Things to see and do
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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