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Sapa is cooler than most other parts of North and Mid Vietnam. Many tourists are unprepared for the cold weather in Sapa as they usually think of Vietnam as a very hot place. In Sapa, there are 5 minority tribes, local tours will take you to 3 or more of them and explain about their everyday life. Occassionally, you will be bugged by the locals trying to sell you things like handicraft or embroidery. The trek through the villages is interesting, but beware of the very muddy and slippery paths.
From Irene: The landscape in this hill village is very nice, the traditional dresses of the different tribes are interesting. You can find the details in the Ethnology Museum in Hanoi.