UK’s Travel Magazine Condé Nast Traveler posted its top 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in the World, including Sa Pa of Vietnam.
Sa Pa, a mountainous region lies in northern Vietnam, about 350 km from Ha Noi, is popular with 81,875 people (2019) and most are ethnic minority groups (Black Mong, Red Dao, Tay, Giay, Xa Pho ethnic). It is well-known for its untouched nature, rice terraces and high mountains. The people here sell their crops and brightly coloured weavings for living expenses.
Local red Dao ethnic in the special dress for wedding
Far from famous beaches, major cities and World Heritage sites, Sa Pa is a calming but charming town with mountains, hidden waterfalls and endless untouched nature. There is more to explore in this heaven on earth, such as Ham Rong Mountain, Fansipan Peak – the highest in Vietnam and Indochina, Muong Hoa Valley, Seo My Ty Lake, O Quy Ho Pass, Silver Waterfall, Love Waterfall…
Muong Hoa Valley in the golden rice season
This small town dresses in mist, bringing a quite chilly and relaxed vibe. Why not take a slow walk around the town, enjoy the daily life of local people, pass by the church, the market to shop for souvenirs and have a good taste of its unique cuisine. Bearing the characteristics of a highland town in the Northwest, Sa Pa is famous for traditional dishes such as thang co, dried buffalo meat, black free-range pork, black free-range chicken, salmon, grilled dishes, and 5-colour sticky rice, sticky rice inside bamboo, wild apple cider…
Delicious local foods from mountain around Sapa
Source: Tourism Information Technology Center