VIETNAM LOCAL GUIDE

Sapa Essential Information, Sapa Travel Guide

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• Sapa is located in Lao Cai province of Vietnam, a few kilometers south of Vietnam's border with China.

• The permanent population of Sapa is less than 10.000 people, which is at least 20 times lower than the annual number of local and overseas travelers visting the town.

• Mountain valleys around Sapa are considered to be the highest (by elevation) in Vietnam.

• The settlement of Sapa was established as a French hill station around 1890, during the colonial period. In the first decades of the 20th century, Sapa's settlement became a small but famous mountain resort for wealthy French. Most of the original resort buildings in Sapa (constructed in the first decades of the 20th centrury) are not seen in town these days, the current town architecture is only a few years old.

• Fan Si Pan mountain, the highest mountain peak in Vietnam, and Indochina, is located only a few kilometers west of Sapa, and can be easily seen from the town itself.

• The majority of the town’s population are ethnic Vietnamese. Minority tribes, living in nearby villages around Sapa, come to town mainly to shop or to sell their products. 

• Mountains around Sapa had about 15 days of snow in the last 30 years. Sapa is one of the very few places in Vietnam to see snow.

• Tram Ton mountain pass between Sapa and Lai Chau, located at nearly 2.000 meters (6.500 feet) is the highest mountain pass in Vietnam.