Mu Cang Chai terraced fields - one of the 50 most beautiful destinations in the world

Mu Cang Chai terraced fields - one of the 50 most beautiful destinations in the world

Yen Bai 15.10.2021

Mu Cang Chai every ripe rice season attracts a lot of domestic and foreign tourists. The golden colour of the terraced rice fields, together with the bright smiles of the indigenous people in traditional costumes are impressive scenes of this land.

Translated by nguyendo

Written by giangdt

Mu Cang Chai is in the top 50 most beautiful destinations in the world

Mu Cang Chai is a highland district in Yen Bai province, which is about 300km northwest of Hanoi and is located at the foot of the magnificent Hoang Lien Son mountain range. This destination is famous for its majestic natural scenery and picturesque terraced fields with an area of about 2,200 hectares.


Mu Cang Chai in the golden ripe rice season. Photo:

From mid-September to mid-October, Mu Cang Chai is packed with tourists, especially backpackers, who come here to admire the terraced fields in the ripe rice season. It is this “unique beauty'' that these fields in Mu Cang Chai were recognized as a "National Scenic Spot" in 2007. In 2020, this place appeared in the top 50 most beautiful destinations in the world on the blog "Big Seven Travel".


Located at the foot of Hoang Lien Son mountain range, Mu Cang Chai is one of the cultural heritages created by humans. Photo: @vue.du.ciell

The picturesque Mu Cang Chai in the ripe rice season

Mu Cang Chai is most beautiful in “the golden season” with ripe rice - the terraced fields like golden rolling waves will definitely "fascinate" visitors from the first sighting. You will easily see Thai and Hmong ethnic people working hard to harvest rice with gorgeous smiles. The “picture” of poetic nature associated with the working activities will leave you with unforgettable memories.


Starry night in Mu Cang Chai in the ripe rice season. Photo: Zing

To see the beautiful terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai, you can go to the following places:

Lim Mong village

Lim Mong village is located on Highway 32, Cao Pha commune. To get to this village, you will have to cross the romantic suspension bridge and narrow roads as Lim Mong is located in the middle of the mountains.


Lim Mong village is located “precariously” on the mountainside. Photo: @thangnguyenphotos

When you are in the Lim Mong village, you will be able to admire the magnificent natural scenery. The terraced fields covered with the bright yellow colour of ripe rice are the “result” of the hard work of the Hmong people. This poetic “picture” is created by the image of people working hard to harvest rice, the children calling each other to take the buffalo home, the roads with the girls taking their children home, the flocks of birds flying over the ripe rice fields, and the wind “pushing” clouds towards the horizon. In addition, the village seems to be “precarious” on the mountainside and is surrounded by the terraced fields, which can easily make you “fall in love”.


Lim Mong in “the golden season”. Photo: halotravel


The beautiful scenery in Lim Mong village seen from above. Photo: @tuantran_66

Khau Pha Pass

Khau Pha is known as one of the "Four Great Peaks" of Vietnam, which is located at an altitude of 1,200 - 1,500m above sea level. Along the pass, you can see many famous destinations such as La Pan Tan, Mu Cang Chai, Tu Le, Che Cu Nha and Nam. Notably, this is considered the most winding and dangerous pass in Vietnam, but when coming to Mu Cang Chai, you should definitely visit this majestic pass.


The terraced fields at Khau Pha pass. Photo: Yen Bai

From Khau Pha pass, you can easily see the stilt houses on the banks of the stream that are flowing through the rice fields. In the harvest season, this majestic winding pass is most beautiful due to being surrounded by the golden terraced fields of the Thai and Hmong ethnic groups. In addition, when coming to Khau Pha pass, you will have the opportunity to admire the beauty of the buckwheat flower. Notably, the old forests here are also the “home” to many rare plants such as “Cho Chi” (Dipterocarpus Retusus) and “Thong Dau” (a species in the pine family).

When traveling to Khau Pha pass, you will be able to participate in a skydiving festival called “Bay Tren Mua Vang” (Flying in the “Golden” Season), which usually takes place in September. In 2020, this festival is from September 20th to the 22nd.


When coming to Khau Pha Pass, you will have the opportunity to participate in a skydiving festival. Photo: trip5

La Pan Tan

La Pan Tan is a commune in Mu Cang Chai district with the largest area of terraced fields in the region (700ha). La Pan Tan is famous for its various layers of terraced fields across the hills. In addition, this place also has steep roads that are often regarded as the "fingerprints of heaven".


Terraced fields in La Pan Tan. Photo:

The Raspberry Hill (Doi Mam Xoi) is considered the most prominent feature of La Pan Tan. The hill is located at an altitude of 1,000 - 1,600m above sea level with a round shape like "golden raspberries", which has become the symbol of La Pan Tan attracting many tourists and photographers.


Raspberry Hill seen from above. Photo:


Raspberry Hill seen from above. Photo:

Mu Cang Chai Cuisine

In the ripe rice season, there are a lot of grasshoppers in Mu Cang Chai and this is one of the specialty dishes of this land. Grasshoppers are roasted at high temperatures and the completed dish has a rich, aromatic and greasy taste with a crispy texture.


Tasting roasted grasshoppers is a must when you come to Mu Cang Chai. Photo: GCAECO

Crabs roasted with salt

Crabs are caught by the locals from streams and are then processed into many different dishes with typical “flavours of the Northwest mountains”, among which the most favorite one is crabs roasted with salt. The making of the dish is very simple with ingredients such as cooking oil, garlic and salt. You just need to turn on the gas stove, stir the above-mentioned things until they are well-cooked, and then you will have a fragrant dish with an “unforgettable” taste.

Salt-roasted crabs. Photo: Dienmayxanh

The natural “picture” of Mu Cang Chai is "painted" with terraced fields in the ripe rice season. There is nothing more wonderful than being able to breathe fresh air, admiring the majestic mountains and watching the poetic nature in harmony with the image of idyllic labour here