The domain surrounding Vietnam’s Hoàng Liên Sơn Mountain Range has been recently listed by National Geographic at its 7th ranking as the best 28 trips in 2019. The range runs up to 180 kilometers as an extension branch of the enormous Himalayas bridging Lào Cai and Lai Châu Provinces in Vietnam Northwest. Here is why the region should be your next top pick for Vietnam adventure tours.
Hoàng Liên Sơn from above (Source: Google)
The scenic beauty of Hoàng Liên Sơn wild nature
You must have heard quite a lot about Sapa, Vietnam within a couple of years back. The destination is newly emerging as a phenomenon on the map of Worldwide attractions.
For those who are new to Asia, the Globe’s enormous Himalayas is home to one of its most popular extension branches, which is now known as Vietnam’s Hoàng Liên Sơn Mountain Range.
A long road cutting the hills (Source: Google)
Globetrotters entering the terrain of Sapa highland located at the foot of the mighty Hoàng Liên Sơn Range would be left amazed at the chain of endless terraced rice fields, greenish tea plantation, waterfalls, bamboo forests and wallow in the romantic vibe of native flew markets operated by the ethnic citizens.
The river of clouds (Source: Google)
Hoàng Liên Sơn gave birth to the sensation Sapa highland, a huge attraction of Vietnam in the Northwest. Situated in the Northwestern face of the range is a chain of numerous magnificent mountains recorded to reach over 2.800 meters in height.
Terraced fields in Sapa (Source: Google)
Amongst those, Fansipan peak is known to be the highest mount in the country stretching 3.143 meters. This is accordingly given a stunning name as “Indochina Summit”.
Contemplating Hoàng Liên Sơn (Source: Google)
One more big reason why Hoàng Liên Sơn won the attention of the channel’s editors is based on the fact the number of visitors paying their trips to the region hugely increases after a cable car system leading to “Indochina Summit” was put into operation.
Fansipan – Indochina Summit (Source: Google)
What to experience when visiting the site?
In addition to the mentioned cable car system transferring you to Fansipan Mount, another cool outdoor activity to experience is a trekking trip or some Vietnam adventure tours in the surrounding areas such as Hoàng Liên National Park and Mường Hoa Valley.
Topas Ecolodge Resort view (Source: Google)
Afterward, do not hesitate to spend a night over in a rustic homestay and make some natives friends in the ethnic hamlets of the H’Mông, Red Dao, Tày and Giáy communities.
Two Red Dao ladies (Source: Google)
The best remarkable site should be nothing else but the “King of Vietnam Northwestern Passes” – Ô Quy Hồ. The pass is found along 4D Highway that connects Lào Cai and Lai Châu Provinces.
King of Vietnam Northwestern Passes (Source: Google)
The pass was named as such given its initial harsh terrain challenging backpacking enthusiasts. The entire length is recorded to last up to 50 kilometers skirting the cliffs perched way up high.
The best time to visit Hoàng Liên Sơn
Shared by various passionate photographers, backpackers, and travel freaks, catching the best brilliant landscape of the Fansipan highlands should be best done when the pinkish cherry blossoms fully bloom when Lunar New Year comes.
Magnificent view from a homestay (Source: Google)
Otherwise, when the seasons of Pinkster flowers in March and April or the ripen rice field from September to December take over the whole hills, different stunning scenes would also be delivered.
For those wanderers falling in love with the falling snows or floes clinging on the frozen leaves, do not miss the time in between December and February next year.
Greenish infinity (Source: Google)
Let’s take a quick look into National Geographic Channel’s ranking
28 destinations recommended by National Geographic’s editors this time much diversify, from mountainous landscapes, rivers, lakes to jungles, islands and each of which represents for different types of continental terrains.
This year, Asia introduces two candidates, the Fanjingshan Mountain in China sitting at the 3rd position and Vietnam’s Hoàng Liên Sơn Mountain Range at the 7th ranking.
Fanjingshan Mountain (Source: Google)
Below listed National Geographic’s 28 best trips for 2019:
- Mexico City, Mexico.
- Peruvian Amazon.
- Fanjingshan, China.
- Dakar, Senegal.
- Dordogne, France.
- Canterbury, New Zealand.
- Hoàng Liên Sơn, Vietnam.
- Wadi an Nakhur, Oman.
- Kansas City, Missouri, The United States of America.
- French Polynésie.
- Vevey, Switzerland.
- Bisti/De-Na-Zin, New Mexico, The United States of America.
- Matera, Italy.
- Caño Cristales River, Columbia.
- Cairo, Egypt.
- Toronto, Canada.
- Galway, Ireland.
- Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
- Oakland, California, The United States of America.
- Salvador, Brazil.
- Isla de los Estados, Argentina.
- Bauhaus Museum, Dessau, Germany.
- Perth, Australia.
- Walton, Florida, The United States of America.
Apparently, the best way to sense the natural vibe of Hoàng Liên Sơn is paying a visit to Sapa. Make it your most worthwhile Vietnam adventure tours and you will not be disappointed.