Ta Xua Cloud Hunting: An Unique Experience In Vietnam

Ta Xua is considered the "floating sea of clouds" in Sapa, Vietnam. As a natural boundary between Son La province and Yen Bai province, Ta Xua mountain range is formed by three mountains. Conquering Ta Xua is not easy because of the consecutively high slopes. Over 1.500 meters high with a valley in front, Ta Xua always has the density of clouds. It is considered the place for easily watching clouds compared with Y Ty or other mountains.

Ta Xua Cloud Hunting: An Unique Experience In Vietnam
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There are 2 ways to get to Ta Xua and start hunting cloud:

By mortobike / Car from Hanoi to Ta Xua

It is 240km far from Hanoi city centre. If you’re confident with your motorbike-driving skill, you can rent a motorbike from Hanoi and ride here. From Hanoi, you can reach Ta Xua by first driving to Bac Yen (Son La Province). During our 2-day trip to Ta Xua last January, we chose to drive to Bac Yen from Hanoi. Then, we spent a night in bac Yen and departed to the mountains at 4.30am in the morning. Another option is to go straight to Ta Xua on the first day.You can then set a camp somewhere on the way to the mountain top and enjoy the sunrise the next morning. Remember to bring your own food and drinks.

By bus / Coach from Hanoi to Ta Xua

Otherwise, take a public coach from Hanoi at Yen Nghia Coach Station to Phu Yen, then to Bac Yen (Son La Province). Then book a “xe om” (motorbike taxi) for a distance of around 15 km from Bac Yen to Ta Xua. A little trekking is required if you want to climb to higher mountain tops. Note that if you travel by coach, remember to check with the driver what time the return coach will depart from Bac Yen back to Hanoi. Sometimes there’s only one coach per day and you won’t want to miss it.

Tips for hunting clouds successfully in Ta Xua

The best time for hunting the cloud in Ta Xua is Winter & Spring (from November to the end of March). During this time, your Lucky rate to see the sea of cloud will be higher. Not everyone can succeed in hunting those clouds. Keep checking weather and humidity forecast. The best temperature is from 3-22 Celsius with high humidity.

In order to increase the probability of catching clouds, you should go cloud hunting in the early morning when the sun rises. Choose a day when temperatures are low at night and high during the day. Humidity on that day should be high while the weather is sunny.

The whole trip can last for 2 days with one night spent either in Bac Yen or in Ta Xua. Another option is to visit Moc Chau – a beautiful city in Son La with flower festivals and tea hills. If Moc Chau is included in your itinerary, your trip will be expended to 3 days.

If you are looking for a unique travel experience during your trip to Vietnam, a journey to hunt clouds in Ta Xua is definitely what you should be after.