Now is best time to see ripening rice fields in northern Vietnam

Now is best time to see ripening rice fields in northern Vietnam

Terraced fields in the mountainous provinces in northern Vietnam will start showing gorgeous colors in September and October when the harvest season comes. This is the time travelers flock to the locations to take photos of the yellow ripening fields. Due to the steep…

Y Ty called a well-kept secret travel destination

Y Ty called a well-kept secret travel destination

Y Ty in the northern province of Lao Cai was selected as one of the Best-kept Secrets in Asia Travel by the travel site www.thrillist.com. The website said: “Y Ty sits atop Vietnam’s highest plateau, offering spectacular views of cloud-reaching mountains and yellow rice…

Banh giay of Nung ethnic people in Lao Cai

Banh giay of Nung ethnic people in Lao Cai

In the cold of the northern upland, tourists to market sessions of ethnic minority communities in Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province may be attracted to hot round cakes in green, black and white. The cake is called banh giay (glutinous rice cake), a…

Khau A mountain range hides stilt houses and ethnic legacy

Khau A mountain range hides stilt houses and ethnic legacy

It’s hard to see the old stilt houses built by the Tay ethnic people of Nghia Do Commune if you don’t get close to Khau A mountain range. A Tay community is gathered in the valley of Nghia Do, Bao Yen District, the northern…

Sa Pa promotes Red Dao community’s maturity ritual

Sa Pa promotes Red Dao community’s maturity ritual

A maturity ritual (Cap Sac) of the Red Dao ethnic community took place as a joyful New Year activity in Sa Pa district in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai on February 18. Scene from a maturity ceremony of the Red Dao ethnic…

Visiting Bac Ha – the white plateau

Visiting Bac Ha – the white plateau

Following National Highway 70 which lies by imposingly high mountains of the northern province of Lao Cai, we arrived in Bac Ha District, which is known by the name “white plateau.” Coming to Bac Ha, most tourists visit the market session of Mong ethnic…

Muong Khuong, Bat Xat – new destinations in Lao Cai Province

Muong Khuong, Bat Xat – new destinations in Lao Cai Province

Muong Khuong and Bat Xat districts in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai boast high potential for tourism development alongside popular destinations like Sa Pa Town and the Bac Ha Market. Sa Pa Town, Bac Ha Market, Lao Cai, eco-tourism Muong Khuong and…

Homestays brings foreign language skills to mountainous region

Homestays brings foreign language skills to mountainous region

Many visitors to communes in Sapa district, Lao Cai province are surprised that the local women can speak English quite fluently. Thanks to the development of tourism in the region, indigenous people have the opportunity to practice their foreign language skills every day. Lu…

Houses of the Giay

Houses of the Giay

Ta Van Giay, a hamlet of the Giay in Sapa Township, Lao Cai Province, is nestled in Muong Hoa Valley. The Hoa, or Flower, Spring provides water for the whole hamlet. The Giay take into consideration several things in building a house to ensure…

The striking appeal of northwestern region

The striking appeal of northwestern region

Blankets of cloud and midst covering mountain ranges and beautiful valleys in winter entice both domestic and foreign travelers to the north-western region of Vietnam. The region is also attractive to those whose have adventured the mountainous region once or several times as it…