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Why Sapa Museum is special ?
Sapa Museum is housed in an attractive stilt house with a static exhibit upstairs which runs uninspiringly through the history of the Sapa region before moving on to some slightly more engaging exhibits about the culture of the ethnic minorities. It’s like the Ethnology Museum or Women’s Museum in Hanoi, but far smaller and dustier.
Downstairs was home to a sponsored exhibit about the crafts and customs of the Hmong and Red Dao people. It specifically focuses on their handicrafts as part of the Sapa Fair Craft project to promote these traditional crafts and help provide new economic opportunities.
How to get to Sapa Museum?
Anywhere in the main village of Sa Pa can be reached on foot, and the town is small enough that you're not likely to get lost. A basic map will be good enough for most visitors.
Small step-through Honda motorbikes can be rented in the touristy parts of town, as well as near the gas station on the road leading to Lào Cai, for USD3–6 depending on the amount of time you wish to rent for and your bargaining skills (i.e., determination).
Tourists intending to trek to the various villages through the paddy fields should be prepared with good trekking shoes or rubber boots, a walking stick and extra clothing kept in a waterproof bag. Hotels often have gumboots and ponchos to lend to their guests, and such equipment can also be rented or purchased from shops in the town.
- Small but informative
- Great place to learn more about history's VietNam
- Great place for family day out
- Good museum to stop for a while
- Good information
Thạch Sơn, tt. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
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We stopped here while having some time to kill before our night train. Interesting to learn more about the tribes and history. We got there about 11:15 and discovered it closed at 11:30 for lunch. Would have enjoyed spending more time there.