Vietnam Wonders : The beauty of harvest season near Sapa

Vietnam’s cities may be full of history, one-of-a-kind architecture, and savory food worth traveling for, but the magic doesn’t stop there. Just a short ride outside of your favorite Vietnamese city is a breathtaking natural wonder waiting to be explored. So power up with a bowl of pho and get adventuring! Must See In Vietnam Editor

Your Editor in 2011

During this time in Bat Xat District, Lao Cai Province, harvest season emerges with warm peacefulness and breathtaking scenery. 

The beauty of harvest season near Sapa

Autumn is the beginning of harvest season in Bat Xat District, about 80 km north Sapa town. This is also the most beautiful season of the year in the northern highlands, with terraced fields tinted gold.

Bat Xat District has over 3,000 hectares of terraced rice fields, with those in communes like Ngai Thau and Y Ty considered the most stunning creations of the ethnic Hmong and Hani farmers.

In Ngai Thau, visitors can experience the vast terraced fields on the precarious mountainsides and distant valleys. On cloudy days, the scenery here turns even more magical.

The beauty of harvest season near Sapa

The terraced fields in Y Ty are covered in clouds, creating a picturesque scene.

The beauty of harvest season near Sapa

Across the terraces stand signature Hani homes. This particular house is made of clay, cool in summer and warm in winter.

The beauty of harvest season near Sapa

Harvest season at the foot of Ky Quan San Mountain creates an overwhelmingly marvelous scene. The Ky Quan San mountain range is located on the border of Lai Chau and Lao Cai, with the 3,046-meter high Ky Quan San peak the fourth highest in Vietnam.

The beauty of harvest season near Sapa

This year, rice fields in Lao Cai turn gold early and unevenly. In Muong Hum commune of Bat Xat, the harvest has already commenced.

The beauty of harvest season near Sapa

A Hani girl carries her sister beside a fire in Choan Then, one of the oldest villages in Bat Xat.

Photo taken by your Editor in 2011 … very few tourists were used to travel there
The beauty of harvest season near Sapa

Another highlight of Bat Xat in harvest season is the highland commune Sang Ma Sao. In the Hmong language, Sang Ma Sao refers to the Mao Ga (chicken comb) mountain range, which is also the name of the Hmong village located at its foot.

The beauty of harvest season near Sapa

Farming has turned this place into a valley of winding terraced fields, surrounded by majestic mountains. The vast valley covered in yellow hues create an endless beauty.

The beauty of harvest season near Sapa

Harvest season flows through the valleys, brightening up a whole corner of the sky. However, this glorious scene does not last long, usually only two to three weeks. Visitors who want to enjoy the wonderful views need to time their trip right. Harvest season comes early and is expected to end in mid-September.

The beauty of harvest season near Sapa

The warm and rich beauty emerges through every grain of rice. This place is more beautiful in the morning when dew drops still hang from the leaves. If lucky, tourists will be able to see the clouds between the terraced fields, which many compare to a paradise.

The beauty of harvest season near Sapa

To get to Sang Ma Sao, visitors can start from Sa Pa, about 60 kilometers away. The journey to Sang Ma Sao is also a memorable experience because visitors can stop to take photos at any time as they can easily spot the rice terraces along the way.

Photos by Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, Nguyen Duy Hoang for E.VnExpress.net

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