Mu Cang Chai Travel Guide & Things To Do

All Things Need to Know Before Travelling to Mu Cang Chai

How Mu Cang Chai is unique?

The district lies at the foot of the Hoang Lien Mountains, at an altitude of 1,000 m above sea level. To reach Mu Cang Chai district, go through Khau Pha pass – one of the four Great Passes of the Northwest. Mu Cang Chai is about 280km from Hanoi, each season receives thousand visitors from all over the country to visit.

Whenever you get in Mu Cang Chai, be able to be impressed by the marvellous surroundings of the terraced fields, distinctive tradition and traditional life of individuals residing there.

There is more than 500 ha of terraced fields in three communes. Such as. La pan TanChe Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh. For years, Mu Cang Chai has developed into great stops for all nature lovers and adventurous travellers. If you are trekker. So Trekking adventure in Mu Cang chai is one of the most highlight destinations in Vietnam.

Top things to do in Mu Cang Chai

Famous stops of this route include: Muong Lo field, Nghia Lo town: Muong Lo has long been handed down in the praising verse of the four largest rice bowl in the Northwest: “Nhat Thanh, Nhi Lo, Tam Than, Tu Tac”. Muong Thanh (Dien Bien) is the largest, Muong Lo is the second-largest rice field in the Northwest, then Muong Than (Lai Chau) and finally Muong Tac (Son La).

Tu Le Valley:

A beautiful, heart-breaking rice valley located in Tu Le commune, Van Chan district. This is the place where the Black Tai live and are the majority. Extremely unique and still retains the habit of bathing by the stream.

Cao Pha Valley, Lap Mong Lap Thai:

Located a few kilometres away from Tu Le, going towards Mu Cang Chai. The valley is located at the foot of Khau Pha Pass, where there are the most beautiful and peaceful Thai villages in Vietnam, I affirm. This is an impossible place to visit for me in the future.

Khau Pha Pass:

One of the four great passes of Vietnam, I don’t have to introduce much. Coming to Mu Cang Chai land, there is no shortage of terraced fields for you to see, it will stretch from the beginning of the district to the end of the district. Running along Highway 32, section passing Mu Cang Chai, starting from Tu Le town and Cao Pha commune, passing Khau Pha pass, passing the communes of Di Xu Phinh, Nga Ba Kim, Che Cu Nha, La Pan Tan, Mu town Cang Chai.

If you have time you should explore the famous spots below:

  • Terraced fields in La Pan Tan
  • Pu Nhu Waterfall
  • Bamboo forest
  • Big raspberry, small raspberry
  • Horseshoe Hill

How to get to Mu Cang Chai?

From Hanoi, you can go straight to Mu Cang Chai by private car or you may take a bed on publishing bus to reach the beautiful land of Mu Cang Chai. It’s much easier nowadays. Because of the freeway Ha Noi – Lao Cai. So if you travel to Mu Cang Chai you will catch the bus with the route (Hanoi – Lai Chau) because the bus will pass Mu Cang Chai area.

After few days in Mu Cang Chai. Do you want to go to Sapa? if yes. So here is useful for you.

From Mu Cang Chai, if you go to Sapa, you can contact Tuan Hue 0915560480 or Xuan Ly Bus 01652565999. Or Lao Cai – Mu Cang Chai. Car depart at 7 am in Lao Cai and 9 am in Mu Cang Chai Town.

If you do not want to take the night bus to Mu Cang Chai, you can choose another option which is to take a bus from Hanoi to Yen Bai city, from here continue to take the bus to Mu Cang Chai. The total travel time is about the same, and more trips can be travelled during the day.

When is the best time to visit Mu Cang Chai?

Mu Cang Chai has two most beautiful seasons that you can arrange a time for best Vietnam unique tours to visit, other seasons to Mu Cang Chai similar like Sapa. But if you travel on another season more quite the number of visitors to visit. Because it still undiscovered if compare sapa.

  • Around mid-September to mid-October is the season of grain, at which point the entire Mu Cang Chai will yellow coloured rice, the weather is nice and convenient to visit this place. The most appropriate time is from 15th Sept to 10th Oct every year, before this time the green rice, after about this is almost harvested.
  • Approximately May and June pour water season. When the summer rains began pouring down the mountain, the water is led from the mountains on the terraces. Water spills into the fields making the arid soil softer and hatched so that the rice can be transplanted. This is also the time when farmers start ploughing for a new crop. Therefore, in the mountainous terraced fields, rice can only grow one crop per year. The ladder in the sun in the afternoon to create a beauty that so many visitors to be surprised.

What to eat in Mu Cang Chai?

Tu Le sticky rice

Nep Tu Le is a very famous commodity since ancient times, it was grown from Muong Lo field in Yen Bai province.

Com Tu Le

Tu Le commune, Van Chan district (Yen Bai) has long been famous for a type of glutinous rice with large round, white rice. When this rice is turned into sticky rice, it has a special flavour, and when it is processed into rice, it has a very sweet and refreshing taste.

To make the grains of com still to retain the rich and seductive flavour of the Yen Bai highlands, when making com, Thai ethnic people here have to be very meticulous. When the rice tops, with the remaining milk, it is time to harvest and bring it to make com. Rice used for making com must not be crushed or crushed, but must be plucked and sifted, straw and flat grains are removed, poured over water and then placed in a pan. The stoves for roasting the rice nuggets often have to cover with coal slag, but do not burn coal but use firewood.

Salmon and Sturgeon

From the foot of Khau Pha pass on the side of Tu Le, about 7km up will reach the Khau Pha restaurant area. This is also one of the big salmon farms in the North, the number of fish raised here is up to 10,000, fingerlings are completely imported and raised by technology from Europe. Many delicious dishes from Salmon (or sturgeon) are prepared here to serve tourists.


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

In Mu Cang Chai, there is also a delicious roasted salt-roasted crab dish. But not always available, it depends on your time in Mu Cang Chai. You should actively call to book in advance with restaurants and eateries. Because groups often go around to take pictures at previous locations and then return to Mu Cang Chai town to rest, then it is usually late and out of food.

Recommended accommodation

If you come to Mu Cang Chai at peak times (such as the cultural festival of terraced fields). It is almost difficult to book. Because the number of motels in Mu Cang Chai is limited. If you only Whether in Mu Cang Chai 1 day or Mu Cang Chai is just one point in your Amazing journey. So you can choose to sleep in the surrounding areas such as Tu Le Commune or Nghia Lo Town … You may interest in accommodation in Tu Le.

Amazing Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai tour 3 days will be an amazing journey for you to discover the beauties of rice terrace fields with different picture which both nature and local people built as a spectacular scenery for this land. Don’t miss it once you visit Vietnam to discover its beauties all year round from March to November yearly.
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