Travellers coming to Sapa will never forget the image of magnificent terraced rice paddies on this land, which were voted as one of seven most beautiful and impressive terraced rice fields of Asia and the world by readers of American magazine named Travel and Leisure.
It is also the majestic beauty of the fields that makes the tourists wonder how these artistic farmland was made.
These terraced fields originated from the characteristics of cultivation in mountainous areas. Terraced field development is closely associated with the residence history and culture of the Mong, Dao, Tay, Nung, etc. in Sa Pa. The rice terraces have remained for hundreds of years, created by the talented and diligent ethnic farmers.
Being placed in the high mountain, Sapa has a distinctive type of climate. The rice cultivation has only one crop in a year, from June to October. The terraced rice fields have lush green color in summer and turn into vibrant yellow in autumn which is the harvested season. Hence, Vietnamsese people and tourists rush to Sapa in September to capture the most beautiful landscape period.
The rice terraces have remained for hundreds of years, created by the talented and diligent ethnic farmers. They not only provide food to locals but also feature some of the most spectacular landscape on Earth.
Exploring the beauty of terraced rice fields in Sapa
This is one of the most attractive tourist attractions of Vietnam which draws millions of tourists every year. Many world famous photographer, bloggers and renowned websites praise the splendor of the terraced fields – the masterpiece of nature.
Best time of the year to visit Sapa and see the terraced rice paddies
In September and October when autumn ends, tourists can feel prosperity all over the area as rice in all terraced fields is ripe, giving the gold colour. During the time, the terraced rice fields look like golden silk scarves flying over in the wind above green mountain slopes, making the mountainous landscape astonishingly beautiful.
As usual in April and May when the local people water their fields at full to prepare for a new crop, the surface of terraced fields shines like a mirror reflecting the contrast of the reddish brown of soil, the deep blue of the sky high above and the green of surrounding forests. Embankments surrounding these terraces look like threads softly lined by the painter.
Places with best views to terraced rice fields
Meanwhile in Sapa, the development and expansion of terraced fields in Muong Hoa Valley comprised of the communes of Ta Van, Lao Chai have long been a local undertaking to ensure food security, putting an end to nomadic farming and the life which was a struggle in the locality.
Also, you can visit Ta Giang Phinh which is the ancient land of Hmong people living in the majestic mountains of Ngu Chi Son with cool climate all year round. Rice fields in Sapa such as ladders up to the sky, under the skillful hands of farmers, have become works of art between heaven and earth.
In Hoang Su Phi, the terraced fields came into being 3-4 centuries ago. They are located in the communes of Ban Luoc, San Sa Ho, Ban Phung, Ho Thau, Nam Ty and Thong Nguyen.
The ethnic groups of Dao, Mong, Ha Nhi, Giay, Tay, Xa Pho, Nung and Pa Di have been planting rice in terraced fields for several centuries. Terraced fields are masterpieces made by humans. They are not only paddy baskets of ethnic minorities in Lao Cai but also landscapes that attract tourists.
The scenic terraced fields in the northwestern region have constituted not only a fantastic natural picture but also an epic wonder of creative labour of the highlanders in the course of several centuries of transforming nature to serve their lives.