For visitors coming to Vietnam, Halong Bay tours are the most popular choices. However, there are also a lot of travellers also end their Vietnam adventures in Hanoi, to have very little time to explore Sapa. If you are making a stop in Hanoi, it is highly recommended to join in the amazing tour discovering Sapa.
The hospitable ethnic minorities
Although being home to eight diverse ethnic groups in Vietnam, Sapa is mostly occupied by people from the Hmong tribe. These tribal women people, who are quiet good English speakers, will even trek with you all the difficult way to get access to the mountains until you buy embroidered pack that they made. They will definitely catch to you all the time and if you are a woman, at the age of over 20, and travelling by your own, remember that you will be released with questions. It is surprising to know that these women usually get married at age 18 and have about 2 kids by the time they are 20 years old.
The most breathtaking mountain views
If you are a big nature and mountain lover, the Hoang Lien Mountains cannot satisfy your desire. Extending until the Himalaya region, these mountains are must-visited sightseeing in Vietnam. The incredible landscapes simply took your breath away. At the first time admiring the most of these pictures you took in this trip, you may feel that they look are all the same, in fact, each of them has a unique beauty.
Pitiful Vietnamese kids
Children in Vietnam are not an exception to working, which is similar to most of those in the third world countries. Particularly when you talk to the older kids at the age of 7 to 9, who follow you around to sell their trinkets, they will not only touch but also break your hearts. If wanting to go to school, which is very far from their homes, all of them have to share them same route. And when not having classes, they will go out to sell to tourists. It is advisable to buy their embroidered bracelets than giving them candies, because these products are not so expensive and with the small amount of money, you may help these little kids to get even enough a meal for the day.
Know more about Vietnam’s culture by staying at a local’s home
Stay at a homestay in the mountains is the best way to know more about the culture of northern Vietnam. Although not being comfortable at all, the home-stay provides travelers with very simple accommodation – a mosquito net, a mattress on the floor and a small but clean bathroom. However, it will be such an unforgettable memory as you get a chance to encounter the natives in the mountains, enjoy meals featuring local dishes with them, taste their local rice wine and get a taste of stunning authentic Vietnamese cuisine! Especially after a long day of trekking, they are really awesome.
For visitors coming to Vietnam, Halong Bay tours are the most popular choices. However, there are also a lot of travellers also end their Vietnam adventures in Hanoi, to have very little time to explore Sapa. If you are making a stop in Hanoi, it is highly recommended to join in the amazing tour discovering Sapa. The hospitable ethnic minorities, the most breathtaking mountain views, pitiful Vietnamese kids and the chance to know more about Vietnam’s culture by staying at a local’s home are some reasons why you should pay a visit to Sapa.