When is the best time to go to Mu Cang Chai?
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When is the best time to go to Mu Cang Chai?

Q: I know the Northwest has magnificent terraced fields but. But don’t know if this season is ripe. Should I go to Mu Cang Chai at the end of August with the right rice season?

Let check answer When is the best time to go to Mu Cang Chai? as below

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A: The distance from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai is about 280km. If traveling by bus, it will take a day. You can stay in Tu Le or Mu Cang Chai town, take a rest and walk around Nui Pho. On day 2, you spend all day wandering the beautiful terraces, you should rent a motorbike to go.

The areas with beautiful rice fields are from Tu Le to Mu Cang Chai, to La Pan Tan area, you turn to La Pan Tan commune, where there are many beautiful terraced rice fields. (By Huynh Anh)

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A: You call the 1080 switchboard of Yen Bai province. Then ask for the phone number of Mu Cang Chai district’s culture, sports and tourism office. They will answer your basic questions. good luck. (By Truong Huy)

A: Terraced rice fields in the Northwest region are always attraction for those who like to explore and experience at the end of autumn. But depending on each rice region, it also ripens unevenly. From the beginning to September 15, the rice will ripen beautifully in Sapa and Y Ty in Lao Cai.

From 15 to the end of September, you have to go to Thong Nguyen, Nam ty belonging to Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang. In early October is the most appropriate time to watch rice Tu Le, Mu Cang Chai. (By Hoang Le)

How to get to Mu Cang Chai?

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From Hanoi:

  • By train (Hanoi – Yen Bai ~ 247 Km) then from Yen Bai you can go here by taxi or motorbike
  • Travel with Car/Taxi ~ 6 hours ~ 280km

From Sapa:

  • It’s better to use private car(~ 4 hours for 183km) – Local bus available but not comfortable.

Quick tips:

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