Sa Pa resort town recognised as national tourism site
Foreigners prefer homestay tourism in Sa Pa (Source: VNA)
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc
has recently signed a decision recognising the resort town of Sa Pa in the
northern mountainous province of Lao Cai as a national tourism site.
The PM assigned the Lao Cai provincial People’s Committee to coordinate with
the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and relevant ministries and sectors
to organise a ceremony to announce the decision.
They were also urged to promote tourism in Sa Pa and submit to the PM a
proposal on suitable policies and mechanisms to develop Sa Pa in a sustainable manner.
Located 350km northwest of Hanoi capital city, Sa Pa is 1,600m high above sea
level, with the average temperature of 15-18°C. The whole town is dominated by
the Hoang Lien Son mountain range which is famous with the Indochina’s highest
mountain of Fansipan at a height of 3,142 m above sea level.
Discovered in 1903 by the French, Sa Pa has many natural scenic sites such as
Ham Rong Mountain, Thac Bac (Silver Waterfall), Cau May (Rattan Bridge), Bamboo
Forest and Ta Phin Cave. The hill town is home to six main ethnic minority
groups, including Kinh, Hmong, Dao, Tay, Day and Xa Pho with various
traditional festivals and unique cultural practices, especially the Bac Ha
market and Sa Pa love market.
According to statistics of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and
Tourism, Lao Cai welcomed more than 1.1 million tourists in the first quarter
of 2017, including nearly 230,000 foreigners, a year-on-year rise of 56.6
It is striving to welcome more than 6 million tourists, and become a key
tourism centre of the north western region by 2020.
The province hopes to welcome at least 3.1 million tourists in the National
Tourism Year 2017.-VNA