The picture-perfect town of Sapa is a must-see on any northern Vietnam itinerary. On a clear day it is possible to sight beautiful steeply-terraced rice fields, soaring abundant plateaus, primitive mud-thatched villages, white-water rivers and dazzling waterfalls. Situated in the Tonkinese Alps near the border with China, the village was built as a hill station in Vietnam's time as a French colony, to provide a break from the sizzling temperatures in the capital city of Hanoi. Weekends remain the most popular time to visit, with tourists gathering for a glimpse of the famed Love Market a trek to local hill tribe villages, or to climb Vietnam's highest peak, Fan Si Pan.
In Sapa typical French colonial buildings stand side-by-side with modern hotels but the town never fails to live up to its charming billing. As a popular weekend retreat almost designed for purposes of relaxation, the town provides the perfect peaceful and quaint getaway from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. As well as taking a break from it all, visitors can also discover the real Vietnam with a tour to one of the many Hmong or Dao hill tribes and view first hand authentic Vietnamese life. To start your trip, check here at EasyToBook.com for the best accommodation deals.