The hillsides of Southeast Asia have been shaped into harmonious combinations of soil, water and sky perfect for growing rice. To see this stunning landscape up close, head to one of these six gorgeous hillsides:
Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam | After a trip on a long, bumpy road, you’ll reach Mu Cang Chai in northern Vietnam. This famous Vietnamese landscape is a favorite haunt of photographers who capture the layered shades of yellow and green.
Longji Rice Terrace Guangxi Province, China | Six hundred and fifty year-old rice terraces coil along the slopes of the mountain that translate as “Dragon’s Backbone.” The mountain’s sharp dragon spine is coated with the terraces which are said to look like scales.
Sa Pa Terraces Lao Cai Province, Vietnam | Sa Pa is so mountainous, that terraces are the best way to grow rice. In springtime, watch as the paddies are flooded. In the fall, the rice harvest commences in a blur of green and gold.
Honghe Hani Terraces Yuanyang, China | The Hani have been terracing the hills of Honghe for 1200 years. Between the carefully terraced mountaintops are 82 villages filled with thatched “mushroom houses.”
Chiang Mai Province, Thailand | The cosmopolitan city of Chiang Mai eventually gives way to rolling mountains and a few perfectly terraced rice paddies. Bring your camera at sunset for a colorful sight in winter or in summer.
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