Sapa sits in the Northern Highlands in the northwest corner of Vietnam overlooking the Muong Hoa Valley. The town was established as a hill station in 1922. Sapa has become a meeting place for the various ethnic minorities who reside in the neighbouring villages. The Northern Highlands are bordered to the west by Laos and to the north by China, and Sapa has the edgy air of a border town.
Trekking may take you to see traditional hamlets or to the summit of Vietnam’s tallest peak
The surrounding countryside is a mass of tumbling green rice terraces, winding rivers and forested mountains. Trekking may take you to traditional hamlets to see hand-weaving or to the summit of Vietnam’s tallest peak, Fansipan.