in the local language means that the sand pool. Today the town formerly
known as Red Lake (Red water springs) is located at an altitude of
1.500m above sea level with an area of about 25km2 between the Hoang
Lien Mountains and Can Thang mostly inhabited by Hmong people.
Early 20th century discovered the advantages of Sapa with excellent
topography, terrain, climate and resources, the French have accrued to
local Hoang Lien Son mountain foot and the planning and construction of
resorts Sapa. The early 1940s there were over 200 villas with many
different architectural styles built by the French in Sapa. Through the
years of war most of the villas were destroyed and damaged, only about
about 20 villas left.
Close to Chinse border, Today Sapa is still one of the most attractive
spots in Vietnam, especially at weekends when people crowd for the
famous "Love market" which has become legendary, take an adventure into
the villages of ethnic people in the mountain or climb up Fanxipan, the
highest mount in South East Asia.
On Saturday nights, young people from remote villages gather at the
market, they court each other by playing music, dancing, drink rice
wine, after the market, many boys and girls become close friends,
many couples find their partners from the Love Market.
There are about 6 ethnic groups living around Sapa, the two biggest
are Red Dzao and Black Hmong, others are Dzay, Xa Pho, Tay...Most
ethnic women are very hardworking while men spend their time with
opium, rice wine or hanging around.
Coming to Sapa it is a must to buy some item embroidered products
made by local ethnic people such as Hmong or Dao. Many young girls
beautifully dressed follow their mothers to market selling souvenirs
or posing for photos with tourists.
Sa Pa is cool all year round, average temperature in about 15-18OC.
Winter often cloud covered and very cold, sometimes
0 degree celsius with snow. That is a great opportunity for those
who want to enjoy the
winter scenery in Europe. Weather in Sa Pa, has four seasons a day:
morning, afternoon is the weather of spring, collection; noon is the
summer weather, often with mild sunshine, clear sky, but still mild
cool climate; night is the cold weather of winter.
Can Cau market
Cat Cat village
Ham Rong mountain
Hmong King palace
Ta Phin village
Ta Van and Lao Chai villages
Coc Ly market
Tram Ton pass