When you’re travelling in Vietnam, you cannot resist yourself to check out Sapa tours – one of the most special spots of not only this country but Asia in general. Something gorgeous happens there just in a short period of time, then we will enlist in this article what you can enjoy in specific moments. All you should do is taking notes to make sure you won’t miss desirable events.
Unlike other places in Vietnam with only 2 seasons (dry and rain), Sapa has its 4 seasons in 1… day! It’s cool and has mild sunlight in the morning like springtime. At noon, it’s hotter and dudded summer’s hours. It becomes autumn when chickens makes their way back to their coops. And the remaining of the day turns into winter with the atmosphere as cold as ice. The average temperature of this place is around 15 degrees Celcius. Rain usually appears from May to August, then the peak season for tourism is all year round minus the above hiatus.
If you are lucky enough to have your travel time alined with Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year festival, within Feb), some meaningful and colourful rituals will await you to explore. For examples,Tet nhay (dancing Tet) is carefully prepared by almost all folks in the village. Only chosen men perform folk dances that reflects many aspects of life. For example, with different hand gestures and foot directions, a dance can be a greet to late ancestors, a welcome to village’s guardian or a bad spirits warning. It’s interesting to witness the way people there bathe with hot charcoal also. In their opinion, this activity is a kind of baptism prior to “nhay” performance.
One week after Tet nhay (on 8st Jan lunar), you will have a chance to watch another festival – Tet xuong dong happening in the field. Village’s wizard, a group of drummer, the horn team and 2 couples of unmarried men and women lead the way to the field in the wee hours. At the chosen place, the wizard will do some rituals to ward off evil spirits and spread the very first seeds of the next cultivating season. Following it, you can join people there in traditional games such as tug of war, greasy pole climbing, blind man’s buff, or nem con ( throw a handful spherical stuff at a ring in midair). Those game will make you grin from ear to ear for sure!
Should you are a big fan of rice terrace fields then your best bet is visiting Sapa land in April or September for the most breath-taking views. The former is the time to implant young rice plants and the latter is when the precious pearls become mature enough. Thousands of awesome pictures of this amazing landscape have been cropped so far. Go and have some for your own, guys!
In winter from December to February, we won’t have an opportunity to see the marvelous paddy fields but don’t worry because we still have snow and peach blossoms to take joy in. Standing in all-snow, taking a sip of tea and look at small pretty pink petals will make you find life more beautiful.