The truly wonderful scenery in and around Sapa is one of the most beautiful in the country. This former border station sits close to China, in the northwest reaches of Vietnam. The hillsides have been terraced to facilitate rice production, creating a beautiful mosaic of colours, which change as the rice grows. The nearby Mount Fansipan, the highest in Southeast Asia, dominates the landscape. Sapa has become a successful centre for activities like trekking, and as a result has seen an upsurge in the development of bars and nightlife. In addition to the dominant Kinh population, there are eight different ethnic minority groups in Sapa. These are Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay, Muong, Thai, Hoa and Xa Pho. Local markets make for a fascinating day out and the nearby waterfall is another delightful attraction. There is much to see and do in this lovely provincial city and province of the same name. It is reached by train, bus or van from Hanoi.