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Hoang Su Phi Rice Terraced Fields

Hoang Su Phi rice terraced fields – the beauty is difficult to resist. Travel to Ha Giang to discover the beauty of the golden rice season with Origin Travel. As a relatively popular type of farming, terraces are found in many countries, such as countries in Southeast Asia. In Vietnam, terraced fields are the way of production of many mountainous ethnic groups in the North. Such as Hmong, Dao, Nung, La Chi, Ha Nhi …

1. Where are the Hoang Su Phi rice terraced fields?

Hoang Su Phi rice terraced fields are located in the west of Ha Giang province, about 110 km southwest of Ha Giang city center and about 310 km northwest of Hanoi capital.

2. How are Hoang Su Phi rice terraced fields unique?

golden rice Hoang Su Phi

In 2012, terraced fields in 5 communes of Hoang Su Phi district were certified as National Monuments by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The entire Hoang Su Phi rice terraced field heritage has about 3,000 hectares of terraced fields spread across the hillsides of 6 communes, including the 3 most beautiful and famous villages: Nam Ty village, Luoc village and Phung village.

Since ancient times, people from 12 northern ethnic groups have come here to live, learn how to adapt to the terrain, combined with farming methods of the delta, creating masterpieces that both attract tourists and are valuable. agricultural treatment. The image associated with this place is of evenly spread fields, gently winding around the hills and arranged from top to bottom in a terraced fashion.

The reason farmers in Hoang Su Phi designed their fields this way is because there is not much water in the highlands, the terrain is rugged, and irrigation is difficult. This farming technique helps water from above to flow down and evenly distribute to the fields in an extremely scientific way without wasting any effort.

This is an interesting destination for visitors who like adventure tour in Vietnam. It can be said that the terraces in Ban Luoc, Ban Phung, San Sa Ho, Nam Ty, Ho Thau, Thong Nguyen… are not only natural beauty, culture but also the pride of Hoang Su Phi.

Hoang Su Phi rice terraced fields, a beautiful painting in the vast space of heaven and earth, natural border highlands. That the reason why Hoang Su Phi rice terraced fields is one of the top 10 Ha Giang tours attraction.

Terraced rice fields in Ha Giang Hoang su phi

3. When is the best time to visit Hoang Su Phi rice terraced fields?

Traveling to the terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi every season has its own beauty, below are some visiting times that you can refer to:

  • Spring (January to March): Coming to Hoang Su Phi at this time, you will participate in many unique cultural festivals of ethnic minorities. These are all typical festivals of the mountainous people in the Northwest. In addition to colorful festivals and lively sounds, coming to Hoang Su Phi in spring you can also admire the beautiful peach and pear gardens and tea hills.
  • Summer (April to June): This is the time when the terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi are in flood season. So, don’t forget to take beautiful photos with the moment the sunlight sparkles on the extremely sparkling terraced fields.
  • September every year: This is the most beautiful time in Hoang Su Phi. Coming to Hoang Su Phi around this time, you will be able to see the golden terraced fields creating a very poetic scene. This is also the ideal time to hunt rattan in Hoang Su Phi.
  • From January to December: A special time for those who love to experience the cold of Ha Giang.

Thus, the ideal time to explore terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi is from September to April of the following year.

4. How to get to the terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi

4.1 From HaNoi to Ha Giang city

Currently, there are many passenger buses and sleeper buses running from Hanoi – Ha Giang with many different time frames. You can catch a bus at My Dinh bus station or pick-up points on the road if the bus passes by (contact the bus company in advance). Usually, departure buses will depart in the evening, to save travel time as well as have more daylight time to visit.

Hoang Su Phi is about 80km from Ha Giang city center. There are many convenient means for you to move to Hoang Su Phi from personal vehicles, passenger cars, taxis,…

4.2 From Ha Giang city to Hoang Su Phi

Once you arrive in Ha Giang city, you can rent a motorbike to travel to Hoang Su Phi. Tourists can refer to the route below: Go against National Highway 2 to Tan Quang then turn onto DT177 road to go to Hoang Su Phi or you can go in the direction of Thanh Thuy border gate and then go through Tay Con Linh mountain to Hoang Su Phi.

Currently, some tourists use motorbikes to travel from Hanoi to Hoang Su Phi. Although using a motorbike is quite strenuous, in return you will be able to admire the majestic mountain scenery and poetic nature along the way. A convenient route that you can refer to is following National Highway 2 to Hoang Su Phi. When returning, you can turn to visit Xin Man, Bac Ha and then take Yen Bai road to return to Hanoi.

Hoang su phi - green field

5. Exploring the beauty of terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi

Perhaps what brings Hoang Su Phi closer to tourists is the beauty of the terraced fields. Just like Mu Cang Chai in the ripe rice season, the scenery of Hoang Su Phi is dyed a brilliant yellow color of ripe rice. Tourists are attracted and want to see that wonderful scene with their own eyes when coming to this pristine land.

5.1 Ban Phung Terraced Fields

Ban Phung is a commune located near the border with China. From the center of Vinh Quang town, you have to follow a small mountain pass about 30 km to cross the mountain to reach the commune center.

Without wide valleys such as Cao Pha or Muong Hoa, terraced fields in Ban Phung are crouched on steep slopes. Along with Ban Luoc, this is the place with the highest terraced fields in Vietnam.

5.2 Ho Thau Terraced Fields

Ho Thau is a commune of Hoang Su Phi, about 16 km from Nam Tich intersection. Terraced fields in Ho Thau of the Red Dao ethnic people. The people here have a custom: with a small clearing around each field to keep the land from landslides.

Farming is carried out from high to low with simple labor tools such as pickaxes, harrows, shovels and knives. Ho Thau terraced fields are immense, high as the eye with rolling hills with a large width, regularity and little slope.

5.3 Thong Nguyen Terraced Fields

Located on the left bank, where the flow of three large streams converges: Phin Ho falls down, Nam Ong flows back and Nam Khoa bounces together to form a plateau in the middle of the mountain. Many people commented that Thong Nguyen was the place of “Quan Son – Tu Thuy”.

Thong Nguyen is one of the most beautiful places to see terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi. The most beautiful part you can stop to take pictures is about km24 road from Bac Quang to Hoang Su Phi.

5.4 Terraced Fields Ban Luoc – San Sa Ho

Ban Luoc and San Sa Ho communes are mountainous terrains and moderate slope, so there are many terraced fields. Here, everywhere has terraced fields in the wavy shape and bow. Terraced fields here belong to Dao and Nung people.

5.5 Nam Ty Terraced Fields

Located on km 24 of Bac Quang road to Hoang Su Phi. Nam Ty terraced fields are also of the Red Dao and is one of the places recognized as Hoang Su Phi’s National Monument of terraced fields.

Those who love adventure, take a little risk, you can choose to conquer the mountain of Tay Con Linh to see the whole rice terraced fields from above as well as enjoy the fresh air and the majesty of nature. The journey may be longer and more difficult, but the landscape drawn before you will make you remember forever.

6. Specialties when traveling to terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi

Hoang Su Phi converges all the special delicacies of Ha Giang region that you cannot ignore such as amaranth, young porridge, braised rice, blue rice, kitchen buffalo meat, etc. However, this place is still famous for dishes made from mouse meat of La Chi ethnic people with many different variations such as grilled rats, stir-fried mice, kitchen rats, etc. Mice are soft and fragrant, rich in flavor from the typical mountain and forest materials. So it’s a harmonious whole.

There is also a dish of black pork – a local breed of the Dao and H’ mong people, Ha Giang. Due to being naturally grazed, pork is firmer, with less fat and more nutrients than conventional varieties. People here prefer grilled black pork dish because of its aroma and special soft sweetmeat

6.1 Lam Rice (Bamboo Tube Rice)

The technique of preparing lam rice is very simple. The ingredients are sticky rice that is thoroughly soaked, the cooking water is usually clear underground water veins, put into a bamboo tube and then covered with banana leaves. People use young trees, tube stems, bamboo families, each bamboo stem cuts off one end of the tube, the other end acts like the bottom of the pot.

Wash the glutinous rice, sprinkle a little salt, mix well, put the rice into the bamboo tube, pour the amount of water approximately to the surface of the rice. Seal the mouth of the tube with fresh arrowroot leaves or dried banana leaves, then grill it. Heat the bamboo tube with rice over a fire or on a pile of embers, slowly rotating it while heating to apply the heat evenly around the tube shell.

About an hour or so later (depending on how big or small the rice tube is), the fragrant smell of sticky rice emanates, which is a sign that the rice is cooked.

6.2 Thang Co

It would be a big mistake if you travel to Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang without enjoying Thang Co specialties. This is a delicious dish cooked from buffalo, horse or cow organs. Thang Co is delicious when it’s still hot. You should also add a little salt and soup powder to make it more palatable.

When eating thang co, you will feel the aroma of cardamom, guava seeds, chili pepper and the fatty taste of the meat. Especially, don’t forget to enjoy a glass of corn wine with a bowl of thang co. You can enjoy this thang co dish at Dong Van, Meo Vac, Lung Cu markets,…

6.3 Field Carp

Field carp in Hoang Su Phi are raised naturally on terraced fields and then harvested with the ripe rice crop. Only 1 week after rice transplanting. Thanks to eating natural food, the carp here has a sweet taste, firm meat and is large. When coming to Hoang Su Phi, visitors can experience wading in the fields to catch fish, then prepare and enjoy the food themselves in their own way.

6.4 Goat Meat

Many people when mentioning goat meat will immediately think of Ninh Binh destination, because goat meat is a very famous specialty of the ancient capital. However, if you come to Hoang Su Phi you can also enjoy this dish. The goats in Hoang Su Phi are raised naturally on the Tay Con Linh mountain range, along with the cool climate so the goat meat here is also very delicious. delicious.

6.5 Smoked Buffalo Meat

Smoked buffalo meat is a specialty of most northern highland provinces, from the Northwest to the Northeast of Vietnam, people often prepare this dish. Buffalo meat is cut into pieces, marinated with spices and then smoked with charcoal smoke from trees growing on rocky mountains. This is also the top wine dish of the people here.

7. Accommodation when traveling to terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi

When traveling to Hoang Su Phi, visitors can refer to some of the accommodation facilities below:

7.1 Hotels:

  • Hoang Anh Hotel. Address: Quang Vinh Town, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • Hoang Su Phi Lodge. Address: Nam Hong Village, Commune, Thong Nguyen, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • Tay Con Linh Hotel. Address: Group 4, Vinh Quang town, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • Golden Season Hotel. Address: Group 1, Quang Vinh Town, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • Song Chay Hotel. Address: Quang Vinh Town, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.

7.2 Guesthouses:

  • Thong Nguyen Guesthouse. Address: Thong Nguyen, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • Minh Chau Guesthouse. Address: Group 6, Quang Vinh Town, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • Tien Dat Guesthouse. Address: Quang Vinh Town, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • Thuan An Guesthouse. Address: Quang Vinh Town, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • Anh Duy Guesthouse. Address: Thong Nguyen, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.

7.3 Homestays:

  • Nam Homestay. Address: Suoi Thau 2 Village, Ban Luoc Commune, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • Long Chieu Homestay. Address: Tan Phong, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • La Chi Phong Homestay. Address: Ban Phung, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • Ecolodge Panhou Village. Address: Thong Nguyen, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.
  • Thanh Van Homestay. Address: Group 1, Quang Vinh Town, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang.

8. Some important notes when traveling to Hoang Su Phi rice terraced fields:

To have the most complete trip to Hoang Su Phi rice terraced fields, you need to pay attention to the following factors:

  • Make reservations as early as possible, especially during peak tourist season.
  • If you visit terraced fields in the summer, you should bring an umbrella, wear cool, breathable clothing, and bring low, soft-soled shoes for ease of movement.
  • If you ride a motorbike to explore Hoang Su Phi, you should check the vehicle carefully before riding. You should fill your gas tank and bring spare gasoline.
  • If you don’t know the way, you can ask local people.
  • You need to bring all necessary documents such as ID card/ID card, driver’s license and vehicle quality check, bring reflective items, check lights and brakes thoroughly before leaving.
  • The weather in Hoang Su Phi is quite cold, so when traveling here you need to bring warm and good thermal clothing.
  • In addition, you should also bring snacks such as cakes, candy, and drinks because there are quite a few food stalls along the way.

Hoang Su Phi terraced rice heritage is the crystallization of the wisdom and skills of indigenous people to conquer the extremely harsh and wonderful nature here. If you are planning with your family and friends to visit the poetic Hoang Su Phi with its shiny golden terraced fields winding around the hillsides, then contact Origin Vietnam immediately – a professional Vietnam tour operator.

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