Mu Cang Chai Photography Tour

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Duration: 3 Days
Trip Code: ORG_MCCPTO3

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What are you expected for Mu Cang Chai photography trip? It is the truly photogenic destination where offers the stunning landscapes. You can touch and shoot photos of blue Mountain, windy rivers and road as well as passes, meet local hill tribe people. Have more chance to shoot beautiful photos of masterpiece of human on terrace field hills. It’s an artwork from generations to generations of local minority people here. Let have a scanning every photogenic corner of Mu Cang Chai in a photography hunt.

What’s The Best Time To Take Pictures?

  • Travel on May and June is the “water season” when the rainfall brings to the land the abundant amount of water to the hills and also a time for new season. One of the best time to see local people to prepare land, grow rice and it looks like to giant mirror.
  • Green time is from July to August which makes you to get different feeling at terrace fields and corner of rice hills.
  • The best time to see golden terrace field is on September to mid-October when the ripening rice fields turn into gigantic golden lines along hillsides, river banks and valleys.


  • This itinerary is a private tour. It shows you what is possible to travel and visiting with our guide and driver
  • We CAN also tailor made this trip as your requirement and budget such as accommodation, its inclusions…

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Mu Cang Chai Photography Tour | ORIGIN VIETNAM

Itinerary Details

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Day 1: Hanoi - Phu Tho - Yen Bai - Nghia Lo - Muong Lo Valley. O/n At Homestay In Nghia Lo (L/D)

Morning activities:

Start the journey since 7.30 am with our guide and driver to travel to Nghia Lo. At first you pass through National Way No 32 and pass Phu Tho Province.

You will make a visiting at Thanh Son Tea Plantation in Phu Tho to learn more of its special traditional work in this area.

Reaching Van Chan countryside after having 5 hours on car and have a lunch in local restaurant.

Afternoon & evening activities:

Start again at 13.30 pm to make a shooting photo in Van Chan to view the panorama of Muong Lo Valley far from where you can catch the panorama of the spreading famous rice fields valley in Nghia Lo. This is the best place to shoot your beautiful photo and you will surprise for its beauties spreading under the sunlight to the foot of far away of mountain.

Before reaching Nghia Lo you pass through and shoot photo at hundreds of year at Nghia Lo Tea Hill. It is called Shan Tuyet tea – the famous tea of hill tribe people in northwest Vietnam. Also see and take photo at Nghia Lo tea Plantation where is a nice place for shooting beautiful of tea hill at mountain area.

Arriving Nghia Lo around 15.00pm and you start your journey to visit surrounding the valley and shooting photo Muong Lo Valley. After passing through mountainous road and windy passes, the national shows in your eyes to reach Muong Lo and discover its beauties. Nam Thia stream lies through the valley

Have a sightseeing at Muong Lo valley where has the beautiful terrace fields in Nghia Lo. Muong Lo Valley in Nghia Lo Town is the second biggest valley in the mountainous North-West. You can see and meet Thai minority people in the valley, suspension bridges, etc to get more knowledge of local minority people life. Enjoy and shooting photo of sunset on Muong Lo valley and can get beautiful photo when the climate is nice.

Check in to the homestay and then you have time to enjoy stunning views of countryside and nature, visit local villages, experience daily life. Have the special dinner with traditional dishes cooked by Thai professional chef. Overnight at homestay.

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Day 2: Nghia Lo - Tu Le - Khau Pha Pass - Mu Cang Chai. O/n At Homestay In Mu Cang Chai (B/L/D)

Morning activities :

Start trip at 5.00 am to shoot sunrise photo on Nghia Lo town at Tu Le valley. You reach Tu Le Valley which is located among three high mountain of Khau Pha, Khau Than and Khau Song. Tu Le terrace field offers you more chance to take beautiful of rice photo. Especially golden time of rice, it covers a large area for golden terrace fields. Have breakfast on the way at local foodstall.

More discover at Lim Mong Village in Tu Le right in the foot of Khau Pha pass. It’s one of the best way to get more enjoyment and experience at the beautiful village, local culture, life style as well as nice terrace field.

Continue to conquer Khau Pha Pass which is the most impressive pass in Northwest Vietnam. It will bring you a special panorama as well as landscapes of terrace fields and mountain far from. From here you can take photo of an artwork from the nature to terrace fields in your journey. Have lunch at noon time on Khau Pha Pass at local restaurant

Afternoon & evening activities:

Spending this afternoon to visit and shoot photo at La Pan Tan village where is one of the beautiful sightseeing of terrace fields and Mam Xoi Hill view point. Having as much as possible beautiful photo here and enjoy the sunset over the Mam Xoi hill.

Special note: You must walk 5km from main road to Mam Xoi hill. But you also can have a support of motorbike to reach the village and then can have a short walking distance.

After that travel to Mu Cang Chai centre very late afternoon and have a check in homestay and have dinner with the family. Evening just simple interact with local family and enjoy the mountain atmosphere. Overnight at homestay

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Day 3: Sunrise Mu Cang Chai & Discover Terrace Fields - Hanoi (B/L)

Morning activities:

You wake up and take photo of sunrise if the weather is fine and sunny at San Nhu village. Located 2 km from Mu Cang Chai town where you can catch beautiful scenery of terrace fields looks like as Mong Ngua “Horseshoe”. Have breakfast on the way. More time to discover its amazing scenery on terrace fields in Mu Cang Chai with famous villages and nice view for shooting photos. Especially Kim Noi village view point. It’s about 8 km from Mu Cang Chai town where offers you the beautiful view for having wonderful photo as well as touch local culture of minority people here.

Next you visit and take photograph Che Cu Nha Rice Terrace Field of Hmong people with the famous Shoe shapes rice hill. And then visit as well as take photograph at De Xu Phinh– it was recognized the national landscape of Vietnam in 2007 where have famous and nicest terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai District. Back Mu Cang Chai for having lunch at local foodstall.

Afternoon activities:

This afternoon you leave Mu Cang Chai for return Hanoi city. Once again you travel through Khau Pha Pass and you can stopover at Khau Pha paragliding poin. It’s the highest scenic pass to catch beautiful view and shoot photos terrace field again. Continue the trip and spend 6 hours on car to reach back Hanoi city around 19.00 pm.

Wish you a great journey to terrace field Mu Cang Chai and get the unforgettable time as well as wonderful photos!

Tips: How to take good picture in Mu Cang Chai here



  • PRIVATE door to door transport (new vehicle) with air-conditioned
  • Experience English speaking guide with well inform shooting time
  • Meals as mentioned above (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Homestay (Note: Stilt house for homestay is standard, it is a share with has the curtain to separate each mattress, share bathroom together. However, it is clean and safe for stay)
  • Entrance fees, Permission
  • Mineral water daily 2 bottle 500ml/per day
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
  • Bank fees if payment by credit card
  • Gov tax and service charge
  • No extra charge after final confirmation


  • International Air Fare in & out Vietnam
  • Domestic Air Fare if any
  • Hotel in Hanoi
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle
  • Other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, soft & hard drinks
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Tips are welcomed!
  • Travel Insurance
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