Frequently asked questions when traveling in Mu Cang Chai
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Frequently asked questions when traveling in Mu Cang Chai

Nearly 300 km from Hanoi to the Northwest, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai is a favorite destination of nature lovers and enjoy the highland atmosphere. The following questions will answer all for travelers who want to go to Mu Cang Chai – Vietnam.
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1. When is the best time to go to Mu Cang Chai?

Tourists often come to Mu Cang Chai in the harvest season in September, October and the flooding season in May and June. These are the two most suitable time for you to admire the majestic scenery of Northwestern mountains with terraced fields brilliant yellow ladder; or slippery water like a mirror.

2. What is the weather like in Mu Cang Chai?

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Unlike plain areas, the weather in the mountains is difficult to predict and change continuously throughout the day. There can often be rain at night, early morning fog and sunlight on daytime. So if you travel to Mu Cang Chai you should prepare windbreakers and raincoats, to prevent sudden rain in the forest.

3. How to get to Mu Cang Chai?

You can go to Mu Cang Chai by car or motorbike. If you move from Hanoi, normally it will take about 8-9 hours on the motorbike. You can also take a bus along the route Hanoi – Than Uyen to go through Mu Cang Chai. However, the attractions scattered over many communes and villages, riding motorbikes will help you be more active.

4. What note when traveling by motorbike to Mu Cang Chai?

With high mountainous terrain and rugged slopes like Khau Pha and Ach pass, you need drive with limit speed. Especially should not drive at night because of limited visibility as well as security issues, broken bike … on the Khau Pha Pass.

You need to prepare all the equipment for the bike. Note the speed on the national highway 32 from Hanoi to Ba Vi National Park, the section through Phu Tho province because there are many checkpoints.

5. What to bring?

You should prepare necessary items. Such as warm clothes, jackets, personal belongings, batteries and chargers, cameras and phones, identification documents. If you go by motorbike, do not forget to equip yourself with standard helmets, protective equipment, gloves, reflective stickers.

When riding a motorbike in the rain, wear a full raincoat, a hair dryer, and shoes. In addition, stopping to the villages. Because this area still poor area in Vietnam. It’s could be the best if you can bring some pencils or books for supporting children here. Not like other company recommend you bring candy :).

6. Where to stay?

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Tourism in Mu Cang Chai has not yet developed. So accommodation facilities are mainly in the form of motels and homestays. You can stay in Tu Le, Nghia Lo or Mu Cang Chai towns. With the peak season, the price of motels can range from 300,000 to 400,000 VND per room. If you choose a homestay, the price for a person is 120.000 -150,000 VND. You may interest our recommend homestay in Mu Cang Chai from our local travel expert.

6. Sightseeing spots

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When coming to Yen Bai, you can combine visiting Mu Cang Chai with other districts. Through Tu Le area, you will come to Lim Mong and Lim Thai village, Cao Pha fields, Khau Pha pass.

After passing the pass, which is known as one of the “four great pass peaks” of northern Vietnam. You can turn to places like La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha, Ba Nha bridge, Thai village in Mu Cang Chai.

7. What to eat in Mu Cang Chai?

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When coming to Yen Bai and stopping at Mu Cang Chai. You can enjoy typical dishes of the Mong and Thai people. Such as iridescent sticky rice, black Chung cake, grilled fish, thick pancakes, grilled chicken with Moc Mat leaves or buffalo meat. These are all traditional dishes of local ethnic minorities.

8. What gift to buy?

In addition, traditional textile products are also very diverse for visitors to choose at an affordable price. Most are hand-embroidered items of ethnic women. You can buy it at the Mu Cang Chai market.

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