Sapa is a mountainous district of great natural beauty and the starting point for climbers wishing to conquer the Fansipan Mountain - the highest in Vietnam at 3,143 metres. The area is inhabited by local hill-tribes from different ethnic groups including Hmong, Giay and Tay peoples. The main town, also called Sapa, was formerly a French hillside retreat for ... More>officials to escape the humidity and stifling heat of the low lying cities. It is now fast becoming a centre for eco-tourism, with activities like kayaking and trekking to places like Silver Waterfall, Rattan Bridge, Bamboo Forest and Ta Phin Cave. Best time to visit is in April and May when the area is blooming with flowers and green pastures. The mountainous topography of Sapa has been amazingly transformed by subsequent generations of famers who have built ever more steps into the slopes for rice cultivation. The many hues of green in Sapa are truly unforgettable.