Sapa Vietnam Travel Guide
All about Sapa town, a travel destination of Lao Cai: how to get there, things to do, trekking tours, market tours, homestay tours to book, train to take, travel advices, maps, useful guide and insight guide. ...
We list all of the most interesting places, peoples, foods, ... for Sapa Vietnam as below:
Lao Cai province: Located in North-West Vietnam, Lao Cai is surrounded by Yunna (China) on the north, Lai Chau Province on the west, Ha Giang Province on the east and Yen Bai, Son La provinces on the south.
Sapa Town: Sa Pa Town or Sapa District is located in Lao Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 km north-west of Hanoi, close to the border with China. Sapa is famous both for its fine, rugged scenery and for its rich cultural diversity. French used to consider Sapa as Summer Capital of Northern Vietnam in the early decades of the 20thcentury. Its naturally gifted beauty keeps attracting more and more people to spend their vacation there since then. Particularly, the place is the foremost choice for honeymoon couples!
Sapa People: The population of the Lao Cai province is a mosaic of ethnic groups.An incredible variety of peoples, some of them unique to Vietnam, arefound on a relatively small area.
In fact, visitors can meet 24 ethnic groups, each with its ownlanguage, culture and traditions. This cultural wealth is explained bythe diversity of landscapes and of land available for farming. Historyalso offers clues as to why the highlands in the Lào Cai province servedas a refuge for certain ethnic groups during political unrest like the Taiping rebellion in 19th-century China.
The seven most numerous ethnic groups in the Lào Cai province accountfor over 90% of the whole population. The following groups are found:the Kinh (the true Vietnamese) 35%, the Hmong 22%, the Tay 14%, the Dao(Mien) 13%, the Thai 9%, the Nung 4.5% and the Giay 4.3%. The otherethnic groups: the Phula, Hani, Latis, Tu Di, Pin Tao, Tu Lao, Pa Di,Sapho, Lolo and the Xa Mang are sometimes represented only by a fewvillages and a few hundred individuals.