Sapa Terraces Paddy Fields

Welcome to Sapa terraced rice fields, the entrance to another world of fascinating minority cultures and lush landscapes in northwest Vietnam's terraced rice fields. Until the French occupied Lao Cai Province in the 1890s, the magnificence of the old rice terraces in the Sapa district of Northwest Vietnam was unknown to everybody but the hill tribes that lived there.


The rice terraces in Sapa are said to originate from the 15th century, yet some are currently being built and cultivated. Sapa's rice terrace fields have existed in Sapa for hundreds of years, thanks to the skilled hands of Sapa's minority ethnic people. The ethnic groups Ha Nhi, Dao, White Thai, Giay, Tay, Muong... constructed the best terraced rice fields.

Sapa town was only a small market town until 1993, when the many hill tribes gathered to trade. It is now open to all tourists from across the world. Thousands of adventurous people visit this town each year to look at the stunning scenery and hike for hundreds of kilometers between indigenous villages.


There are many beautiful rice terraces in Sapa, but the Ta Van – Lao Chai group field in the Muong Hoa stream valley is the most well-known. With a total area of about 1,000 acres, these are Sapa's most expansive and picturesque terraced rice fields. The famous terraced rice field of Vung Lung Sung in Trung Chai commune boasts the most stairs in Vietnam (121 steps).

The Muong Hoa River begins its journey deep in the valleys around Sapa with a wild, jagged course through the Giay, Red Dao, and White Thai communities, their little homes popping out of the bright rice fields like diamonds on a green meadow. Streaming rice terraces spill down the hillsides like a patchwork quilt in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds Sapa. This town is clouded by four streams of rice, the model for numerous paintings that have received international accolades.


Beyond the terraced rice fields, the lovely golden harvest; to the left, Ban Ho, as a mirror of the sun, which is deep red at noon. Sapa's terraced rice fields are most beautiful from July to September each year. In July, the rice fields are still totally green. However, travellers must be cautious of the weather due to Vietnam's rainy season. Nonetheless, the rice terrace fields are at their most gorgeous in early September. The hue of the rice fields will change to a golden yellow by the middle of this month, which will be stunning in other ways. After this time, visitors to Sapa will be unable to witness the rice terrace fields because there is only one crop per year.

Rice terrace fields in Sapa have been submitted to UNESCO for consideration as Vietnam's World Heritage Site. Anyone visiting Sapa will be astounded to see the terraced fields, which are as gorgeous as the sky-high stairs. This is always a one-of-a-kind tourism offering that attracts visitors from all over the world.

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