Asianventure Tours -- Sightseeing
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Located at 1,500 m above sea level, Sapa lies on the side of the Hoang Lien Son Mountains, 396 km northwest of Hanoi. This hill station was first discovered by the French in late 19th century. It soon became famous in Indochina for its ideal climate. Sapa is home to various families of flowers of captivating colours, which can be found nowhere else in the country. When Tet, the Lunar New Year Festival, comes, the whole township of Sapa is filled with the pink colour of peach blossom brought from the vast forests of peach just outside the town. Sapa is regarded as the kingdom of orchids. Here, orchid lovers are even amazed by the choice, when trekking in the forest filled with several hundred kinds of orchids of brilliant colours and fantastic shapes, such as Orchid Princess, Orchid of My Fair Lady's Shoe. The best time to witness the scenic beauty of Sapa is in April and May. Before that period, the weather might be cold and foggy; after that period is the rainy season. In April and May, Sapa is blooming with flowers and green pastures. The clouds that settle in the valley in early morning quickly disappear into thin air. To reach Sapa, one can take either car or train to Lao Cai from which travel by local bus up to Sapa.
Published on 3/15/06