Sapa always has an extraordinary charm to travelers around the world. But which are the best tourist attractions that everyone should try once? Let’s take a look!
1. Ham Rong Mountain
Ham Rong mountain (Source: Internet)
One of the most visited tourist attractions in Sapa for friends and conquerors is Ham Rong Mountain. It is part of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and located near the center of Sapa. Not only the local but also domestic and foreign travelers come to Ham Rong Mountain every year to admire the view, the height as well as magnificent nature.
You can visit Ham Rong Mountain anytime during the year because flowers here blossom in all four seasons. However, the season that you probably will prefer is summer, which lasts from April to June in Vietnam. The summer heat will no longer exist once you get to Ham Rong Mountaintop.
You will also be able to see an overview of Sapa while standing on San May, which is often covered by clouds and drizzling rain. Everything there makes you feel you are enjoying the best moments in your life. Clouds are right under your feet so take your time to feel the fresh air and Sapa from above.
It can get even more excited if you join some fun activities of the local there. For example, there is a bamboo dancing show every morning opened to all tourists. You can either watch or join the dance but participation is more recommended. Or if you like to have some pictures to upload to Facebook, costume rental service is available.
It takes 30,000 – 50,000 VND per costume (about $1.32 – $2.2) and you are free to use it in 1 to 2 hours. And 70,000 VND (about $3) is the cost that you need to pay to enter Ham Rong Mountain Tourist Spot so prepare yourself.
2. Cat Cat village
Considered the most stunning village in North-Western Vietnam, Cat Cat is always on top of the destinations must-see in Vietnam. The village is only 3 kilometers away from Sapa and located at the foot of Hoang Lien Son mountain range.
The road taking you to Cat Cat village is quite appealing with zigzag passes ahead, terraced fields, and houses lingering in the trees on two sides of the road. You can choose to go hiking or rent motorbike service. But, if you want to fully contemplate the beautiful sceneries along the way, hiking is still the most appropriate choice.
From the center of Sapa, just follow 3 kilometers on the main road to Fansipan mountaintop and you will get to Cat Cat village. The road is flat and very easy to walk on. Otherwise, feel free to hire a motorbike, which takes only 20,000 – 30,000 VND per time (about 88 cent – $1.3), if your health condition is unstable.
It takes 50,000 VND per person (about $2.2) to enter the village. It is a relatively high price for some people but it is totally worth it. Cat Cat looks extremely attractive with a great number of water-mills, the unique instrument that you may not see anywhere in the world. Water under streams is crystal clear and glassy as well.
You should bring sandals along in case you want to dip your feet in the streams. There are also various souvenir shops in the village, where they sell tons of textile garments, dried buffalo meat, and essential oils. If you are lucky, you can buy some crisp bacon and send it as a gift your friends at home.
3. Silver waterfall – O Quy Ho mountain pass
Silver waterfall (Source: Internet)
Silver waterfall – O Quy Ho mountain pass is one of the most popular Sapa tours that is chosen by travelers. Unlike other spots, which can be visited by anyone, Silver waterfall and O Quy Ho mountain pass are seemed to design for only risk-takers and adventurers.
Silver waterfall does not have water all year round. In fact, according to local people, the best time to visit the place is from September to December and March to May. Those are the periods that the waterfall has the highest flowing rate in a year. The water runs down from 50 meter high, splashes through the rocks below, and creates silver sprays.
That is why the waterfall is called Silver. If you want to seize the opportunity to admire the scene, renting a motorbike will be an excellent idea. It takes 100,000 – 150,000 VND (about $4.4 – $6.6) for one bike per day. The road leading to the fall contains numerous obstacles and difficult accesses; therefore, having a good preparation is absolutely required.
Keeping up with the weather forecast, bringing coats and shoes, and wearing many layers are some things you should do. Besides, you are going to need them on the way to O Quy Ho mountain pass. It is one of the longest, most dangerous and imposing passes of the Northern mountainous area in Vietnam. Its beauty is widely known and always alters.
The sky on O Quy Ho is foggy toward Lao Cai Province but sunny toward Lai Chau Province. Also, in winter, tourists can see snow and ice, which are very rear Vietnam. And in summer, the sky is always cloudy, making it a hard-to-resist tourist attraction in Sapa.
4. Fairy cave
The first thing that you should know about Fairy cave in Sapa is that it is not as famous as other sites. Nonetheless, it is quite suitable for you if you don’t like crowded places and want to discover more than enjoy a lazy holiday.
And you should discover it because you will not be disappointed. To reach Fairy cave, you need to go through Chay River. Drifting on a boat about 6 kilometers, you will arrive at Fairy Stream, where small streams falling down from above. They look just like a silk flying in the wind.
Water from those streams also plays an important role in shaping the rocks around it. Some of them look like lotus and elephants drinking water. Others are similar to mighty eagles taking wings. After the streams, Fairy cave is the last destination.
The cave is supremely large with a capacity of 200 people. Getting inside of it, you will feel like being lost in a mysterious maze created by Mother Nature. The most exclusive scene in Fairy cave is ancient limestone towers with different sizes. Many people may even think that those are the places where three fairies in the legend about the cave used to reside.
If you hire a tour guide, you should ask him to tell you that legend to have more details about the place you are visiting.
5. Sapa cathedral
Sapa cathedral (Source: Internet)
Among the top things to do when traveling Sapa, visiting ancient Cathedral cannot be overlooked. Situated in the center of Sapa, the Cathedral can be the final destination of your trip when you already experience high mountains and waterfalls.
Coming to the church is excited both in the morning and in the evening. The sun peeking through the walls and the fog covering the church in the morning definitely make the site more glorious. At night, the Cathedral is brightened with colorful lights, which is just the spot for couples going for a walk.
The architectural style of the church also makes various tourists fascinated. Greek Gothic is the primary genre that you can notice when observing it on the outside. It is clearly shown in the domes, roofs, and bell tower. On the windows, there are pictures made by glasses describing the life of the God, which are meticulous and unusually excellent.
The Cathedral does not open for travelers to come inside. It is a little ashamed but you can totally have a chance to contemplate its internal space. Every Sunday morning, the church is opened up for the local, also the parishioners in Sapa. Someone will play the piano and people will pray. Just remember not to disturb the citizens and you will have some quality time taking a look at one of the best tourist attractions in Sapa.