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8 Best U.S. Fall Road Trip Destinations

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Fall is a great time to head out on a U.S. road trip. The summer crowds have headed home since the kids are in school again. The fall foliage is making its first appearances. Cities and states all over the country are hosting fabulous fall festivals that you won’t want to miss. 

If you’re planning a road trip before the season ends, check out these destinations that are sure to please.

CHEROKEE, NC – MAY 11: One of the main park roads along the Tennessee border is viewed from the top … [+] of a ridge near the Appalachian Trail on May 11, 2018 near Cherokee, North Carolina. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the Tennessee and North Carolina borders in the heart of the Appalachian Mountain Range. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

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1. Shenandoah National Park 

Shenandoah National Park on the East Coast is a lovely spot for some leaf-peeping. Plus, it’s right outside Washington, D.C., making it an easy flight in if you’re coming from elsewhere in the country. If not, you may still enjoy the park’s proximity to the nation’s capital, as you can combine a visit to both in one trip.

Peak leaf-peeping season at Shenandoah is mid-to-late October. You’ll want to take the park’s Skyline Drive for plentiful outlooks and photo ops. 

2. Green Mountain Byway

No one does fall quite like New England, so head to Vermont for all things seasonal. You’ll want to drive the Green Mountain Byway. While this little stretch of road is only 11 miles, make sure to take your time.

However, the short distance means that this road trip is one you can knock out over a weekend visit, perfect if you can’t get away from work for too long this season. Don’t forget to make pit stops for all the amazing New England food and farm activities that pop up this time of year. 

3. Blue Ridge Parkway

It gets a lot of hype, but for good reason. North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway is known as “America’s favorite drive,” and it’s honestly pretty no matter what time of year you visit. But if you love fall foliage, definitely head there now.

The road is long — nearly 500 miles — so you could take your time over several days or a week to see it in full. While in the state, enjoy all the North Carolina hospitality your heart can handle. The locals really make you feel at home.

4. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

For something in the Midwest, try Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This is a great spot to go if you want to combine all the great fall foliage with some lovely water features. Michigan is filled with picturesque waterfront along the Great Lakes, inland lakes, waterfalls, streams and more.

Visit the fun-filled state parks and maybe even enjoy a little camping while you’re in this jaw-dropping outdoor wonderland. 

5. San Juan Skyway

Heading further west, you’ll find the San Juan Skyway in Colorado. Whereas the East Coast gives you fall foliage galore and the Midwest combines leaf-peeping with water features, Colorado blends paintbrush strokes of vibrant colors with towering, dramatic mountain peaks.

The scenery along the skyway is gorgeous and not to be missed, but you’ll want to add some stops to your itinerary to get a glimpse of the region’s history. 

6. The Pacific Coast Highway 

The Pacific Coast Highway gets pretty crowded during the summer months, so maybe skip a June or July trek along this famous coastline and instead visit in October or November. The weather isn’t nearly as bad as what you’ll find on the East Coast in late fall, where snow is always a threat, and you’ll get to see some of California’s best cities.

Remember, though, California doesn’t only have its major urban hubs along the coast. The charming small towns right on the water are worth checking out all on their own.

7. The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

In New Mexico, the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway takes you across more than 80 files of lush fall foliage, all lit up in vibrant hues of yellow. Aspen trees dominate here, so you might not see your characteristic reds, oranges, and browns that you’ll spot on the East Coast, but the golden leaves are nearly otherworldly in their beauty.

The byway will even take you to views of Wheeler Peak, the tallest mountain in New Mexico. 

8. The Finger Lakes

Coming from New York City? Then you need to see the Finger Lakes, especially if you’ve never been. While Upstate New York itself is lovely during the fall months, the Finger Lakes region specifically shines because of its wine roots.

The Finger Lakes produce wines to rival those you’ll enjoy in California and you can find plenty to go around during a Finger Lakes road trip. Just make sure you practice safety first and either take it slow or get a designated driver to show you around the area’s best sipping spots and scenic sites.

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St Vincent and the Grenadines

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Crime

Most visits are trouble-free, but there have been incidents of crime including murder, robbery and assault.

You should maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as you would in the UK and make sure your accommodation is secure. This also applies if you are staying on a yacht. Be vigilant at all times. Take care when walking alone off the busy main roads and avoid isolated areas, including beaches, particularly after dark.

Only use licensed taxis and take particular care at late night street parties, especially during the festival season.

Don’t carry large amounts of cash or jewellery. If possible, leave valuables and travel documents in a safety deposit box or hotel safe. You should check that the hotel safe is securely fixed before using it to store your items.

Road travel

Driving is on the left. To drive on the island you must get a local temporary driving licence. The car hire companies will usually assist with this process. You must present a valid UK driving licence.

Take care when driving on the roads as there can be potholes and speed bumps. Observe the speed limits. You should take extra care on minor roads and in rural areas where there are narrow roads and blind corners. Pedestrians often walk on the roads and indicators are not always used.

Take extra care when driving at night as some roads are unlit. Road signs and hazards may not be easily visible.

Don’t stop if you’re flagged down by pedestrians. Keep car doors locked when driving.

In the event of an accident, call the police and don’t move the vehicle.

Taxis aren’t metered. Standard taxi fares exist for most destinations. Agree the fare in local currency with the driver before you set off. You can often pay in US dollars as well as EC dollars.

Public transport is available and cheaper. Minibus drivers might drive above the speed limit.

Air travel

You can find a list of recent incidents and accidents on the website of the Aviation Safety network.

The FCO can’t offer advice on the safety of individual airlines. However, the International Air Transport Association publishes lists of registered airlines that have been audited and found to meet a number of operational safety standards and recommended practices – IATA Operational Safety Audit and IATA Standard Safety Assessment. These lists aren’t exhaustive and the absence of an airline from this list doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s unsafe.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation has carried out an audit of the level of implementation of the critical elements of safety oversight in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Swimming

Take great care at all times when swimming as currents can be deceptively strong and not all beaches have lifeguards and/or warning flags. You should monitor all beaches carefully and obey any local warnings.

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Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries.

In many places cars, buses, large trucks, rickshaws, bikes, people on foot, and even animals share the same lanes of traffic, increasing the risk for crashes.

Walking

Be smart when you are traveling on foot.

  • Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
  • Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.
  • Remember, people on foot do not always have the right of way in other countries.
Riding/Driving

Choose a safe vehicle.

  • Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.
  • Ride only in cars that have seatbelts.
  • Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.
  • Avoid riding on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)
  • Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.
  • Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.

Think about the driver.

  • Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking.
  • Consider hiring a licensed, trained driver familiar with the area.
  • Arrange payment before departing.

Follow basic safety tips.

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times.
  • Sit in the back seat of cars and taxis.
  • When on motorbikes or bicycles, always wear a helmet. (Bring a helmet from home, if needed.)
  • Avoid driving at night; street lighting in certain parts of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines may be poor.
  • Do not use a cell phone or text while driving (illegal in many countries).
  • Travel during daylight hours only, especially in rural areas.
  • If you choose to drive a vehicle in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, learn the local traffic laws and have the proper paperwork.
  • Get any driving permits and insurance you may need. Get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry the IDP and a US-issued driver’s license at all times.
  • Check with your auto insurance policy’s international coverage, and get more coverage if needed. Make sure you have liability insurance.
Flying
  • Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft.
  • If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections.
  • Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather.
Medical Evacuation Insurance

If you are seriously injured, emergency care may not be available or may not meet US standards. Trauma care centers are uncommon outside urban areas. Having medical evacuation insurance can be helpful for these reasons.

Helpful Resources

Road Safety Overseas (Information from the US Department of State): Includes tips on driving in other countries, International Driving Permits, auto insurance, and other resources.

The Association for International Road Travel has country-specific Road Travel Reports available for most countries for a minimal fee.

Traffic flows on the left side of the road in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

  • Always pay close attention to the flow of traffic, especially when crossing the street.
  • LOOK RIGHT for approaching traffic.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Guide – Caribbean Best Island Destination

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Old Hegg ,Turtle Sanctuary, Tobago Cay Mount Royal, La Soufrière, Fort Charlotte, Falls of Baleine, Botanic Gardens St. Vincent, Wallilabou Heritage Park, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Montreal Gardens.

Turtle Sanctuary

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Orton “Brother” King found the sea turtle hatchery back in 1995, and he since then laid his life to cautiously transfer Hawksbill turtle hatchlings into the nearby waters.

The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary is located on Park Bay, a little further to the plus a fountain of educational experience. To feed your eyes with the irresistible sight of green turtles in the wild, one of the best places to visit is the Tobago Cays.

Tobago Cay

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Tobago Cays is Known as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Southern Grenadines. Marine Park comprises five picture-perfect, uninhabited islands surrounded by a clear lagoon.

Here, you’ll come across sea turtle nesting sites and feeding areas, scattered mangroves, and well-structured coral reef in St. Vincent. Cool off by enjoying a swim with the resident turtles, snorkel around the long Horseshoe Reef, or simply relax on a magnificent white-sand beach.

Botanic Gardens St. Vincent

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This Garden was established around 1765 by General Robert Melville , and it claims to be the oldest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

With an informative guide by your side, you will receive enlightenment on native and exotic plants growing here, including a breadfruit tree coming from Captain Bligh brought to St. Vincent in 1793.

In the aviary, you’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of the famous and colorful St. Vincent parrot—the island’s national bird.

GETTING THERE

For those who would like to spend their vacation in one place, there are several airlines that offer relatively easy access to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Chances are, you will have to take a connecting flight. However, American Airlines offers some of the most flight options to this stunning archipelago, or at least a connecting flight with a local partner airline, like LIAT.

If you’d rather spend your vacation letting someone else handle the traveling, then why not board a cruise to St. Vincent and the Grenadines? While there are a limited selection of cruises to St. Vincent, you are sure to enjoy the leisurely way of life as you dock at this stunning island chain.

GETTING AROUND

For those who like to move like the locals, there is a public bus system that will take you around the cities and along the major hotspots. If you’d rather move about on your own time, you can instead hail a taxi or hire a driver.

For those who aren’t afraid of driving on the “wrong” side of the road, you can rent a car. By renting a car, easily get to some of the more remote areas of the island, but because it is a British Commonwealth nation, be prepared to drive on the left side of the road.

WILDLIFE/NATURE

While the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are relatively small, the island cannot host some of the larger animal life that some other Caribbean islands may host. However, you’re likely to see some tropical reptiles, like iguanas and lizards.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a birders delight. With more than 150 species of birds found on the islands of the archipelago, chances are you will see a new bird everywhere you turn. Keep your eye on the sky and your camera ready, because who knows what you might see.

When you take to the waters around the islands, you’ll be delighted in the rich biodiversity in the waters. With tropical fish, various turtles, and dolphins and whales, there is always some friendly creature playing in the waves or darting underneath the boats.

NATIONAL HEROES/MUSEUMS

Joseph Chatoyer – (Unknown – 1795) this local Carib chief is known for leading a revolt against the British Empire at the start of British occupation. This act, while it ultimately failed, worked to show the natives of St. Vincent that they still had power and a voice. This revolt also inspired other native populations, under various European regimes, to stand up against the colonizers.

Bequia Maritime Museum – Being an archipelago nation, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a long, proud history of boat building and sailing. So, it’s no surprise that one of the most popular museums is the Maritime Museum. You can learn all about the maritime history of the islands, the rise and fall of the whaling industry, and learn about various boat building techniques used throughout history.

TOURISM UPDATES

Corona Virus Update as at August 31st, 2020

General Restrictions: SVG is welcoming travelers with mandatory quarantine of 14 days regardless of country of origin. 72 hours prior permission is required for operations to ensure all requirements are met. Airport operational hours are 1200Z-2200Z but can be extended to 0000Z (note, this extension is 500 Eastern Caribbean Dollars).

Travelers from High risk countries such as Brazil and USA will be screened differently than travelers from Low risk countries.

Passenger Restrictions: It is mandatory for all arriving passengers to be self-quarantined at their expense either at a private home, villa or hotel for 14 days and passport will be ceased for those said days. Quarantine cannot be done on private yacht.

Please be informed that authorization from the Ministry of Health is required for arrival of non-nationals and an approval cannot be granted for the flight until received.

  • All arriving passengers will be tested for COVID-19 and will be placed under a mandatory 24-hour self-quarantine.
  • Persons arriving with a negative antibody test (where the test was done in the last five days) and test negative in the COVID-19 test taken on arrival, do not need to further quarantine
  • Persons who test positive for the COVID-19 test taken upon arrival, regardless of approved documentation, will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
  • Persons arriving from the CARICOM bubble, which includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago, will not be tested for COVID-19, provided they have been in the CARICOM bubble for at least 14 days
  • Travelers whose country of origin is one in the CARICOM Bubble will require the following to enter St. Vincent and the Grenadines:
  • VINCYCOVID online application process and/or visit –www.health.gov.vc and submit the application to the following address: [email protected]
  • Completed COVID-19 Questionnaire (on vessel)
  • No COVID-19 laboratory test.

Non- CARICOM Bubble: Travelers from countries of origin not in the CARICOM Bubble will require the following to enter St. Vincent and the Grenadines:

  • VINCYCOVID online application process and/or
  • Completed COVID-19 Questionnaire (on vessel) ,
  • PCR Testing on arrival
  • Court-Ordered, 24-hour quarantine (Await results in home or hotel).

Crew Restrictions: Overnight rest for crew may be granted based on their travelling distance. It is a case by case situation which would be determined by the MOH. Once they disembark at TVSA they must be self-quarantined at their expense also.

Tech Stop Details: Tech stops with passengers are allowed with no disembarkation. Catering is unavailable.

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ECO-TOURISM

The biggest eco-tourism draw to St. Vincent and the Grenadines revolves around the marine life and wilderness. With some truly amazing aquatic species, ranging from tropical fish to turtles to dolphins to whales, you are sure to see some unique animals as you snorkel and dive among the reefs.

For those feeling truly adventurous, head out to some of the local shipwrecks that met their watery fate thanks to the powerful reefs. No matter where your marine adventures take you, be sure to wear reef-safe sunscreen!

For those who would rather stay on dry land, St. Vincent and the Grenadines have several mountains and large hills. Those looking to stretch their legs can push themselves and hike up the various mountains and look-outs for a stunning view of the islands of this beautiful nation. Some popular hikes are up Soufrière and into the crater, to the waterfalls of Baleine, and throughout Wallaibou Heritage Park.

DONATE

Life on the islands can be difficult, with cost of living being higher than many other countries. Luckily enough, there are organizations like Food for the Poor that work to make sure that everyone has food, personal hygiene items, medical supplies, and that students have school supplies. You can donate to help them make the lives of local Vincentians easier.

Another charity group that works hard to insure everybody has a bright future is The Mustique Charitable Trusts. This conglomeration works to provide children and young adults with educational opportunities to further their futures. The MCT also works to adapt the local communities to become more sustainable in this uncertain world of climate change.

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The Best Sapa Trekking 2 Days Tour

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Sapa is a poetic land, one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Northern Vietnam. No matter what season you come in, Sapa also has its own attractive beauty. If you have the chance to immerse the picture of cascading rice paddies, majestically green plains, and towering mountaintops, you will surely be amazed at this landscape. So, whenever you feel tired, enjoy one Sapa trekking 2 days tour. You will forget the busy city and immerse yourself in the beautiful natural scenery as well as the peaceful life here.

Prepare before a Sapa trekking 2 days tour

Before going and exploring this beautiful land, firstly you should look for information about it check the weather carefully. Then prepare the necessary things for the trip such as a reasonable package, snacks, and drinks. Moreover, in a highland region, the route is difficult for you to trek so you must have a good pair of shoes. You should also prepare a hat and raincoat.

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In order to save time when moving to Sapa, you should take a night train or night car. If you go by train, you will spend the night about 6-10 hours and when you wake up, you are present in Lao Cai. After that, you will be transferred by a shuttle bus. On the other hand, night car will stop near your hotel, so you can choose the most suitable transportation for yourself.

Day 1: Trekking to Matra, Taphin Village

When you are at the hotel, you will have a breakfast and short time for relaxing after a long night transporting. After that, we will be ready to start the Sapa trekking 2 days tour.

Ma Tra Village

The first destination is Ma Tra village. a new travel destination in Sapa. This is a small simple village hiding away from civilization. To get there, you will have to trek through the rice paddy fields and spectacular scenery. On the route, you can be able to visit a local school. It is just a small but very warm school. Here, you can meet many children, they are all cute and pretty. You and your guide will continue the trip by walking to a local house in the village, having lunch, tasting some special dishes made by the host. Then you should have a small rest to prepare for the next trekking.

Ta Phin Village

In the afternoon, after being energized, you will continue your Sapa trekking 2 days tour by exploring another traditional village in Sapa. Trekking through the breathtaking landscape, you will reach Taphin village. This is the place where Red Dao and Black H’mong – 2 largest ethnic communities of Sapa live. You can recognize them by unmistakable costumes. They have the unmixed cultural life and both very famous of handicraft.

Sapa Trekking 2 Days Tour

 

The Red Dao are known for their expertise in herbal medicine and they use plants from the land and the forest to treat many illnesses. Your local guide will be able to introduce you to some Red Dao women and they can tell you more about their remedies. Especially, you can have a bath Red Dao herbal medicine when you come back to the town, it is so interesting. This service is various in Sapa.

In addition, when trekking through the Sapa’s forests, you also have the opportunity to visit local houses and admire the spectacular caves. Finally, you will return to your homestay to enjoy your night after a long day of exploring.

Day 2: Visit Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai villages

After discovering the life and culture of two ethnic groups Red Dao and Black H’mong, we will meet another community, that’s Giay people.

Lao Chai Village

In the morning, you will meet your local guide at the hotel, and then trek to Lao Chai village, a village of Black Hmong ethnic people in Sapa trekking 2 days tour. This is the place where ethnic minority people reside, about 7km from the center of Sapa town. You can go along Cau May street, then turn to Muong Hoa and start your journey away from the bustling and crowded streets. Visitors begin to experience a different life, the meaning of the village. Lao Chai is not noisy, crowded as in the center of Sapa town. It ‘s hidden between the two sides of the mountain. Its natural scenery is so peaceful and majestic that make visitors feel like they are lost in a fairyland.

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In modern life, this village has electricity poles and asphalt roads to the village. However, it still keeps the peaceful life. Visitors can feel the unique, simple and rustic culture of the ethnic minority village in the highland area. Here we will have a chance to discover more about their daily life and learn how to make their traditional clothes, indigo, handicraft,… We will visit the biggest valley which offers to you the best views of the golden rice terrace field in Vietnam.

Ta Van Village

After that, we continue to trek to Ta Van village, where the Giay ethnic people live. It is a small group living in Sapa Vietnam. They still preserve the rich and traditional culture. We will visit a local family in one of the beautiful traditional houses located on their rice paddy fields and taste their traditional cuisine for lunch. Here, many Vietnam ethnic minority community gathers and live for a long time in harmony with each other. When visiting this village, tourists can be impressed by the beautiful natural landscapes, experience staying in a homestay, as well as enjoy the traditional cuisine of this place. This provides a great chance to share their customs and daily life.

Giang Ta Chai Village

After a little break, you will get ready for the next places in Sapa trekking 2 days trip in the afternoon. You continue to trek through a bamboo forest and the beautiful terraced rice fields to Giang Ta Chai – home of Dzay, Red Zao, Hmong people.

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Giang Ta Chai village is 15km far from Sapa town. Located at the right side of Muong Hoa Valley, Giang Ta Chai is one of the must-come villages in Sapa for visitors who want to experience the colorful traditional customs. Giang Ta Chai lies silently by a majestic waterfall and was hidden by old trees and bamboo groves. Here visitors can see the romantic Muong Hoa Stream. On the narrow path to Giang Ta Chai, visitors have to pass through this stream which flows slowly day by day in Hoang Lien forest.

Coming to the village, tourists will be charmed immediately with the out-standing traditional costumes of the local people, and most of those clothes are made from natural materials. Have an overnight homestay of local people, you will have a chance to experience the lifestyle of Red Dao through their folk songs, traditional dances or their handicrafts. You will be able to enjoy the genuine friendliness and hospitality of the villages and have a chance to speak with the locals. We will cross an old timber and rope suspension footbridge.  After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you will start climbing uphill to a road, the car and your driver are ready for your journey back to Sapa.

Others places to trek in Sapa

In your Sapa trekking 2 days tour, if you have free time and wanna explore more about Sapa, some following place will be ideal for a short trek

Sapa Main Market

The Sapa market is a unique cultural economic activity, opened every day of the week. This is a place to exchange and buy a variety of goods and local products, as well as a chance for Highlanders to go to markets. But things that attract ethnic women and tourists the most is the stalls of jewelry, dresses, brocade… Here, you can freely choose brocade products, dazzling with colorful colors of dresses girls Mong, Red Dao ethnic minority. Foreign tourists often like to admire the hand-woven paintings with vivid motifs and beautiful harmonious colors.

Stone Church of Sapa

The Sapa Stone church is a famous tourist spot here where holds many traditional cultural activities of ethnic groups. On Saturday, in the front of the church, there are many unique cultural activities of the local people. You can see flute, trumpet leaves and “xòe” dance. They created a magical and ùnorgettable atmosphere in your Sapa trekking 2 days trip.

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Silver Waterfall

This is a popular waterfall in Sapa that fall from the top of a mountain with its height about 100m. It is enveloped by a range of mountains, undulating landscapes area. Many people say the cascading falls appear as a mighty white dragon peering down onto the valley. Standing at the foot of the waterfall, you will see the beautiful nature image and mountains and I’m really sure that you will feel so small when seeing wonders of nature.

Muong Hoa Valley

Dubbed as the most beautiful valley of sapa, Muong Hoa Valley lies between two high ranges of mountains in the southeast of Sapa town. Its most defining feature is Hoa stream, stretching through the Ta Van, Lao Chai, and Hao Thao villages and there are mysterious carved stones and curious graphics spread over several kilomItsIt. It will be a pity if you do not come here in your Sapa trekking 2 days trip.

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After your Sapa trekking 2 days tour, you will definitely be impressed with the majestic scenery, friendly people and interesting culture here. Do not hesitate and go discovering this beautiful mountainous are now!

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