Located about 300 km North-West from Hanoi, Mu Cang Chai has one of the most amazing landscapes and rice-terraces in Vietnam. This area is maybe not as famous as Sapa, but it deserves to be.

Mu Cang Chai has similar topography as Sapa, with steep hills and deep valleys where the local minority groups, including Mucangchai, Hmong, Thai, and Dao, have created a masterpiece of terraced rice fields. They have been cultivating about 500 hectares of rice terraces for centuries in La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh communes.

In 2007, these fields were recognized as a national heritage site.

Mu Cang Chai terraced fields are popular for adventurous travelers who want to explore, and offer opportunities for photographers who want to find dramatic panoramas. The best time to see the terraced fields are the wet season in May and the golden rice season in September.

In September, Mu Cang Chai is shimmering with a golden color. Come and participate in the skydiving festival at Khau Pha pass, one of the beautiful spots of Mu Cang Chai. Skydiving gives you an unrivaled opportunity to see the terraces from the air.

Coming to Mu Cang Chai gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the terraced fields, to smell the fragrant rice, to walk along the murmuring streams flowing around the fields, and to enjoy nature at its best.

You will also meet friendly and hospitable people, enjoy delicious food, listen to the stories from the guides about the wooden houses with thatched roofs in the middle of terraced fields. The so-called honeymoon hat.

40 km from Mu Cang Chai is the Ngoc Chien commune, famous for its hot mineral springs. After a day of trekking, there’s nothing more enjoyable than taking a dip in natural hot-spring pools.

Though the main transportation from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai is by ca, due to the far distance and for safety reasons, those who love adventurous experiences can travel by motorbike. Make sure you do not miss Thu Cuc tea hill on the way because it will be a perfect site for you to take great photos of endless green terraces.
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