Visiting Sapa can definitely be a highlight in a South East Asian trip.  Sapa is the highest mountain area in Vietnam, it's famouse with Fansipan at a high of 3142m above sea level and a vast area covered by thick forest, rich in wildlife, It's highest mountain in Southeast Asian Country.Sapa also famouse with great diversity of ethnic minority people: H’mong , Yao, Tay, Zay, Xapho.

The 5 main ethnic groups which takes about 85% of the population today and a very small number of them live in Sapa town, most of themlive in small villages and hamlets scattering in valleys and hamlets scattering in valleys and mountains throughout the district. The indigenous people there possess unique qualities with their vibrant costumes, music and style of housing and the almost utopia setting of their villages.  Here one could really experience a prehistoric land which seems untouched by the horrors of modernization.  You will marvel to watch the tiny black H'Mong people carry heavy loads of straw across the mountain and to see the women dressed in there unique tribal clothes.  These people are beautiful and make you appreciate our common ancestry where once community and family and the environment were as one.  

Visiting Sapa, you can trek to discover Catcat, Lao Chai, Tavan, Ham Rong...with the great view, and can enjoy the time with many colorful life of minorithy poeple. You can sleep in the locals' villages and feel welcomed allows you to connect with a time that has past and yet lies in all our genetic memories a time when we were truly organic and treated the earth as a God. 

This picture may be somewhat romanticized and these people live a harsh, impoverished life. But after you visit, you may think about trading places from sitting at your laptop in western comfort to breathe that pure Sapa air for even a moment; you might be willing to do it for any amount of money!  Go there and let yourself be harmonized.