Muong Hoa Valley is surrounded by high mountains standing side by side in Hoang Lien Son mountain range with craggy terrain and having Fansipan the roof of Indochina; therefore, this land is not nearly under the impact of modernization and remains almost pristine beauty of nature. Highlights of the valley are Hoa stream (flower stream) with a length of 15 kilometers and large terraced fields along the mountainsides.
From above, that Hoa stream flows around terraced fields piled up like waves alternating small brown stilt houses creates such a poetic scene making a great impression on every tourist that terraced fields in Muong Hoa Valley are voted to be one of the most terraced fields all over the world.
Muong Hoa Valley always has a special attraction for tourists at any time in the year. In spring, covering the valley is the thick mist in the early, which makes a magical scenery like a winter morning in London. The mist will dissolve gradually at noon when the sun rises to show up the white of kachnar blossom forest, the typical flower of the spring in the Northwest.
When summer comes, the valley will turn into the fresh green of young rice. When summer is coming to an end, it is time that rice gets ripe and terraced fields will turn yellow in autumn. This may be the most beautiful moment of Muong Hoa Valley in a year and also the best time for tourism.
Replacing the golden terraced fields, the valley is covered with the white, pink, and violet of buckwheat hills from October to November, which has attracted many young people to visit recently. Especially in December, domestic tourists will have a chance to see the snow, which is rare in almost all provinces in Vietnam as well.
Besides beautiful majestic pristine scenery, the other attractive point of Muong Hoa Valley is the colorful multi-culture of the ethnic minority community living there such as H’Mong, Dao, Tay, Giay, etc. They have lived peacefully for thousands of years and built separate unique festivals and customs and habits for themselves, which makes Muong Hoa Valley become famous for its historical value as well. Researchers and scientists found a lot of rocks in the valley which are defined as dating back thousands of years and carved with strange shapes that are regarded as traces of the ancient people. Now, tourists can see those rocks easily on the way to visit Muong Hoa valley.
In each season, Muong Hoa Valley always has its own unique beauty making tourists unforgettable; however, there are three times in a year that they can take a view of the most beautiful sceneries in Muong Hoa Valley.
From March to May: At this time, the weather in Sapa is cool and very suitable for visitors to discover the valley. It is also the time when Sapa has a stable climate. The climate is quite warm in the day and gradually becomes cold when the night falls down. The terraced fields in the valley this time were covered with a cool green color.
From September to November: This is the time popular by many tourists because this is the time when the terraced fields are wearing a brilliant yellow coat. The whole valley is like brightening a sky of ripe rice color, the aromatic rice scent blends into the peaceful space, the sweet scene that anyone should admire once in a lifetime.
December to February: Visitors can watch the romantic snowfall in the valley and enjoy the strange cold of the Northwest highlands.