Sapa (from Chinese XA Pa--sandy place) is the capital of Sapa district in Lao Kai province, northwest Vietnam where live many ethnic minorities Hmong (52%), Dao (25%), Giay (5%), Tay (2%). The region is beautiful with its rugged mountains, rain forests, rice terraces, and colorfully dressed ethnic minorities.

         Sapa town and the Fansipan, highest mountain in Vietnam (3,140 m).

         Lao Cai - Vietnam - September of 2011.