Ham Rong eco-tourism area in the heart of Sapa

Located in the center of Sapa town, behind Sapa Stone Church, is at an altitude of 1800 meters, you can enjoy the stunning and magnificent view of Sapa town. At this altitude, it gives you the feeling of the interference of heaven and earth where you can even touch the gentle clouds. the mountain has a shape like a dragon holding its head up towards the sky. It has the name Ham Rong (Dragon Head) because of this special shape. 

Ham Rong mountain park is a famous eco-tourist site in Sapa town that attracts millions of visitors each year. It is well-known for its beauty and fascinating and thrilling legends, it boasts its unique features that you cannot find anywhere else.

Many people find its legend much more interesting and romantic. Legend has it that, once upon a time, the place was a home of a dragon couple. They love each other so passionately that they were always together. One time, they were suddenly struck by a great flood when they were playing.

All things were sunk under the water. Though the male dragon luckily escaped thanks to his strength, the female was so exhausted. She fell into the water, raising her head towards her partner who were flying to heaven. Over time, her body turned into the majestic Hoang Lien Son range while her head turned into the Ham Rong mountain.

Coming to Ham Rong Mountain Park, tourists will see many different types of flora. On the way to the top of Ham Rong mountain, you can discover up to 6000 orchid vegetation. There are also a lot of wild and unique flowers grown alongside the paths like cherry blossom, hydrangea, geraniums, Lily of the Nile,… Besides, you also have a chance to taste many kinds of Sapa fruits like peach, plum, and pear. Ham Rong mountain looks like a heaven on the earth surrounded by the drifting clouds and echo sound of traditional music performance

Ham Rong mountain is an ideal destination for those who wish to conquer a height and admire the beautiful and wild nature of a mountainous area with the clouds drifting above. To reach San May – Cloud Yard where you can enjoy the view at its best, you have to walk through many stone steps and a winding trail.

Ham Rong Flower Garden is a worthy visit with bright-colored flowers in the foggy air and sweet fragrances. If you are tired of uneven grounds, don’t worry because the garden is nicely paved and stairs are provided. The steps may be a bit steep but it is easy to climb. It will take you about three to four hours to complete the entire path to the peak but it just takes less than 30 minutes to walk to Ham Rong Flower Garden.

The garden is well designed according to the natural terrain of the mountain. The landscape spreads out in front of your eyes with a great variety of flowers in a brilliant miniature Sapa. Besides, you also can see a multitude of different colorful flowers like azaleas, orchids, roses,…along the road to Ham Rong mountain. Some people even feel like being immersed in the Flower Valley of Dalat.

Tips on Visiting Ham Rong Mountain

  • Don’t give money, candy for children or buy anything from them. Because they don’t like to go to school, you can please give them some books or pencil.
  • Do not put your camera close to children’s face to take photo. If you want, please ask them first.
  • Though the road to Ham Rong mountain is not too difficult, it is also a long run. So it’s better to bring 1 or 2 water bottles.
  • There are some shops along the way to the mountain, but the price will be higher.
  • Prepare warm clothes because Sapa is the place with the coldes, the average temperature falls between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius
  • You can enjoy traditional music performance in the morning or afternoon when visit Ham Rong park.

Written by To Uyen – Photos Thanh Tuan

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