Our recommendations and Mu Cang Chai Tour travel tips!
There are two way to take Mu Cang Chai tour: By motorbike or trekking tour with car or shuttle bus. Most of companies organize Mu Cang Chai tour from Hanoi, with two or three days, with or without homestay, with local guides or connect with other tourism destinations as Sapa, Moc Chau (Son La) and so on…
1º Recommendation: Different with Sapa – is growing tourism too fast, and too busy with domestic and foreigner tourists, Mu Cang Chai is still hidden landscape with the nature beauty of rice terraces, the friendly local people of Thai or Mong ethnic people here.
We signed up a 3 Day2Night Mu Cang Chai trekking experience with Zonitrip – a company that operates local tours in Mu Cang Chai and in many other destination in North Vietnam.. Why we choose them? Because we wanted to the trekking in Mu Cang Chai would be well organized, private, and that we would be helping the community by staying in a homestay and eating in family restaurants.
What make this 3 days our tour Mu Cang Chai so special? Nature is gorgeous and the people welcoming. Most of the trekking route was empty, no tourists, only us and local people. We had the chance to see, experience and explore the life of ethnic people in Mu Cang Chai on our pace. Our guide is Mrs Nghia, a local guy, she speaks the English good and Vietnamese, she knows Vietnamese and other groups: Thai, Dao, H’mong culture, the farming work very well. She took us to interesting places that wasn’t on the Mu Cang Chai tour itinerary, like visiting the house of a H’mong man that show us the traditional dance, how to cook wine rice or draw bee wax to make clothes.
» When is the best time to visit Mu Cang Chai the rice terraces?
There is no best time to travel to Mu Cang Chai mountains, it all depends on what do you want to see. We were there by the end of March, the rice terraces were being filled with water, warm weather and sunny days. If you want to see the terraces full of water and people working on them the best time to travel to Mu Cang Chai is May, the flowers will be blooming and the weather is pleasant.
For green rice fields, June is the best time to visit Mu Cang Chai, but be prepared for rain and hot weather. July and August are not so wet but still hot. September is the best time to see the Mu Cang Chai changing colours, on the terraces you can spot all shades of green, yellow and golden. The weather is nice, but town and mountains get packed, this is high season in Mu Cang Chai.
December to January is winter with heavy snow. Nature and mountains are beautiful, but it’s hard to enjoy the outdoors.
» How to get from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai?
You can get to Mu Cang Chai by bus/car/motorbike. There is a new highway that connects Hanoi to Yen Bai within 2hours, then continue take a motorbike from Yen Bai – Mu Cang Chai. (Zonitrip offer this options, it will be save your time and health). Or Zonitrip arrange the private car for you from Hanoi – Mu Cang Chai.
» Where to stay in Mu Cang Chai? Homestay or Hotel?
There are not many hostels and hotels in Mu Cang Chai as Sapa. Zonitrip organized for us to stay at homestay of Thai people in Mu Cang Chai village and Nghia Lo village. It was really unique and unforgettable experience. I really enjoyed having local foods,local alcoholic drinks and taking amazing pictures. The ethnic families we stayed with were beyond welcoming, and Nghia knew where to go to get a taste of authentic Vietnam.
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Now you know everything about a Trekking Mu Cang Chai tour The unique experience you can have in a homestay, how to choose the best trekking tour and how to get to Mu Cang Chai. Hope we have inspired you to travel to this beautiful part of Vietnam.
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