Attraction Sapa town, Lao Cai province, Vietnam Published on: 04-03-2016
Terraced rice fields in Sapa is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Terraced rice fields in Sapa is special ?
Terraced rice field is an interesting place to visit and discover the simple beauty of life while enjoying the breathtaking view.
Terraced rice fields are located in the northern mountainous provinces. 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.
What to explore at Terraced rice fields in Sapa?
The visitors coming there can
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. This picture however has its colour changes 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.
In June and July, the terraced rice fields with fully-grown paddy rice and forest trees spread the green out to the entire area, from the foot to top of mountains, before disappearing in mist. The green of paddy rice grown on the terraced field makes tourists think of it as a hand-made creation of uniqueness which cannot be found anywhere else
In September and October when autumn ends, tourists can feel prosperity all over the area as rice in all terraced fields is ripe, giving the gold colour. During the time, the terraced rice fields look like golden silk scarves flying over in the wind above green mountain slopes, making the mountainous landscape astonishingly beautiful.
Striking terraced rice fields coupled with distinctive cultural practices of local ethnic minority groups have created the uniqueness of the northern mountainous area.
The tourists can visit some famous terraced rice fields in the northern mountainous area such as: terraced rice fields in Sa Pa (Lao Cai Province) were voted as one of seven most beautiful and impressive terraced rice fields of Asia and the world by readers of American magazine named Travel and Leisure, terraced rice fields in Mu Chang Chai (Yen Bai Province) were recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as national heritage in 2007, terraced rice fields in Hoang Su Phi (Ha Giang Province)…
How to get to Terraced rice fields in Sapa?
There are many terraced fields in Sapa. From Hanoi, you can go to Sapa in many ways. It will take 9 hours by train to Sapa.
if you want to go fast. you can take a bus or sleeper bus. it just takes 4 hours. Besides, you can hire a motorbike to get to there. But, you need may be 1 day to complete your journey.
Following Au Co street, Nhat Tan Bridge and Vo Nguyen Giap Vo Van Kiet Highway to Noi Bai - Lao Cai in ThanhXuan.Then going along Highway Noi Bai - Lao Cai at Dawn to Dawn, tp. Lao Cai. Going along Tran Hung Dao Xuan Vien and QL in 4D to tt. Sa Pa.
- Worth the walk down
- One of the most beautiful spots in Sapa
- Great time in a wonderful area
- Green, idyllic, gorgeous
- A place for memorable moments
Sapa town, Lao Cai province, Vietnam
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For more reviews, visit travelexpectations.wordpress.comLived up to expectations? Yes and no. Yes - It was beautiful. No - we read that the further you hike the better it gets, but we didn't experience this.3: Value for money3: Rooms / Atmosphere (including Sleep Quality)3: Cleanliness5: Service5: LocationAbout $180 / 7,777,000 VND : cost per person for 3 days and 2 nights TrekkingMarch 2013: date of visitWe undertook a 2 night / 3 day hike, but 1 night / 2 day hike may have been better as it is pretty repetitive. On the first night we stayed in Miss Mai and she was a fantastic host. We strongly recommend that you request her.In addition, I'm not sure if it is possible, but potentially you could try to organise a home stay without the hike. Miss Mai's house is in a village that can be reached by car.
I never write reviews but I felt I really should share my experiance and see if it helps anyone make a better choice.Sleeper Train: I always do loads and loads of research before I go on holiday (I'm all about planning in advance) and I couldn't find a huge amount on recent 2013 sleeper train experiances i.e. which train was cleaner (I heard stories about cockroaches and that was enough to drive me to research). The general view was to get a first class sleeper. I found the most good reviews on Fanxipan trains - so was determined to get our sleeper beds on this train. I found some bad reviews of the Orient trains - so was determined to avoid those (not linked to THE Orient express trains by the way). We had some friends travelling in vietnam just before us, so we asked them to buy our train tickets for us but long story short they brought us a double cabin on the Orient!!!Anyway as it turned out the Orient train was very very clean, new duvet, clean bedsheets, sparkling. I also had a nosy at the other company trains while we was walking to our train and they all appear to be sparkling. So it seems vietnam train companies have been fast upgrading. From what I saw you wouldn't have a problem with any of the first class cabins with any company. Booking in advance also didn't appear to be neccessary because there was plenty of spaces. Buying the tickets in vietnam is definately the way to go if you have the time as buying tickets on line via a agent smacks on a hefty fee.Tour Guide: Again through research I went with Dat ([email protected]). I personally would not recommend him as I think there are better guides that charge less. This is the second time I've been to vietnam. First time I went I visited sapa for only two nights and went via a tour company. They where very well organised, their trips was very well thought out, informative and we visited lots of little villages and meet quite a few tribes and along the way learnt a little about their history. This was the highlight of my first trip.This time round I was really keen to stay in Sapa for longer and wanted to avoid a tour group as wanted to experiance the 'authenticity' of staying at a home stay. So I choose Dat. I know loads of people have raved about him and I have no doubt he was, at one time very good at what he did and keen to please, but he most certainly was not when we stayed with him. He basically walked us around his village. We saw rice fields, rice fields ... oh did I mention rice fields ;oP.We would get up on the morning and he would make breakfast (its true he is a very good cook) then we would head off. He would walk ahead, humming to himself or listening to music on his iphone. He never proactive told us anything about the history of sights we where seeing other than state the obvious 'there is a house and there is a school' When we asked him a question like 'how does schooling work, is it free, do many kids in the village get to go to school even the very poor' he would just provide a very short answer 'yes many kids go to school' and hurry us along so he can get back to doing what he was doing. So for 3 days we spent wondering rice fields with Dat walking ahead of us. Don't get me wrong Dat did have plenty to talk about but it was always on his terms and it was 9 times out of 10 about his favourite subject - himself, how he got to where he is, he is a very talented craftsmen so he showed us his work (which was interesting) and spoke about that, his plans for his business.One one day it was really REALLY sunny and we stopped by this river and he took us to this little rock island which was right in the middle of the river so right under the glaring sun. Of course we all had suncream on and hats but that can only do so much to stop you from burning. Fortunately Dat had the knowledge to bring a big umbrella to shade himself, and that is exactly what HE did. Laid down in the sun opened up the umberella and said 'rest' and then fell asleep! The rest of his tour group was left looking at each other wondering what to do and then eventually had a try and find some shade to sit down and when we couldn't find any we had no choice but to just sit where we were (to british to complain ;oP). Dat had brought along a young guy who he was training to be tour guide. This guy also had a big umberella but he was lovely as he saw how hot and burned everyone was getting so he ran around trying to shade everyone while Emperor Dat slept!We spent over 200USD per person for 3 nights and it felt like we had somehow signed up to Dats self indulgence tour. One of our tour group told us her boyfriend had done his tour a year earlier and had raved on about it and she told me that the price he was now charging had increase by at least double!Then on our last day with him he couldn't take us so handed over to his brother .... That was the best part of our stay. This brother was very informative, volunteered info about the places we went too. That was a awesome end to a very so so tour with Dat. I wouldn't recommend his home stay. We think the reason why there won't be many rave reviews of his service in 2013 is because the guys become very complacent and can't be bothered to make a effort anymore. Such a shame.So because of this homestay experiance my review of Sapa this time round loses a star
We are group of 4 Vietnamese from Ho Chi Minh city. We rent 2 motobikes 100.000VND/hour near Sapa market to go through the Terraces. You can walk if you want to. Recommend foreigner who travel alone should go with a local tour guide. You need to take some photos since this area is so so beautiful! The weather was so perfect! It was much cool but was not too cold! We enjoy both sight seeing and the environment here!.