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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sapa, must - see

Sapa is not only famed for its mountains sceneries but also the hamlets of colorful ethnic minorities. Attractions of Sapa expanse themselves in a very large area with hill tribe markets, Fansipan mountain, villages and waterfall under the foothill of  Hoang Lien mountain, ancient rock field, primitive forest and jungle.

1, Ham Rong mountain

Legendary Dragon Jade ( Ham Rong) features one of the best place to enjoy Sapa panorama. The walk to Ham Rong is leisuring with orchirds and blooming flowers. The zig-zag steps offers different views of the town.

2, Cat Cat village & waterfall

At the base of the hill below the town of Sapa, this Hmong village is accessible by rough-paved road most of the way, and cement path for the rest. The small waterfall here is a good spot to kick back and rest -- quite dynamic in rainy season. Musical dance of local minorities are good choice while doing a walk here.

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3, Silver water

Located in a green valley, this Red Dzao habitat is worth visiting for some type of classic tour around the village. The ladies here are quite nice with some beautiful dress and attractive invitation to visit their house. This is a good place to do shopping with local people for some impressive handicrafts.

4, Muong Hoa valley

There are numbers of ethnic minorities people living in this valley. Beautiful hamlets, secluded waterfall, ancient rocks, rice terraces make this valley enjoyable for any tours to Sapa.
The valley last for 18kms along with Muong Hoa river where you may indulge in the pristine water or beholding the scence of Black Hmong people working on the farm. Many traditional activities such as weaving, black smith, stone carving are well- preserved here to make this valley colorful. Many tracks for trekking lead you to beautiful villages 

You can read more here about it: Ta van village

5, Ban Ho valley & waterfall

The valley is prominent of stilt houses, Lave waterfall and delicious food of Tay tribe. The trek to this valley makes sense with some vibrating suspension bridges, secluded hamlet and endless local hospitality of Tay, Xa Pho and Black Hmong tribes. The valley is for those who love the real experience and peacefulness of countyside.

 6, Sapa ancient rocks

Sapa Ancient Rock Field is in Muong Hoa Valley, Hau Thao Commune, Sapa District, Lao Cai Province. This of remains consists of large multi-grade rocks engraved with ancient images. Sapa Ancient Rock Field is between the terraced rice paddies of ethnic minority groups. The first exploration research, in 1925, recorded that there were 200 stones of various dimensions concentrated in the area. Hon Bo, which is 15m long and 6m high, is the biggest of theses rocks. The engravings on the surfaces of the stone are either pictographic or decorative. Remarkably, among the engravings are drawings of humans, stilt-houses of the ethnic minorities and symbols believed to be a primitive form of writing. But their meaning has not yet been deciphered.

7, Ta Phin village

It is more than a village, it is an ideal place for female travelers to enjoy some intimate conversation with Red Dzao ladies. These ladies are so nice that they always offer tourist free tour around the village and see how they make the traditional handicraft. This village forms a good place for shopping.

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8, Fansipan ascension

Fansipan Mountain is located 9km south-west of Sapa Townlet in the Hoang Lien Mountain Range.
Fansipan is branded "the Roof of Indochina" at the height of 3, 143m; Fansipan is to be approved as one of the very few eco-tourist spots of Vietnam, with about 2, 024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species.

The topography of Fansipan is varied. Muong Hoa Valley, at the lowest altitude (950-1, 000m), is created by a narrow strip of land at the base on the east side of the mountain.
Geologists say the Hoang Lien Mountain Range, with Fansipan as its highest peak, did not emerge in the
mountainous North West of Vietnam until the neozoic period (circ. 100 million years ago). Fansipan, a rough pronunciation of the local name “Hua Xi Pan” means “the tottery giant rock”. The French came to Vietnam and in 1905 planted a landmark telling Fansipan’s height of 3, 143m and branded it “the Roof of Indochina”. Very few people climbed to the top of Fansipan at the time. Then came the long years of war and Fansipan was left deserted for hunting and savaging. The trail blazed by the French was quickly overgrown by the underbrush. This is one of best trail for vietnam  trekking
It takes six or seven days to reach the 3, 143m summit, the highest peak of the Indochina Peninsula.

8, Hill tribe markets

Hill tribe markets are the most colorful weekly event of hill tribes. Flower Hmong, Dzao, Tay, Nung,.tribes...they come to the market not only to buy or sell but mainly to sip wine which is believed to symbolize for friendship and connection. Each market brings a very single beauty. This is truly a rendezvouz for those who wish to experience more about tribe life and some ancient activities.

Hill tribe markets on Sunday: Muong Khuong market, Bac Ha market, Muong Hum market
                           on Tuesday: Coc Ly market
                           on Wednesday: Cao Son market
                           on Thursday: Lung Khau Nhin market
                           on Saturday: Pha Long market, Can Cau market