Admiring the beauty of Lao Cai

Lao Cai is the land of untouched natural beauty as well as unique culture and cuisine. This is the destination we should visit at least once a year. Visitors will have a chance to experience the immense, poetic and rich natural scenery. Let’s take a look at some of the most attractive tourist attractions there.
Located about 300 km from Hanoi, Lao Cai is home to a number of ethnic minorities, and a spot of charming scenery, unique customs and hospitable locals. Visitors can not only enjoy historical landmarks and natural caves, but also admire unique and attractive landscapes. Let’s find out some of the fascinating experiences in Lao Cai.

Lao Cai’s terraces  in the pouring season. Photo: H. Giang, Q. Lien

Sapa‘s terraces – Breathtakingly beautiful picture in the pouring season

The harmonious combination of the nature-made and manmade beauty creates wonderful terraces that make tourists feel amazed.

The fields look like a giant golden ladder from the sky in the ripe season, and like a kaleidoscope of sparkling mirrors in the pouring water season. Sapa’s terraces are not only a source of rice supply for local people living in the mountainous region but also show the unique cultural identity and creativity of highland ethnic minorities.

Sapa’s terraces – man-made natural wonder (Internet source)

Many tourists wonder how rice plants can be grown so evenly in the middle of the hill. Others presume that farmers must be very talented to "draw" the breathtakingly beautiful ladders. The terrace with the most steps is located at Vu Lung Sung village, Trung Chai commune. It has 121 steps, aged over 100 years old and is considered one of the most beautiful terraces in Sa Pa.

The terraces along the National Highway 4D and the route to Sa Pa have a lot of shapes and sizes. They are attractive tourist destinations to foreign visitors and those from the south of Vietnam.

Admiring Sapa’s beautiful terraces in the pouring season (source: Thao Nguyen Xanh)

Y Ty - a gem of the Northwest, an ideal "cloud hunting" spot

Y Ty, located at an altitude of over 2,000m, is a highland commune in Bat Xat district, Lao Cai province, and about 60km from Sa Pa city.

Y Ty's breathtaking nature. Photo: H. Giang, Q. Lien

Y Ty is almost covered with clouds all year around. The road to Y Ty is curvy, on both sides are rows of painterly terraces. This is home to a lot of ethnic groups in the Northwest such as Mong, Dao, Giay, Ha Nhi. Y Ty has an unique beauty with the local people’s beautiful little houses and pyramid-shaped thatched roofs.

Visitors hunting clouds in Y Ty can see and touch the clouds (source: Internet)

"Cloud hunting" is tourist’s favorite activity in Sapa. At an altitude of over 2,000m above sea level, Y Ty is an ideal cloud hunting spot for tourists who enjoy adventure activities. Y Ty is no longer a strange name to those who love could hunting as it is compared as a heaven of clouds. Clouds cover the mountains and forests, the fields and the road. Travelers can stop, watch and touch the clouds flying overhead.

Bac Ha – The white plum blossom paradise in the fairy tale

From late February to late March, Ta Van Chu commune, Bac Ha district is always covered with white plum flowers. After the Tam Hoa plum blossom season, Bac Ha enters the Ta Van plum blossom season - a local plum variety - that can only be grown in highland communes, mainly Ta Van Chu commune. It’s located more than 81km from Lao Cai city to the northeast (about 2.5 hours by car), 15 km from Bac Ha town to the north (about 40 minutes).

The poetic white plum garden is a must-see check-in point (Photo H. Giang, Q. Lien)

The flowers bloom for 5-7 days before fading away, then the young fruits and green leaves will sprout (Photo: H. Giang, Q. Lien)

Bac Ha district has more than 1,600 hectares of orchid trees. There are more than 1,000 hectares of Tam Hoa plums and local plums in the center of the town and some other communes. In the blooming season during spring, Bac Ha is like being coated with a pure white shirt. Plum blossoms cover the mountainside, every road and alleyway, peeking behind the houses and stretching endlessly, turning Bac Ha plateau into a poetic and charming landscape painting.

This is the place you must visit once in your life. Let's have a trip with your friends and family right away! Wish you have memorable moments in Lao Cai!

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