Mu Cang Chai - Remote Gem Should Top Your 2022 Travel List

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Deep in the valleys forged by the waters of Asia’s Red River, a series of colorful mountain villages are encircled by fields of towering rice terraces. The fields are agricultural feats of precision — rugged mountains blanketed with emerald stairways that, seemingly, ascend to the heavens above.

But this is not Disneyland. This isn’t a destination designed to attract visitors, international attention or the Instagram set - Mu Cang Chai in North Vietnam.

Mu Cang Chai - Remote Gem Should Top Your 2020 Travel List
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Centuries ago, the ancestors of Northern Vietnam’s local hill tribes created this place of practicality and profound beauty for the most basic of reasons — to survive.

Rice thrives in water-logged conditions, making it ideal for the flooded Mekong Delta at the country’s southern tip. To grow rice in vertical conditions, hill tribes created a terraced system to control the downward flow of water. Using ingenuity, resourcefulness and sheer grunt work, fertile fields of sustenance and breathtaking beauty were born — and still flourish today.

In total, rice terraces cover more than 2,200 hectares of land in Mu Cang Chai, of which 500 were designated as national heritage sites by Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2007.

That land is shared by the three villages — La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh — and are must-see spots for any traveler in the region.

In particular, trekking is popular, as is cycling and photography. You can find the interesting and interesting trekking Mu Cang Chai journeys at:

The specialty is trekking through amazing rice terraces to see ethnic minorities, such as Thai, H’Mong and Red Dzao hill tribes, while enjoying authentic local meals harvested directly from farm to your plate

Moreover, Mu Cang Chai is also a place where unique festivals take place. Festivals attract record numbers of tourists every year, including an autumn paragliding festival that’s helping to establish Mu Cang Chai as a new destination for adventure travel.

Other popular activities include traversing the breathtaking Khau Pha Pass and exploring the Mo Waterfall and Pu Nhu Waterfall.

If you are in need of travel support, travel services of customized private Mu Cang Chai tours from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai, feel free to contact us at or phone us at +84.974.861.652, our travel team will soon reply you back with useful information for your Mu Cang Chai trip of life-time experiences.

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