In recent years, more backpackers have trekked on bike across the country for rewarding tastes of stunning flower seasons, which also draw influxes of domestic and international tourists.
A scenery of the Northwest Vietnam
Regions throughout Vietnam boast various kinds of flowers which bloom in different seasons, creating irresistible spectacles and adding to backpackers’ delight.
In recent years, local youth and even foreign tourists, who want to make new experience by memorable tours to Vietnam, choose to travel to certain provinces during the blooming seasons for worthy experiences and snapshots of gorgeous flower fields which unfold as far as the eyes can see.
1. Cherry blossoms in Sa Pa
Backpackers also cross difficult terrains to reach Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province in spring time, when the resort town livens up with forest expanses of stunning pink cherry blossoms.
Cherry blossoms in Sa Pa
The cherry blossom trees, usually aged 100 years or more, boast myriad buds and flower clusters, earning the town the “the northern west paradise of cherry blossoms” title.
Such expanses, easily found in O Quy Ho, Hau Thao, Trung Chai, Ta Phin, Sa Pa, Ban Khoang and Ta Giang Phin, considerably add to the town’s tourist appeal.
Gorgeous plum and pear flowers also vie with the cherry blossoms in spring, while furrows of lettuce and cabbage also showcase their yellow flowers.
The wide array of flowers create backpackers’ favorite visually-striking roads, which meander and stand out from masses of drifting clouds.
2. “Do Quyen” flowers in Lao Cai Province
One of their most loved destinations is “do quyen,” which grows in abundance on and around Fansipan, a mountain in northern Vietnam’s Lao Cai Province.
“Do Quyen’’ flowers in Lao Cai Province
Towering at 3,143 meters above the sea level, the mountain is dubbed “the Roof of Indochina” and boasts over 2,000 floral varieties and 300 faunal species.
“Do Quyen,” which boasts large flowers in red, pink, yellow and white, blooms all year around, but the flower’s charms is at its peak around April each year.
The province’s Hoang Lien National Park is one of the ideal spots for tourists to indulge in the flowers.
Backpackers usually choose to conquer Fansipan and admire the flamboyant flowers at the same time.
3. Lettuce flowers in Son La Province
Son La Province’s Moc Chau District, some 200 kilometers west north of Hanoi, appeals to domestic and international tourists alike with its vast valleys, lush vegetation and endless fields of blooming flowers.
The late winter every year, which falls around mid November and December, sees stretches of white, tiny “hoa cai” (flowers of a kind of lettuce.)
During the season, hills, particularly those behind Ban Ang pine forest in Dong Sang Commune, don a cloak of white flowers, which looks just like floating masses of clouds.
Lettuce flowers in Son La Province
The valleys also boast stretches of tempting white plum flowers, yellow “da quy” (a variety of daisy,) sunflowers and a wide array of other wild flowers which dot the paths leading to villages.
Hedges with different kinds of flowers and tangarins around locals’ cottages add colors to the immense green tea farms.
Tourists, particularly groups of young backpackers who travel on bikes, are usually seen stopping by the flower fields, strolling and posing for photos.
In addition, the local authorities have recently initiated programs to boost the cultivation of vegetables, spices and medicinal herbs, such as artichoke, mushrooms, garlic and ginseng.
The herb and vegetables fields promise stunning spectacles for tourists in the time to come.
4. “Tam Giac Mach” flowers in Ha Giang Province
Meanwhile, Ha Giang Province, some 320 kilometers from Hanoi, which is home to UNESCO-recognized Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, boasts endless fields of bewitching pinkish flowers of “tam giac mach,” (Buckwheat.)
Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) is a plant cultivated for its grain-like seeds, and also used as a cover crop.
Locals sometimes use their seeds to make bread and wine.
Their flowers typically bloom around late October to early November every year, just after when the yellow of terraced fields fade.
“Tam Giac Mach” flowers in Ha Giang Province
The flower “carpets” nestle between hills or behind local’s earthen houses in Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van Districts, Ma Pi Leng Pass and Meo Vac District.
Groups of tourists and backpackers flock to the area during the season to indulge in their simple yet gorgeous beauty and take photos and selfies.
Couples from different cities and provinces also choose the fields as the background for their bridal photo shoots.
However, the flowering season is just a part of endless beauty of the Northwest Vietnam, besides that, this highland is also the home of many ethnic minority groups with interesting cultural traditions and festivals that will definitely leave you deep impression.
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