Luxury Sapa Holidays

Journey to a dramatic land with sweeping rice terraces, plunging pools, valleys and plenty of mountains.

Guide to Luxury Holidays in Sapa

A world-renowned destination for hiking, Sapa is a town of rolling valley vistas and panoramic mountain views. Home to a diverse group of ethnic minorities with rich traditions, it's a wonderful place to immerse yourself in different cultures and to explore the allures of Vietnam. A luxury holiday in Sapa offers the ultimate Far East retreat.

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.

Sapa boasts a largely different climate than the majority of Vietnam. The summer, from June to August, enjoys temperatures of around 25 degrees Celsius. It's also the rain season that turns the landscape thick with greenery. From December to February, winter laces the landscapes with for snow, with rolling atmospheric fogs adding to the magic of the landscape.

In spring (from around March to May) and autumn (around September to November) the temperatures linger pleasantly around 20 degrees Celsius and the days tend to stay bright and clear.

As with any holiday, it's good to carry some identification with you at all times and to keep a photocopy of your passport. Depending on your length of stay, there are different options for visas. Up to 30 days you can get an e-visa online. Visit GOV.UK for more advice.

With a luxury retreat to Sapa, fine dining is an exquisite affair serving up the finest Vietnamese cuisine. Expert chefs create dishes with an impeccable balance of flavours (hot, salty, sour and sweet) that represent the country's palate. Try local specialities like goi cuon fresh spring rolls and the world famous pho noodle soup.

You'll also get to sample a wide range of international dishes cooked to perfection. In the evening, unwind with an extensive list of international wines, cocktail menus prepared by skilled mixologists and premium spirits.

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