Sapa - An Iconic Destination for Travellers: The Times of India
|Sapa is most popular for its iconic rice terraces. Photo: iStock|
Sapa is known for its breathtaking landscapes, including terraced rice fields, lush valleys, and rugged mountain peaks.
“If you delve a little bit deeper, you will find the wonderful world of the local ethnic minority groups, such as the Hmong, Dao, and Tay people,” The Times of India said.
The rice terraces in Sapa are world famous because of their stunning design. Call it ingenuity or simply coincidence, these rice terraces are a thing of beauty, the author said, explaining that the locals have sculpted the mountainside into a series of stepped terraces, creating a visually stunning landscape. These terraces look different with each passing season.
This practice of sculpting rice terraces has been in the scene for centuries not only in Vietnam, but in other parts of Asia like Ubud and Tegallalang in Bali.
|The beauty of the rice terraces varies throughout the year. Photo: Vietnamnet|
For the ethnic minority communities, these rice terraces are how they stay connected to their roots, their heritage.
The beauty of the rice terraces varies throughout the year, making them a year-long yet changing attraction. In the spring, the terraces are filled with water, creating a mirror-like effect that reflects the sky and surrounding scenery.
During the summer, the fields turn lush green as the rice plants grow. In the fall, the terraces transform into a golden carpet as the rice ripens, providing a stunning sight. And in the winter, the terraces sometimes get covered in a layer of snow, creating a picturesque winter landscape.
The combination of breathtaking landscapes, cultural heritage, and the unique charm of Sapa town makes it an iconic destination for travellers visiting Vietnam, the article concluded.
Earlier, the leading American travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler (CN Traveler), named Sapa town in the list of the 50 most beautiful small towns in the world.
|The beauty of the rice terraces varies throughout the year. Photo: Nhan dan (People) Newspaper|
According to Condé Nast Traveler, located far from Vietnam’s popular beach resorts, massive metropolises, and teeming World Heritage Sites, Sapa is a quiet mountain town. It’s known for mountain vistas, shockingly green rice terraces, and the proximity to waterfalls and hiking trails.
Sapa, well famous in the eyes of international visitors as the "town in clouds", is even more alluring with its magnificent nature, breathtaking Muong Hoa Valley and towering Hoang Lien Mountains wrapped in the oceanic clouds cascading down the earth, VGP said.
Established as a hill station by the French in 1922, it has many wonders of the natural scenery with topography of hills, green forests, which makes a fascinating scenic picture.
|Sapa is well famous in the eyes of international visitors as the "town in clouds". Photo: Zingnews|
Sa Pa is located at the height of 1,500 to 1,650 meters on the mountainside of Lo Suay Tong. From the top of this mountain, we can see the southeast of Sapa with the height of 2228 meters.
Sa Pa enjoys temperate and subtropical climate with cool air throughout the year. One day, the town's weather experiences 4 seasons: the morning is spring, the noon is likened to summer weather with mild sunshine, balmy climate; cool clouds and dew in the afternoon create a feeling of autumn weather and the night is the cold of winter.
Hiking and enjoying nature is the name of the game in Sapa. The most prominent attraction in the area around Sapa is Fan Si Pan, which is the highest mountain in Viet Nam.
Sapa is home to seven major ethnic groups, namely Hmong, Dao, Tay, Kinh, Day, Xa Pho (Phu La), and Hoa. Ethnic minority mostly reside in 17 communes, mainly living on agriculture, forestry and traditional crafts like brocade weaving, or bamboo and rattan weaving./.
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