Sa Pa or Sapa (Westernized spelling) is a frontier town and capital of Sa Pa District in the Lào Cai province in northwest Vietnam. It is one of the main market towns in the area, and among the most attractive sites to both Vietnamese and foreign tourists.
It’s a city in the woods and there are woods in the city.
The Hoang Lien Mountains lie at the southeastern extent of the Himalayan chain. The national park is located on the northeast flank of these mountains and includes Vietnam’s highest peak, Fansipan, at 3,143 m (see map). The lowest point is 380 m but most of the national park lies above 1,000 m. The flanks of the mountains are very steep and many areas are almost inaccessible on foot. Between Fansipan Mountain and Sa Pa town, lies the Muong Hoa valley, which has been terraced for wet rice agriculture. This valley becomes wider towards the east of the national park.
The climate of Hoang Lien National Park is unique to Vietnam. It is highly seasonal, with a subtropical climate in the summer and a temperate climate during the winter. Mean annual temperature for Sa Pa town is 15.4°C, with a maximum of 29.4°C and a minimum of 1°C. The warmest months are July and August, and the coldest months are December and January. Snow falls in some years on the highest peaks.
In common with the rest of northern Vietnam, Hoang Lien National Park experiences a marked wet season from May to September, with the heaviest rainfall occurring in July and August.
There is eventually winter in Sapa, from November to March. Tourists who want to enjoy some snow can visit the town in this period.
Not only the weather but also the culture that attract tourists. Sapa’s population is a mix of six ethnic minority groups: Kinh, H’Mông, Dao đỏ, Tày, Giáy, Xã Phó. Quiet a colorful and friendly place.
The view toward Phan Xi Pan, the highest mountain top in Indochina.
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