Sapa among world’s 50 most beautiful small towns: Condé Nast Traveler
The leading American travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler (CN Traveler), named Sapa town in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai in the list of the 50 most beautiful small towns in the world.
"Far from Viet Nam's popular beach resorts, massive metropolises, and teeming World Heritage Sites, Sapa is a quiet mountain town. It's known for mountain vistas, shockingly green rice terraces, and the proximity to waterfalls and hiking trails", Condé Nast Traveler highlighted.
Sapa, well famous in the eyes of international visitors as the "town in clouds", is even more alluring with its magnificent nature, breathtaking Muong Hoa Valley and towering Hoang Lien Mountains wrapped in the oceanic clouds cascading down the earth.
Established as a hill station by the French in 1922, it has many wonders of the natural scenery with topography of hills, green forests, which makes a fascinating scenic picture.
Sa Pa is located at the height of 1,500 to 1,650 meters on the mountainside of Lo Suay Tong. From the top of this mountain, we can see the southeast of Sapa with the height of 2228 meters.
Sa Pa enjoys temperate and subtropical climate with cool air throughout the year. One day, the town's weather experiences 4 seasons: the morning is spring, the noon is likened to summer weather with mild sunshine, balmy climate; cool clouds and dew in the afternoon create a feeling of autumn weather and the night is the cold of winter.
Hiking and enjoying nature is the name of the game in Sapa. The most prominent attraction in the area around Sapa is Fan Si Pan, which is the highest mountain in Viet Nam.
Sapa is home to seven major ethnic groups, namely Hmong, Dao, Tay, Kinh, Day, Xa Pho (Phu La), and Hoa. Ethnic minority mostly reside in 17 communes, mainly living on agriculture, forestry and traditional crafts like brocade weaving, or bamboo and rattan weaving.
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