Sapa offers super trekking to nearby hill tribe villages tucked within the terraced rice paddies.

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Sapa itself is a busy little town; a crossroad of cultures converging then venturing off into the inspirational, misty mountain landscape. The area offers superb trekking to nearby hill tribe villages tucked within the terraced rice paddies. Footprint is proud to support Ta Phin village’s community based tourism efforts with our tours.


Despite its commercialization during the last decade, Sapa is still a must-see on any northern Vietnam itinerary. On a clear day you will treated to views of steeply terraced rice fields, towering verdant ridgelines, ethnic minority villages, raging rivers and astounding waterfalls.


Some eight ethnic groups inhabit Lao Cai province: Hmong, Dao, White Thai, Giay, Tay, Muong, Hao and Xa Pho. The most prominent in town are the Red Dao, easily identified by the coin-dangling red headdresses and sophisticatedly embroidered waistcoats worn by the women; and the Black Hmong, distinguished by their somewhat less elaborately embroidered royal blue attire. Many of the locals that frequent Sapa - especially the women and children - can speak surprisingly good English and are incredibly friendly. One to four-day treks are offered by several outfitters. Guests usually sleep in the traditional village homestays. 

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  • Trek to the top of challenging Fansipan at 3,143 meters. There are a variety of options and routes that will see one to the summit.
  • Hands-on the making of batik fabric under construction of a H’mong batik artist.
  • Eat and stay with a H’mong or red Dzao family in their warm and traditional home on the hill of Sapa.