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, Sapa, located in the mountainous province of Lao Cai, is the tourism center of the northwest. As a modest land, 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.
Fan Si Pan can be found in Hoang Lien National Park, which is an attraction in itself. The park covers a picturesque mountain landscape and several forests, and serves as the habitat for a diverse set of animals. Some species can only be found in northwest Viet Nam and are highly endangered.
Other attractions that are part of the Hoang Lien National Park include the Cat Cat Village and the Ta Phin Village and cave.
Sapa is the home to seven major ethnic groups, namely Hmong, Dao, Tay, Kinh, Day, Xa Pho (Phu La), and Hoa. Ethnic minority mostly resided in 17 communes, mainly living on agriculture, forestry and traditional crafts like brocade weaving, or bamboo and rattan weaving.
Each ethnic minority in Sapa maintains their own cultural festivals: “Roong poc” festival of Giay ethnic people organized in January in Lunar Year, “Sai san” festival of Hmong ethnic people, “Tet nhay” festival of Dao ethnic people is held on annual Tet Holiday.
From April 27 to May 1, Nha Trang city in the southcentral coastal province of Khanh Hoa will be hosting an extraordinary international jazz festival. This event is a groundbreaking occasion for the region, as it marks the first-ever jazz festival of its kind to take place here.
Five individuals lost their lives and an additional five suffered severe injuries in a tragic accident involving a sleeper bus and a container truck. The collision took place in Dong Cau village, Tu Quan commune, Yen Son district, located in the mountainous province of Tuyen Quang. The incident occurred shortly before midnight, shaking the entire community.
In February 2024, Vietnam welcomed 1.53 million visitors, bringing the total number of international arrivals in the first 2 months of the year to over 3 million. This represents a significant growth of 68.7% compared to the same period in 2023.
Healthcare is one of the sectors that receives significant support from foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Vietnam. These NGOs play a crucial role in providing free medical examinations, treatments, and surgeries to the local population. Additionally, they donate essential medical equipment and offer training programs to Vietnamese doctors, enabling them to enhance their skills and knowledge. Through their contributions, these foreign NGOs have had a positive impact on the community, ensuring that many Vietnamese people have access to quality healthcare services and the opportunity to lead healthy lives.