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Sapa Handicrafts

Until the 1980s, most of the mountain populations in Vietnam used to produce nearly all their everyday life objects. Clothes, basketwork, metal and wooden objects, jewellery, pottery, etc. were made locally according to techniques that were often specific to an area or an ethnic group. These objects are still made today for family use and occasionally for sale..

Sapa Architecture

In the Lao Cai province, the buildings of specific architecture fall into two main categories:

  • The traditional buildings of the local ethnic group
  • French buildings dating back to the colonial era

Sapa History

In the 19th century, the Lao Cai area served as fighting ground for various armed groups, among which the famous Black Pavilions and White Pavilions. These gangs of plunderers had taken refuge in the mountains of Vietnam after the Taiping rebellion in China. Their main purpose was to control the shipping trade on the Red River. Sea salt from Vietnam, opium from the Yunnan province, new rice, fabrics, and manufactured goods were to be their primary objectives. Between 1850 and 1886, the town of Lao Cai was taken, destroyed and fortified several times by different groups..

Weather in Sapa Vietnam

The climate of Sapa is highly seasonal, with a subtropical climate in the summer and a temperate climate during the winter. Average temperature for Sapa town is 15.4ºC, with a maximum of 29.4ºC and a minimum of 1ºC. Sapa also experiences a marked wet season from May to September, with the heaviest rainfall occurring in July and August. The weather is also notorious for changing frequently and quickly. It is said that only in Sapa, one can experience many different seasons within only one day..

Sapa Travel FAQs

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5 Must-try Foods When You Visit Hue

The central of Vietnam is reputable for its Mam tom chua (sour shrimp sauce) and Hue is the best place for this unique sauce. Unlike normal shrimp sauce (has brown color and smooth surface), Sour shrimp sauce has orange color while shrimps still keep its original shape. It is quite simple to make this sauce. First, shrimps are clean by salt water (do not use normal water to avoid bad smells) and “cook” by strong rice wine. The shrimps will turn red. After that, carefully mix the shrimps with sticky rice, sliced lesser galangal, garlic and chili. Slowly put all the mixture into a jar covered by guava leaves. Just need to wait for 5-7 days and we have the mouthwatering sour shrimp sauce of our own making. This is the best sauce for boiled pork with vermicelli.


Biodiversity in Halong Bay

 A research of Halong Bay Management Department in 2008 figured out that Halong Bay is home of 2.949 species of both fauna and flora, including 102 rare species of the region and worldwide, 17 endemic species which is only in Halong and many endangered species in Vietnam’s Red Data Book.

Halong Bay Location

 Halong Bay ("descending dragon bay") is located in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. It belongs to Halong City, Cam Pha Town and a part of Van Don and Yen Hung district..

Demographics of Halong Bay

 In April 2009, the population of Halong Bay was estimated around 215.795 people.