Sapa: Special activities to do in Sapa

Sapa is known for the most spectacular views in Vietnam and is home to the highest mountain in Vietnam. When remind about this place, people tend to think of trekking, climbing, etc. However, there are a lot of exciting and special activities to do in Sapa. Let’s check it out!

Memorable activities to do in Sapa
Memorable activities to do in Sapa

Special activities to do in Sapa – Vietnam

Sapa is a secluded hamlet in northwest Vietnam famed for its picturesque rice terraces, cold mountain climate, and ethnic minority culture. It provides a plethora of trekking options via the region’s scenic mountains and little ethnic settlements. 

1. Trekking

Trekking is one of the tourists’ favorite activities. The reason for this is that this place owns many sceneries combined with a lovely atmosphere. 

This town has three trekking levels offered for all travelers:

Expect to pay: USD 20 – 40 per day (including meals)

2. Try Thắng Cố – specialty of Sapa

If visiting for cuisine, it could be agreed that one of the finest things to do when traveling here is to sample Thắng Cố. This is a traditional Hmong hot pot meal made with many sorts of meat such as beef, pig, buffalo, and goat, however, horse meat is the major component.

Thắng Cố - Specialty of Sapa
Thắng Cố – Specialty of Sapa

For millennia, the Hmong ethnic community has relied on horses for transportation. When a horse becomes too sick or elderly to work, it is butchered for its flesh, which is how this meal was created. It’s probably one of the most unusual dishes to whom tried it in Vietnam, not just Sapa.

Expect to pay: VND 350,000 (Thắng Cố for 2-3 people) 

3. Ride the Cable Car

Fansipan Mountain, at 3,147 meters (10,326 feet), is the tallest mountain in the Indochine Peninsula and one of the highest in Southeast Asia. On clear days, it provides breathtaking vistas of the valleys below. One of the most popular things to do when tourists come to Sapa is ride the cable car to the summit of Fansipan Mountain.

A 15-20 minute cable car ride to the summit of the mountain costs VND 800,000 roundtrip. Tourists may then either walk the 600+ stairs to Fansipan summit or take the funicular for an extra VND 70,000 (either trip).

Expect to Pay: VND 800,000 roundtrip   

4. Explore Cát Cát Village

Cat Cat Village was established in the 19th century by Hmong and Dzao families who settled in the region to grow corn and cultivate rice. Today, their main source of income appears to come from tourism. This village is quite pretty but also very touristy, so temper tourists’ expectations when they visit. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, food stalls, and souvenir shops to be found there.

Cát Cát Village
Cát Cát Village

Because of its proximity, Cat Cat Village is one of the busiest attractions in Sapa. It’s always packed with domestic and international tourists dressed up in traditional Hmong costumes. They take selfies at the village’s many picture-taking spots which were set up for the sole purpose of taking souvenir photos.

Expect to pay: VND 70,000 per adult – VND 30,000 per child (enter the village).

5. Visit Sapa Culture Museum

Sapa Culture Museum is one of the best places for tourists to admire the culture of people living in the Northwestern Highlands. Tourists also have a chance to learn more about Vietnam minorities’ life in the past. The entire museum is housed within an ethnic stilt home. It is a small and intimate space that houses facts, anecdotes, and numerous items related to Sapa and its history.

Hundreds of decorations, statues, and literature are kept here. Facts and information regarding Sapa’s ethnic minorities may be found. The first level has a collection of materials regarding Sapa and its history, including its interactions with prior Dynasties and the French. More information about ethnic group formal clothing may be found here. 

Open hours: From 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

Expect to pay: Free.

How to go around Sapa

The terrain in Sapa is quite endemic because it is covered mostly by plants. However, there are 2 ways to get around in Sapa.  

Walking is the best way to go around Sapa
Walking is the best way to go around Sapa

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