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Things to Know when Traveling to Sapa

Booking hotel rooms in advance, shopping at shops with clearly attached price tags… are things you should note when traveling to Sapa to avoid troubles.

Located in the northwest of Vietnam, Sapa owns cool climate all year-round, is a suitable place for visitors to escape from the heat of the summer. This place has also impressed visitors with the wild natural scenery, peach blossom and plum blossom blooming as white clouds or ripe rice terraces, villages hidden behind the mountains. .

Hotels, catering and entertainment services are continuously built in Sa Pa to meet the growing demand of travelers. Here are some experiences and options which help to make your Sa Pa trip in this summer more complete and comfortable.

Things to Know when Traveling to Sapa
Rice fields on terraced of Sapa Vietnam

Booking hotel rooms

Sa Pa has many resorts, hotels from high-end to popular or homestay type close to nature. However, on peak occasions, festivals, Tet, holidays, this place often falls into the situation of “burning room” (a slang which implies the full booked hotels) or rising room prices compared to normal.

Some ways that visitors can handle the situation are to contact the reservation through the intermediary system, which can ensure good room rates and get support right when there are problems. In addition to the international booking system, Duy Anh Sapa also offers room booking and check-in services for all of the town’s hotels.

Duy Anh Sapa also provides accommodation at DH hotel. The DH Hotel is equipped with 28 standard rooms. Especially, travel agents, in case of problems with accommodation for guides, drivers, can still receive free support from Duy Anh Sapa.

Some suggested hotels are as follows:

– Sapa Stunning View hotel

Add: 063 Muong Hoa, Sapa, Việt Nam

Phone: 097 295 91 85

– Sapa Unique Hotel

Add: 39 Fansipan street, Sa Pa, Lao Cai

Phone: 0214 3872 008


Sa Pa is famous for “lợn cắp nách” (pork of small pigs which can be carried under people’s arm) and medlar (apple) wine, which  give visitors unforgettable experiences. In addition, although Sa Pa is a mountainous district, there are specialties from fish. Sa Pa stream fish is usually about the size of fingers, and is fried to make crispy dish. Especially, Sa Pa people can feed salmon and sturgeon. These two varieties of cold water fish have firm meat without fat. The fish can be cooked as sour bamboo shoots hotpot or used to make fish salad and served with raw vegetables, ginger and dipped in mustard.

Arriving to Sa Pa, visitors should try the famous and characteristic dish of “thắng cố”. This is a traditional feature of the H’mong people. Traditionally, the ingredients of this dish include horse meat and organs.

A delicious pot of thắng cố needs nearly 30 different kinds of spices such as cinnamon, anise, cardamom, fragrant leaves…  Forest vegetables are the second most important part of this unique dish. The dish has special taste such as sweet, fat, fragrant. Nothing seems to be more interesting than sitting on the side of the boiling thắng cố pan, eating the soup and sipping a cup of corn wine. Them, visitors will feel warm in the cold air, mountain breeze.

In addition to a number of familiar dining venues in the town, guests can visit Gat Gu hot pot restaurant at 56 Thach Son street. This restaurant is full of famous traditional dishes of Sa Pa with very specific flavor, reasonable price, nice and cozy restaurant space.

Some restaurants as suggestions:

– Maison de Sapa Restaurant

Add: 18 Thac Bac, Sapa, Lào Cai

Phone: 096 661 13 83

–  Xuan Vien Sapa Restaurant

Add: 08, Xuan Vien, Sa Pa, Lao Cai

Phone: 091 481 26 55


Sa Pa is a place where there are many specialties bearing the nature of the Northwest forest, suitable for tourists to buy as gifts or use in the family such as: mint honey, salmon trout, medlar jelly, Salmon, fresh sturgeon, buffalo meat…. Bac Ha rice, Dao’s medicine to put in bath tub, artichoke, kinds of oils, Brocade, H’Mong wine… are also specialties that tourists should buy as gifts.

Visitors can shop at Sapa central market, areas around  Cat Cat village, Cau May street, Stone church … A unique place that visitors can not ignore is North West specialty supermarket located opposite to Sa Pa new market. This supermarket is full of typical North West items. Supermarket goods are clean products of provenance, quality assured, packaged carefully, and clearly priced.

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