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There are some villages near to Sapa where you can do a homestay. If you have 2, 3 days in Sapa and have a tour guide, the first day you will have a long trek for about 5 or 6 hours along small village trails. Here is some advice and information for your trip

Main Celebrations and Festivals
 

The dates of the traditional cultural festivals are based on the lunar calendar, which varies from one year to the next, hence these approximate dates. Make enquiries

Sapa Shopping
  You can find throughout Sapa town series of souvenir shops where they show all local people"s products: handicrafts, silvers, wooden things. All products are made by the people in this region
What is TET?
  "Tet" is a word of the Chinese origin and a phonetic transcription of "Tiet", a Sino-Vietnamese term which means "the joint of a bamboo stem" and, in a wider sense, the "beginning" of a meteorological period of the year."
The passage from one period to the next may cause climatic disturbances (heat, rain, mist) that must be exorcised by ritual sacrifices and festivities
Handicrafts in Sapa
  Until the 1980s, most of the mountain populations in Vietnam used to produce nearly all their everyday life objects. Clothes, basketwork, metal and wooden objects, jewellery, pottery, etc. were made locally according to techniques that were often specific to an area or an ethnic group
A message from your host
  We feel honoured by your visit and hope that it will be an opportunity for you to better understand our way of life, habits and culture
History of the Taphin Monastery
  On February 13th, 1942, for the token rent of one piastre per year, the Superior Resident granted a long-term lease over (the estate of the old fruit-growing station of Ta Phing (44 hectares of buildings and lands), uncultivated or fallow land
Sapa History
  The Sa Pa plateau was identified in 1901 during the first topographic plotting of the area. A military post was built in 1903. In 1906 the first westerner to settle in Cha Pa, named Mr. Miéville, worked with the department of agriculture. The number of French permanent civilian residents was never very high, only twenty odd people in 1942, plus a small colony of English-speaking protestants of unknown origin
Minority in general
  There are 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. The resultant diversity in culture and history of these minorities has created one of the most complex human environments in South East Asia. The main ethic group, the Kinh (Viet), accounts for approximately 87% of the population
Xa pho Ethnic Minority
  The Xa Pho came to Vietnam about 200 - 300 years ago. Some believe that their clothes indicate they immigrated from the southern islands of Asia, such as Malaysia and Indonesia
Travel to Sapa. Add : Cau May Str, Sapa Town, Laocai Province, Vietnam
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