The influence of the increasing cold front has brought snow and frost to some northern mountainous areas like Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Lang Son, and Quang Ninh, attracting a great many tourists to view the rare natural phenomena in Vietnam.
|Frost in Mu Cang Chai district of Yen Bai province (Photo by Mu Cang Chai Color) |
Since January 8, the temperature of the northern mountainous provinces dropped low, and many places are blanketed in snow, such as Sapa (Lao Cai), Mau Son (Lang Son), Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai), and Binh Lieu (Quang Ninh), creating a new attraction for travellers who like to explore and adventure. As soon as pictures of snow and ice went viral on social networks, many tourists decided to brave the below 0 degrees Celsius temperatures to have a picnic and shoot photoes.
|From 10pm on January 10 in many localities in Y Ty commune, Lao Cai province such as Phin Ho, Ngai Che, Phan Can Su, trees, mountains, and houses were blanketed in white snow (Photo by Thinh Dao) |
|At 7 am on January 11, the Sapa meteorological station recorded temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius, with light snow and frost appearing between Ton station and the top of Fansipan. Snow began to fall at 12 pm on the same day (Photo by Thinh Dao) |
|This is the first recorded snowfall in Lao Cai since the beginning of winter (Photo by Thinh Dao) |
Nguyen Hong Son, a visitor from Hanoi, said he had planned to go to Mau Son peak early to be able to record the rare appearance of snow in Vietnam. Son shared that he likes adventure and travel, so he is very excited to take the trip to challenge himself against the harsh weather.
Travel businesses take advantage of this opportunity to sell unique tours. Tran Dang An, director of Halo Travel, said that for many years, dense ice and snow have appeared in Quang Ninh. From a tourism perspective, this is an interesting natural phenomenon, creating curiosity for visitors.
|In Yen Bai, frost covered the vegetation at the top of Khau Pha pass from January 9. This is one of the four highest peaks in Vietnam and is also a famous paragliding destination with its own annual paragliding festival (Photo by Thinh Dao) |
Luong Duy Doanh, director of Five Star Travel, which organises many adventure tours, said that ice and snow have a buoyant effect on tourism.
|Photo by Thinh Dao |
Doanh added that the company has asked tour guides to regularly track the weather situation, remind visitors to prepare warm clothing, and warn tourists in bad health condition not to risk the trip.
|Photo by Mu Cang Chai Color |