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Sapa, a small town in the mountainous area of northwestern Vietnam, is an absolutely ideal place for trekking. Sapa’s nature is endowed with breath-taking scenery featured by uneven terrain, which is not too dangerous to explore but challenging enough to amaze you. Sapa trekking journeys are not only about to go from hills to hills to see how the terrains vary in each area, but to also discover daily lives of local minor ethnic people who have long-standing traditions and customs established to adapt to Sapa nature.
You can start your trek from either Sapa town or a local village. The accompaniment of a local guide who understands the terrain like the back of his hand is highly recommended for your safety. Your trekking itinerary mostly includes trials leading you up and down, up and down hills that curve and cut through many farming houses, paddy fields and tiny ethnic-tribe villages. Sometimes, you can stop for a short while to take in Sapa’s picturesque scenery of the many mountains. All of the local villages in Sapa are interleaved with hills and mountains and lie along the paths you are following, so it is not a bad idea to pay them a visit. People in Sapa also have their own features and traditions. Most of them are ethnic minorities, instead of Kinh – the major ethnic in Vietnam, so they lead simple lives without television, internet and restaurant that you can hardly imagine and find amazing. Their tradition and customs enrich their lives. Your Sapa tour, therefore, is not just to see how spectacular the nature is, but also to figure out how exciting to you the residents’ lives are. Perhaps, what interests you is the method by which clothes are traditionally dyed or by which knives are sharpened.