October is the harvest season in northern Vietnam, so it’s one of the most beautiful times of the year to see breathtaking terraced rice fields in the mountains. As part of our most recent journey from the northwest to the northeast mountain ranges of Vietnam, Incense Travel introduces our top 4 destinations for yellow terraced fields. They can be incorporated into your tailor-made Vietnam tours, perhaps you want to put one of these places into your Vietnam itinerary next year.
Sapa is one of the most famous mountain towns in northern Vietnam, this former French hill station is some 300km (186mi) from Hanoi. Situated about 1500m (5000 ft.) above the sea level and is home to many ethnic minority hill tribes, such as the H’mong and Dao people, the town is not only offering cool climate all year around, but also providing great opportunities to interact with a local ethnic groups. Adventure lovers would love to trek through small villages along the mountain loops, passing by local schools, lovely local houses and terraced rice fields.
The whole region is extremely beautiful in October each year, when the terraced rice fields enter its harvest season with yellow and brown colors. Traveling to Sapa this time of the year, you will be immersing into the stunning yellow carpet. Ta Van, Ta Phin, Cat Cat and Sin Chai villages of the Black Hmong and Red Dao people in Muong Hoa Valley offer the best mountain views. Beside the scenery, salmon, sturgeon, bamboo tube rice and mountain vegetables are famous local specialties there.
Mu Cang Chai
There are about 2,200 hectares (5500 ac) of terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai, making the destination home of the best terraced fields in the country. Some 500 ha (1250 ac) in the communes of La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh were recently recognized by Vietnam as its national landscapes. The terraced fields here are recognized as one of the unique landscapes of Vietnam, the best time to see the rice fields here is early October every year when the rice harvest start.
There are several mountain valleys such as Tu Le and Khau Pha - one of the four imposing mountain passes in the northwest of Vietnam, where you can meet and talk to the locals who farm on those stunning fields. Local delicacies in Mu Cang Chai include roasted black pig, salmon salad, Tu Le sticky rice, and bee chrysalis. The destination is usually very crowded during the harvest season, though the tourism infrastructure has not been much developed.
Hoang Su Phi
The terraced fields of Hoang Su Phi, in Ha Giang Province, were recognized as a national relic in 2012. The destination is extremely famous for its stunning mountain scenery, its border commune of Hoang Su Phi, with around 3,000 hectares of terraces, is among the best terrace rice fields in Vietnam. Visitors may never get tired of looking at these wonderful terraced beauties in the villages of San Sa Ho, Ban Phung and Ho Thau.
Pu Luong is a nature reserve 170km to southwest of the capital Hanoi. Home to the ethnic Thai and Muong people, Pu Luong Nature Reserve is most attractive when the terraced rice fields are turning to yellow color, signalizing their harvest time. Visitors are being treated with magnificent with its golden rice fields creating a carpet extending from village to village.
This nature reserve has a 1,700-meter mountain with the same name - Pu Luong Mountain, which is a trekkers’ favorite spot. It takes six to eight hours to reach the top when the weather is good, from which you can get a panoramic view of the grand and marvelous valley.From Hanoi, you can stop by the famous Mai Chau valley of the Thai ethnic people also. The valley is an ideal place for walking and cycling tours, with opportunities to meet and talk to the local Thai people and learn about their daily life.
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