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Mu Cang Chai in the ripe rice season is filled with splendid and charming golden colors of all classes. The terraced fields like “Stairway to Heaven” are nowhere to be found.

It is no coincidence that Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai) once entered the Top 10 most beautiful terraced fields in the world and is always the first name mentioned by tourist followers when looking for an attractive destination to explore in the future. Fall. It is because of the splendid and charming golden color of the upper classes, the overlapping messages of the terraced fields here like the “Stairway to Heaven” that is nowhere to be found. Throughout that vast and brilliant space, there is also a gentle aroma of ripe rice that makes your soul light and helps you forget all worries.

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Traveling to Mu Cang Chai in the ripe rice season, visitors can not only immerse themselves in the majestic natural scenery, cool fresh climate, but also discover the unique cultural life of the Mong and Thai people in Yen Bai at the Muong Lo Culture and Tourism Week and the humanistic goat fighting festival.


What is the ideal time to explore Mu Cang Chai in the ripe rice season?

The most ideal time to see the full natural picture of the ripe rice season in Mu Cang Chai is in the autumn. Every September, October every year, tourists from all over the world flock together to travel to Mu Cang Chai to be immersed in the brilliant golden space in the cool autumn weather.

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Just passing the road of more than 300km from Hanoi to the Northwest, visitors will be overwhelmed by the poetic beauty of this land with endlessly ripe golden terraces. Each terraced field is undulating, winding like golden waves in the bright sunlight, set in the majestic natural scenery with the dangerous Khau Pha pass roads, somewhere glimpses the image of the fellow farmers. ethnic people harvest rice…


Destinations not to be missed in Mu Cang Chai

 Rice Tray Viewpoint Mâm Xôi

About 8km from the center of Mu Cang Chai district, rice tray viewpoint Mâm Xôi has a natural height of 1000m – 1600m above sea level and has a round shape, jutting like a full of sticky rice tray. As one of the famous destinations in the golden season of Mu Cang Chai, this viewpoint in La Pan Tan is known as the most beautiful hill in the Northwest Midlands. The “fingerprints of heaven” is the lovely name that visitors remember when talking about this landscape. The spiral-shaped rice tray viewpoint every autumn is like a “golden sticky rice tray” – a gift to heaven and earth created by the hands of the Mong people here.

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This wonderful terraced field work has been recognized as a National Landscape Monument since the end of 2007. Not only that, La Pan Tan also attracts tourists by the romantic villages lying peacefully on the hillsides. , looming silhouettes of charming Hmong girls in colorful brocade dresses.


Tu Le terraced fields

Tu Le has long been one of the hottest destinations in Mu Cang Chai in every ripe rice season. Located in Van Chan district (Yen Bai), this place is a valley between three high mountains: Khau Pha, Khau Than, Khau Song. Coming to Tu Le, visitors will be captivated by the idyllic but charming beauty from the very authentic scenery here, from the lonely fields on the rocky slopes, the small wooden houses between the top of the sky or the fields of ripe but carpeted rice fields.


From this town famous for its specialty of glutinous rice, you can admire the panoramic beauty of a highland flooded with the golden color of the ripe rice season. You can immerse yourself in daily activities with the people here, enjoy the sweet aroma of new rice or enjoy a simple fragrant sticky sticky rice that is famous throughout the country of the ethnic people Thai.


Khau Pha Pass

Khau Pha Pass is known as one of the four great peaks in Vietnam, a tourist destination that many young people aspire to conquer. This is a winding, vertical pass, ranked among the top ranks of Vietnam. From the top of Khau Pha pass, visitors can admire the panoramic view of the splendid and overwhelming beauty of the golden terraced fields interspersed between the mountains and forests.

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Here, you will be able to witness firsthand the majestic, unspoiled pass and watch the sunrise on the top of the beautiful pass. To take the best photos on Khau Pha Pass, you should take advantage of going in the morning at this time when the rays of sunlight intertwine with the extremely magical ripe golden fields.


Lim Mong village

Located on the territory of Cao Pa commune, Lim Mong village is hidden in the clouds with magnificent wild scenery. This place is known as the four great dangers with dangerous backpacking roads and is also the end of Mu Cang Chai. In return, you will be able to conquer beautiful passes and discover the most beautiful villages. Coming to Lim Mong village, visitors will be satisfied to discover the wonderful beauty of autumn in the Northwest highlands because this place is considered by many people as “owning the most beautiful rice fields in Mu Cang Chai”.

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Every late afternoon, Lim Mong village becomes more and more charming when orange, yellow, and pink clouds play on the horizon, pouring magical lights on the golden waves of ripe rice below. The compatriots hurriedly cheered to each other to quickly carry rice home with laughter, in mid-air, flocks of birds flew back to their nests… All created a perfect picture of a bountiful golden season and a prosperous and happy life.


Suoi Giang

Located at an altitude of over 1,371 meters above sea level, Suoi Giang has a cool and pleasant climate all year round. The interesting thing is that just staying one day in Suoi Giang, visitors can clearly feel the four seasons of the year. At night, it’s chilly; in the morning, clouds covered the floating villages, mountain slopes; At noon, the sky is blue and windy, and in the afternoon, the golden sunshine spreads like honey. Not only having a cool climate, Suoi Giang also owns a majestic natural landscape, terraced rice fields curving along the mountain, creating an unprecedented natural picture. Besides the natural scenery, Suoi Giang also attracts tourists by the unique cultural features of the Mong, Dao, and Thai people, which are preserved in Van Chan.

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In particular, whenever mentioning Suoi Giang, those who have ever set foot on this land will not be able to forget the hundreds of years old Shan Tuyet tea rows with large, moldy white dyed stems. Visitors coming here not only travel under the canopy of primeval forest with interesting scenery, but can also gather tea, make tea and drink tea with hospitable Hmong girls, or contemplate and mingle in the mysterious atmosphere. hidden, sacred in the Ceremony of Gratitude of the Dao, bustling in the Spring Festival, warm in the New Rice Festival of the Thai people.


What to do in Mu Cang Chai? 

On the occasion of September every year, when the weather turns to autumn, making the air chilly, the golden rice season fills the terraced fields of Yen Bai. Coming to Mu Cang Chai at this time, visitors will have the opportunity to experience countless unique and interesting cultural, tourist and sports activities within the framework of Muong Lo Culture and Tourism Week and explore. National scenic spot Mu Cang Chai terraced fields. 


The most notable is the opening ceremony of the Cultural, Sports and Tourism Festival of the National Scenic Area of ​​Mu Cang Chai terraced fields and the announcement of the Prime Minister’s Decision recognizing the Mu Cang Chai terraced field scenic spot. ranked as a special national relic taking place right in the area of ​​Mu Cang Chai district. In addition, there are a series of other attractive events, promising to bring visitors unique and unforgettable experiences such as: Paragliding Festival “Flying in the golden season”; The first Khen Festival in Mu Cang Chai; goat fighting festival; photo exhibition on Mu Cang Chai terraced fields and Mong ethnic cultural identity; market space with highland specialties; experience activities with people on terraced fields in communes: La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha, Nam Khat; traditional cultural and artistic activities of the Mong ethnic group on Saturday and Sunday evenings of the festival week.

If you have more time and work hard to move, visitors can participate in the opening ceremony of the Muong Lo Culture and Tourism Festival in association with the announcement of the Decision on recognition of the cultural-tourism town; Photo gallery; trade fair, Muong Lo cuisine; experience community tourism in Sa Ren and Deu villages. All took place in Nghia Lo town.

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In addition, there are countless other activities within the framework of Muong Lo Culture and Tourism Week and discovering the national scenic beauty of Mu Cang Chai terraced fields, such as: In Van Chan district, there is a contest for pounding rice nuggets. Le, Ceremony of worshiping Suoi Giang’s ancestral tea tree; in Tram Tau district, there are activities to experience adventure tourism in Ta Xua village, Ban Cong commune; resort tourism, community tourism for tourists at Tram Tau hot mineral spring area, Eo Gio pine hill in Tram Tau town, Luu village – Hat Luu commune, Cu Vai village – Xa Ho commune.

And yet, coming to Mu Cang Chai in the ripe rice season, visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy the attractive Goat Fighting Festival. The contest brings together the best goat boys, representing tens of thousands of male goats selected through the preliminary round in communes and towns. Goat pairs compete in a knockout format, each match is up to 15 minutes.

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Normally, mountain goats seem gentle, but when they go to the field, they are extremely brave, courageous and powerful. In the natural world, goats are one of the most aggressive species, most instinctive when it comes to showing “manly bravery” to win ownership of children. Therefore, the blows thrown at the opponent are not gentle, head-to-head, horns knock together, make visitors extremely curious, surprised and excited. Especially after the matches, the goat “fighters” win or lose, still continue to live in the herd without being slaughtered. And the goat “fighters” who won the high prize will be selected for breeding in order to preserve precious genetic resources.


Mu Cang Chai in the ripe rice season promises to bring you a wonderful trip full of experiences.

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