Mu Cang Chai travel guide

Mu Cang Chai travel guide

The charming beauty of Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai, in Yen Bai province, which is a rural district lying at the root of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, about 300 km north of Hanoi, is unique and famous to all foreign travelers as the perfect place to admire famous rice terraces drying from green to gold in Vietnam just before the harvest. North Vietnam tours

The charming beauty of Mu Cang Chai

The charming beauty of Mu Cang Chai- source: internetMu Cang Chai’s charm

About 1000 meters above sea level, Mu Cang Chai which has the steep hills, almost impossible to grow rice fields like those in the delta, is home to the Thai and H’Mong community. Thus, for the aim of preventing water from flowing downhill, the local residences grow their own rice on the terraced fields. Lying under clear blue sky or a mysterious and crips fog, among rugged green moutain valleys, these terraced fields bring to travelers’ eyes an imposing view.

Although not being quite as dramatic as this in Hoang Su Phi District in Ha Giang Province, the scenery here is much closer. Getting to Mu Cang Chai which is not too far from Hanoi, is not difficult at all and sometimes it can make for a pleasant weekend jaunt while Ha Giang takes days of driving indirect, and sometimes impassable roads, and a guide to help you to travel around areas bordering China.

Terrace field

Terrace field- source: internetGoing to Mu Cang Chai is an alternative to both these options: a road less strenuous and less traveled although Sapa, whose charm has been taken away by the popularity of the area and some trails crowded with tourists, is the most famous mountain spot in northern Vietnam.

Step by step

To know more about the daily life of Hmong and Thai ethnic groups, you can visit Cao Pha Commune, between Tu Le Town and Mu Cang Chai. Dragon Pearl cruises

Mu Cang Chai travel guide

Mu Cang Chai travel guide- source: internetDuring the harvest, the striking views from the hills above 200 hectares of terraced rice fields of the commune and the gold color of the ready crop plays off the green of the new crop, both of which contrast with the rich reddish brown soil left behind by the harvest, draw considerable attention of any photographers. And if you are lucky, you can contemplate a clear blue sky or crisp fog and a mysterious among all this surrounded by rugged green mountains.

You will climb Cao Pha Mountain to Cap Pha Pass, where cool breezes blow all year around to go to Mu Cang Chai from Tu Le. To reach the top of Cao Pha, you will pass through a thick mountainside pine forest, such a rarity you can find in Vietnam. Near the peak are plenty of spots to take a rest as well as to get the most amazing photos of the area.

Road to Mu Cang Chai

Road to Mu Cang Chai- source: internetThe communes of La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and Ze Xu Phinh are the lovely villages you will pass on this route. Each of them is home to some of the most picturesque steep terraced fields in Vietnam, which are also different from the flatter fields of Cao Pha.

In the end of May or early June and during harvesting season, when new crops still remain in their green color and ready crops change into yellow, are the best time to visit Mu Cang Chai.

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