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    [SIZE=12.0pt]Sa Pa 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 20th century. 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![/SIZE]

    [SIZE=20.0pt]If you go: [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]With foreign visitors, to get Sapa, Visas are required – a one-month, single-entry visa is $14 through [/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt]Tuntravel[/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt]([/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt]hotels-in-vietnam.com), an online agency that arranges for documents to be picked up upon arrival at Vietnam’s international airports, where visitors must pay an additional $45 for “Stamping fee”.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]The best time to witness the scenic beauty of Sapa is in April and May. Before that period, the weather might be cold and foggy; after that period is the rainy season. In April and May, Sapa is blooming with flowers and green pastures. The clouds that settle in the valley in early morning quickly disappear into thin air. However, [/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt]in the cold weather, this famous tourist destination is still very lively and full of color, and wonderful fog despite the dropping temperatures. The latest cold current broke into this small town the night of December 25 and morning of December 26. Temperatures dropped by 3.7 degrees Celsius. [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]There’re 3 ways to get Sapa Vietnam: get Sapa by train, get Sapa by bus, get Sapa by motorbike...but the most popular way to get Sapa Vietnam is by train. With 3 ways you can choose the best way to get Sapa that you like.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=20.0pt]Getting around:[/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt] [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]There are several companies that offer tours of Sapa that begin and end in Hanoi and include an English-speaking guide, accommodations, meals, permits and entrance fees. And Visitor can book a full package of Visas and Tour through Tuntravel as mentioned above – a [/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt]welknown travel agency in Vietnam[/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt].[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]Most visitors to Sapa end up wishing they could spend more time there, and no wonder -- this highland town in northern Vietnam has got it all, from spectacular mountain views to colorful hill tribe markets. Spend a few extra days there if you can, and be sure to check out the strolls, treks and scenic drives listed below: Cat[/SIZE] [SIZE=12.0pt]Cat Falls, Lao Chai and Ta Van, Silver Waterfall (Thac Bac) and Tram Ton Pass, Ta Phin mountain valley, Coc Ly Market.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=20.0pt]Where to stay:[/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt] [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]As one of the most prominent tourist destinations in Northern Vietnam, Sapa has a wide range of accommodations varying from budget hostels to luxury resort. Here are the list of hotels and resorts in Sapa that are highly recommended by tourist:[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=12.0pt]Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel:[/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt] [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]Sapa Rooms boutique hotel is one of those great finds, located in the heart of Sapa town; a stone’s throw from the daily markets and the main street. The hotel occupies an unprecedented location overlooking the stunning, pristine terraced valleys of Sapa. Sapa Rooms stands out with its boutique interiors, attentive personalized customer service and incomparable value for money. This iconic French colonial building has been lovingly refurbished to assure an unforgettable and truly authentic Sapa experience.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]Address: 18 Fansipan Street, Market Area, Sapa.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]More information about [/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt]Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=12.0pt]Sapa Eden Hotel[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]Sapa Eden Hotel is located in a very quiet street of Sapa town, very close to the small path to Cat Cat village, you can easily enjoy your peaceful walks to Sa Pa Market and Sa Pa Church just in five minutes. Our hotel offers wonderful views of the valley and Fansipan mount which can impress every tourist during their time staying here. Our guests may take a Russian jeep to visit the Ham Rong Mountain and Siver Waterfall, a 10 minute drive, or even greater, by mountain bike.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]Address: 60 Fansipan Street, Sa Pa[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]More information about [/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt]Sapa Eden Hotel[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=12.0pt]Victoria Sapa Resort and Spa[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]The four star [/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt]Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa[/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt], the only luxury hotel in North-Western Vietnam, opened in March 1998. Built as a traditional mountain chalet with accented wooden décor and a welcoming stone hearth fireplace, the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa overhangs the village, blending perfectly with the natural surroundings.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]Address: 18 Muong Hoa, Sapa.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]More information about [/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt]Victoria Sapa Resort and Spa[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=12.0pt][/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt]Cha Pa Garden Boutique Hotel and Spa[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]Cha Pa Garden Boutique Hotel & Spa is situated in a fully refurbished colonial villa right in the center of Sapa. Currently with only 4 rooms it is certainly Sapa’s smallest hotel and is able to offer a personalized service unrivalled in the region.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]Address: 23B Pho Cau May, Sapa.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]More information about [/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt]Cha Pa Garden Boutique Hotel and Spa[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=12.0pt]Boutique Sapa Hotel[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]Boutique Sapa Hotel offers a range of services to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Warm welcome, charms and high quality services, friendly staff and management make them the most respected and will ensure your experience is an enjoyable and comfortable one. They strive to give you the best services available from a hotel and of restaurant (with an open kitchen) , including a beauty salon, tour packages, an extensive bakery and a special cooking class guided by their chef.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]Address: 41 Fansipan, Sapa.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12.0pt]More information about [/SIZE][SIZE=12.0pt]Boutique Sapa Hotel[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=20.0pt]Where to eat:[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=12.0pt]Baguette & Chocolat: Thac Bac. Part of the Hoa Sua School, that trains disadvantaged children in hospitality. Excellent sweets, good breakfasts, salads, pastas and Vietnamese dishes. Also the teas (ginger, lemongrass) get good reviews on tripadvisor.com.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=12.0pt]Delta Restaurant: 33 Cau May Street. "Renowned for its pizzas, which are the most authentic in town, though the pasta is pretty decent too", noteslonelyplanet.com. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=12.0pt]Gerbera Restaurant: 04B Thac bac Street. Delicious Vietnamese meals, for example hotpots, according to tripadvisor.com.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=12.0pt]Red Dao House Restaurant: Thac Bac Street. In a traditional wooden house on stilts. Vietnamese and Western cuisine. Very good reviews ontripadvisor.com.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=12.0pt]Sapa O'Chau Cafe: 8 Thac Bac Street. Information centre about Sapa O'Chau Project. With the help of four Australian tourists, Shu Tan, a young, single mother from the Black Hmong tribe, was able to open the first Hmong owned homestay in Sapa and supported Shu to establish a socially conscious trekking sevice. Sapa O’Chau put the money earned back into the community through projects such as providing winter clothes to children and improvements to the village schools. Later Shu organized informal English night classes for young tour guides. Today Sapa O’Chau has over 70 students (35 of which live at the Centre) and runs classes in English and Vietnamese literacy, vocational training, traditional song & dance and arts and crafts. In addition Sapa O'Chau provides support for students and their families so that they do not have to return to street-selling for income.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=12.0pt]The French Bakery: 46 Cau May Street. Excellent patisseries.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=12.0pt]The Hill Station: 07 Muong Hoa Street. This restaurant gets good notes for wine, ham, cheese and sandwiches on tripadvisor.com.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=12.0pt]Viet Emotion: 27 Cau May. Pancakes, Pizza, Tapas, Asian Food, books and magazines. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com.[/SIZE]
     
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