Photo Series: Trekking the Sapa Terraces, Vietnam

Sapa Landscape Vietnam

While there are a number of places to visit in Vietnam, the rice terraces of Sapa should be right at the top of your list. This beautiful region near the country’s northern border with China boasts breathtaking natural scenery, not to mention significant cultural importance. The region of Sapa is home to many ethnic groups, including the Hmong, Red Dao and Giay people.

Our three day trek started with a short walk down to the nearby Cat Cat village after arriving in Sapa. The walk through the village provides a small insight into what homes and life looks like for ethnic groups of the region. The walk culminates at the Tien Sa Waterfall by a small abandoned French military station. This walk is a nice little entree before the main course.

Leaving Sapa

Village Road Sapa


Rice Terraces near Cat Cat Village

Terrace Village Sapa

Washing hanging out in Cat Cat Village, Sapa Vietnam

Sapa River

Bridge to abandoned French outpost in Cat Cat Village, Vietnam

Sapa Falls


On day two, we set out from the town of Sapa with our guide and also several local women tagging along with the ever-so-subtle intention of selling us stuff along the way. Still, they were friendly and the fact that they walk the long trails through the terraces every day to earn a living is quite impressive. It was on this day that we were blessed with the breathtaking views out over the mountains and terraces – the reason I had been determined to visit this place.

Morning View Sapa

Abandoned Cabin in the Mountains

Broken Rails Sapa

Among the Bamboo

Glowing terraces Sapa


Sapa Tour Group

Sapa Landscape

Trail in the Ferns of Sapa Vietnam

Red trail

In the afternoon, we arrived in small village where we would stay overnight with a local family in Ta Van Village. After a cheap massage and a few beers, we sat down to a peaceful meal cooked by our friendly, albeit shy hosts. The next day we would set off on a trickier trail eventually down along a waterfall that would bring us back to Sapa.

Down by the River through rice fields of Sapa

Valley Floor Sapa

Ta Van

Rice Fields near Ta Van Village, Sapa Terraces

Sapa Terraces of Vietnam

Steep Trail down to Lao Chai Village, Terraces of Sapa

Falls and path Ta Van

Village Lunch Spot, Trekking Terraces of Sapa

Leaving Sapa

Have you visited the rice terraces of Sapa? Share your experiences in the comments.

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