Mu Cang Chai is a district of Yen Bai province, about some 300 km north of Ha Noi, in the northeastern region of Vietnam. This place is home to the H’Mong and Thai community. The popular attraction of Mu Cang Chai lies in its terraced rice fields which are primarily situated in the district’s Che Cu Nha, La Pan Tan and De Zu Phinh villages. These imposing fields draw a large number of both Vietnamese and foreign travellers who love to take pictures of and indulge themselves in the amazing beauty of the national heritage site.
This tour will bring you an amazing journey to discover the beauties of rice terrace fields with different picture which both nature and local people built as a spectacular scenery for this land. Don’t miss it once you visit Vietnam.
- Enjoy scenic driving journey
- Admire the beauty of the rice terraced paddy fields
- Enjoy the local food
- Experience a homestay night in a traditional stilt house of ethnic minority
- Learn the interesting cultures of different ethnic groups such as Thai and H’mong
- Trek along back roads up and down the mountains to enjoy the breath-taking landscape.
Experience a homestay night in a traditional stilt house of ethnic minority.
Food and Beverage
Enjoy the local food. 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included in this tour.
Private a/c transportation.
Mu Cang Chai is located about 350km from Hanoi so we will spend most of the first day and the last day on the vehicle but the condition of the road is quite good and you can have stop as often as you want for taking photographs and coffee breaks or a short walk at nice places to stretch out.
- Private A/c transportation
- English speaking tour guide
- Local way leader (If any)
- 1 night at a local homestay
- 1 night at a mini basic hotel
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Bottled water in the vehicle
- Government taxes and service charge
- Travel insurance (Compulsory)
- Drinks and other meals
- Accommodation in Hanoi
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Others service not mentioned clearly above.
Minimum 30% Deposit to confirm the Voucher
Pre Full Paid before Departure
- A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
- The rest of the payment should be paid 07 days before arrival.
- If the booking is cancelled up to 10 days prior to the arrival date, there is no cancellation fee.
- If the booking is cancelled less than 10 days prior to the arrival date, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
What to bring:
- Change of clothes
- Sun-glasses & hat
- Insect repellent
- Good shoes
- Personal first aid kit & medicines
- Small VND notes for buying drinks
- If you feel the need then sleeping bags, cable lock for your bags is recommended.
We will let you know in booking confirmation
Tour Detail Itinerary
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You will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi at 8.00 AM by your private tour guide and driver. After getting out of bustle and hustle Hanoi, you will enjoy the countryside view through the windows while driving northwestward to Yen Bai province. Lunch is served at a local restaurant on the way. Arrive at Mu Cang Chai late in the afternoon, check in our stilt-house homestay. After having the baggage stored, we will then end the day with a walk to visit a peaceful village of the Thai ethnic minority at the foot of a mountain nearby. Dinner and spend the night in Mu Cang Chai
This morning, we will get a transfer to a trekking point for the whole day trek to enjoy Vietnam’s national rice terrace heritage. Our trek will start from Che Cu Nha commune to La Pan Tan Commune. It is around 13 km and takes most of our day. This trek will definitely offer us a good opportunity to see the main spots and admire the beauty of amazing rice terraces that Mu Cang Chai has to offer. We will also be able to visit a few villages of the H’mong hill tribe scattered in the area. Get picked up by our private vehicle around 4.00 PM. Transfer back the way to Tu Le Town. Check into a boutique hotel and have a dinner.
After the breakfast, we will embark on a short walk to Tu Le Valley where we can enjoy the morning breeze, view the rice paddy fields and the daily life of villagers. Get back on the vehicle and take our return journey to Hanoi. Lunch at Nghia Lo town. Arrive in Hanoi late in the afternoon. Finish your amazing Mu Cang Chai tour.
There are three most beautiful times to take the great photo of breathtaking terrace rice field in Mu Cang Chai: at the beginning of the crop, in the middle of the crop with amazing green terrace rice field and around the harvest time with beautiful golden terrace rice field.
There is only one crop per year in Mu Cang Chai and it takes place from June to October. In June, when the first summer shower coming to the North of Vietnam, hill tribe people in Mu Cang Chai all come to their field for preparing the new crop of rice. As all the field in Mu Cang Chai are terrace rice field so they all need to supply water from the top terrace of the field, and water from there just keep coming from top to the bottom of the rice field, and local people call this “falling water reason”. In this season, you will see allots of activities of people working on the field, from plough to harrow on the field with water buffalo, replanting rice. Normally they work in group with very beautiful and colorful clothes of hill tribe woman, and it can be very interesting for very good photo shooting on the field in this period.
The middle of the crop will be from June to middle of September. During this time, the whole tremendous terrace rice field in Mu Cang Chai will be covered by lovely and peaceful carpet of rice. The color of green on the field even can cool you down in the hot summer sun. You will not see much local people activities on the field in this season, but the greenness of the rice field can be very good compensation.
In the harvest time of the rice crop, travellers take the visit to Mu Cang Chai from late September to early October to see and take photographs of waves of terraced rice fields, as this is when the fields turn brilliant yellow and shine in their fullest beauty. This is also the time when the fields become full of life as Mong ethnic minority farmers in their traditional attire harvest the ripe rice grains, and shoulder bags of the fruit home through mountains and hills as well as over swinging suspension bridges. It is normal to see ethnic minority mothers use cloth as a cradle to carry their infants on their back when they are harvesting paddy in the fields in the northwest of Vietnam. Children of the farmers run here and there in the fields, chatting with their parents and giggling in tune with the joy of their parents during the harvest season.
- Private Group
- Adventure Activities
- Walking & Trekking
- Private Couple
- Group of Friends
- Family with Children
- Old Persons over 50s
- Teenager Activities
- Executive Retreats
- Women Only
- For Everyone
Means of Transportation
- Private Car
Means of Accomodation
- Group Tour Guider