Sapa is known as home to beautiful rice terraces and mountain landscapes, unique tribe villages and Hoang Lien mountain range which set a challenging backdrop for a lifetime trekking journey. Below is the list of 6 things you should do when travelling to this uphigh land.
1. Fansipan Trekking
Fansipan is called as “the Roof of Indochina” with the height of 3143m, the highest peak of the Indochina Peninsula. Although the summit of Fansipan is less than half of Mount Everest, this place is a good choice for those who are eager to conquer high peaks and test their muscular power. It would be proud when you conquer a mountain at the tail end of Himalayas.
It’s definitely not an easy trek but it promises marvelous views of the Hoang Lien mountain range and pristine natural beauty. Climbers have chance to explore the diverse flora, enjoy beautiful orchids and wild flowers along the way or listen to the musical concert of insects.
The ideal time to start your trekking is from mid October to mid November and in March, again. Where to refer: Vietnam Nomad Trails – 13 Tue Tinh Str., Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam.
You need to do exercise intensively at least 1 or 2 weeks before the trip
- Bring warm clothes!
- Bring as few things in your backpack as possible
- Bring rainwear with separate coat and trousers
- Wear sports shoes that can stick
2. Ride a bike to Muong Hoa Valley
Muong Hoa Valley is a stunningly beautiful stretch of land lying at the bottom of Fansipan’ snorthern flank. There are many green paddy fields stretching to the horizon and dotted with different minority group’s villages.
Cat Cat village
Cat Cat village is a typical village of ethnic minority. The old H’Mong hill tribe village attracts tourists from all over the world for its distinctive culture and unique practices which have been lost recently.
Tourists will be impressed by the peacefully picturesque sceneries of pristine nature, the traditional cultural and unique original architecture. You can admire a big waterfall on the stream and an old Hydro Electric Power Station built by the French. Moreover, the image of young women in traditional costumes, sitting by looms and making colorful pieces of brocade with designs of flowers, patterns, birds has been a symbol of this mountainous land.
Traditional wood house style is also a featured beauty that should be mentioned. Apart from that, you can try to do weaving fabric, purchase some traditional souvenirs and handicrafts as gifts. The trip to Cat Cat Village will definitely delight you.
The best time to visit Cat Cat Village is early October when the weather is not too hot or too cold. The village is about 3km from Sapa town and located on the slope of the hill. It’s quite easy to walk here.
Terraced rice fields
If you already make a trip to Muong Hoa Valley, you cannot miss the chance to experience the beauty of terraced rice fields voted as one of seven most beautiful and impressive ones of Asia and the world by readers of the UC’s magazine Travel and Leisure.
The slopes claimed from nature for cultivation in hilly or mountainous areas create the spectacular terraced rice fields. Local ethnic people here often grow rice and establish next terrace rice fields, one after another, from the foot to nearly top mountains. Being observed from a far distance, the terraced rice fields look like a picture with a beauty which absolutely melts your hear. Especially, the color of this picture will be changed seasonally depending on the time of new crops, which displays its most attractive charm
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