Area: 678.6 sq. km
Population: 59.176 thousand habitants (2016)
– Townlet: Sa Pa
– Communes: Ban Khoang, Ta Giang Phinh, Trung Chai, Ta Phin, Sa Pa, San Sa Ho, Ban Phung, Lao Chai, Hau Thao, Thanh Kim, Ta Van, Su Pan, Suoi Thau, Ban Ho, Thanh Phu, Nam Sai, Nam Cang.
Located 38km from Lao Cai City, Sa Pa is a mountainous district of Lao Cai Province. Sa Pa District is very well-known with Sa Pa Townlet, a beautiful and romantic resort. Sa Pa is a modest land, it has many wonders of the natural scenery with topography of hills, green forests.
The name “Sapa” literally means “sand” (Sa) and “village” (Pa). Previously, there was just a “sand village” for local people to exchange goods and services.
It will be a big surprise to experience four seasons in one day when you visit Sapa town: the morning is spring, the noon is summer with mild sunshine, balmy climate and dew in the afternoon create a feeling of autumn weather and the night is the cold of winter.
Although the vast majority of Sapa residents are ethnic minorities such as H’Mong, Red Dao, Tay, Giay, Xa Pho, the town is also a home to Kinh people living on agriculture and tourism services.
Besides, you have chance to enjoy special food and drink such as Thang Co, carried-under-arm pigs, stream fish, rice in bamboo tube especially salmon and San Lung wine, cat apple wine… Visitors can’t forget a hot pot served with salmon and green vegetables in freezing winter.
Let’s start your journey to discover the romantic area with many interesting things, the beautiful Sapa is always waiting for you ^ ^
♦The best time for visiting
Each season of Sapa wears its own beauty with different characters, you can find the most suitable time to travel for yourself.
September-November / March-May: stable weather, dry sunny days, cold nights. Suitable for picnics and homestay in Sapa.
April-May: the time of transplanting rice on terraced fields, and also the flowering season. If you want to have great photos, travel to Sapa at this time.
September-October: the rice crop season with golden scenery across the hills. With fresh and pleasant air, you can have long trips and participate in many other tourist activities in Sapa.
December-February: it is very cold, ice can be found and sometimes it snows. This is also the bloom season of peach blossoms. However, traveling through the villages may be more or less difficult.