Cascading rice terraces
HA NOI, November 13, 2017 – If you’re planning on visiting Vietnam this February & wishing to experience life as a local as much as possible, Moc Chau Plateau & Vinh Hy won’t disappoint.
This year, the Lunar New Year will take place on the 16th, February so the whole month is going to be extremely festive and dedicated to spring celebrations. February is amongst the best months to visit Vietnam in terms of weather as it is relatively dry throughout the country, the temperatures are moderate (180C in Hanoi, 220C in Danang, and 27.50C in Ho Chi Minh City on average), and the skies are exceptionally clear. Thus, there is no need to worry about unexpected downpours, occasionally flooded streets, or running for cover.
Thuong Cuong Village in Moc Chau Plateau
With its land mass stretching over multiple degrees of longitude, Vietnam has a very diverse climate. The S-shaped country is divided into two different weather patterns by the Hai Van Pass:
The North with four distinctive seasons: Spring, summer, fall, and a rather cold winter. Some places would receive snow in the winter such as Sapa. However, the weather in Vietnam has become more and more complicated due to climate change. In 2016, snowfall was recorded for the first time in some places such as Muong Lat (Thanh Hoa), Tam Dao (Vinh Phuc), Ky Son (Nghe An), etc.
The South with a dry season (from early/mid-November to late April) and a rainy season (from late April/early May to November).
Moc Chau Plateau and Vinh Hy Bay’s weather patterns are amongst the most typical of that in Vietnam. If you’re planning on a Vietnam tour this February, these two striking destinations should come first. Here is why!
Trekking through Moc Chau Plateau in the North for adventure-seeking travelers
Located 190 kilometers Northwest of Hanoi at an altitude of 1,050m, Moc Chau Plateau is bestowed with nature’s blessings including a moderate climate and fertile soil, resulting in bountiful, multicolored carpets of flowers and plants all year round. Moc Chau is famous for its vast tea plantations stretching up the mountainsides; blooming flowers blanketing the orchards, terraced fields, and deep valleys; abundant, unique delicacies; exotic cultures of ethnic minorities, and numerous dairy farms, green pastures, and dairy products.
White Plum flowers in Moc Chau
Since Moc Chau Plateau belongs to Son La, a mountainous province in Northwest Vietnam, its weather is that of the North, with four seasons. Spring is a perfect time to admire a Moc Chau in full bloom as every corner of the plateau is covered in different shades of pink of peach blossom and plum flowers. Trekking along the valleys and getting lost in the delicate and fragile beauty is such an unparalleled relaxing retreat in nature.
Your Moc Chau experience can vary greatly depending on the season, so you might want to consult with your Vietnam tour operator or take a look at this list before closing the deal.
Before and after the Lunar New Year, the plateau is covered in pale pink peach blossom and white plum flowers.
In March, every corner is filled with white and purple mountain ebony flowers.
From October to February, yellow wild sunflowers and white kale flowers with red poinsettias scattered here and there along the valleys.
From April to June, Moc Chau turns from a land of flowers into a fruit kingdom, when fruitful orchards are open to visitors and they can hand pick peaches and plums right off the plant.
There are various accommodation options offered to visitors in Moc Chau, including in hotels and guest houses, homestays in ethnic villages, and bungalows in the middle of tea farms. However, to fully appreciate the daily life, unique culture, and diverse cuisine of the ethnic minorities living here, doing a homestay at a local’s house is strongly recommended.
Moc Chau Plateau is also a mecca for food lovers as it’s home to exotic and unique food such as grilled stream fish, smoked buffalo meat, deep friend veal, five-color sticky rice, stream snail, etc. So don’t forget to check out its incredibly rich food scene while you’re here.
Exploring the Gorgeous Vinh Hy Bay in the South for sun worshippers
Winter is great and all, but wouldn’t it be perfect if you can get away from the cold weather to soak up the warm sunshine and relaxed atmosphere for a while? The lovely and tranquil Vinh Hy Bay, located in Ninh Thuan Province, 42km Northeast of Phan Rang – Thap Cham deserves the number 1 spot on your bucket list.
Vinh Hy Bay
Having three sides (Eastern, Western, and Northern) surrounded by evergreen and dense forests with a diverse flora and fauna as well as virtually untouched, curvy coastlines with white sandy beaches and emerald water, Vinh Hy Bay perfectly reflects the natural beauty of a tropical paradise. To the West lies the imposing Chua Mountain with its summit recorded at 1,040m above sea level and Lo O Stream cascading down the bay all year round.
Aside from swimming in the crystal clear water and enjoying tasty, fresh seafood chosen right from the raft, there is so much else to do while you’re here. Some of the recommended activities include diving to discover coral reefs, fishing, and cruising around the bay and to different beaches on a boat, etc.
If you are more of an eco-tourist or wish to get away from the beach for a day, hire a motorcycle and go explore Nui Chua National Park. It’s one of the largest national parks in Vietnam that covers a natural area of 24,300ha and home to 664 plant and 201 animal species, including those that are at risk of extinction, some of them can’t be found anywhere else.
There are many clean and affordable accommodations available for visitors here. Those who are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and live in harmony with nature can opt for camping on the sandy beaches. In case you want to reward yourself with a luxurious break, the famed Amanoi Luxury Resort won’t disappoint you.
Ba Moi Vineyard opens to visitors
However, most international visitors, who want to experience life as a local, prefer to do a homestay in vineyards. Here you’ll get to learn everything about grapes and live like a real farmer according to your wish: from planting to trimming the vines and leaves, fertilizing, and cutting grapes, etc.
The two major vineyards in Ninh Thuan are the Ba Moi vineyard located 7km from the city center and the Thai An vineyard located on the road leading up to Vinh Hy Bay. Aside from these two, there are also many smaller vineyards dispersed around the city. A refreshing tailor-made tour along the Dinh River is perfect for nature-loving souls. You might also catch a glimpse of sheep grazing on lush green pastures.
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