Although the peak season of the water filled season in Northwest is over, the journey to see the rice in Tu Le, Cao Pha, Mu Cang Chai is still extremely attractive this summer.
Coming to Mu Cang Chai district in the late summer–and Yen Bai province as a whole–visitors no longer admire the scene of pouring water into the terraced fields. This is because in some places they are near the end of the plowing and planting. However, it remains deserted of tourists. With natural wonders and the urgent atmosphere of the crop’s lifecycle, it will bring you peace & relaxation.
In the Tu Le commune (Van Chan district) and Cao Pha commune (Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province), local people plant two rice crops in the year. At this time, Tu Le and the whole Cao Pha valley show up with many colors made by pouring water, green rice as well as ripened rice. It creates a beautiful oil painting scene.
In the early morning, wandering to the Lin Mong village with a motorbike down the valley to watch the dawn under the blue sky and morning sunshine will make you relax and feel sunk in a space filled with color. Beautiful scenery like this has easily absorbed all visitors.
From the KhauPhau Pass, one of the four high-altitude passes in the North West, you can easily see the entire gorgeous rice valley. Beautiful colors with the scenery of peaceful villages of Thai, H’Mong people surround the majestic mountains. The farmers in the highland area cultivate rice for the new season.
After the water filled season, farmers in the highlands of North West will continue towards planting season during July. The rice will ripen in 3 months, ready to harvest in October. The sun shines over the mountains and forests of the Northwest making an unbelievable canvas that makes you feel overwhelmed and more and more loved by this land.
You can stop off on Khau Pha Pass, one of the legendary North West Passes. This mountain road goes to Mu Cang Chai town and is a popular stopover for picture-takers, foreign and local. It is an interesting and memorable experience. You can stop on the pass, breathe fresh & cool air (the temperature really gets quite cold!) in the mountains and admire the majestic beauty of the Northwest mountains.
Unlike Tu Le and Cao Pha communes, the communes around Mu Cang Chai town have only one rice crop per year, so this time, they have finished plowing and planting. The terraced fields here are mostly filled blue. However, the magnificence, the cliffs of terraced fields here are still an attractive feature that absorbs the people love in nature, mountains and forests of the North West.
If any of these destinations have peaked(!) your attention, why not check out our Hard Trekking Mu Cang Chai Tour 4Day / Trekking Mu Cang Chai Tour 3 Day Alternatively, we can arrange treks lasting anywhere from a day to a week as part of a tailored itinerary.