Being shaped like a dragon’s head dimly looming in the thin veil of the early morning fog, Ham Rong (meaning “Dragon Jaw”) Mountain is a unique and sometimes bizarre combination of man-made and natural landscapes in the center of Sapa town, Vietnam.

The orchid gardens, are beautifully landscaped and have more than 6000 orchid plants belonging to 194 kinds. We were lucky enough to be traveling with a resident member of the Red Zao tribe, who told us which berries we could pick and were safe to eat, which was my favorite part! It was a fun hike along different paths leading us through small caves and into various garden worlds, each seeming so different from one another.

We picked and ate water fruit along our climb to, San May (meaning “Cloud Yard”), the peak of Ham Rong Mountain, which is at an altitude of 1800m. From there we could see down to all of Sapa Town and also the peak of Mount Fansipan, which is the highest mountain in Indochina at 10,312 ft.


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