To the north west of Vietnam, near the Chinese border, surrounded by towering mountains and overlooking a beautiful valley lies town of Sapa.
With its breathtaking scenery consisting of spectacular, mist cloaked hilltops, rice terraces flowing down the mountains in a manner of colourful cascade Sapa is a well recognized real beauty spot of the area.
AT THE END OF THE WORLD…
Home to a mosaic of minority cultures characterized by friendly attitude towards travellers (as well as potential souvenir buyers, of course) and extremely colourful way of dressing Sapa truly is a doorway to another world, were pace of life is slower and true tranquillity and peace of mind is actually possible. Having your breakfast in a local café while observing clouds floating down the street past you can quite reinforce the otherworldly experience visiting Sapa has got on offer.
CHILL OUT FACTOR
The town built in 1922 as a Hill Station has had its share of tough times in the past and nearly ceased to exist during the series of conflicts and wars that swept over the area. Thankfully, the advent of tourism helped Sapa reborn and to improve significantly. Upgrade of the roads system and steady electricity supply have tremendously helped the area as well as made it possible for travellers to enjoy the visit without really sacrificing comfort in any noticeable way.
The truth is, what Sapa has to offer makes you forget about so called comforts of civilized life. As you take in the gorgeous views, chat with locals who, by the way, possess rather good command of English, French and occasional other language, you seem to (re)discover humans natural bond with nature and its raw beauty. Visiting the place seems like a breath of fresh air that revitalizes your body and mind and shows you there’s another side to life than chasing the almighty dollar (pound, euro, etc…)
One more thing – Sapa may be a popular travellers destination but it’s not downright touristy – it seems to attract the kind of tourist you don’t really mind running into while exploring. No leery boozers or cheap thrill seekers – the folks who wonder into these parts of Asia happen to be from the adventurous, open minded and contemplating category… sounds familiar?
WHEN TO GO
It is best to plan your trip to Sapa in the dry season, that stretches from January to June with the weather being rather cold and foggy from Jan to February and quite warm between March and May. When visiting in the off-season – make sure you have a winter woolly with you as the temperature linger around 0°C with mist and drizzle. A period from September to Mid-December has still a lot to offer in terms of views.
Author:Filip is a Graphic Designer and an owner of Adobe Magic blog. He travels across Asia and Europe in his free time (when not drawing;)[/author_info] [/author]
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