The region of Mu Cang Chai in northern Vietnam is considered one of the most important granaries of the country and is home to some of the most beautiful terraced rice fields of all Asia, creating a unique landscape that is especially beautiful when rice is ripening.
The best time to visit Mu Cang Chai is from mid-September to late October when weather is the best of year and when the immense terrace rice fields there all turn yellow, creating the best image of year.
The terraced rice fields of Mu Cang Chai cover the whole sides of mountains and during ripening of rice, everything turns to yellow in October.
The average altitude of Mu Cang Chai is about 1000 meters above sea level, so the ripening of rice and its harvest happens about 3 weeks later than Sapa city, which is much higher. These photos of the rice fields were taken between late September and early October, when the harvest of rice is in progress and when you can see both brown and yellow terraces.
Photos of terraced rice fields in Vietnam, built along the sides of the mountains.
Pictures of rice fields already harvested and with harvest in progress.
A rice field with the harvest in progress. The cut plants are temporarily left on the ground in large bundles, waiting for someone to transport them to the place designed for threshing.
More photos of rice terraces, with ripen rice ready for harvest. Within a few days (or even just hours), the golden yellow color of the rice will be replaced by the brown of the empty fields.
There will be a lot of interesting things to see when you come to Mu Cang Chai in ripening rice season. So plan a Mu Cang Chai tour now to catch up on the surprises.
However, the advice given to you is that the trip will be more perfect if you combine travel Sapa & Mu Cang Chai. Join a Sapa & Mu Cang Chai Tour 4 days, you will have an interesting feel for yourself. Although two destinations are famous place to see the terraced rice fields but each place brings its own special points.