Vietnam’s Northwest in the season of golden maple leaves

If going trekking in the mountainous area of Vietnam's Northwest at the end of the year, visitors can catch sight of the yellow and red colors of the maple leaves fluttering in the wind.


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In the early days of winter, the maple trees in the Northwest mountains begin to change color, bringing a “new coat” to the forest. (Photo: VN Express)
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The ideal trekking routes to meet beautiful maple trees are the peaks of Pu Ta Leng (Lai Chau), Ta Xua (Yen Bai), the Hoang Lien Son range (Lao Cai), Fansipan, Bach Moc Luong Tu, Nhiu Co San … (Photo: VN Express)
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Maple leaves fall in a stream on the way to the top of Nam Kang Ho Tao (Lai Chau). (Photo: VN Express)
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The maple trees are concentrated near the top of Nam Kang Ho Tao, behind the second shack. This peak is 2,881 m high, considered by many to be the most dangerous trekking road in the Northwest because of slipery rocks. (Photo: VN Express)
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“Maple leaves may not be as brilliantly bright as in European countries, but those bright red and yellow colors are enough to make an unforgettable impression for those who conquer this mountain in this season,” said Nguyen Viet Hung, a tourist. (Photo: VN Express)
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The road to the top of Pu Ta Leng turns yellow. This mountain peak is 3,049 meters high, ranked third among the highest mountains in Vietnam. (Photo: VN Express)
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The maple leaf season lasts from November to the end of December. In addition to the maple leaves, the mountainous ferns also start turning yellow, adding to the beauty of the northwestern forest. (Photo: VN Express)

The mountains in the Northwest are high and dangerous. Therefore, visitors who want to conquer these roads need to exercise beforehand and well prepare for the journey. When going trekking, you should hire a native guide to avoid getting lost.