Located in the northern region of Vietnam, Sapa is one of the most popular trekking areas in Southeast Asia. Because of Sapa’s rapid tourist development, viewing the area’s splendid rice paddies relatively easy and accessible to many tourists. An overnight train from Hanoi, and bang – you’re in the middle of a cool, lush environment with nothing but nature all around. There are several local hill tribes that operate the rice paddies in the area including the Hmong, Giay, and Dao. They have carefully crafted their rice paddies into the sides of the mountains and rolling hills where they live. Not only are the rice terraces gorgeous, but the surrounding scenery (including mountain villages, waterfalls, and wispy cloud cover) makes it truly special. The best way to view these rice terraces is on a 2-day trek, with a night spent in a
local homestay in the mountains.
3. Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China.