North Vietnam Rice Fields Sapa Valley

Rice fields become highlighted in the evening light as they span for miles across the Sapa Valley in North Vietnam.

When visiting the Sapa Valley in North Vietnam, the rice fields stretch across the landscape to the horizon with people scattered around wearing their hats and working hard each day in the fields. The fields are divided into sections, some areas remain dry while others are filled with water, all requiring hours of tedious work.

Since the twentieth century, a majority of the rice grown is on the flooded sections of land, also known as paddy fields. Constructed next to rivers/marshes or on steep hillsides, these fields require large amounts of water for irrigation.

While looking across these rice fields in the Sapa Valley, one would think there would be enough rice for years to come, but in reality, each plant only produces an average of 20 or less grains. Twenty years ago, rice was imported from Vietnam, but today, Vietnam is an exporter of the rice.

Rice is served with many meals in North Vietnam, used in a variety of ways such as rice noodle, white rice, rice liquor, rice salads and rice desserts. A favorite food for the majority of the people living in North Vietnam.

Rice Fields in Late Evening Light - Sapa Valley - North Vietnam



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Rice fields become highlighted in the evening light as they span for miles across the Sapa Valley in North Vietnam.

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