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Mam Xoi Hill Terraced Fields

Travel Mam Xoi hill terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai. Because Mu Cang Chai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Northwest Vietnam. This place makes a special impression on visitors with its wonderful nature and dreamy terraced fields, especially during the ripe rice season. Most tourists choose to come to Mu Cang Chai to enjoy the beauty of terraced fields and the most special feature here is the impressive Mam Xoi Hill terraced fields of Mu Cang Chai. Let’s experience it with Origin Vietnam right now.

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1. Where are the terraced fields of Mam Xoi Hill?

Mam Xoi Hill terraced fields is a rice hill located in La Pan Tan commune, Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province, Vietnam. About 170 km west of Yen Bai city and about 300 km northwest of Hanoi capital.

It is an attractive destination when tourists set foot in Yen Bai. Every time the rice season comes, on the terraced fields, this place appears with the silhouettes of travelers from far away to visit and explore this special natural beauty.

2. How are Mam Xoi hill terraced fields unique?

The reason this place is called Mam Xoi is because when viewed from above, the terraced fields here are shaped like open raspberries. In recent years, Mu Cang Chai has become a destination that attracts a large number of tourists, especially backpackers, who come to admire, experience and explore the natural beauty as well as learn about the culture of the local people. highland people.

This place mainly concentrates many H’Mong ethnic people living and farming with a huge area of terraced rice fields.

Raspberry terraced fields are a marvelous agricultural project, a unique creation of the H’Mong people in La Pan Tan. Among the rolling, winding mountain slopes, among the “patterns” of terraced fields running to the horizon, the raspberry hill is like a unique and special highlight.

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3. Which is the best season to visit Mam Xoi hill terraced fields?

There are two most beautiful seasons to see terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai, which are the pouring water season in April-May and the ripening rice season in September-October. Corresponding to these two seasons, visitors can plan a trip to experience the beauty of terraced fields. However, the most popular and best time to visit is the ripe rice season, around September-October every year.

During this period, the weather is cool and favorable for travel, it is sunny, the sky is clear and bright. Visitors will admire the beauty of terraced fields turning bright yellow. The yellow color of ripe rice mixed with the green color of the mountains and forests creates a beautiful picture, with the simple thatched houses of the indigenous people as the background for an enchanting and romantic picture.

4. How to get to the Mam Xoi hill terraced field?

Because the Mam Xoi hill terraces in Mu Cang Chai are a tourist destination that attracts many tourists to admire and take photos, you can consider moving to this location in the most convenient way.

  • By bus: Tourists can catch a bus at My Dinh and Giap Bat bus stations to depart for Yen Bai. When arriving at Yen Bai bus station, people can rent a taxi or motorbike to move to the terraced fields of Mam Xoi Mu Cang Chai hill.
  • By motorbike: According to experience when going to Mam Xoi Mu Cang Chai terraced fields, if you want to travel and admire the scenery along the way, you can refer to the following route: Depart from Hanoi, follow the direction of Thang Long bridge – Vinh Phuc – Viet Tri city – follow Highway 32 to Nghia Lo – and continue along Highway 32 to Mu Cang Chai.
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5. Exploring the beauty of Mam Xoi hill terraced fields

5.1. Mam Xoi Hill – Mu Cang Chai in the rainy season

Mu Cang Chai raspberries in the pouring water season look gentle and gentle. Looking down from above, people seem to see a giant mirror, like a brocade painting with rich colors, like a magical sculpture of nature. In the background of that picture is the beauty of labor and ingenuity of farmers and people of all ethnic groups.

5.2. Mam Xoi Hill terraced fields in the every morning

There is a notion that early morning is the best time to explore the beauty of Mu Cang Chai terraced fields. The raspberry hills appear under gentle light, weaving through the low layers of dew on the hillside, creating a gentle, peaceful scene.

In the morning at Mu Cang Chai, just wake up a little early, choose a motorbike and glide gently through the roads leading down to La Pan Tan valley through Khau Pha pass. You will enjoy Mu Cang Chai raspberry hill in the freshest, freshest and most romantic way.

5.3. Watching the sunset

Sunset on the raspberry hills in La Pan Tan also has a unique poetic beauty. When the sky to the west turns from fire color to purple and then gradually darkens, the terraced fields sink into a quiet atmosphere, bringing with it contemplation and contemplation. This beauty adds a new color characteristic to Mu Cang Chai terraced fields.

5.4. Mam Xoi Hill terraced fields in the buckwheat flower season

Mu Cang Chai raspberry hills not only glow with ripe yellow rice fields. In the buckwheat season, next to the hills, on the side of the mountains, buckwheat blooms with gentle purple-white colors, creating a poetic space. This is also a photo spot in the journey to explore Mu Cang Chai for young people.

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6. Specialties when visiting Mam Xoi hill terraced fields

6.1. Tu Le sticky rice

The famous Tu Le sticky rice grains are even, long, plump, each grain looks clear and very delicious. Holding a handful of Tu Le sticky rice in your hand, it feels heavy but cool and smooth like velvet. That kind of rice is boiled, no need to add coconut water or bird’s nest water, but the sticky rice is still fragrant, sticky, and sweet with each grain. Soft and flexible without being wet or sticky. It’s sweet, but the more you chew it, the more flavorful it becomes. It’s not greasy, not greasy, doesn’t feel boring when eaten, doesn’t feel full or stagnant like other common types of sticky rice.

Making the “reputation” of Tu Le sticky rice is also its fragrance. The scent is as sweet as the scent of banyan flowers, euphorbia flowers, chrysanthemum flowers… of the Northwest mountains and forests that linger and form; Abundant and spacious, like the scent of the countryside and the Northwest mountains and forests crystallized. That fragrance gently spreads throughout the space… few types of sticky rice can compare.

6.2. Salmon and Sturgeon

From the foot of Khau Pha pass on the Tu Le side, go up about 7 km to reach the Khau Pha restaurant area, this is also one of the largest salmon farms in the North, the number of fish raised here is up to 10,000 fish. The breed is completely imported and raised using technology from Europe. Many delicious dishes from Salmon (or Sturgeon) are prepared here to serve tourists. If you are in a large group, you can go and make hot pot for your lunch.

6.3. Roasted grasshoppers

Grasshoppers are available all year round but are most abundant during the harvest season, around May and September. In season, grasshoppers are always fragrant, making them an attractive dish when coming to Mu Cang Chai.

6.4. Salt-roasted stream crab

In addition, in Mu Cang Chai there is also a delicious salt-roasted crab dish, however it is not always available and depends on the time you stay in Mu Cang Chai. You should proactively call and book in advance with restaurants and eateries because groups often go around taking photos at previous locations and then return to Mu Cang Chai Town to rest, by then it is often late and out of food.

Unlike crabs that live in the sea or in fields, stream crabs often live in rock holes in streams in highlands. Stream crab meat is fragrant, firm and can be processed into many delicious dishes, including salt-roasted stream crab. After catching the crab, peel its shell, wash it and let it drain. Put the oil in the pan and boil, add the garlic and stir-fry until fragrant, then add the crab, stir well, sprinkle salt and roast until the crab is golden brown.

6.5. Mu Cang Chai local apple

In Yen Bai, Son Tra trees often live in the high mountainous areas in the west of the province, concentrated in the three districts of Mu Cang Chai, Tram Tau, Van Chan – where there are special temperatures, hot summers and sunshine influenced by the sun. Laos’ wind, winter is influenced by the cold in the highlands – perhaps because of growing in natural conditions and living with the H’Mong ethnic people, Son Tra also has another name: Apple Meo and has miraculous features in medicine as well as in people’s daily lives.

The local apple tree grows naturally in forests, with an average height of about 7 – 10m, woody trunk, wide foliage, and is strongly developed thanks to the spread of humans, animals and animals, so the tree grows freely. Concentrated but there is distance. Local apple flowers in spring and produce fruit in the fall.

September and October are the months when cat apples are in full bloom. At this time, all district markets, especially Ga Yen Bai market, are filled with apples. Gourmets do not choose large, beautiful fruits, but often choose small fruits and fruits with worms because these are truly ripe, fragrant and sweet apples.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Mam Xoi hill terraced fields – Mu Cang Chai

If you go to Mu Cang Chai during peak times (like the terraced rice festival cultural week), it is almost difficult to book a room because the number of hotels and motels in Mu Cang Chai is not much, if you only If you plan to stay in Mu Cang Chai for 1 day or Mu Cang Chai is just a point on your journey, you can choose to sleep in neighboring areas. Such as: Tu Le Commune, Nghia Lo Town…

  • Post Office Motel. Address: Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai
  • Community Hostel. Address: Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai
  • Hai Nguyen Guesthouse. Address: Group 5, Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai
  • Quang Minh Guesthouse. Address: Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai
  • Thanh Chung Guesthouse. Address: Group 3, Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai
  • Trung Kien Guesthouse. Address: Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai
  • Khau Pha Guesthouse. Address: Located on Khau Pha pass, about 7km from Tu Le towards Mu Cang Chai
  • Suoi Mo Guesthouse. Address: Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai
  • Son Ca Guesthouse. Address: Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai
  • Mai Guesthouse. Address: 500m from the town center towards Yen Bai
  • Huong Giang Guesthouse. Address: Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai
  • Moon Motel. Address: Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai
  • Hong Minh Guesthouse. Address: Nga Ba Kim – Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai
  • Long Hien Guesthouse. Address: Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai
  • Luong Hung Guesthouse. Address: Ban Thai, Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai

8. Some attractive tourist sites near Mam Xoi hill terraced fields

8.1. Khau Pha Pass

It is one of the most winding and steep mountain passes in Vietnam, surpassing the peak of Khau Pha mountain, the highest mountain in the Mu Cang Chai region. Khau Pha Pass has its starting point as the intersection of Highway 32 and Highway 279, continuously connecting Chau Pass in front of it and Vach Kim Pass behind on Highway 32.

From Yen Bai city, about 5 hours along Highway 32, through Tu Le commune, Khau Pha pass in Mu Cang Chai district appears in the middle of a plateau surrounded by overlapping mountain ranges. The winding mountain passes between old forests still have pristine features and the terraced fields of the H’Mong and Thai ethnic groups.

Khau Pha is most beautiful during the rice season, around September and October, when the rice on the terraced fields is ripe and golden. This is also the time when many tourists venture to conquer the pass to enjoy the scenery. The old forests in Khau Pha still preserve many rare species of flora and fauna such as pine oil, cho chi and other rare birds and animals.

8.2. Tu Le commune

As a valley in Van Chan district, Yen Bai province, Tu Le is one of the favorite stops of many tourists who love natural beauty.

In Tu Le in the middle of autumn, the ripe golden rice sprouts like mountain waves. The bustling harvest season, the smell of new rice drifting in the wind on the roof of the house… Tu Le can be compared to an extremely beautiful mountain girl.

Not only does it attract tourists with its golden terraced fields in September, Tu Le also attracts paparazzi as the Thai people here still retain their traditional lifestyle of “bathing” by the stream.

8.3. Lim Mong village

Lim Mong village, Cao Pa commune, Mu Cang Chai district – Yen Bai has been hidden in the clouds for many generations. In the past, people who traveled often whispered about the four great dangerous places in the Northwest. Because of the difficulty of the road and because it was also the ultimate place. And Lim Mong was one of them, full of attractions, full of Inviting and challenging.

8.4. La Pan Tan commune

Famous for its beautiful terraced fields like the fingerprints of heaven, La Pan Tan is undeniably one of the three localities of Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province, terraced fields – architectural works of art full of character. creativity of the H’Mong people living on this land

8.5. Three Nha Bridge

About 10km from the district center, the Ba Nha bridge area is a stopover that always attracts young people who come here to hunt for photos. You can stop here to take photos of “raspberries”, follow the uphill dirt road next to the bridge to take beautiful photos.

8.6. Che Cu Nha

A commune of Mu Cang Chai district, located about 7km from the district center towards Hanoi, the road to this commune is quite steep and difficult to go, not very suitable for first-time visitors.

8.7. Pu Nhu Waterfall

Pu Nhu Waterfall is located in Pu Nhu village, La Pan Tan commune, Mu Cang Chai district. It’s about 10 km west of Mu Cang Chai district center. Originating from streams in the forests upstream from Than Uyen (Lao Cai), the waterfall has a water column height of about 20 m divided into many steps.

8.8. Thac Mo (Mu Cang Chai)

Mo Waterfall is located between two hills Na Han A and Na Hang B in Mo De commune (Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai). During the journey to conquer Mo waterfall, there are 7 impressive points for you to stop and enjoy.

From Highway 32, walk about 30 minutes to the foot of the waterfall. Continuing from here, you will reach a one-story waterfall where the water flows in a spiral shape. To get to the next 4-storey waterfall, you need to continue walking upstream. This is also the most impressive place where you can save beautiful images of Thac Mo.

8.9. Thai village

Cross the bridge right in the center of the district (toward Che Tao) and turn left about 1km to reach Thai village. A peaceful small village located in the middle of the valley, its back leaning against the mountain. Here you can enjoy Thai specialties, bathe in medicinal water in the traditional Thai way, rest in stilt houses and organize social sessions and campfires.

9. Some important notes when traveling to Mam Xoi hill terraced fields

  • The temperature in Mu Cang Chai in September ranges from 16 – 24 degrees Celsius. So in your luggage, in addition to clothes to pose for photos, you need to include a thin jacket.
  • Don’t forget to bring a pair of soft sneakers to be ready to visit Mu Cang Chai.
  • Prepare your luggage with enough cotton, medical bandages, flu medicine, insect repellent, etc.
  • Bring necessary items such as raincoats, sunglasses, gloves… especially a thin jacket in case the temperature drops.
  • You should bring some money in cash because other transactions are not popular.
  • Normally, the ticket price to visit raspberry hill is 20,000 VND/person. If possible, get up early to catch the super romantic sunrise up there!
  • In Mu Cang Chai, in addition to the above accommodation locations. Also you can choose a few homestays at Kim Noi village of Thai ethnic people.

When traveling to Mu Cang Chai, you will not be able to miss exploring the Mam Xoi Hill terraced fields. It’s not only a natural attraction. But it also symbolizes the typical beauty of Vietnam on the international tourism map.

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