Top 5+ Things To Do in Sapa on Rainy Day (Updated 2020)

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Known as “the Tonkinese Alps”, Sapa is a beautiful small town in Lao Cai Province which is home to diverse Vietnamese ethnic minorities. From the lush mountainous areas to golden rice fields to the unique culture of ethnic tribal groups, you will marvel at the stunning beauty of Sapa’s culture and ethnic people at each season. 

Sapa - Things to do in sapa in the rain

Travel to Sapa in the rain, you can admire the awe-inspiring beauties of Sapa. It sounds weird but worth a try! Here is a list of interesting things to do you can experience in Sapa when raining

Overview of Sapa Weather

Located in the mountainous area in Northern Vietnam, the weather in Sapa town changes rapidly. The dry season in Sapa lasts for three months from October to April. Specifically, the winter weather is quite cold from December and goes all the way to the end of February of the next year. The period from June to September is the rainy season, which is inconvenient to outdoor activities in Sapa.  

Sapa weather - Things to do in Sapa in the rain

However, a rainy day is perfect for you to refresh yourself and experience some indoor activities in Sapa. Do not forget to take a shot of majestic moments of terraced rice field or mist-covered Hoang Lien Son mountain ranges on the rainy day. Furthermore, it is a good chance to learn about the culture of local tribes-people. 

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Things To Do In Sapa When Raining

1. Learn the culture of ethnic minorities in Sapa culture museum

Every corner of Sapa town is covered with the colorful culture of ethnic minorities. There are five main ethnic groups in Sapa that are the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho. The majority of Sapa inhabitants are the Black H’ mong people with their distinctive traditional costumes. You can take your time to the Sapa Culture Museum to get to know about the diverse cultural differences among ethnic tribe groups.

Sapa Culture Museum - Things to do in Sapa in the rain

Before entering into the engaging exhibits, you will marvel at the attractive exterior of the stilt house. The Sapa Culture Museum offers the showcase of distinctive customs, traditions, cultures, and history of Sapa development. After that, there is a wide range of handicraft products, embroideries or clothes you can buy for your family and friends.

2. Buy some handicraft products in Sapa market

You can take a walk to get a deep understanding of the local daily life of local people. Go into Sapa market, you not only see the selling and buying activities but also join in the hub of Hmong, Dao, Nung ethnic lives. There are many local markets active every day, but there are some only open once or twice a month. Do not miss the chance to enjoy local specialties and buy interesting Sapa souvenirs. 

Sapa market - things to do in sapa in the rain

Moreover, Sapa pharmaceutical products and medicinal herbs are well-known in Vietnam. Amongst the famous medicinal herbs, raw honey, and dried mushrooms are always one of the most worth buying natural products. It is reasonable and good for your health. Additionally, you can enjoy fresh tropical fruits in Sapa markets such as apple, peach, and pear.

3. Admire the unique architecture of the Holy Rosary Church of Sapa

Come to Sapa town, you will be surprised by its French colonial architecture in Sapa buildings. Holy Rosary Church is a symbol of Sapa town built during the history of the French colony. Established in 1985, the Sapa church is in the middle of the main square where local activities and other cultural performances happen on Saturday. 

Holy Rosary Church of Sapa - things to do in sapa in the rain

The whole church was constructed from the combination of sand, lime, and molasses with the total areas more than 6000m2. By the 1930s, there are more than 200 French buildings, running water, sewage systems, telephones, telegraph lines. After the bombing in 1952, many of the French villas were destroyed.

4. Enjoy the most tasty flavors in Sapa

In addition to the distinctive culture and majestic nature, you must savor the local food with traditional Hmong-style cuisine when coming to Sapa town. Appeared more than 200 years, horse meat soup is a traditional dish of the H’ mong people in Sapa. It is one of the most horrifying food because of its unpleasant smell and taste. You can challenge yourself with this “special” dish or relax with many delicious specialties such as bamboo-tube rice, free-range pig, dried buffalo meat.

Thang Co - things to do in sapa in the rain

Another food adventure in Sapa town you cannot miss is a wine from Assam apple that is made from the fermentation of Assam apple. It is a kind of apple harvested from Hong Lien Son Mountain from August to October. To experience this flavor, you can go to these places to enjoy your food experiences:

  • A Quynh Restaurant
  • Moment Romantic Restaurant
  • A Nguyen Restaurant
  • Sapa Grilling Area
  • Fansipan Restaurant
  • Sapa Cuisine Restaurant

5. Drink your coffee at the cafe in the clouds

Sit on the veranda of a hillside cafe, enjoying the splendid mountainous views is one of the must-try experiences in Sapa in the rain. With a majestic background of valleys and mountains, you can watch the fluffy white clouds moving slowly. Do not forget to take shots of the breathtaking scenery of nature hidden in the clouds.

Drink coffee - things to do in sapa in the rain

One of the most famous coffee chains you can drop by is Cong Caphe that is famous in Sapa in particular, and Vietnam in general. This coffee shop has its military-style decor and vague lights that create a mellow atmosphere. It is described as “slightly hipster” by foreigners. You can also try one of the most delicious coffee in the world with a wide range of beverages such as iced coconut coffee, coffee with condensed milk, and so on. 

6. Participate in an H’ mong Sewing Class

Black H’ mong textiles is a precious treasure in Sapa due to their concentration on handmade items and natural dyes. They use embroidery primarily to make colorful clothes for the H’ mong New Year, which is called “flower cloth”. Many people said that Chinese people forbid H’mong people to use their original, written language. Therefore, they sew the symbols into their clothes to create messages for their communication.

Embroidery often uses the traditional motifs associated with treasure chests with elephant feet, dragon tails, nature, and animals. This sewing class lasts for about one hour. An experienced Black H’ mong woman will give you an overview of the fabrics, threads, and symbology as well as the development of embroidery in the ancient times. 

7. Get the panoramic view from a train across Muong Hoa Valley

Another thing you can explore is to watch the natural masterpiece from Muong Hoa Mountain Railway. This railway connects Sapa town with the Fansipan cable car station. 

Muong Hoa Valley - things to do in Sapa in the rain

Muong Hoa valley is home to many ethnic minority populations such as Ban Ho, Lao Chai, Ta Van, Ta Phin.  What makes this place attractive is that the terraced rice fields interwoven with the ground-breaking techniques on the high mountains of the H’mong and Dao peoples. 

8. Relax on the special bathing therapy of Red Dao ethnic people

Come to Sapa town, you have a chance to experience a special bathing therapy created by the Red Dao ethnic people. This traditional herbal water is extremely famous due to its healthy natural materials. Specifically, wild fokienia is one of the aromatic essential oil extraction that keeps your scent for a few days.

The bathing therapy of Red Dao people - things to do in sapa in the rain

A herbal bath has to use from 10 to 100 ingredients and boils for three hours. Maintaining bathing therapy every day is good for your health. It can reduce musculoskeletal pain, rheumatism, and treat some skin diseases. 

*, Some travel tips when traveling to Sapa in the rain:

You can face four seasons during a day but the average temperate of Sapa is approximately 15 degrees Celsius per year. It is necessary to put on warmer clothing to keep your body warm such as bringing a waterproof jacket, sweater, and wool socks. Remember to carry slip-resistant shoes to help you move easily!

 

 

Things to do in Hanoi for a week – Suggested One week Itinerary in Hanoi

Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam has so many things to offer, from cultural experience to tasteful streetfood, to stunning landscape.  There are many unforgettable experience awaiting you to explore. In the article, we will help you find out what’s the best things to do in Hanoi in a week and some suggested itineraries for you to choose.

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Option 1:  Hanoi – Halong – Sapa 7 days

  • Best for: Suitable for all kind of visitors: family, couples, etc. It is easiest itineray for one week in Hanoi yet including the most desired destination in the North of Vietnam. 
  • Style: Classic
  • Best in : May/ September, November to March
  • Brief itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Explore Hanoi Old Quarter – Hanoi Ancient House – Enjoy Hanoi Streetfood

Day 2: Hanoi city Tour

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – One Pillar Pagoda – Temple of Literature – Museum of Ethnology – Hanoi Puppet Show or Hanoi Foody Tour by motobike

Signature coconut coffee in Hanoi
Signature coconut coffee in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay by shuttle bus – overnight in Halong

After having breakfast and checking out, we were picked up by a shuttle to head over to the cruise centre, head to Halong Bay by shuttle bus.

Embarking on a 2D1N cruise tour, we travelled towards Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rock formations surrounding us were a truly spectacular sight, and everyone got on the cruise’s upper deck to snap photos as keepsakes.

Allow your eyes to swim through the azure waters of this magical place, where thousands of sculpted limestone and islands rise from the water like gigantic teeth of dragons.

Enjoys Sunset party while our cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage. In the evening, free time for joining games, you may also try your luck with squid fishing.

For Halong Bay cruise, you can either choose Halong Bay or Lan Ha Bay, Bai Tu Long route if you want to visit less-touristy places yet wonderful.

Day 4: Halong Bay to Hanoi by Shuttle bus – Night Train to Sapa

After a night’s sleep swaying with the ocean’s waves,  a pearl farm, where the farmers extracted pearls from oysters to crafted into jewellery. This was followed by a Vietnamese spring roll making class back at the cruise. On a side note, I find a one-day cruise to be sufficient for seeing the wonders of Ha Long Bay.

Back to Hanoi around 3pm in the afternoon and settle at a coffee house in Hanoi Old Quarter.

In the evening, catch a night train or bus to Sapa.

Day 5: Sapa – Ta Van Village

If you catch a night train, you will wake up in Lao Cai station around 5:30am, then hop on a bus or hire taxi to drive up to Sapa about 30 minutes.

Visit Ta Van Village. Ta Van village is hidden in the foggy cloud, far away from Sapa busy streets. All its natural beauty are well reserved by over 110 households living in this village. Though you can definitely to get there and back in a day, many choose to stay overnight at the homestay in Ta Van village to fully experience a day with the minorities groups culture other than H’mong, one of the most popular minorities group in Sapa region.

This afternoon, l explore some of the neighboring villages on foot, passing through picturesque scenery as you walk. Visits between May and October coincide with the planting and harvesting season, a chance to see local farmers in action.

Stunning Golden Terraced Field in May/ October
Stunning Golden Terraced Field in May/ October

Overnight in Sapa

Day 6: Sapa – Hanoi 

Day 7: Hanoi Departure

Option 2:  Hanoi – Puluong – Ninh Binh – Halong – Hanoi

  • Style: Mix of classic and adventure/ off-the beaten-path
  • Best in : May/ September, November to March
  • Brief itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi full day city tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Pu Luong

Remote, rustic and supremely beautiful, Pu Luong might be one of the last places in Vietnam where you can truly unplug.  Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Khu bảo tồn Thiên nhiên Pù Luông) was established in 1999 to protect the area’s biodiversity. Inside the reserve, you’ll find a mix of pristine forest and cultivated rice terraces.  It’s a perfect landscape for trekking, and multi-day hikes are a favourite activity.

Puluong

Day 4: Pu Luong – Trang An – Mua Caves

Trang An

Day 5: Ninh Binh – Ha Long overnight cruise

Day 6: Ha Long – Hanoi

Day 7: Hanoi Departure

Option 4: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Perfume Pagoda – Halong Bay – Bat Trang Ceramic – Hanoi Departure

  • Style: Family, culture
  • Best in :
  • Brief itinerary:

Day 1:  Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi city tour
Day 3:  Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An – Hanoi
Day 4:  Hanoi – Huong Perfume Pagoda – Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong bay – Hanoi
Day 6: Hanoi – Bat Trang Ceramic Village 
Day 7:  Depart Hanoi

Bat Trang Ceramic Village  is a 14th century porcelain and pottery village near Hanoi, housing local artisans who combine both traditional and modern techniques to create beautiful porcelain artworks. Not only are you able to purchase some of the finest handmade ceramic products in Vietnam, you can also see them made right before your eyes during your visit.

Chrilden learn to make pottery in Bat Trang Ceramic Village
Chrilden learn to make pottery in Bat Trang Ceramic Village

Huong Perfume Pagoda is a complex of temples scattering from the foot to the peak of Huong Tich Mountain is one of the alluring spiritual tourist attractions in Hanoi.

Option 5: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Sapa – Can Cau Market – Gian Ta Phin – Mu Cang Trai

Best in May and September

Day 1 : Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Day 3 Hanoi – Ninh Binh -Night train to Sapa
Day 4: Sapa – Can Cau Market
Day 5: Sapa – Ban Khoang – Giang Ta Phin
Day 6: Sapa – La Pan Tan – Mu Cang Chai
Day 7: Mu Cang Chai Trekking – Mam Xoi – Hanoi

Mu Cang Chai Vietnam  is one of the most amazing landscapes of rice-terraced fields in Vietnam.

Mu Cang Chai is famous for the stretch of hazardous roads spreading out for tens kilometers of infinite and primeval landscapes, grandiose ranges of mountains and the peaceful and poetic picture of ethnics’ houses covered by terrace fields.

Can cau market is remarkable market where Hmong, Tay and Ha Ninh ethic people exchanging goods for their daily life. The market is organized on a high land with lush forests mingling wonderful wavy terraces from afar. Here, tourists will find easy to catch a colorful upland fair in the costume of young girls of Hoa (Chinese) Hmong, Tay or Ha Nhi ethnic groups. Exploring Can Cau Market is one of things to do in Sapatourism. Going to Can Cau Market in Sapa travel, tourists have a chance to much more soak up the vivid upland fair; simultaneously, ascertain about the daily life of the locals. The market  usually held on every Saturday and holidays during the year.

Can Cau market
Can Cau market

Tips for things to do in Hanoi for one week

Hanoi is an extremely crowded city, so traversing using cars is still a good choice but not the optimal one. For traveling in the city, some of the best choices would be bicycle, motorbike, or Xe Om (motorbike-taxi). With the appearance of Grab (Uber for motorbikes) getting around the city will be much easier for tourists.

How to have fun in Phu Quoc Island at night? – Phu Quoc nighlife

If Phu Quoc Island in the day is a tourist paradise, busy travelers back and forth to visit the route, Phu Quoc at night is very different. Not too noisy as Nha Trang, Da Lat, Vung Tau but Phu Quoc at night also has many interesting activities for “connoisseurs.”

Check out some recommendations below to enjoy Phu quoc nightlife to the fullest.

Night Squid – Exciting experience

 

When the night falls, the whole island of Phu Quoc becomes quiet but far away, the life of the fisherman is still hustling with the sparkling lights. This is where visitors can experience the relaxed and funny moment with the crew with the night squid activity. The experience will add to the excitement when you can fish the squids are hunting under the sea or pick up the swordfish, blue fish.

Top tips: Tourists can book the night squid tour in about 3 hours with the package price (guide, shuttle, and fishing gear) with local tour operator

Cuisine: Absolutely tourists will enjoy squids that are cooked directly on the boat

Dinh Cau Night Market – Walking, shopping and enjoying Phu Quoc specialties

Dinh Cau is the famous night market in Phu Quoc

Dinh Cau night market is a shopping center, dining with full of specialties of Phu Quoc Island. Despite only openning from 5 pm to 10 pm, Dinh Cau night market is always busy with tourists and the local people to visit and go shopping. Night Market is located in the center of Duong Dong town, on Vo Thi Sau Street, 100m from Dinh Cau cape.

Must see: Dinh Cau Beach is a great destination next to the night market. You can take a stroll around to see sunset and enjoy cool drinks by the sea.

Cuisine: Food area in the night market with plenty of rich and affordable dishes like Leaf Café (11 Tran Hung Dao), Coffee Street (2 Bach Dang, Duong Dong).

Bach Dang Night Market – A new place to visit and shopping in Phu Quoc Island

 

Stretching over 300m, the night market on Bach Dang Street has 12 souvenir booths, 20 featured cuisine of Phu Quoc and 12 specialized food courts. This is the second night market in Phu Quoc (after Dinh Cau night market).

Top tips: Located on Bach Dang street, the new market is still quite empty, suitable for couples or travelers do not like the crowded.

Must see: Behind Bach Dang night market is Duong Dong River, to the end of the market, visitors will see a large bridge, the other side of the bridge is Duong Dong seafood market.

Cuisine: Dining area in night market with many options from Phu Quoc specialties to Korean, Japanese, beer, coffee.

Dao Ngoc Water Puppet Theater – Enjoy unique ethnic arts in Phu Quoc Island

 

It would be interesting to have a chance to enjoy the art of water puppetry, which can only be seen in the North or in Saigon. Dao Ngoc Water Puppet Theater is invested by the Vice Professor of Irrigation Department of Ha Luong Thuan and played by Thai Binh artisans, with the traditional water puppetry artistry with enthusiasm of puppetry art lovers.

Top tips: The theater is located at 129 Tran Hung Dao Street, Quarter 7, Duong Dong Town. Theater stage can accommodate about 150 guests, each day there are 2 performances in the evening, the weekend has 3 performances. Adults: 150.000VND / ticket, children: 120.000VND / ticket.

Cuisine: BoBa Beer Club, Chinaski’s Bar, Gecko Bar, Coffee Shop, Mon Bungalow, Let’s Try Boroda 3.

Ham Ninh fishing village – Experience the casual life of fishing people

 

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of tourists, come to Ham Ninh fishing village, where you can soak up the moonlight in the bright, with the cool breeze, along with antiqueness, quietness and simplicity and lifestyle of gentle fishermen. Life here remains almost unspoiled with the temporary bamboo walls. People mainly live by pearl diving, catching holothurian and netting crabs. Ham Ninh is also known as cheap seafood market in Phu Quoc. The most famous seafood here is the crab.

Top tips: Fishing village about 20km northeast of Duong Dong town. You can go to the village by taxi or taxi motorbike.

Food: Guests can buy seafood, especially Ham Ninh crab and hire villagers to cook.

Ong Lang Beach – Walking the beach to see night view

Located outside the flow of life, Ong Lang Beach is wild, strangely tranquil. Long sandy beaches are often interrupted by rocks, creating an interesting landscape, a picture of the sky, wind, sand, stone that visitors just want to keep in the heart forever.

Top tips: Ong Lang Beach is located on the west coast of Phu Quoc Island, between Ganh Dau Beach and Duong Dong Town. Here you can enjoy walking on the sandy beaches, romantic night sea and enjoy the fresh sea air. After strolling on the beach, you can visit many restaurants and bars along the beach to enjoy cool drinks.

Restaurants, bars at the beach resorts such as The Shell Resort & Spa, Coco Palm Resort Phu Quoc, Blue Sea Resort Phu Quoc, Phu Quoc Eco Beach Resort, Bo Resort …

Rory’s Beach Bar – The most worthy bar in Phu Quoc Island

Rory’s Beach Bar

This is one of the most worthy bars in Phu Quoc Island. Located right on the beach, near the beach of the resort, Rory’s Beach is very clean and safe. The menu has a lot of delicious dishes at an affordable price. Let’s visit Rory’s Beach Bar and call a bottle of beer, then lie on the couch to enjoy the fresh sea air, in the sea breeze with passionate music.

Top tips: The bar at 118/10 Tran Hung Dao, Duong Dong town.

Food: In addition to the extensive beverage menu, the bar also serves a variety of dishes: salad, potato, pasta, curry … and fresh seafood Phu Quoc.

Coco Bar – Relax and feel the wonderful sea air

Coco Bar

On the popular travel site TripAvidsor, Coco Bar is considered one of the best bars in Phu Quoc. With open space, the Coco Bar has both indoor and outdoor seating for guests to experience the great sea breeze. The decoration style is simple and characteristic of coastal city. Especially, the food and beverages are well processed, bringing the unforgettable feeling for visitors.

Top tips: Bar at 118/3 Tran Hung Dao, Duong Dong town

Cuisine: In addition to the cocktails, the barbecue here is also appreciated.

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