If talking about the most beautiful landscapes in Vietnam, you cannot bypass stunning rice terraces lying on superb mountains of Vietnam. With hundreds year-experience in rice production, Vietnamese farmers, especially ones who live in the Northern mountain region, learnt how to adapt to different terrains. Therefore, rice terraces Vietnam were formed a long time ago and is known as a unique culture and famous tourist attraction as well which anyone visiting Vietnam cannot miss.
To contemplate the greatest scenery of rice terraces fields in Vietnam, 2 things you must know are the right place and the best time to visit it.
Where is the right place to see terraced field?
In Vietnam, there are many rice terraces and top 3 from them we recommend: Hoang Su Phi, Mu Cang Chai and Sapa.
Rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang province (300km from Hanoi)
Rice terraces Hoang Su Phi is known as the most beautiful one in Vietnam with bright yellow in majestic mountains. It is located in 6 communes: Ban Luoc, San Sa, Ban Phung, Ho Thau, Nam Ty of Xin Man district, Ha Giang province. The best ones is in Ban Luoc and Ban Phung commune. Standing in the center of Ban Phung province, travelers can see the panorama of terraced rice fields with colorful stairs stretching from top of mountain to the small stream.
The masterpiece has made by skillful hands of the ethnic minority people: Nung, La Chi, Dao for hundreds of years.
Rice terraces Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai province (280km from Hanoi)
Mu Cang Chai is an upland district of Yen Bai province which is 280 km (appromixately 180 miles) from Hanoi capital. The district is famous for 500 hectares of magnificent rice terraces located in La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu commune. The terraced field is recognized as a National Vestige and also one of the most unique tourist attraction in Vietnam.
It is formed by the ethnic minority H’Mong from hills with average slope to take advantage of rain-water and spring water for rice cultivating.
Rice terraces Sapa, Lao Cai province (320km from Hanoi)
Sapa is not only famous for the highest mountainous town in Vietnam or the picturesque town in mist, but also the stunning rice terraces named Ta Van – Hau Thao – Lao Chai among Muong Hoa valley. It is the biggest terraced field community in Sapa with 1,000 hectares in area. Besides, the district possesses the rice terrace having the most stair with 121 ones.
The owners of the terraced rice paddies are the ethnic minority H’mong, Ha Nhi and so on who have live there for hundreds years. Travelers visiting Sapa often take part in trekking tour Sapa to enjoy the beauty of rice terraces and explore unique culture of local residents.
When is the best time to see the rice terraces?
Unlike the delta region with several crops annually, in the mountainous areas, there is a single rice crop each year. Consequences, visitors only have 2 occasions to see the best sight of terraced rice paddies in Vietnam. They are pouring water in May and harvest season from the end of September to early October.
In each time, the rice terraces will own different beauty. If in pouring water season, the terraced field appears as a huge mirror reflecting the blue sky and drifting clouds of summer, in harvest one, it looks like a colorful and magical picture among grandiose mountains.
You can now start planing your trip, you can choose the place and time which is most suitable for you to visit these stunning rice terraces Vietnam.