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Sapa Vietnam - Travel to Sa Pa Vietnam


Sapa town  is located in the Northwestern Vietnam on the altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level,  376 km from  Hanoi and 38 km from Lao Cai. Apart from the main road from the city of Lao Cai, there is another route that connect to Sa Pa is the Highway 4D from Binh Lu, Lai Chau.

Although the majority of Sa Pa district residents who are ethnic minorities, the town has mainly Kinh people living on agriculture and tourism services.

Located in the Northern Vietnam, Sa Pa has the subtropical climate, but as it’s situated at high altitude so Sapa has the cool air all year round. In summer the weather in town makes four seasons: morning as the spring weather, the afternoon weather like in summer,  late afternoon clouds and mist falling inducing feeling cold fresh of the Autumn air and the cold at night like Winter. The average air temperature in the Sa Pa is 15 ° C. In the summer, the town is not as hot as the coastal plain, about 20 ° C - 25 ° C during the day and 13 ° C - 15 ° C at night. Winters is usually cold, cloud cover and temperatures drop to below 0 ° C and sometimes snow. Average annual rainfall ranges from 1,800 to 2,200 mm, most concentrated in the period from May to August.

Sapa is one of the places where falling snow in Vietnam. In the period from 1957 to 2013, 21 times the snowfall in Sa Pa, the biggest snowfall was on February 13, 1968, continuously from 3.00 AM to 14.00 PM in the same day, up to 20 cm thick.

The name SAPA called from Mandarin. Mandarin called Sa - Pa, "Sa" is sand, "Pa" is the beach. The landmarks "sands" is on the right side on 34th km from Lao Cai to Sapa. In the old days, this “sandy beach” was the marketplace of all the residents in this area. As a result, the local residents called "going to the market of Sa Pa".

Sapa has been brought to the fore in terms of tourism, but is still a very beautiful place with hidden charm and a rich tapestry of peoples just outside the town itself.

Make a guided motorbike or 4WD tour from Hanoi, driving through the Northwest region and arrive in Sapa at the end, discover the region of Sapa then take the night train back to Hanoi is the best way to discover this region.


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