The Sa Pa rice terraces are are true wonder of modern farming and our human ability to adapt and survive. Terraces of flat land created on the mountainous Northern region of Sa Pa housing rice fields farmed by the local community.
Transforming the mountain side into a series of giant steps has turned previously unfarmable land into a landscape of fertile rice paddies and created a visual spectacle at the same time.
During the months of April and May the mountain side is transformed into a reflective mass as the fields are heavily watered for the impending drop. Visit in June and July and you will be treated to a lush green landscape as the rice plants mature. And then in September and October as the plants ripen the mountain side is transformed into a golden colour before harvesting.
Of course how much of this you see will be dictated by the mist which descends on Sa Pa for large parts of the year. The climate varies from a sub tropical summer to a temperate winter so choose your time of visit well.
Sa Pa itself is a poor area which relies on farming and tourism for survival as well as being supported by the government. So paying Sa Pa a visit will not only provide you with some wonderful views and memories but will help support the region and its people economically. And with views like this it is one not to be missed.