

    Although you can catch a glimpse of the scenery from a comfortable chair in Sapa town, it's only when you explore further afield that you really get to experience and appreciate all that this region has to offer. A trek through the surrounding rice fields, forest and ethnic minority villages can ... read more

  • Climbing Fansipan
    3.5 stars

    Treks are usually overnight, or even over three days, with accommodation in tents or bamboo huts located at just over 2,200 metres. Although the peak is below the lie of winter snows, it will get cold. Most groups require at least two passengers and charge $70+ per person for a two-day trek. ... read more

  • Motorbiking
    4 stars

    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, head to Hung's on Muong Hoa, where you can rent a Win-style imported bike for US$7. As for routes, from Sapa one option is to head down Muong Hoa Street towards Ta Van, Cau May ... read more

  • Cat Cat Village & Falls
    4 stars

    There's no real consensus on what to call the falls; some call them the Cat Cat Falls (Cat Cat is just the Vietnamese transliteration of the word cascade) while others call them the Sapa Falls. To get here, just head down Fansipan Street and keep going. Shortly after Sapa Eden Hotel you'll ... read more

  • Markets
    3.5 stars

    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 living high in the hills walk hours on end to get here just to pick up a new plough-head or a wooden ... read more

  • Sapa Museum
    3 stars

    The museum is housed in an attractive stilt house with a static exhibit upstairs which runs uninspiringly through the history of the Sapa region before moving on to some slightly more engaging exhibits about the culture of the ethnic minorities. It's like the Ethnology Museum or Women's Museum in ... read more

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