Which month is the best to visit Sapa and what month are terraced fields harvested?
I don't know if there's a best month to visit Sapa as each season has its own flavor.
In December, January , February there are gorgeous pink peach blossoms and the cold and the foggy weather that some prefer.
In March you can see all the white pear blossoms.
Then there are different colors of orchids as well as flowers of other fruit bearing trees like plums and apricots. There are all kinds of roses and then there's a multitude of yellow colza flowers.
Then in April and May, there are all kinds of wild flowers in the spring.
This is also the planting time when you can see people working in the fields.
By May you start to see all the green of the fields.
Starting with June, the fruit bearing trees begin to show off their results.
The fields become greener and greener.
Some time in September, the fields turn golden.
Harvest time is coming, depending on the varied weather of each year (just like the flowers can blossom early or late).
In October you can see a lot people working in the fields.
I don't even know about areas that grow all types of vegetables and their seasons. Lately, I heard that some places also grow corns, but I don't know where they are.
But as you can see, there really isn't a best time to visit.
Due to the Sapa weather is dried in winter and cold long time so, the local people in here they only have one crop in a year (rice, corn...)
- They start growing crop from the May and start harvested from September to the October. That's meaning the best time to Sapa, we advise you come between September and October.
5 day in sapa is too long, my suggestion is taking a remote road to Sapa, on the way you will encounter the authentic colorful ethnic as well as more opportunity to capture the photo that amazing north mountain of Vietnam has to offer.
DAY 1 Hanoi, Yen Bai, Luc Yen, Hoang Sue Phi
DAY 2 Hoang Sue Phi, Bac Ha, Sapa
Hoang Sue Phi district is one of the most remote region and offer some of the most amazing landscape of North mountain Vietnam.
Hoang Sue Phi is inhabitant of 18 different hill tribe group, on the market day these people go to market and make it a colorful ethnic market ever
In Tam Duong, previous Binh Lu, a perfect position to capture the majestic mountain of Phansipan, and also the Lu and Black Dzao minority people are so interesting with beautiful clothes and make up.
Do some search, im also keen on capturing photo so hope it help
Deb, they have several different tours to either Ha Giang/Quan Ba or Yen Bai/Mu Cang Chai.
Transportation-wise, the direct route from Ha Noi to Ha Giang/Quan Ba is by bus; there are also sleeper bus. One of the tours that I know of is a 3-night, 2-day tour by sleeper bus.
Here's a blog on a trip to Ha Giang/Quan Ba:
To Mu Cang Chai, there's a bus as another poster already mentioned.
Or you can take the train to Yen Bai (halfway or 163km) and then take a bus or motor ride. You can stay the night in Yen Bai, or the town of Nghia Lo (83km from Yen Bai). From Yen Bai to Mu Cang Chai is another 80km or so. Or you can stay in Mu Cang Chai (home stays or hotel.)
On the way back, you can retrace your step or you can take the bus back. Mu Cang Chai - Ha Noi (270 km) or Nghia Lo - Ha Noi (190km).
From Ha Noi to Yen Bai, beside the Reunification Express train, there's also the YB1 (YB2 on the return trip) with different time schedule if you don't like night train.
insane views of terrace rice paddies from late August to mid- September. The weather is awesome with fresh-up breezes & no much rains .
if you are curious about exotic smells of rice & mud you should have a homestay tour to experience hands- on harvesting the crops.
If you are youngsters or motorbike fans, hire a motor with a local guide & a good camera to look for distinct rice field scenes
Now until September, September is the harvest season and it is yellowish