Discover Sin Ho – The second Sapa

Last update 12:12 | 28/03/2017

Sin Ho district in Lai Chau province has attracted more tourists in recent years thanks to its unspoiled nature and the diverse cultures of local ethnic minorities.

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Sin Ho district is 60 km west of Lai Chau city. Its north borders China’s Yunnan province and its south neighbors Tua Chua district, while Phong Tho and Muong Te district are in east and west of Sin Ho.

Visitors from Lai Chau township have to go through forests and caves and cross streams to reach to Sin Ho. The district is also accessible from Dien Bien city.

On both routes, visitors all find unspoiled natural beauty and rugged mountain terrain.

Sin Ho district is at the highest point of Lai Chau province. In the local language, Sin Ho means “place of many streams”.

Nguyen Thanh Trung is a local resident. He said, “Sin Ho plateau is considered the roof of Lai Chau province. The climate here is similar to that of Sa Pa in Lao Cai province. It’s cool all year. The weather is favorable for growing flowers, pears, peaches, and plums. Famous scenic spots in Sin Ho include Heaven Gate, Fairy Mountain, Stone Umbrella Mountain, and many valleys and terraced rice fields. There are also primitive forests.”

Not far from Sin Ho, Pu Dao hamlet of the Mong ethnic minority was named by the British travel agency Gecko Travel the best destination in Southeast Asia.

Nguyen Thuy Linh, a tourist from Hanoi said, “The landscapes here are magnificent and peaceful. Sin Ho is unspoiled and its beauty inspires tourists. Here you can enjoy buffalo meat, grilled goat, stream fish, sticky rice and thang co, a local hotpot. Salmon is also a local specialty.”

The district of Sin Ho is home to 15 ethnic minorities with the Mong, Thai and Dao being the largest.

The local market, which meets only at the weekend, is not just a trading spot but also a meeting place for all the ethnic minorities where they show off their colorful clothes and make dates to meet friends and lovers.

This is a place tourists should not miss if they are interested in exploring the local culture and lifestyle.

Hoang Thi Ngoc, a tourist from Ho Chi Minh City said, “The atmosphere of the Sin Ho Market is very exciting. A wide variety of products of the northwestern region are available here. I have visited Bac Ha market in Lao Cai and Dong Van market in Ha Giang, but Sin Ho market is different. It offers more things. I bought some dried buffalo meat for my friends and a traditional dress for my daughter. We have sampled a lot of the local specialties. They are very delicious.”

In Sin Ho, the climate is pleasant all year round but spring seems to be the best season to explore the beautiful, colorful wildflower valleys of Vietnam’s northwestern region.

Có một biển mây bồng bềnh ở Sìn Hồ

Sìn Hồ được ví như Sapa thứ hai

Mây vờn trong núi

Núi ôm rừng, rừng khắp triền núi

Đều được phủ lên một lớp mây mờ trắng buốt

Nét hoang sơ ở Sìn Hồ hấp dẫn người săn mây

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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