Muong Hoa valley and Sa Pa terraced rice field landscapes

According to map, Muong Hoa valley lies about 2 miles to the south-east of Sapa town. Muong Hoa valley is located at Cat Cat, Hau Thao, Lao Chai, Y Linh Ho, Su Pan, Ta Van village. Thousand of tourists come here to visit every week because of its stunningly beautiful landscape. Muong Hoa valley is at 1.100 meters above sea level so its temperature is cool round year. There is one mainroad runs from Sapa town to the end of the valley, so travellers could go down hill by walking or by taxi.

(Muong Hoa valley in april)

Muong Hoa valley’s terraced rice paddy fields are the most beautiful and massive in Sapa which were voted as one of seven most beautiful and impressive ones of asia and the world by readers of the US’s magazine Travel and Leisure. Curving terraced rice paddy fields on two sides of the valley make the view here is truly breathtaking. From april, it rains a lot everywhere, terraced rice paddy fields of Sapa are filled with water. A favorable condition is created for rice paddy cultivation, one new crop will be prepared by local ethnic groups here in Sapa. In period time of rice paddy planting, the countryside of Sapa town looks stunningly beautiful, one majestic natural charm. Life here is very casual and busy. If you visit Sapa in this period time, you can see local ethnic people plant rice trees in terraced fields, one beauty of labor is surrounded by stunning mountainous landscapes, it’s really one opportunity that can not miss of paparazzi round the world. Ta Van, Lao Chai, Cat cat, Sin Chai… are the best places to see terraced rice paddy fields. In addition, going to the villages, you will also see traditional houses of the Mong and the Tay, tribal women make thread from flax then weave fabric. There are so many restaurants and homestays now in these tourist villages, travellers can easily find one suitable stopover to enjoy beautyful scences and cuizine of Sapa. Tourists can also try homestays to feel real life of local people.

(Muong Hoa valley in summer)

In summer, After paddy rice planting season is ended, green paddy rice season is begun in Sapa. In june, all terraced paddy rice fields are green color in the countryside of Sapa town, it looks Wonderfully, even though it’s summer time. Going sightseeing Sapa is the best choise in june. Muong Hoa valley’s terraced rice paddy fields will be filled with life, the valley looks like  one single green sheet. And in autumm, the second half of September and the first half of October is the best time to enjoy the golden paddies. Ripe ears of rice in terraced paddy fields make the countryside of Sapa town looks gorgeously. Successive golden beautiful  mountains attracts crowded tourists to visit. Ripe ears of rice in terraced paddy fields make the valley all one golden corlor, The beauty of majestic nature will make you fall in love.

(Muong Hoa valley in autumm)

Uncovered by French people in 1903, Sapa ancient rock field is located at the valley. About 200 blocks of stone covers 5 square miles of Hau Thao, Lao Chai, Su Pan and Ta Van village. The patterns on the wallpaper look floral and unique such as: Terraced rice paddy field, road, man, characters patterns. But there are so many patterns make us could not understand till now.

Going 4 miles along Hoa stream from Sapa town, travellers will arrive Lao Chai village where May bridge is located at. May bridge is just made from forest bamboo, wood and liana, main purpose of bridge making is just for walking cross the stream, so motorbikes and taxis can not cross it. And in the eyes of tourists who come from cities, that is so interesting. Step by step, May bridge becomes one icon of Sapa tourism.

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