Sapa is an idyllic place in the northwest of Vietnam in the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. This breathtaking land is painted with bamboo forests, dramatic peaks and divine valleys sculpted with rice fields. In Sapa Centre Square, ridges thick with trees rise above colourful houses surrounding an emerald lake. You'll find a Gothic stone church built by the French in 1895 and a quaint museum detailing the history of the town that also sells traditional goods and jewellery. The big draw of Sapa is the Muong Hoa Valley and Mount Fansipan, two regions of profound beauty. At the foot of Fansipan, be sure to take the time to see one of many waterfalls. There are lots of cascading waters to choose from, like Thac Bac (Silver Waterfall), Thac Lanh (Cold Waterfall), Thac Ham Rong (Dragon Jaw Waterfall) and Thac Tinh Yeu (Love Waterfall). You can swim in some of these natural wonders too. Take a trip to Cat Cat cultural village and explore the daily life of the area. Walk past wooden houses situated between hills, visit rice paddies layering the land, cross bamboo bridges over ravines and spot watermills running on trickling streams that run on from Cat Cat waterfall. There are lots of shops here too, selling local arts and crafts.