Mu Cang Chai

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Hang Do
By Hang Do
Paradise for photography lover!
Sep 2019
Mu Cang Chai district is located in a high region of Yen Bai province, nearly 300 km from Hanoi to the Northwest. From the middle of September, the rice is on the hillside, the field turns bright yellow, attracts thousands of visitors to admire the view of the most beautiful terraced fields in the country. Located at the foot of the majestic Hoang Lien Son range, Mu Cang Chai terraced fields are a cultural heritage created by local people for generations. In 2007, terraced fields in 3 communes of La Pan Tan, De Xu Phinh and Che Cu Nha were recognized by the Government as a National Landscape. Not only that, Mu Cang Chai is also in the top 10 most beautiful terraces in the world. In the last days of September, I and my friends who were passionate about photography soon invited each other to explore and conquer the roads, to enjoy the natural beauty bestowed with the labor of people living in Northwestern mountain. Each of the terraced fields winding like golden waves in the dazzling sunlight capturing those present. This is the second time I have come to discover Mu Cang Chai in the ripe rice season, but my feelings have not changed. The beauty of the mountains still gives me great surprises. According to the people, this year the rice was harvested throughout the terraced fields. People of Thai and Mong ethnic groups are also excited and happy in the harvest day. Sometimes on hillsides and a few plots, interweaving between yellow and green is the brown color of harvested fields. Adorned with the majestic Northwest painting are small sheds on the hillsides. Perhaps, for a man who loves nature, mountains, to witness and enjoy these moments is the luck and happiness in me. Raspberry hill in La Pan Tan commune is one of the famous destinations in the Mu Cang Chai golden season, attracting tourists to visit. From above, covering the hillside, you still see this place interwoven with shiny green and yellow colors. The beautiful Mu Cang Chai nature painting is "painted" on 2,200 hectares of magnificent terraced fields which are golden to the heart of anyone visiting here at any time. Back to me the impressive image.

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heinzhuynh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam3,331 contributions
The most beautiful terrace rice fields
Sep 2019
I highly recommend you guys to take your trip here during harvest season every year. I was here in this Sep and all I can say is AMAZING... I stayed at Le Champ , very beautiful resort in Tu Le and visit this area and its surroundings.
Will be back for sure
Written September 30, 2019
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Hang Do
Hanoi, Vietnam61 contributions
Paradise for photography lover!
Sep 2019
Mu Cang Chai district is located in a high region of Yen Bai province, nearly 300 km from Hanoi to the Northwest. From the middle of September, the rice is on the hillside, the field turns bright yellow, attracts thousands of visitors to admire the view of the most beautiful terraced fields in the country.
Located at the foot of the majestic Hoang Lien Son range, Mu Cang Chai terraced fields are a cultural heritage created by local people for generations.
In 2007, terraced fields in 3 communes of La Pan Tan, De Xu Phinh and Che Cu Nha were recognized by the Government as a National Landscape. Not only that, Mu Cang Chai is also in the top 10 most beautiful terraces in the world.
In the last days of September, I and my friends who were passionate about photography soon invited each other to explore and conquer the roads, to enjoy the natural beauty bestowed with the labor of people living in Northwestern mountain.
Each of the terraced fields winding like golden waves in the dazzling sunlight capturing those present.
This is the second time I have come to discover Mu Cang Chai in the ripe rice season, but my feelings have not changed. The beauty of the mountains still gives me great surprises. According to the people, this year the rice was harvested throughout the terraced fields. People of Thai and Mong ethnic groups are also excited and happy in the harvest day.
Sometimes on hillsides and a few plots, interweaving between yellow and green is the brown color of harvested fields. Adorned with the majestic Northwest painting are small sheds on the hillsides. Perhaps, for a man who loves nature, mountains, to witness and enjoy these moments is the luck and happiness in me.
Raspberry hill in La Pan Tan commune is one of the famous destinations in the Mu Cang Chai golden season, attracting tourists to visit. From above, covering the hillside, you still see this place interwoven with shiny green and yellow colors.
The beautiful Mu Cang Chai nature painting is "painted" on 2,200 hectares of magnificent terraced fields which are golden to the heart of anyone visiting here at any time. Back to me the impressive image.
Written September 11, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

vikram
Hyderabad, India4 contributions
4 day hard trek to Mu Cang Chai with zonitrip (Nghia was the guide). Amazing experience
Dec 2018 • Friends
I went along with two others on the 4 day trek to mu cang chai (the trek is through the valley and the mountains) through zonitrip (Nghia was our guide for the entire time) and we had a very good experience with the scenery, food at the home stays, our hosts at the three home stays were very friendly and provided us with very tasty food made from simple ingredients that they grew). We are all vegetarians and I haven't tasted such good fresh food anywhere. The entire experience was a treat to my palette and body.
Written January 11, 2019
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KianHian L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,274 contributions
MU CANG CAI Harvesting Season Re-visit 2018
Oct 2018 • Solo
A revisit to my favourite country site of North Vietnam, Mu Cang Chai (MCC) in October 2018. My planned for the trip is to the have the complete scenic golden terrace fields harvesting season before it is harvested. Last year (2017) I was here in Mid-September, where the terraces rice fields were still not ripe and was in green, hence this year (2018) I planned the visit two weeks later that is in early October hoping to see the golden colour. However, was disappointed as some of the scenic viewpoint in La Pan Tan commune has been harvested and with burned straws some black patches. The harvesting basically depends on the weather, so you can never be a right time to have a complete view of golden colours of La Pan Tan unless you are staying here in the months of September to October. So just planned what is your purposes of the visit and what you want to see, whether it is the start of new crops November to April (brown barren terraces) with Hmong farmers and women in colourful dress and buffaloes ploughing the fields. The seeding and growing season (May and June) with heavy raining and young green of the early growth till late August. Mid-September onwards the green turning to yellowish till early November is the peak of harvesting season. Conclusion anytime is the right time to visit MCC, depends what you like, as the scenery in MCC keep changes throughout the year with different colours. At any different time of the year you will get a different view. Refer my photos of Mui Gia Viewpoint which I took the same spot last three years and have a three differences colours theme.
This revisit I tried a different mode of transport. I pre-booked online a ticket for a minivan which will pick you up from NoiBai Airport, Hanoi and straight to Sapa. I set Hanoi for the return trip from MCC. This way you can save the taxi fare from airport to Hanoi City. Usually there are minivan two trips to Sapa, either morning 7:30am or afternoon at 3:00pm depend on which operators. Some only did one trip per day. It takes around 4 - 5 hours with two pit-stop along the way. This 9 seaters VIP minivan is very comfortable and save. By the time you arrive Sapa it is around 8 – 9:00pm and no more buses to MCC at this hour. Check-in into a hotel or guesthouse near by the Sapa Bus station (Ben Xe Sapa) and look for bus to MCC the next morning. If the hotel reception is not helpful you have to do it yourself by going to the bus station to check it out. If you are taking the local minibus like I did you can wait in front of the bus station (main road frontage).This minibus usually will off load passenger here but did not go into the bus station. I used the local minibus (usually Hyundai beige in colour) from Lao Cai – MCC which will take passenger as well as any cargo from mail and usually vegetable and fruits in poly bags. As usual this minivan will loads any cargo that can go up and distribute along the way until MCC. The journey takes around 6 hours from Sapa to MCC which will take you over the Heaven Pass of Fanxipan Range. Later on the way show the driver or conductor on google map where you want to get off. Go to Cho Nga Ba Kim (if you are staying in La Pan Tan like I did) as I stayed at my usual Homestay “Do Gu Homestay” in Lau San Chay, La Pan Tan. The owner who will pick me with motorbike from Cho Nga Ba Kim market town, 3km from his homestay along Route QL32. This market street is the jump off point to La Pan Tan commune. If the bus is not going to Cho Nga Ba Kim than you have to arrange the local motorbike to take you there or arrange the homestay to pick you from MCC town (23km away) or another option is to rent the motorbike (around USD7/day) to move around which are very common for locals and foreign tourist during their visits to MCC as there are not public transport are rare or none in this rural district.
My return trip to Hanoi, I took the local minibus (Hyundai beige colour) from Cho Nga Ba Kim. You have to inform you homestay owner so that they can inform the bus driver if they have one or they will take you to the main road to wait for the bus to Yen Bai Station. At the station check with the reception for the bus to Hanoi, My Dinh Station. The bus run on the Lau Cai - Hanoi Highway but also stop along the highway to pick and drop passengers as it goes. It take about 3 – 4 hours from Yen Bai to Hanoi depends on the stop and the traffic as it going into the city and the traffic could be heavy at office hours
Written January 11, 2019
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TOMTRAVEL ONLINE
Sapa, Vietnam547 contributions
A Remote District Of Yenbai Province
Oct 2018 • Friends
Mu Cang Chai offer you chances to enjoy this wonderful terraced rice fields with interesting trekking routes to high mountain slopes scattered with villages of local ethnics, to get to know daily life of local people.
Written October 10, 2018
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Alex
Hanoi, Vietnam214 contributions
Unforgettable journey with my friends
Sep 2018 • Friends
We spent 3 days to explore Mu Cang Chai, using motorbike from Hanoi, the road is so smooth and not so crazy. Passed Khau Pha Pass, we reached to MCC - north west area in Viet Nam. We picked the harvest time to see and it is absolutely amazing. All terraced paddies fields have been changing to yellow color , it created a gorgeous senses.
There are some landscapes you must see :
La Pan Tan Village, Nam Khat Village and Lim Mong village, don’t forget spend a little time to enjoy in hot stream in Tram Tau community.
Highly recommend.
Written September 29, 2018
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Bit C
11 contributions
Mù Căng Chải Ruộng bậc tuyệt vời
Apr 2018 • Solo
Nature is in favor of surrounding pine trees. Here, you will be immersed in the life and customs of long-standing Thai ethnicity, admire the thrill, singing and romantic with poetic, lyrical scenery.
Written August 18, 2018
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Lily Tran
Hanoi, Vietnam94 contributions
2 days driving motorbike from Hanoi - Mu Cang Chai
Sep 2017 • Friends
Mu Cang Chai is one of the most outstanding place in the North of Vietnam and in 2017, it was chosen in the top 30 of the most beautiful places all around the world according to Harpers Bazaar Newspaper, standing by Venice (Italy), Machu Picchu (Peru), Santorini (Greek).
Located about 280 km far from Hanoi, in the high mountain (1000 m above sea level) so the weather here seems to have 4 season in a day. From Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai, you have to overpass through Khau Pha Pass, one of top 4 Pass in the North.
Due to geographical location, people only harvest rice once a year in the terrace field and the best time to visit Mu Cang Chai is by the mid of September, when the local people (H'Mong ethnic) held Rice Terrace Festival with a lot of cultural activities (fair, parachute jumping, exhibition, local sports...).
The general road map from Hanoi: Hanoi - Thanh Sơn District (Phú Thọ) - Tân Sơn District (Phu Tho) - Nghia Lo District (Yên Bái) - Tú Lệ Valley (Yên Bái) - Khau Phạ Pass (Yên Bái) - Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai)
- Option 1: Hire the motorbike from Hanoi and drive to Mu Cang Chai, it will take you around 8 hours.
- Option 2: Take the car from Hanoi to Nghia Lo District (4 hours) - 180.000 VND ~ 8 USD and then hire the motorbike from Nghia Lo (2 hours)
I spent totally 2 days here and had unforgettable experience when I used to live, eat and take a rest with local people, also wear the traditional clothes of H'Mong People.
The landscape was so fascinating ^^
Written August 12, 2018
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zguby
Herzliya, Israel91 contributions
wonderful
Nov 2017 • Couples
pictures can't do justice to this view
we took 2 days trek around and saw the real life and villages of the tribe living there and one of the most beautiful views we ever saw
Written November 30, 2017
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KianHian L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,274 contributions
Mu Cang Cai - Harvesting Season
Sep 2017 • Solo
Mu Cang Cai (MCC) a rural village at the foot of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range 1,000 meters above sea level at district of Yen Bai Province in Northwest of Vietnam. About 300km from Ha Noi and has it provincial border on western side of Lao Cai. Agriculture is the main economy of this province and the biggest ethnic groups in this province are mainly Thai and Hmong people. The popular destination Sapa is merely 160 kilometre in upper north via highway QL32 and QL4D.
I was fascinated by this small district where my friend and I did a cycling tour start from Lao Cai to Hanoi in December 2015. We have the chance to cover every inch of the route as it is very hilly terrain and we couldn’t cycle more than 11 km per hour on ascend. We able to enjoy the beautiful landscape with the backdrops of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain range and the rice terrace fields that was cultivated at the slope of the mountain. I had cycle in Bali and passing through the Tegallalang rice terraces of Ubud, but my opinion MCC rice terraces is more scenic and huge. The rice terraces of Mu Cang Cai has the spectacular theme all year round with the different theme for different seasons of the year. Hence it make me come back here in September this year just for the harvesting witness the scenery of the harvesting terraces filed of MCC. Due to the geographical conditions of the area the Hmong only cultivate the crops once a year in a short period of one to two months only.
The prime period is during the harvesting season of September, October and early November where many locals and some foreign tourist will come here. 500 hectares of the over 2000 hectares of rice terraces are in the three communes of La Pan Tan, De Xu Phinh and Che Cu Nha Hmong village. June to September growing season where you can see all the terraces in green carpet and not much activities and occasionally some Hmong at the far away fields in their traditional colourful attire in contrast to the greens fields.
But not long it is going to be a popular destinations as more and more hotels and resort coming up at some locations along the QL32 which has awesome view point. During this time of the year, most of the rice terraced fields has turn from green to golden yellow, the paddy ripen to be harvest. The scenic route with rice terraces will be from MCC to Tu Le - a rural one street town south of MCC passing the scenic peak of Khau Pha Pass (Deo Khau Pha) and Lim Mong valley.
There are not many tourist to MCC hence it become expensive for the specialized organized package tour to this area and the charges could be high. There are not many direct bus to MCC however there are some coaches plying this route from Hanoi to Lai Chau, north of MCC at the foot of Fansipan range.
From my research of my trip and experience I list a few options of mode of travelling to MCC. Sector one - Option one which I used, take a local minibus (beige colour – 24 passengers) from Hanoi My Dinh bus station to Yen Bai leaving at 9:00 am expected 3 hours travelling time to catch the 12:00 pm minibus to MCC, estimated travelling time 4 hours. This minibus will collect and offload passengers along the way until the last hour one hours before reaching Yen Bai city. But make sure you inform the driver you are going to MCC so that he get the bus driver to MCC to wait for him to arrive. Suggest go to My Dinh station one day before to verify the bus schedule. Option 2 take a bus to Yen Bai stay overnight in Yen Bai and catch the early morning (5:00am) bus to MCC. Some will suggest to overnight in Nghia Lo. Option three take overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai and continue the second part of journey to MCC from here with the local bus or stay a few days in Sapa that than continue the second sector to MCC. Please get some food and drinks as the bus did not stop for lunch.
Sector two – Yen Bai to MCC (same day) the 12:00pm minibus (beige colour), this bus is also like a cargo truck, it will loads passenger as well as whatever goods that can go in or on the roof carrier and offload along the destination. The destination stop is MCC. So if you are staying in the town of MCC you can get off at your destination or to the station. If you overnight in Nghia Lo, you might be taking the same bus from Yen Bai which go through this town. From Lao Cai or Sapa the minibus will arrive in MCC at mid-day. There are many hotels, guesthouse and homestay in MCC or La Pan Tan. Reserve and extra day here as if it rains or bad weather, you will not get to see nice view.
Written October 5, 2017
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