Sapa: A City Guide By LUXPERIA

Welcome To Sapa

Sapa town stands at the head of a deep valley of magnificent rice terraces that are still farmed today as they have been for centuries. There aren't many more magnificent backgrounds. White-water rivers rush through rice fields, enticing ribbons of road descend to the valley floor, and beautiful green mountains rise as far as the eye can see. Mount Fansipan, the highest mountain in the area, caps the rough ridge line above town.

How to get there: From Hanoi, its a long way (over 315kms) so whether you have the time for an overnight journey or the 4 hour drive on the new highway, LUXPERIA will select the best and safest way for your trip according to your budget. 

When to go: The best time to visit Sapa is from March - May and from September  November. At these times, the weather is relatively stable with sunny days and cool nights (think either Spring or Fall). 

Shopping Recommendations: Be captivated by various handicrafts delicately designed in the style of minorities such as silver accessories, animal – modelled wooden sourvenirs or clothes with colourful patterns. They all could make good presents for you to bring home. 

Sapa market, Bac Ha market, Coc Ly market. Here you will have a chance to buy souvenirs from the local hilltribes themselves. They trek surprisingly long distances to gather here and sell you their hand – made nice items, most impressive of which are colourful clothes made of local fabrics. 

Dining Recommendations: Most of the following dishes are commonly available throughout local restaurants. 

The salmon in Sapa is well-known for being firm, low in fat, and higher in nutritional value. It is often served in a hot pot with sour broth, alongside vegetables. If you plan to travel to Sapa and it is on a cold day, then salmon and sturgeon hotpot is a must-try.

Com Lam can be called sticky rice in the bamboo tube; this is a simple yet delicious specialty of Sapa. To make this dish, hours are spent selecting, cleaning, and chopping bamboo into the perfect size, once cleaned, glutinous rice is stuffed in the tube with a pinch of salt and local stream water. Normally paired with salted roasted peanut, grilled pork, or chicken skewers.

Con Sui (dry pho) is a dish that originated from Chinese people living in Sapa. The dish comes with a bowl of rice noodles, crispy fried shallots, roasted peanuts, herbs, chili, beef, and a small bowl of flavored sauce. Con Sui is also known as ‘dry noodles’ since the rice noodles they use to create the dish is Pho and instead of broth, it’s the flavored sauce, just enough to mix everything up. Check out Ong Ha Restaurant: Address: 468 Dien Bien Phu Street, Sapa Town

Lastly, it's said that when you visit Sapa, there is one thing you should not skip, trying the black chicken. Across Asia, this chicken is believed to help treat heart disease and is usually cooked with traditional herbs or served in a sweet soup with honey. Grilled black chicken marinated with honey is the most popular choice. After it soaks in honey, the chicken will be grilled directly on hot charcoal, the sweetness of the meat and the honey combine, giving you an unforgettable experience.

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