Between the late of March to the early of April stands the ideal time for travelholics to go cloud hunting in Northern Highlands Vietnam. Coming here this time, you can enjoy the peace among a carpet of clouds floating around or to take perfect snapshots to hold unforgettable memories, those mentioned below wonderful spots will utterly fulfill anyone’s ambition.
Cloud hunting has become common in the community of travel lovers, especially with motorcycle travelers within recent 2 years. The vast ocean of the clouds only appears in very few minutes then turns into the dense fog stretched around the space, which drives the time of hunting this natural glorious phenomenon to be valuable.
To be satisfied with cloud paradise, you need to select the right season. The phenomenon only occurs when the cold season is gradually turning into the hot one. The average temperature will be 3 to 20 Degrees Celsius. Over the sky-scraping mountains, at appropriate humidity and altitude, water vapor condenses to form clouds, which has not transferred to freezing fog. Specifically, 5 am to 10 am is the best time of the day to be present on the peak to hunt clouds and have a whole watch of the dawn break over the mountain.
Here are top 5 popular check-in destinations in northern highlands of Vietnam:
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Hot spots for cloud hunting in northern highlands, Vietnam
Ta Xua, Yen Bai
Situated about 300 kilometers (187 miles) from Hanoi, Ta Xua is considered as No.1 place for cloud hunting in the country, which is urging trekkers to explore Ta Xua range, especially its challenging routes.
Tourists can travel to Bac Yen, then hire a motorcycle to get to Ta Xua commune with 15 meandrous kilometers. Such a great challenge but it’s worth with whom dare to take up it when enjoying the best reward: breath in the glorious heaven and native-born valleys.
In fact, visitors are able to hire a local homestay for the price of 80.000 – 250.000 VND per night.
Y Ty at Bat Xat, Lao Cai
As a commune located in Bat Xat district of northern highlands Vietnam, Y Ty attracts a great number of travelers by its wet and wild beauty. Located at an altitude of 2660 meters (8727 feet), the commune is covered with fog all year round with the typical homes belonging to the Ha Nhi (the most outstanding and unique customs) beside H’Mong, Dao, and Kinh (Viet) ethnic minority people.
The best time for cloud hunting in Y Ty is from the late of March to the beginning of April. At that time, Y Ty is attractive due to not only the pool of white clouds but also the beauty of azalea flowers at the blossoming period.
Wanderers can travel to Y Ty by train or passenger coach; however, to save time and be diligent in moving a larger number of people, you should choose to travel by coach from Hanoi to Sapa, then hire a motorcycle to ride 80 kilometers from Sapa to Ta Xua. After that, you can enjoy the feeling of a cool adventure on the first or the last day of the tour.
Dalat, Lam Dong
In recent years, Dalat proves popular with hundreds of sightseers for cloud hunting rather than an escape for a romantic and peaceful vocation. Different from other northern Vietnam destinations, Dalat is where various types of professional tours are organized for worldwide tourists to get experienced in trekking, camping, and watching clouds. Further convenient, the places for cloud hunting are not extremely far from Dalat city center, which helps traveling be much easier. Principally, with young visitors, the amazing spots of check-in among a cloud blanket as Trai Mat, Hon Bo, Cau Dat Farm, Lac Duong are not to be missed.
Fansipan, Sapa, Lao Cai
At 3,143 meters above sea level, Fansipan is recognized as “The peak of Indochina” that is always a marvelous spot of adventure conquerors. It takes around 2 days to conquer Fansipan peak on foot or just 15 to 20 minutes to carry you to the enclosed summit station by cable system before reaching the actual peak.
Standing on the highest peak in Indochina is the best position to contemplate the miraculous beauty of clouds in Sapa and breathe the fresh air surrounded by a vast ocean of clouds. Thanks to its breathtaking beauty, the journey of hunting clouds in Sapa usually includes area exploration and relaxation.
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Bach Moc Luong Tu mountain
Last but not least, Bach Moc Luong Tu, which lies on the boundary between Lao Cai and Lai Chau, seems as not well-known as those above destinations with clouds hunting community, but the peak has become an interesting attraction to many adventurous tourists so far as it is identified as one of 5 highest mountains in Vietnam with 1045 m in height. The fabulous element while hunting cloud here is its wildness of mountain harsh and rocky terrain which has not been discovered by many travelers.
To reach the peak of Bach Moc Luong Tu, 3 days of walking will be taken to accomplish the forest roads and suits those people who love to conquer dangerously imposed wonder of mountains and enjoy natural forest camping. But indeed, reaching the peak means perfectly satisfying the virtual landscape like being lost in an inherent natural beauty in the legend.
A notice is taken for visitors coming to Bach Moc Luong Tu towards Lai Chau that border guards will ask for taking travel permit to enable to visit the site (bring identity card in need).
For a final word
Motorbike is the best vehicle for your cloud hunting journey. If it is inconvenient to bring your motorcycle to these places, you can select a reliable company to rent a powerful motorbike in Vietnam. For exciting riding experiences, you may be interested in Top 10 off-road motorcycles in Vietnam most fit for harsh terrains.
Must-unforgettable item is the camera together with your mood of a travelholic and your soul mates to enjoy a cloud hunting trip in northern highlands Vietnam. Once standing there, listening to every single breath of nature which is blended with the heaven and the earth, immersing into the cloud pool, you will not expect more! Haven’t you enjoyed those miraculous and impressive moments? Come and recognize for delightful moments in your heart with Vietnam!