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Cat Cat Trek
Trek to Cat Cat, which sits about a mile and a half outside of Sapa. Cat Cat is a sleepy place filled with authentic hill tribes, and is home to a thriving series of cottage industries, selling all the manner of products, including embroidery, sculpture, and art - perfect for souvenirs and mementos.
Colonial Walking Tour
See the buildings established by the French, which include the town hall, the church and the town square. Don’t forget to stop in at the Sapa Culture Museum as well to learn about local traditions and customs. Afterwards, eat at the Hill Station Restaurant, which features pate, ham, wine and cheese - a legacy of the French. For coffee lovers, there’s a special Italian coffee blend.
Trek near the mountains by Heaven's Gate, for a stunning view overlooking the valley, with its jagged mountains, verdant forests, and elaborate, terraced rice paddies.
Ta Phin Village
Ta Phin Village is five miles from Sapa. Visitors will be able to meet the Red Dao, who are known for their elaborate, special headgear. Visitors can also embark on a 6 to 7 miles (10 to 11 kilometers) circular trek that will pass through both Red Dao and Black Hmong villages.
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Sapa is a verdant, mountainous town located in northern Vietnam known for its rich ecological and cultural diversity stemming from its proximity to the Chinese border. With picturesque rice terraces and forested hills surrounding the town — and the Fansipan, the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia, located nearby — a stay in Sapa will leave visitors feeling like they’ve escaped to an old-world settlement that dates back to the colonial era of French Indochina. The Hotel de la Coupole Sapa, a luxury hotel that fuses design elements of elegant French colonial style with the colorful touches of native hill tribes, stands as the only five-star international hotel in Sapa. The Hotel de la Coupole features 249 accommodations, an on-site shopping mall, and a selection of bars and restaurants. Other amenities include air conditioning and heating (more sought-after than one might think in a mountain climate famed for occasional “four-season days”), numerous meeting and banquet rooms, and a Spa and Fitness Center complete with a sauna and massage parlor. And for those wishing to venture out and explore the surrounding mountains, waterways, and lush slopes, local guides are easily hired, and transportation is conveniently arranged either through the hotel or by local means.
Nestled in the romantic Muong Hoa valley among majestic mountains and moss-green rice terrace plots lies Pao's Sapa Leisure Hotel. This modern hotel of 223 rooms seamlessly blends the Sapa cultural heritage with high-class accommodations and stunning vistas. Rooms start at 98 square feet and all feature balconies with views of the surrounding mountains and rice terraces. Air conditioning, LCD television, and complimentary Wi-Fi are standard, while upgraded rooms include full bathtubs. Suites offer additional space and king-size beds, and the 515 square feet of the expansive Presidential Pao's Suite is fitted with two bedrooms, a living room, and an inviting Jacuzzi. The hotel's A Linh Restaurant starts the day with a buffet breakfast and ends with a selection of genuine local dishes. There is also the Lobby Lounge, which serves Western dishes, and the MK Rooftop Bar where guests can enjoy colorful cocktails and Asian-inspired light bites. The on-site Fitness Center is well-equipped for cardio and strength training; it also includes a swimming pool on the second floor that looks out across the mountains of Sapa through floor-to-ceiling windows.
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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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Sapa or “Sa Pa,” is situated near the border with China in Lao Cai province. It’s a difficult place to reach — the most popular way in is by overnight train
Whether it’s getting from Hanoi to the north in style or trekking with tribes, Sapa and Lao Cai give travelers unique opportunities to experience an authentic Vietnam.
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