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Mu Cang Chai Terraced Fields

Mu Cang Chai terraced fields are famous for their majestic beauty, making many people amazed by the masterpiece. Experiencing different rice seasons, Mu Cang Chai terraced fields always know how to make visitors sob and admire its scenery. If you want to know how beautiful Mu Cang Chai terraced fields are and why people call them a masterpiece of nature. Please refer to Origin Vietnam’s article below.

Mu Cang Chai ripe rice season 6

1. Where are Mu Cang Chai terraced fields?

Mu Cang Chai terraced fields have an area of about 2,200 hectares in Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province, Vietnam. And spread over 3 communes: La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha, De Xu Phinh. About 161 km west of Yen Bai city and about 295 km northwest of Hanoi capital.

2. How is Mu Cang Chai terraced fields unique?

In 2018, a famous British newspaper (Telegraph) announced the 12 most beautiful terraced fields in the world. Among them, Mu Cang Chai terraced fields is one of two representatives of Vietnam included in this list.

Mu Cang Chai terraced fields are closely associated with the life and customs of the H’Mong people. Due to the lack of flat fields for cultivation, the H’Mong people have taken advantage of each small piece of field broken up on each mountain with an altitude of 800-1,700 meters. Along with conquering nature to survive but Unknowingly, the people here became “artists” creating a majestic “work of art” amidst the vast mountains.

The “irrefutable” evidence for this statement is probably the outstanding event in 2007, when the terraced fields of Mu Cang Chai district were ranked as a national scenic relic.

At the beginning of 2022, this scenic spot was awarded the “Special National Monument” rating. This is truly a precious national heritage. Especially created by “barefoot artists” who are simple indigenous people who have lived here for many generations. They have a special love for Mu Cang Chai that makes many people fall in love as soon as they set foot here during the ripe rice season and the pouring water season.

3. When is the best time to visit Mu Cang Chai terraced fields?

Mu Cang Chai’s climate is famous for being pleasant and cool. So you can enjoy your vacation here at any time of the year. Every new season comes, this land “wears” a new shirt, making everyone surprised, even admiring because it is so wonderful. However, famous as a land of terraced fields, Mu Cang Chai is still at its best at the time when the rice plants begin to grow green and when the rice is ripe and golden.

Mu Cang Chai in the flood season, from May to June

This place has a pure beauty that is as charming as autumn. In the flood season, terraced fields have a wild, simple beauty with the main dark color scheme, true to the mountainous region of Northwest Vietnam. Mu Cang Chai at this time is mixed with the brown color of the land mixed with white clouds. Beside blue sky and sparkling water, reflecting many levels of light.

If during the day, the terraced fields shimmer like gold under the sun, at night they become mysterious under the silver color of the moonlight, covered with layers of water, creating magical patches of light and dark. Making the fields look magical. This place becomes a giant watercolor painting that is hard to compare with anywhere else.

In the fall, around September and October every year

Many tourists come here to admire the terraced fields like sparkling “golden stairs”. Everywhere we see fields in the ripe rice season arranged in layers, each layer spreading across the hills. Especially each layer connected to the other layer as if reaching up to the sky.

Each field planted at a different time creates a different color, some places are golden. But some are green and yellow. Just like that, the colorful fields in Mu Cang Chai stretch across the majestic mountain slopes. That moment is as beautiful as a giant autumn painting, capturing the hearts of tourists who are lucky enough to see it once.

Mu Cang Chai pouring water season 44

4. How to get to Mu Cang Chai terraced fields?

4.1 From Hanoi to Yen Bai city

Mu Cang Chai town is about 300 km north of Hanoi. So visitors can choose to travel by train or bus to get to Yen Bai city. Each means has different advantages and disadvantages. Passenger cars can help you move faster, while trains ensure greater safety and comfort for you.

The total travel time is more than 7 hours, although quite long. But along the way there are super virtual roads for you to freely see. Therefore, you can enjoy the journey to Mu Cang Chai without worrying about boredom.

However, if you choose a bus, you just need to take one route from Hanoi to go straight to Mu Cang Chai.

4.2 From Yen Bai city to Mu Cang Chai

As the furthest district in Yen Bai province with a distance of about 160 km. But if you are traveling by train, you need to go through Yen Bai city first, then from Yen Bai station take a bus to go a further distance of about 160 km. More to reach Mu Cang Chai.

Visitors can travel by bus on the intra-provincial route, take a taxi or rent a motorbike in Yen Bai city to travel to Mu Cang Chai.

If you are passionate about exploration and adventure, you can rent a motorbike. This is a vehicle that young people especially love. You can control your schedule the way you want and have the opportunity to stop and admire the beautiful natural scenery on both sides of the road at any time. However, you need to ensure good health, a steady steering wheel, carefully prepare protective gear, carefully check the vehicle before departure and comply with traffic laws when traveling to ensure maximum safety for your tour in Mu Cang Chai.

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5. Activities and Experiences in Mu Cang Chai terraced fields

5.1 The surprising beauty of Mu Cang Chai terraced fields

Mu Cang Chai terraced fields would not be so special without the ingenuity, diligence, and hard work of the H’Mong ethnic people. They diligently cleared land, built banks, divided water and turned each hillside into different terraced fields.

Most people who come here are surprised, because in the middle of such a rugged and challenging high mountain area. There is a magnificent and enchantingly beautiful scene of terraced fields.

As expected of being a special national monument, Mu Cang Chai terraced fields have created a monumental art picture hanging on the hillside, giving you moments of satisfaction with the “unique” masterpiece.

5.2 The beauty of Mu Cang Chai terraced fields in different seasons

Simply being terraced fields, Mu Cang Chai has created a strong impression on the stream of people flocking here because of its impressive colors. Although it is the same season of ripe rice, we must admit that the rice color range of the Northwestern mountainous region of Vietnam has a very unique and unmistakable feature.

With each passing season, Mu Cang Chai terraced fields always know how to “put on” their own beauty. If in the summer, that picture is filled with the green color of young rice branches, then when autumn comes, they “transform” into a wave of bright golden ripe rice. The image of a sea of golden rice fields stretching down the valley, layered along the hillside, creating a soft, graceful silk fabric under the gentle sunlight of the highlands is so beautiful.

It’s hard to forget the silhouette of winding terraced fields leaning across the hills in autumn colors. In particular, you need to know a secret that the most ideal time to admire the terraced fields here is at dawn or sunset.

5.3 Cultural experience with the indigenous people here

You may not know the warmth and hospitality of the people here if you do not have the opportunity to actually experience the land and scenery here. Perhaps many people always think about the beautiful Mu Cang Chai with the scent of terraced fields but forget the silent but meaningful appearance of the soul of the H’Mong ethnic people here.

What we want to mention here is their hospitality and enthusiasm for anyone who comes here to visit Mu Cang Chai. For that reason, even if you come here on the coldest days, that warmth will help you dispel the coldness of the mountains.

If possible, try to immerse yourself in the experience of cultural life here to feel more deeply the meaning and hard work of the people for the natural scenery in this land.

6. Specialties when traveling to Mu Cang Chai terraced fields

When traveling here, visitors will not only be able to admire the majestic and poetic terraced fields, but you will also be able to enjoy the specialties of this beautiful land.

IMG Lam Rice Mu Cang Chai

6.1 Hill Chicken

The hill chicken is different from other regular chickens, the meat of the hill chicken has a strong and delicious taste that cannot be found in any other chicken. Hill chickens are grazed naturally by the upland people and eat mainly maize, so the chicken is usually eye-catching yellow.

6.2 Sticky Rice with Tu Le

Tu Le sticky rice is a very famous product since immemorial time, it was grown from the land of Tu Le in Van Chan district, this is also a famous specialty of Yen Bai.

6.3 Native Pig

Pigs raised in upland areas usually do not weigh much. But due to being raised in near-natural conditions, the meat is always firm, has thick skin, is crispy and very sweet. Ban pork here can be processed into many dishes such as grilled, fried or boiled,…

6.4 Five colored sticky rice

Mu Cang Chai is famous for its enchanting terraced fields, where it is a fertile land blooming with fragrant sticky rice grains unmatched. From such sticky rice as a pearl, the people here create many dishes that are loved by many people. One of them is the fragrant and fragrant Mu Cang Chai five-color Sticky Rice. Also an indispensable dis

6.5 Five colored sticky rice

Mu Cang Chai is famous for its enchanting terraced fields, where it is a fertile land blooming with fragrant sticky rice grains unmatched. From such sticky rice as a pearl, the people here create many dishes that are loved by many people. One of them is the fragrant and fragrant Mu Cang Chai five-color Sticky Rice. Also an indispensable dish on the tray of the Thai people here.

6.6 Roasted grasshopper

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

7. Accommodation when traveling to Mu Cang Chai

When traveling to Mu Cang Chai terraced fields, visitors can refer to some of the accommodation facilities below:

7.1 Resort:

  • Mu Cang Chai Eco Lodge. Address: Nam Khat, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.

7.2 Guesthouses:

  • Hong Minh Guesthouse. Address: Nga Ba Kim, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.
  • Khau Pha Guesthouse. Address: Located on Khau Pha pass, about 7km from Tu Le in the direction of Mu Cang Chai.
  • Hai Nguyen Guesthouse. Address: Group 5, Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.
  • Anh Quyen Guesthouse. Address: Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.
  • Khanh Linh Guesthouse. Address: Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.

7.3 Homestays:

  • Hello Mu Cang Chai Homestay. Address: La Pan Tan, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.
  • Do Gu Homestay. Address: La Pan Tan, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.
  • Mu Cang Homestay. Address: Group 2, Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.
  • Ngoc Thuy Homestay. Address: Ban Thai, Mu Cang Chai Town, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.
  • Indigenous Homestay. Address: Hau De, La Pan Tan, Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai.

8. Some places to admire terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai

8.1 Khau Pha Pass

Khau Pha Pass is one of the first destinations that we must mention when introducing it to you, because this is known as one of the “four great passes” in Northwest Vietnam, with an average altitude of 1500m. compared to sea level. At the same time, it is also home to the most beautiful terraced fields in the Northwest mountains.

8.2 Lim Mong village

Lim Mong village is one of the next names that owns beautiful Mu Cang Chai terraced fields. Moreover, this is not only a place where you can admire the scenery of terraced fields. But also helps you experience the life and unique community cultural activities of the people here.

8.3 Che Cu Nha – La Pan Tan

In addition, you can visit Che Cu Nha, La Pan Tan every September and October or Ban Thai – Main place of residence of Thai ethnic people in Mu Cang Chai with beautiful terraced rice scenery.

The National Scenic Spot of Mu Cang Chai Rice Terraces in particular and the Northwest region of Vietnam in general. It is not only a rice granary, it is a magnificent natural picture. But also an epic poem about the strength of solidarity. And is the national spirit and unique creativity of highland people in the process of improving nature, serving life for many generations.

If you want to admire the beautiful terraced fields at our speical tours in Mu Cang Chai, please contact Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator in Mu Cang Chai. We will take you on a journey to explore the travel beauty of Mu Cang Chai & Yen Bai from one surprise to another by our team of consultants, tour operators and experienced and dedicated local guides.

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