Sapa is probably the most popular tourist destination north of Hanoi. This town was already a holiday retreat for the French during colonial time and it is now part of most tourist itineraries for Vietnam. And you can easily understand why.
The town is located in a beautiful mountainous area with lots of colourful and charming colonial buildings and some spectacular views. The main attraction, however, is the surrounding area – home for different minority tribes and some great trekking opportunities, including climbing the highest mountain of Indochina – Fansipan. So Sapa might be the place for you if you are interested in outdoor activities.