Journey Three / Chapter 28

Mt. Fansipan & Valleys Around Sapa Town

March 2019

Reaching to the top of Mt. Fansipan, the roof of Indochina and exploring beautiful rice terraces and traditional villages in the valleys around Sapa Town.

As our last stop in Vietnam, right before reaching Chinese border with an overnight train from Hanoi, we visit last, but likely best destination in the coutntry - the picturesque mountain town of Sapa and the beautiful valleys around it.

Sapa town stands at the head of a deep valley of magnificent rice terraces that are still worked today as they have been for centuries. Backdrops don’t get much more spectacular. Enticing ribbons of road lead the eye down to the valley floor, white-water rivers rush among rice fields, and lush green mountains stretch into the distance as far as the eye can see. We don't wait for a second - we just jump on a motorbike and spend whole day exploring the valley.

The highest peak in the region, Mount Fansipan (3,143m), crowns the ragged ridge line high above town. The next day we get up early, hit the new cable car that starter operating in 2017 and after a spectacular ride up we are just under the peak of the largest mountain in Indochina, where elaborate system of modern temples is built. Soon we are reachingn the very top of the mountain by foot and marveling at the spectacular views in all directions.