You might have heard of Ho Chi Min City and Ha Noi in Vietnam, but what about Sa Pa? The mountainous town located a six-hour drive north of Ha Noi was built by the French during the colonial era with the aim of escaping from the summer heat. Compared to other tourist spots, the residents in Sa Pa have kept their traditional lifestyle.
When rice becomes mature in fall, the Sa Pa mountains turn into golden terraces where visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.
Tourists usually visit Sa Pa on a 2- to 3-day trip to Ha Noi. They can not only reach Phan-Xi-Pǎng (Fansipan, 3,143 m), the highest peak in the Indochinese Peninsula but also leave their footprints in the mountains by taking a photo with the golden field.
There are multiple ways to reach Sa Pa: by night train, bus, or a 9-seater minibus. If you’re in Ha Noi and enjoy a few days of free time, you should plan a trip to Sa Pa right away as the gorgeous golden rice terraces can only be seen in fall!
By 四方報賴正琳 (Liana Lai with 4-Way Voice) and 越南背包自由行－資訊雷達站
Translated by Carol Kan