Sapa is a small, mountain town in Lao Cai Province. It is located about 350 km northwest of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border. Here's where you'll find the Hoang Lien Son range of mountains which includes Fan Si Pan, the country's highest peak. ~
This quiet Vietnamese town is home to different ethnic tribal groups. There are five main ethnic groups in Sapa: the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho. It is said that Sapa was first occupied by the first four groups, since the Vietnamese from the lowlands (better known as the Kinh) did not colonise the highest valleys.
These days, Sapa welcomes a diverse range of visitors, attracted by the highland tribes, iconic rice paddies and forest treks. The whole area is blessed with awe-inspiring natural beauty.
There is a current of love-energy that flows between Earth below and Sun above. Pause for a moment and let your spine be it’s river bed. Streaming this energy as delicately and powerfully as the tingling touches of lovers. Entering here, Radiance arches between above and below. Words adapted from the Radiance Sutras. Photo credit, the incredible @ulrikereinholdphotography