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How to choose the Best Trekking Mu Cang Chai tour?

Every year, during grain season, thousands of flocks of tourists and photographers go to mountainous areas in Northern Vietnam for the most scenic rice terraces in the world. Mu Cang Chai (Mù Căng Chải), Yen Bai province, is one of most attractive destinations of all.

You will not only enjoy the majestic and beautiful terraces but also learn the unique and rustic life of H’mong ethnic group. A hard but warm-hearted life – a rare thing in the modern world. Mu Cang Chai’s highlights include: majestic rice terraces, sticky rice in Tu Le (xôi Tú Lệ), Tu Le hot stream and unique life of ethnic H’Mong. So how do I get a trip to Mu Cang Chai the best?

1. Select time to visit

The best time to visit Mu Cang Chai is from Mid-September to Mid-October during the season when rice fields are turning yellow and ready for harvest. This can be different each year (depending on weather),  so be sure to check out first. BUT from May to Sep is also no less impressive when the rice fields are green. 

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2. Form of moving

The Hanoi – Mu Cang Chai distance is 280km (about 180 miles), but the road is not very supportive for large vehicle so it often takes about one night  to get there.

There are two ways to visit Mu Cang Chai from Hanoi:

By Bus: Distance Hanoi – Mu Cang Chai is 280km, but the route is very bad so you have to take about 1 day to arrive by bus. Few bus firms run the route Hanoi – Mu Cang Chai.

By motobike: If you are a backpacker, motorbike is a good option. There is a National Highway No.32 linking Lao Cai and National Highway No.37 connecting to Tuyen Quang. Yen Bai is a transit point for tourists going to Mu Cang Chai.

3. Learn about the top attractions

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Lim Mong Village: one of the destinations for travelers who love adventure and challenging

Khau Pha Pass: the highest mountain in Mu Cang Chai area and surrounded by mountains identical messages. The winding stretches of road pass between the old forests are bold and pristine slopes terraced fields of H’Mong, Thai.

Cao Pha valley: This is also the time when many tourists venture to conquer the scenic gorge. The jungle at Khau Pha preserved many rare animals and plants such as oil data, to her and all kinds of birds, other rare animals.

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Che Cu Nha village is perfect for photo opportunity with its dramatic views. Che Cu Nha has a timeless quality when the local traditional style is still well-kept. A trip to Che Cu Nha brings a closer look on the life of people in ethnic group of Viet Nam. You will also be inspired by its postcard-perfect landscape and freshing breeze.

Ze Xu Phinh is another village that you can't miss out for every journey to Mu Cang Chai. Like Che Cu Nha, the living style of people in Ze Xu Phinh is also well preserved. Local women still wear the typical ethnic clothing. The high roadside location is cool and breezy and it is a well-known spot for tourists to stop and take photos.

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It seems that Mu Cang Chai is a region full of distinctive villages. La Pan Tan does not only serve as a highlight photo-op, it's also a great escape from the heat for every adventerous travellers. La Pan Tan is where you can get the most stunning view of terrace fields. The land is cropped out into layers or terraces (rice terrace) for the water begins to be accumulated in certain spots, but it also flow naturally from the hilltop to the lower area.

It's regretful if you don't visit and discover one of the most beauty of breathtaking mountain regions. Don't forget check your passport, Vietnam visa requirement and apply Vietnam visas before your trip to our beloved country

4. Enjoy local cuisine

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Come to Mu Cang Chai, you shouldn’t skip any specialty here. Apart from Meo apple wine, sticky rice, grilled chicken, forestall bird stirred with bamboo sprout and many other local foods, Mu Cang Chai is famous for dishes made of bumblebee worms. The fat and soft white worms are steamed and served with Meo apple wine. The food sounds unappetizing but its taste is amazing.


- Don't forget to bring warm clothing as it can turns cold unexpectedly.
- Remember to bring neccessary stuff as hats, sun protection cream, medicine, Insects and mosquito repellents products.
- Driving license if you choose the form of moving is the motobike.
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