Most tourists know about Sapa district in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam! Or at least, they have heard about this famous destination. Meanwhile, San Sa Ho is quite a strange name. San Sa Ho (Vietnamese name: San Sả Hồ) is just a small village, but it is a source of inspiration for many Sapa homestay tours and definitely worth a visit. Let’s see why!
Sapa – a well-known spot for tourists
Some basic facts that you may need to know
Located in Sapa, San Sa Ho has an area of around 55 km² with the population density being 45 people / km². Situated near Hoang Lien National Park, leaning on Hoang Lien Mountain, the village is 2km away from the heart of Sapa town. It includes 5 hamlets (Cat Cat, Sin Chai A, Sin Chai B, Y Lin Ho 1 and Y Lin Ho 2) with the total population of roughly 3,000 people. Despite being a quite new tourist spot, San Sa Ho has been incorporated in not only a Sapa tour but also many other tours around mountainous areas in Vietnam.
According to the local residents, San Sa Ho means “three streams converge”. One stream comes from the Silver Waterfall flowing down to Cat Cat Hydropower. It then meets the second stream in the Golden stream on the Hoang Lien mountain range before joining with the third stream in Phin Ho. The third stream called Cat Cat is named by the French, which means a waterfall.
San Sa Ho is famous for Ong Quy Ho mountain pass, which is a long, rugged, majestic mountain pass in Northern Vietnam. Running across the Hoang Lien Son mountain range and connecting the two provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau, San Sa Ho is also called Hoang Lien Son. Clouds hovering the village for all year round, even in the summer, making the scenery enchanting and romantic.
Sapa when being surrounded by fog
San Sa Ho also attracts visitors by villages with hamlets Cat Cat, Sin Chai or Y Linh Ho, which are home to Mong ethnic minority with houses scattered around the mountainside, surrounded by terraces and streams. Many tour operators use these houses for homestays in Sapa, which helps the tourists to learn more about the local lifestyle and ethnic minorities in Vietnam. Gradually, Sapa homestay tours have been developed more and more.
In the village, unique cultural patterns are shown through traditional dances, chorus, folk songs, and costumes. Thus it is an ideal place for visitors who seek to explore the Vietnamese community and customs.
A place for nature lovers
San Sa Ho is often called “the land of chayote”. Being endowed with a nice climate all year round, San Sa Ho is full of chayote that is delicious, sweet and highly resistant to insects.
People in the village grow chayote on the mountainside. Walking into San Sa Ho, tourists will be fascinated by extremely vast chayote “gardens” that look like being hung in the air. Viewing valleys afar, you will see the chayotes as a giant green and fresh carpet.
Visitors coming to chayotes garden find their joy in wearing a backpack and picking chayotes. This is a chance to get the freshet fruits as a gift for relatives and friends back home.
Chayote hills in San Sa Ho
And if you are planning for a trekking tour…
Then this is your destination!
Tourists trekking in San Sa Ho
A Sapa trekking tour will be wonderful if it is done in San Sa Ho. Traveling to Sapa, tourists can not miss trekking tours, walking through forests or mountains to discover the nature as well as the life of the indigenous residents and explore the majestic beauty of the terraced fields, mountains or waterfalls.
The best time for trekking in San Sa Ho is from March to May every year. The weather is convenient for you to climb mountains and visit native villages. But in January and February, the temperature may drop to 0ºC. Keep this in mind to choose the best time to have the best trekking tour!
Possessing a beautiful landscape, clean atmosphere, comfortable homestays and ideal conditions for trekking, San Sa Ho is such a spot in Sapa that you would not want to miss!