Sapa is one of the most enchanting Vietnam destinations. The town is not only famous for rich nature, cool climate and colorful cultures of the ethnic minorities but also a wonderful paradise of terraced rice fields and best destination for trekking.
Due to the steep feature, fertile soil thanks to it was created by weathered granite rock and mountain cliffs often stock water, local ethnic minority people can grow rice and establish terraced rice fields, one after another, from the foot to nearly top of mountains. Generations to generations of these people have made terraced rice fields as we see today.
When being seen from afar, the terraced rice fields look like a picture of nature with heart- catching beauty keeping tourists to stay for admiration for a while. Especially with large terraced fields in Ta Van, Lao Chai, Ta Phin village look as a huge picture by curving lines. It is as wish to keep tourists’ feet stay longer than to admire its beauty. This picture however has its colour changed seasonally, exhibiting its most alluring charm when the new crop begins, green rice grows and the field is lush with ripening rice.
As usual in April and May when the local people water their fields at full to prepare for a new crop, the surface of terraced fields shines like a mirror reflecting the contrast of the reddish brown of soil, the deep blue of the sky high above and the green of surrounding forests. Embankments surrounding these terraces look like threads softly lined by the painter.
During the time green crop from June to July, it creates a full green paddy field and forest surround, it looks like a green carpet stretches from the foot to the heaven line. We sure that you will not have chance to see this scene at anywhere else.
At the end of autumn in September and October, the terraced fields are ripe. You can see the picture as a gold silk curving along mountain slopes, create amazing beautiful landscape which Sapa attract tourists come to in their Viet Nam tour.
Association with unique cultural values of minority people, beautiful landscapes of nature, terraced rice fields contribute for impressive of Sapa mountainous area. Among the rice fields stretch across the landscapes to the horizon, you can see small house with small people look from the far distance, it makes the picture more attractive and living than ever.
Terraced rice fields combined with distinctive cultural practices of local ethnic minority groups have created the uniqueness of the northern mountainous area. Due to its location on the magnificent Hoang Lien Son Alps, Sapa is also an ideal place for trekkers to discover local life.
Depending on their trekking skills and ability, visitors can choose the trekking route which is most suitable out of a wide range of trekking spots, from easy to hard level. For short treks, one to two days in Sapa are suitable for almost anyone. However, for longer treks than two days, an adventurous nature and good physical fitness is needed. Most of trekking tours are departed from Sapa town. Just some minutes walking out of the town tourists will be admired by rolling mountains, deep valleys, picturesque terrace rice fields and lush green forests as far as the eyes can see.
The best period to do trekking in Sapa is from September to November. The weather at this time is nice and relatively cool with little or no rain. December to February may be cold and rainy. The next best period is between March and April which is spring season in Sapa, when the unpaved roads are not yet turned into a mud bath and the weather is pleasantly sunny or cloudy and dry which offers the very best conditions for trekking.
Tourists who love take photos and trekking, Sapa foggy town and terraced rice fields and tribe villages in northern Vietnam are value to visit. You will never regret when you choose this highlight in your Viet Nam tour.
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