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Despite the strong urbanization of the whole country, North West Vietnam is still famous for pristine mountainous beauty. It possesses its own unique rhythm.
North West Vietnam attracts tourists with a series of breathtakingly beautiful landscapes which are different from other tourist spots and luxurious resorts. Tourists will find the visit very worthwhile to experience the daily life of Vietnamese people. The region is also heaven for keen photographers and nature-loving tourists.
Here are some of the great places of Vietnam’s North West. Each destination has its own unique beauty with the challenging mountain roads, majestic mountains in fog, impressive views of golden rice terraced fields along the way and the wild grey sky above.
Sapa attractions with great views:
Sapa is beautiful throughout the four seasons. It has a majestic, dreamy and romantic beauty. When you spend your Vietnam holiday in Sapa, you not only have a chance to enjoy the fresh air of this region of the North West, but also visit the old French villas, 100m high Silver waterfall, learn the life of H ‘Mong people in Cat Cat Village. Especially, you can take part in the “Love market” on Saturday and climb the “Heaven Gate”, “Cloud Yard” to capture the images of Sapa town engulfed in fog.
Sapa hotel prices are inexpensive. However to enjoy the full Vietnam tour in Sapa, visitors should choose the 3 or 4 star hotels. The weather in summer is hot in Vietnam, but in Sapa, it is still cool. There are also many yellow terraced rice fields in Sapa. Glimpsing yellow terraced rice fields from high points is a big highlight with tourists.
The plateau covers 1,600 hectares of prairie, where visitors can feel at ease and close to nature. Moc Chau has much to offer lovers of natural beauty and Vietnamese traditions and culture.
November is the best time to visit Moc Chau. Winter brings bright sunny days and the landscape is illuminated with flowers – fresh and radiant. The flowers usually bloom in late fall and early winter in the fields. Also in winter thousands of honey bees gather in Moc Chau to pollinate the flowers. Wild sunflowers also bloom along Highway 6 – the bright yellow color is sometimes mixed with brilliant red poinsettias.
Attractions of Moc Chau:
Mu Cang Chai is one of districts of Yen Bai province and is famous for its immense terraced rice fields. The vast terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai are highly regarded as a national treasure place of beauty. For tourists it is best to see the beauty of Mu Cang Chai in the green or yellow rice season. There is also a very beautiful season called pouring water season.
In June, when the summer rains begin pouring down the mountains, water flows from the mountains into the terraced rice fields. Water overflows into the fields to make the dry hard land ready for ploughing and preparing for new crops. There is only one rice harvest in the mountainous area in the North Vietnam. The immense terraced rice fields glistening with water in the afternoon sunshine creates is very picturesque and attract many tourists.
If you are interested in customized North West Vietnam Tours, you can visit Paradise Travel which can provide you with a memorable experience of the real Vietnam travel by avoiding the usual tourist routes in favour of unspoilt landscapes, unusual attractions and the fascination of the daily life of ordinary people
This article was written by Cindy Thuy of Paradise Travel in Vietnam.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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budgettraveltalkMarch 9, 2016
We went to Sapa by train from Hanoi. From there we day tripped to Bac Ha on Market Day and trekked to Cat Cat by ourselves and in a group through the valley. This trip sounds wonderful to see even more of this gorgeous area.
KathyMarch 9, 2016
I would have loved to visit Sapa during our trip. It would be nice to see the less hectic side of Vietnam as opposed to the busy manic-paced cities. The countryside does look absolutely delightful and I can definitely recommend this travel company. :)