Vietnam is a diverse country, it is like a multi-layer cake, with many different types of environments and climates, offering a broad range of activities and attractiveness in every corner of the whole nation. Making it fascinating for all kinds of tourists in many parts of the globe to be able to enjoy what Vietnam have to offer. Aside from the usual tropical climate that you can expect to experience in Vietnam, it is still possible to enjoy the chilly weather that most Westerners are accustomed to, and the only place to fully enjoy it is Sapa.
Sapa is situated in the outer Northern area of Vietnam, 380 kilometers northwest of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border. Coming to Sapa means that you will be able to absorb the mountainous environment, which includes the Hoang Lien Son mountain range and the Indochina’s peak of Fansipan (3,143 meters from the sea level), not exactly Mount Everest but, it is still quite a challenge for even seasoned mountain climbers.
Being within the Hoang Lien Son National Park, the climate of Sapa is unique, with a subtropical climate in the summer while changes to a temperate climate in the winter. Thanks to the climate and altitude, Sapa average climate is quite cool and comfortable all year round, with the highest temperature was 32.8oC and the lowest was minus 2.2oC, meaning it is possible and uncommon to see snow at Sapa, it’s not hard either, you just have to come at the right time, the most likely time to see snow is the time from December to February.
Ethnic people of Sapa:
Perhaps they are one of the biggest details that make Sapa so beautiful, unaffected by the modern influence, many tribes, and minority groups are still living right to their old ways of life. And visiting Sapa means you can visit and experience how people have been living in 5 different minority groups that have been around in Vietnam for centuries.
• Black H’mong minority
• Red Dao minority
• Tay minority
• Xa Pho minority
• Giay Minority
All with different culture, beliefs, customs and place of origins, like, the Blach H’mong and Giay minority groups originated from China, while it is still uncertain of where did the Red Dao, Tay, and Xa Pho groups originated from, with if the Tay being the most debating, for they are the earliest to have settled in Vietnam in around 500 BC, making it difficult to accurately pinpoint exactly where they came from. This makes it truly fascinating, for you can easily visit these people and get to live and see how their communities work via tours or even self-exploration.
Being for out North, close to the Chinese border and mostly surrounded by forests, it is quite surprising that Sapa saw a lot of history going on within its region and even in the town itself. On the earliest days, Sapa didn’t even exist, it was hidden, and only surfaced thanks to the French debarked in Highland Tonkin in the late 1880s, they were the one that put Sapa on the national map. In the following decade, Sapa saw dramatic changes, as it was put under the French authority. After 1909, French residences started to appear in Sapa, as well as a military sanatorium in 1912 and a fully-fledged military garrison. From the 1920s onwards, many private villas popped up. At the end of the Second World War, the whole region destabilized. Around 200 French buildings were destroyed by the Viet Minh sympathizers and French air raids. After that, Sapa went into a prolonged sleep, only awakening to become a prominent holiday destination thanks to the decision of opening the door fully for international tourism.
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