The golden rice fields during harvesting seasons in Northern Vietnam

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One of the most impressive scenery in your tour to Northern Vietnam is the golden rice fields during harvesting seasons in Northern Vietnam. During harvesting seasons, our rice fields are covered by mesmerizing yellow color. Tourists will be delighted by the yellow color in harmony with blue sky, white colors, green mountains and rustic ethnic houses. Here are some best places for you to enjoy beautiful rice fields during harvesting seasons in Northern Vietnam.

“Your face to the earth and your back to the sun” is our traditional proverb dedicated to the hard work of our farmers. Wetland rice farming is a prominent farming method in Vietnam. In Vietnam, much of the farm labor is done by water buffalo and seedlings are planted by hand.

Rice teraces in Northern Highland: Sapa, Hoang Su Phi, Mu Cang Chai and Y Ty

The Northern region is nothing short of stunning. Rice terraces were carved into the hilly or mountainous slopes for crop farming, usually by ethnic minority people. Some are hundreds, some are even thousands of years old. The curving terraces, although man-made, appear to be in complete harmony with the landscape, creating a hypnotic patterning across the hills and valleys. They make spectacular places for hiking and photography. Aside from notable rice terraces, the mountainous region is also a good place to experience ethnic cultures and customs.

The golden rice fields during harvesting seasons in Northern Vietnam
Terraced field in Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang. Photo by Quangpraha on the pixabay
When you're a big fan of trekking, it would be a regret if you skip Sapa in your trip to Vietnam. Sa Pa is a mountainous town in northwest Vietnam, not far from the Chinese border. The area boasts breathtaking natural scenery, not to mention significant cultural importance. Sapa is home to a number of tribal groups such as Black Hmong, Red Dao, Pho Lu and Giay, who farm the terraced rice fields. The region surrounding the town rises high and plunges low into stunning rice terraces. Growing and cultivating fields of rice is the way of life for the hill tribe people for hundreds of years. The rice terrace fields, among the most popular tourist attractions, can be found in the Muong Hoa Valley between Sa Pa town and the Fansipan Mountain. The rice terraces are believed to date primarily from the 15th Century. Everywhere you turn is unbelievable beauty that overwhelms and inspires. A trek in Sapa takes you to hill-tribe villages atop magnificent verdant stacks of rice terraces with stunning mountain vistas and provides an insight into houses and life of ethnic groups of the region.

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Rice field in Sapa, Lao Cai. Photo by Kenznguyen on the pixabay
However, being famous has its price. Aside from the breathtaking view of the terraced rice fields, when trekking in Sapa you should of expect to be followed by the hawkers (young and and old) trying to sell you souvenirs. To find Vietnam’s ‘true north,’ where  the nature and customs have been kept pristine and preserved, venture to the less-known area. In the northernmost regions of Vietnam, Ha Giang, Mu Cang Chai and Y Ty which are among the poorest places in the country, have drawn the attention of visitors with its striking terraced fields for a long time. The crop season lasts from September to October. In those days, the landscape treats you with marvelous beauty of yellow paddy fields, spreading all over the place.

Rice fields in the low land: Tam Coc and Bac Son Valley

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Tam Coc in the ripe rice season. Photo by Tuấn Mai on the Flick
Tam Coc – Bich Dong is one of the most popular tourist attractions in a Ninh Binh tour, besides Bai Dinh Pagoda, Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, and Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. With its system of caves, limestone mountains, captivating rice paddies, this place is considered as a ‘Ha Long Bay on the land’ and is a famous place for an eco tour to Vietnam.

During harvesting seasons, rice fields in Tam Coc – Bich Dong are filled with the brilliant yellow color of ripening rice, highlighted by the green glimpse of mighty mountains and hills. Sitting on a wooden traditional rowboat is the best way to appreciate the beauty of this place. Along the river’s banks, you can see our hard-working peasants harvesting rice, which is the signature scenery of Red River Delta during the ripening rice season.

Bac Son Town is located in Bac Son District, Lang Son Province. It is about 70 kilometers from Lang Son City and 160 kilometers from Hanoi. The whole town is nestled in the heart of a large valley, surrounded by charming mountains and beautiful sceneries. The first impression of visitors when coming to this town is a pleasant climate, combined with unspoiled nature and adventurous trails.

Bac Son Valley is the area where ethnic Tay people cultivate their crops. Due to the terrain and weather conditions, people cultivate two crops. The time at the end of July and mid-November were the harvesting seasons here.

The signature feature of Bac Son rice terraces is that the yellow ripen crops are dotted with green ones. The reason is that each crop is grown at different times.

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