Vietnam is becoming a hot spot on the Southeast Asia travel route, but the remote village of Sapa in the northwest of the country is still considered to be off the beaten path from Saigon to Hanoi or vice versa.
The landscape is mountainous with lush green vegetation and terraced rice paddies built into the sides of the mountains. The people in this area belong to various hill tribes such as the Dzao & Hmong, and are friendly towards travellers.
A popular way to see this area is through a homestay with a local family, you’ll get to experience how people in this area live and get a taste of their unique culture. There are tour operators in the area that can set this up: http://www.allsapatours.com/, http://www.indochinatravelservice.com/
The best time to visit Sapa is either March – May or Sept – Dec, when the weather is very pleasant and rainfall is minimal. There are lots of trails in the area for hiking, multi-day trekking, or mountain biking.
If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam, you should make space in the itinerary for Sapa, it’s a little out of the way but the experience will be well worth it.