Sapa is a cloudy paradise with a plenty of clouds bobbing all year round. However, have you ever heard the term “mây luồn”? This glorious natural phenomenon is very rare so people have told each other to go hunting “mây luồn” in some occasional time. Now, let’s discover what it is and the three best places to hunt clouds in your Sapa tours.
1/ What is “mây luồn”?
“Mây luồn” only occurs when the cold season is gradually turning into the hot season or vice versa. At that time, the clouds move from one valley to another one, which overflows from cold to warm areas to dissolve. Also, when Sapa enters the windy season, the weather is severely cold in the lowland while it is gently warm in the highland. Simultaneously, the clouds are condensed in valleys and overflow to all villages and forests nearby, which forms a beautiful cloudy band with the pure white color. Interestingly, “mây luồn” only appears for several hours and then quickly dissipates under the sunshine. Therefore, a lot of professional photographers consider “mây luồn” as a specialty of Sa Pa. Thanks to this special type of clouds, the whole mountainous picture of Sapa becomes livelier and more mysterious.
2/ The ideal time to hunt clouds in Sapa
Each season in Sapa has its own beauty and characteristic to attract tourists. In your Vietnam tours, spring is always the best time to visit and contemplate the clouds in Sapa. The weather in this season is quite cool but a bit cold at night and the sunshine is very gentle. Besides, you can also go to Sapa in the autumn when the weather starts to be cold. At that time, Sapa has more clouds than other seasons. However, it may be slightly dim so you are not able to clearly observe all the miraculous beauty of clouds in Sapa.
3/ The best places to hunt clouds in Sapa
In Sapa, there are the three best places to take wonderful photos of “mây luồn”. First, it is Cloud Yard of Ham Rong mountain, which is nearly 2,000 meters above the sea level. Cloud Yard, as its name, is covered with clouds and drizzle throughout the year. The path to Cloud Yard is not easy to go because it is quite narrow and surrounded by a lot of stones, making you feel like being lost in heaven. Then, there is a stone staircase of about ten steps and it will lead you to Cloud Yard. Certainly, the height at that place is so perfect that you can take a large number of wonderful pictures to show to your friends after finishing your Sapa Vietnam tours.
The second place is the same forest in Hang Da Hamlet, Hau Thao Commune. The presence of samou forest between the rocky plateau makes life flourish and brighten. If you stand on the high mountain and look down to the rocky valley, you will see that the whole samou forest seems to be a solid barrier for Sapa. Therefore, hunting clouds at that place will be extremely interesting. Not only do you contemplate the clouds bobbing in the sky but you can also see it weaving through the foliage of semou.
Lastly, O Quy Ho, the tallest pass in Vietnam with 2,090 meters in height, will be the ideal place to hunt clouds in Sapa. Located on the highway 4D crossing Hoang Lien Son Mountains, this pass connecting the two provinces including Lao Cai and Lai Chau. Its peak is also the border between these two provinces. The beauty of O Quy Ho Pass always turns virtual: the side of Lao Cai is misty while the side of Lai Chau is sunny; also, it is snowy and icy in the winter and it usually covers with so many clouds in the summer. With these characteristics, O Quy Ho Pass is an enjoyable destination which attracts a lot of tourists to visit for hunting clouds in Sapa tours.
So, you have just known about “mây luồn” as well as the best time and places to go hunting for clouds in Sapa, haven’t you? I hope that it can be useful for your Sapa tours someday.