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Cold spells blanket northern Vietnam’s mountains in rarely seen frost

Friday, January 15, 2021, 11:16 GMT+7
Cold spells blanket northern Vietnam’s mountains in rarely seen frost
Tourists pose near the crystalized O Quy Ho Pass in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, January 9, 2021. Photo: Vu Tuan / Tuoi Tre

As frost and light snow descent on mountaintops across northern Vietnam, tourists nationwide are heading north to catch a glimpse of the rare wintry weather.

Frost covered peaks towering over the O Quy Ho Pass in Lao Cai Province’s Sa Pa Town as temperatures in the locale dropped to minus one degree on Monday morning.

As the day progressed, the frost began creeping into lower altitudes and magnifying the beauty of famous natural landmarks, including three-kilometer length from Thac Bac Waterfall to the O Quy Ho Pass.

Given how seldom snow makes its way to Vietnam, it is no surprise that O Quy Ho drew massive crowds of tourists throughout the week, causing heavy delays on the 4D expressway leading to it as visitors clamored to see the crystalized waterfall.

Frost covers grass on the O Quy Ho Pass in the northern province Lao Cai, January 9, 2021. Photo: Vu Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Frost covers grass on the O Quy Ho Pass in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, January 9, 2021. Photo: Vu Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Tourists pose near the crystalized the O Quy Ho Pass in the northern province Lao Cai, January 9, 2021. Photo: Vu Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Tourists pose near crystalized plants along the O Quy Ho Pass in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, January 9, 2021. Photo: Vu Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Frost forms on tree branches along the O Quy Ho Pass in the northern province Lao Cai, January 9, 2021. Photo: Vu Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Frost forms on tree branches along the O Quy Ho Pass in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, January 9, 2021. Photo: Vu Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Traffic was heavily delayed along the O Quy Ho Pass as visitors from across Vietnam flocked to the region to see snow on January 9, 2021. Photo: Vu Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Traffic is heavily congested along the O Quy Ho Pass as visitors from across Vietnam flocked to the region to see snow on January 9, 2021. Photo: Vu Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Frost forms on tree branches along the O Quy Ho Pass in the northern province Lao Cai, January 9, 2021. Photo: Vu Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Frost forms on tree branches along the O Quy Ho Pass in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, January 9, 2021. Photo: Vu Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Meanwhile in Cao Bang Province, the rime frost that covers the top of Mount Phja Oac has yet to melt, which attracted a large crowd of curious tourists to the locale, according to local resident Ha Cuong.

Tourists flock to the Phjia Oac mountain range in Cao Bang Province to take in the crystalized landscape, January 9, 2021. Video: Ha Cuong

Phjia Oac Mountain range in Cao Bang Province was covered in frost on January 9, 2021. Video: Ha Cuong

The Phjia Oac mountain range in Cao Bang Province, Vietnam is covered in frost on January 9, 2021. Photo: Ha Cuong

Phjia Oac Mountain range in Cao Bang Province was covered in frost on January 9, 2021. Video: Ha Cuong

The Phjia Oac mountain range in Cao Bang Province, Vietnam is covered in frost on January 9, 2021. Photo: Ha Cuong

Phjia Oac Mountain range in Cao Bang Province was covered in frost on January 9, 2021. Video: Ha Cuong

The Phjia Oac mountain range in Cao Bang Province, Vietnam is covered in frost on January 9, 2021. Photo: Ha Cuong

Visitors take photos near the crystalized landscape in Cao Bang Province, January 9, 2021. Photo: Ha Cuong

Visitors take photos near the crystalized landscape in Cao Bang Province, Vietnam, January 9, 2021. Photo: Ha Cuong

Frost has also covered Mount Mau Son in Lang Son Province since Friday last week, where temperatures sit at minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, according to Minh Duc, an officer at Lang Son Tourism Promotion Center.

“The frost was still thick on Saturday morning [last week] even though temperatures rose slightly,” Duc said, adding that he expected the freeze to thaw through the end of Sunday.

According to Duc, the droves of tourists are still pouring in to the area to take in the sight of snow, leading to congested roads and full bookings at local hotels.

Visitors take photos near the crystalized landscape on Mount Mau Son in Lang Son Province, January 9, 2021. Photo: Minh Duc

Visitors take photos near the crystalized landscape on Mount Mau Son in Lang Son Province, Vietnam, January 9, 2021. Photo: Minh Duc

The crystalized landscape on Mount Mau Son in Lang Son Province, January 9, 2021. Photo: Minh Duc

The crystalized landscape on Mount Mau Son in Lang Son Province, Vietnam, January 9, 2021. Photo: Minh Duc

A visitor takes photos near the crystalized landscape on Mount Mau Son in Lang Son Province, January 9, 2021. Photo: Minh Duc

A visitor takes photos near the crystalized landscape on Mount Mau Son in Lang Son Province, Vietnam, January 9, 2021. Photo: Minh Duc

Traffic congestion on the road to Mount Mau Son in Lang Son Province, January 9, 2021. Photo: Minh Duc

Traffic congestion on the road to Mount Mau Son in Lang Son Province, Vietnam, January 9, 2021. Photo: Minh Duc

Frost also covered Mount Cao Ly in the coastal province of Quang Ninh late last week. 

By last Friday, a cold spell in the province had caused mercury in the mountainous areas of Binh Lieu, Ba Che, and Dam Ha, to drop to 4-7 degrees Celsius, while temperatures on Mount Cao Ly were reported at zero degrees Celsius and below.

Frost forms on tree branches on Mount Cao Ly in the northern province Quang Ninh, January 8, 2021. Photo: Ly Cuong/ Tuoi Tre

Frost forms on tree branches on Mount Cao Ly in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, January 8, 2021. Photo: Ly Cuong / Tuoi Tre

Frost forms on tree branches on Mount Cao Ly in the northern province Quang Ninh, January 8, 2021. Photo: Ly Cuong/ Tuoi Tre

Frost forms on tree branches on Mount Cao Ly in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, January 8, 2021. Photo: Ly Cuong / Tuoi Tre

Residents of Binh Lieu District in the northern province Quang Ninh gather around a fire, January 8, 2021. Photo: Ly Cuong/ Tuoi Tre

Residents gather around a fire in Binh Lieu District, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, January 8, 2021. Photo: Ly Cuong / Tuoi Tre

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