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When it comes to North Vietnam tours, there are numerous renowned destinations like Sapa, Ha Giang, Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, and more. However, if someone were to ask me about the most stunning rice terraces in Vietnam, my answer would undoubtedly be Mu Cang Chai. 


Situated in Yen Bai province, Mu Cang Chai is a captivating district located approximately 300 kilometers west of Hanoi. Nestled beneath the illustrious Hoang Lien Son Mountain range, this place boasts its own unique charm—the resplendent golden terraced fields that stretch across the landscape, casting an enchanting allure that captivates all who visit.

One of the remarkable aspects of Mu Cang Chai is its pleasant and cool climate, making it a year-round destination. However, if you desire to witness the magnificent spectacle of the stepped rice fields, the ideal time to visit is between May and June, or from late September to early October. It’s worth noting that these timeframes may vary from year to year, depending on the weather, so it’s advisable to check in advance. While the period from May to September showcases the verdant greenery of the rice fields, it is in late September and early October that the terraces don their golden hues, creating a picturesque setting for exploration. The weather during this time is pleasant and convenient for sightseeing.

Considering these reasons, I made the decision to visit Mu Cang Chai last September, when the mountainsides were adorned with terraced rice fields, transforming from vibrant green to radiant gold, displaying their utmost splendor. It was the perfect time to capture breathtaking photographs of Mu Cang Chai’s awe-inspiring stepped rice fields. The weather was comfortably cool, necessitating the use of scarves and warm clothing during my journey of discovering the natural wonders and the hospitable locals of the Northwest region.

Furthermore, this is the period when the fields come alive with activity as Hmong farmers, dressed in their vibrant traditional attire, harvest the ripe rice. They skillfully gather the grains in bags, hoisting them upon their shoulders as they traverse the valleys and mountains. It’s quite common to witness children joyfully joining their parents in this laborious task, darting around the fields, expertly cutting the rice stalks. Occasionally, ethnic mothers can be seen using a cloth as a makeshift cradle, carrying their infants on their backs while tending to the rice harvest. The resulting photographs of the Mu Cang Chai rice terraces are nothing short of breathtaking, encapsulating the rich hues of the rice and the industrious farming practices of the local community.