HCM CITY — Y Tý Commune in the northern mountain province of Lào Cai is famous among Vietnamese trekkers for its beautiful scenery.
Y Tý is located about 70km away from the centre of Sa Pa City, which is rather isolated due to northwestern Việt Nam’s high surrounding mountains. The commune, which is 2,000 metres above sea level, is home to Mông, Dao, Giáy and Hà Nhì ethnic minority groups.
In March, the fields are barren, but the arid ground is covered with blooming docynia trees, blanketing the villages with a white shade of natural beauty.
If you visit the communes in the ripe rice season from late August to early September or harvest season in September-October, you will come across many trekkers enjoying the beauty of golden terraced fields.
Motorbikes are the most recommended mode of travel from Sa Pa to Y Tý since it is challenging for cars to traverse Y Tý’s mountainous route.
There are many homestays in Y Tý with good services and reasonable prices at US$4.3. The owners also provide a private-lodging choice for VNĐ1 million ($43). – VNS