Ham Rong Mountain is an attractive tourist area in the center of Sapa Townlet. As going to Sa Pa, travelers often climb up Ham Rong mountain to enjoy a cool atmosphere and charming landscapes. It is in center of Sapa Townlet, Sapa District, Lao Cai District 33km from Lao Cai City.
Sapa in the northern province of Lao Cai has a variety of places of interest: ancient stone-fields, a silvery waterfall, Fansipan Mountain, villages of Mong and Dao ethnic minorities, and Ham Rong Mountain. Spending a short time climbing up to Ham Rong Mountain using elevated steps is something different for tourists.
From the mountain, you can enjoy the superb views of the whole Sapa valley, usually with cloud around, and there is the hilly Sapa Town with villas, gardens and terraced paddy fields. Opposite is the Hoang Lien Son Range and Fansipan Mountain which, at more than 3,000m, takes the title of Southeast Asia’s highest peak.
Via Muong Tien to get to Sapa, in vaporous clouds travelers will see a mountain peak rising as dragon-head. It is Ham Rong mountain with 100 ha in area. As going to Sa Pa, travelers often climb up Ham Rong mountain to enjoy a cool atmosphere and charming landscapes such as cloud ground and stone garden, gardens, garden of medicinal plants, especially the garden of various orchids and specific houses on stilts of ethnic minorities.
A great deal of rocks in shape of dragon claws and fin appear to our eyes and we will think of being lost in a wonderland. Following cliff will lead us to the heaven gate I and II. Standing on the peak, you will enjoy particularly interesting landscapes around as much as you wish and throw your view farer to make the most of poetic beauty of Sapa town looming in clouds. There are two legens that explain the name of this mountain, they are both meaningful.
The name of Ham Rong was derived from the legend that, in primitive age there were a couple of dragons which became attached to each other while the deluge was rising high. Walking up, they hurrily separated from each other but failed. They were drifted to different places. After a long time, the female dragon was petrified but still tried to raise its eyes to the male dragon on the Hoang Lien mountain in the west because its instinct for survival remained.
However, there’s another legend that explains the names of the mountains in the area. Legend has it that all animals lived together in a chaotic environment. One day, Jade Emperor gave an order that every species of animal had to find for themselves an area to live or suffer the consequences. Having heard the order, they scrambled for a place to reside. Three brothers of dragons who were living in a large lake hurriedly ran to the east but could not find any place; they then ran to the west.
The two elder brothers ran fast and came to a suitable place first; however, the youngest ran slowly and strayed into the crowds of lions and tigers. To protect itself from attack, the dragon opened its mouth. It was then that the time allowed ran out and Jade Emperor turned the three dragons into stone. That left the two older dragons, which were waiting for their brother, facing Lao Cai, and the youngest one, with head raised and mouth opened, facing the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. So the mountain is named Ham Rong (Jaw of Dragon).