A former French Hill station, Sapa is fast becoming a trekker and tourist hotspot. Situated on the Hoang Lien Son mountain range of northwest Vietnam, the town overlooks terraced rice fields, often shrouded in heavy morning mist. Aside from the spectacular view, the town’s charm can be also be attributed to the local H’mong and Dzao hill tribe people, who trade clothing, trinkets and handicrafts in the town most days. Trekking expeditions can be arranged to nearby villages and, for the fit and energetic, Fansipan peak (Vietnam’s highest) can be climbed. Or head out onto the Tram Ton Pass for stunning scenery, stopping off en route at the Thac Bac waterfall, with its multiple cascades.

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