Vietnam has long been praised for its stunning beaches and the thousand-year-old culture, but it is also a well-known fact that 3/4 of the country is mountains and hills. This unique geographic terrain creates not only distinctive weather conditions in the mountainous regions but also impressive landscapes.
Going cloud-hunting in Vietnam is by and large the optimal way to observe the spectacular view of Vietnam’s mountains and valleys. Ready to feel the breezy clouds caressing your skin while being impressed by the panoramic view? Read on to plan your cloud-hunting adventure in Vietnam.
What to Prepare for Cloud-Hunting in Vietnam
When is the best time to go cloud-hunting in Vietnam: a favorable weather condition is a prerequisite for a successful cloud-hunting trip. It should be cold enough for the greatest cloud effect, yet not so cold or rainy that might impede your trip. In general, the mountainous areas in Vietnam have cool weather and a winter season that last more than just three months, and often September – November is when it is cold enough for cloud-hunting but not so rainy or stormy.
What to pack for cloud-hunting in Vietnam: most cloud-hunting trips require some hiking to reach the desired altitude, so make sure to pack your hunting gears. Besides, to cope with the weather that can drop to 0 Celsius degree, some sufficient winter clothing such as a scarf and gloves will come in handy.
Cloud-Hunting in Northeast Vietnam
Fansipan Peak (Sa Pa Town – Lao Cai Province)
Fansipan is both the highest mountain peak in Vietnam as well as “the roof of Indochina.” While to the public eye, Fansipan is the most terrific point of “check-in” for hikers and nature lovers, it is the best spot to grasp the entire view of Sa Pa's valleys too. Typically, you can reach the Fansipan’s top by a 15-minute cable ride or a 3-day hike. Though the cable service doesn’t open until 8 AM, thanks to Fansipan’s impressive height, you can still catch the glorious sight of the clouds when taking a cable ride to the mountain’s top.
Y Ty (Lao Cai Province)
Y Ty is another favorite destination in Lao Cai for cloud-hunting in Vietnam. The mountain is 2000m high from the sea level, so it’ll take a multi-day hiking trip to reach the top. Unlike Fansipan, Y Ty is not quite tourist-centric as Fansipan and tourist facilities are quite limited. On the bright side, since the majority of visitors here are solo travelers, you’ll get the golden chance to enjoy some peaceful time watching the ethnic villages and the terraced fields unveil themselves from the morning mist.
Ta Xua (Son La Province)
Ta Xua is a popular cloud-hunting destination among Vietnamese hikers. The mountain is tucked behind other massive mountain ranges, so it hasn’t always been accessible for solo travelers. Thanks to developed infrastructure and more tourist facilities made available, Ta Xua has become more travel-friendly, welcoming visitors to its natural grandeur and ethnic cultures.
In addition to impressive mountain tops, scatter around Da Lat are small hills and shallow valleys. As a result, there’s no need to go great distances for splendid cloud-covered landscapes. Simply book a homestay on one of Da Lat’s famous hills, such as Cau Dat Tea Hill or Da Phu Hill, and you can wake up to a magnificent view embraced by billowing clouds.
(Source: iTour Vietnam)