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Mu Cang Chai is a rural district of Yen Bai province, in the northwestern region of Vietnam. These imposing fields draw a large number of both Vietnamese and foreign travelers who love to take pictures of and indulge themselves in the amazing beauty of the national heritage site. It is also the attractions for many profesional or amateur photographers. 

So when is the best time to take photos of Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace?

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There are three most beautiful time to take the great photo of breathtaking terrace rice field: at the beginning of rice season with full water on the fields , in the middle of the crop with amazing green terrace and around the harvest time with beautiful golden terrace rice field.

The popular attractions of Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields which are primarily situated in the district’s La Pan Tan, Mam Xoi ( Rasbery hill), Che Cu Nha, De Zu Phinh villages, Sang Nhu, Lao Chai villages…

Water pouring season – the end of May to June

There is only one crop per year in Mu Cang Chai and it starts from June to October.

Mu Cang Chai is localted in high mountains and very dry. The landscape and local don’t have enough water to plant crop, so they have to wait until the rain season. In June, when the first summer shower coming to the North of Vietnam, hill tribe people in Mu Cang Chai all come to their field for preparing the new crop of rice. As all the fields are terrace rice field so they need to pour or lead water from the top mountain to the bottom in the rain season. Local people call this is “falling water reason”.

Mù Cang Chải mùa nước đổ - Rice terrace in water pouring season in Cao Pha valley - Mu Cang Chai
Rice terrace in water pouring season in Cao Pha valley – Mu Cang Chai

In addition, you will see allots of activities of people working on the field, from plough to harrow on the field with water buffalo, replanting rice. Normally they work in group with very beautiful and colorful clothes of hill tribe woman, and it can be very interesting for very good photo shooting on the field in this period.

mua nuoc do - rice terrace field in water season
rice terrace field in water season
Plant rice in the field
Plant rice in the field


Midle of crop season- from June to August.

During this time, the whole tremendous terrace rice field in Mu Cang Chai will be covered by lovely and peaceful carpet of rice. The color of green on the field even can cool you down in the hot summer sun. You will not see much local people activities on the field in this season, but the greenness of the rice field can be very good compensation.

rice terrace in green color- sapa- mu cang cha

Harvesting season – the gold time- the best time to take photo of rice terrace – September to October

In the harvest time of the rice crop, travelers take the visit to Mu Cang Chai from late September to early October to see and take photographs of waves of terraced rice fields, as this is when the fields turn brilliant yellow and shine in their fullest beauty.

Depends on the high elevation, the rice starts change color to yellow in the lower fields to higher fields. So when travelling follow the mountain road, you will see the different colors in the harvesting season.

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This is also the time when the fields become full of life as Mong ethnic minority farmers in their traditional attire harvest the ripe rice grains, and shoulder bags of the fruit home through mountains and hills as well as over swinging suspension bridges. It is normal to see ethnic minority mothers use cloth as a cradle to carry their infants on their back when they are harvesting paddy in the fields in the northwest of Vietnam. Children of the farmers run here and there in the fields, chatting with their parents and giggling in tune with the joy of their parents during the harvest season.

Hmong people, Vietnam in harvest season
Hmong people, Vietnam in harvest season

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It is in late harvest season that visitors can distinguish the atmosphere of terraced fields in the rice harvest season and off the season. The real charm of yellow fields and the fields without paddy, and above all the type of soil and the attempts of the farmers to produce paddy, are most obvious at this time. Great time to collect beautiful pictures!

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Hmong people, Vietnam

Hmong people, Vietnam

Video about beautiful rice terrace in Mu Cang Chai

How to visit Mu Cang Chai?

If you are looking for informations about Mu Cang Chai rice terrace,  you can ask the free consultant from Zonitrip. It  is a unique company in Yen bai city provides Motorbike for rent and Motorbike or Trekking tour service.

From Hanoi, you follow the National Road 32, after 290km you arrive at Mu Cang Chai or you could catch the bus to Yen Bai city, rent a motorbike or book a package tour from Hanoi with Zonitrip.

You can read our detail MU CANG CHAI TRAVEL GUIDE – you will have the better ideas and travelling easier.

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