Escape the heat of Hanoi as you travel through breath-taking rice terraces to the former French hill station and current trekking haven of Sapa. Sitting high in the mountains of northwest Vietnam along the Chinese border, this town looks down to plunging valleys of cascading rice fields – and eye-popping panoramas on a clear day.
Local hill-tribes scatter the surrounding scenery’s remote villages and then fill the town with colour when they come to sell their handicrafts and trinkets. Peruse their goods and chat with the H’mong and Dzao people who have lived here for centuries, before heading out on exciting treks.
Well-equipped hikers looking for a challenge can attempt the highest peak in Vietnam, Fansipan, which dominates the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and is dubbed ‘the roof of Indochina’.
When to Go
From March to May and September to November for sunny days and cool nights.
What to do
- Hikes through the spectacular scenery.
- Trek Vietnam's highest peak.
- Hill-tribe encounters.