Right now, at the beginning of autumn – the “golden season”, it is the best time of year to visit Sapa destinations.
Sapa terraced fields are selected by Travel and Leisure Travel Magazine as one of the seven most spectacular terraces in Asia. Here are some suggestions to help you see the full rice harvest season in this foggy town.
Muong Hoa Valley
Muong Hoa Valley in sunlight
Muong Hoa valley is about 10km southeast of Sapa town center. This place attracts visitors by the charming beauty of land and sky. The valley turns into “the marvelous fairy“ entering September. The vast hills offer breath-taking views with golden integument.
Cat Cat village
Cat Cat village is also located near the center of Sapa town. It’s only a distance of 2 – 3km. Cat Cat’s ambiance is a harmonious combination of vast terraced fields with undulating slopes and hills of scattered H’mong dwellings.
Lao Chai village
Peaceful Lao Chai Village
Lao Chai is not near – about 7km from the center of Sapa town. The village lies far-flung in the valley, surrounded by mountains and terraced fields. The fields here are honorably ranked the most beautiful ones in Lao Cai. These fields look ladders connecting Lao Chai with the heavenly clouds of this hilly paradise.
Ta Van at its best
Almost earliest to turn yellow in Sapa, the terraced fields display amazing curves down the mountainous terrain. Surrounded by cascading mountainous tiers, these fields don’t work hard to make our jaws drop to the floor.
Locals are happy at work
Ta Phin is the farthest in the list – about 17km northeast of Sapa town, home to two Red Dao and H’mong ethnic groups. When coming here, you will be fascinated by the pristine natural scenery, terraced fields, streams hugging the village, and amusing Ta Phin Cave explorations.
The Hanoi-Lao Cai Expressway has been re-launched On September 21, which has brought many options for visitors. You can choose whether to be behind the wheel or simply spend the night on long-haul bunk beds.
Travel by train is highly recommended
However, trains are still the safest, most comfortable and most popular option. In this wise choice, you will be offered air conditioning, water in the room, good departure time, good train and rail quality. According to travelers’ real experience, your best bet is taking the upper reclining chairs for old rails are super noisy to endure such a long time.
Tao meo ( Ingenious apple specialty ) in season
Tao meo tree
This time in Sapa is when this famed apple initially becomes edible. Tao meo has long become the best fruit used as gifts as well as to make incredible wine. This crunchy produce has been grown in the wild on the Hoang Lien Son range, which starts flowering in the late spring (March-April) and has fruits in the fall. Visitors can buy fresh apples from branches during August to October. Throughout this period, Tao meo are sold by H Mong people in nearly all local markets in Sa Pa.