Believed to have been birthed some hundreds of millions of years ago, Vietnam's Fansipan Mountain is a towering peak, also famous as the loftiest summit of Indochina, which spans Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Standing tall at 3,143 meters (10,312 feet), this mighty peak proudly looks over the picturesque, northwestern expanses of the country. Also popular as the 'Roof of Indochina', Fansipan is one among a handful of ecotourism destinations of the country. A part of the Hoàng Liên National Park, the mountain is enclosed within vibrant swathes of blooming azaleas and rhododendrons, along with other floral species. Set against varied contours and gradations, it often poses a tough challenge to hikers and climbers, hence being a feat which is achievable only by the intrepid adventurer. Crowned by a gleaming, metal pyramid which serves as the marker of the summit, this imposing massif is also a safe haven for a multitude of wildlife.
Located 2 kilometers from the resort town of Sa Pa, the Cat Cat Village is great for all those who want a taste of the real Vietnamese life. You can check out the H'Mong tribe who are renowned for their unique customs. Photographers will have a field day as the village is replete with traditional timber houses, pottery, women spinning colorful brocade and crafting jewelry made from gold and silver. Although some may find the setting a bit too staged, it takes nothing away from the stunning surreal beauty of the surrounding mountains and streams.
A historic frontier town, Sa Pa perches over the Lào Cai Province on a hilltop 1600 meters (5249 feet) above sea level. Its earliest settlers remain shrouded in mystery despite a wealth of petroglyphs they left behind. Today, residents range from Hmong people to Giay people, and the town hosts a bustling market renowned for its local vendors. Sa Pa attracts tourists with its scenic beauty and rich biodiversity, which is best enjoyed by hiking its many nature trails in the region. Visitors can catch one of the unique festivals and celebrations Sa Pa's various cultural groups put on throughout the year.
Located near the Sapa town in Vietnam, Ta Phin is a scenic town with caves, green landscapes, beautiful mountain trails and quaint streams. Apart from this, Ta Phin is also known for embroidered products with intricate patterns and well-woven designs that are ideal for gifting your loved ones. Adventure lovers can be a part of trekking groups that take you through steep mountains and picturesque locales. The friendly locals allow the tourists a peek into their houses, so they can get an idea about local life. All in all, Ta Phin makes for an interesting day trip and tour.