THE BEST TIME TO SEE GOLDEN RICE FIELDS IN VIETNAM
In general, the best time to admire the graceful charm of golden rice terraces is during harvesting seasons, from September to late October. However, the time could be a bit different from region to region depending on growing time.
During the harvesting time, the country is covered with beautiful yellow color in harmony with the blue sky, green mountains, and ethnic houses-on-stilt. If you’re traveling to Vietnam this time, you’ll get a special chance to dip yourself into the magical spectacle that the region has to offer.
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Vietnam is famous for the most beautiful rice fields in the world
BEST PLACES TO SEE RIPENING RICE FIELDS IN VIETNAM
1. MU CANG CHAI, YEN BAI PROVINCE
Covering an area of 700 hectares of rice terraces, Mu Cang Chai is an ideal place to witness the spectacular views of terraced paddy fields in harvesting season. This gorgeous sight was listed to be one of the most magnificent landscapes in the world.
Picturesque Rice paddies in Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam
Traveling in ripening season, you will go wow by the immense shining rice terraces stretching to the horizon. Created by the ethnic minority of Hmong people, these miraculous wonders from nature have become their cultural heritage.
Ethnic People walking on the terraced rice fileds in Mu Cang Chai
Working in Harvest Season
2. TAM COC BICH DONG, NINH BINH PROVINCE
Located about 100 kilometers to the south of Hanoi, Tam Coc - Bich Dong in Ninh Binh Province is one of the must-see attractions in Vietnam to get away from the hustle and bustle of big cities. Touted to be “Halong Bay on land”, Tam Coc enchants tourists for its jaw-dropping landscapes, majestic mountains, green hills, and graceful rivers. Its immense rice fields that surround the mountains also add more charm to the poetic beauty of nature. During harvesting season, the rice fields in Tam Coc is filled with the beautiful yellow color of ripening rice, dotted with majestic mountains and beautiful villages.
Golden rice field in front of Stunning Mountains in Tam Coc, Ninh Binh
Whether you’re watching it from a vantage point or on a rowing boat, you can immerse in the soul-stirring beauty of the place. Its untouched charm makes it hard to drop your camera down.
Enjoy boat trip among golden rice fields and mountains in Tam Coc is a MUST
3. BAC SON, LANG SON PROVINCE
Nestled in the heart of a green valley and surrounded by the rolling mountains and charming sceneries, Bac Son is a sleeping town about 160 kilometers from Hanoi. The first impression of this little town is its pleasant climate, unspoiled natural beauty, and beautiful trails. It is also home to several different ethnic minorities including the Tay, Kinh, Dao, Nung, and H’Mong.
Rice fields of various color in harvesting season in Bac Son
Traveling to Bac Son during harvesting season, from July to mid-November, you can soak up the graceful view of rice terraces covered with the yellow color dotted with green ones due to the different crops at the same time. There is no better way to admire this one-of-a-kind view by taking a hike to one of the surrounding mountains and throw your eyes to the panoramic landscapes.
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Idyllic scenery in Bac Son
4.HOANG SU PHI, HA GIANG PROVINCE
Hoang Su Phi in Northwest Vietnam is known for its award-winning terraced rice fields and colorful hill tribes of Hmong, Red Zao, Nung, and Tay. Apart from other natural and cultural wonders Dong Van Plateau, Meo Vac or Yen Minh, the remote land of Ha Giang is also a great place to enjoy the charming scenery of breathtaking rice terraces.
Whether you’re traveling to Ha Giang in May when a new crop begins or in October when the rice terraces are at ripening season, you can get the best of both worlds. Coming to this wonderful land during harvesting season, you’ll be allured by the staircase-like and vibrant rice terraces in yellow bloom and fascinated by the unchanged customs and culture well-preserved by the ethnic locals.
Hmong ethnic mother and son in Mu Cang Chai
5. SAPA, LAO CAI PROVINCE
The Northern region of Vietnam has no shortage of stunning rice terraces stretching along the rolling slopes of numerous mountains. Sapa is arguably well-worth a visit if you’re looking for unique landscapes of curving terraces which appear to be in a harmonious blend of green hills and valleys. Apart from the incredible natural beauty, Sapa is also a spectacular place to experience ethnic culture and customs of different minorities living in the surrounding villages.
The middle of September is an ideal time to visit the town. Gorgeous scenes of terraced rice fields in yellow color can be seen in the alluring Muong Hoa Valley- nestled amidst Sapa town and the Fansipan Mountain, or in charming villages of Cat Cat, Ta Van or Ta Phin. No matter where you are in, you can be treated with a romantic spectacle of white clouds, blue sky, green valleys, and yellow rice terraces. For the best experience, enjoy a delightful trek through the beautiful trails to the verdant hills or lovely villages, get lost in the spectacular verdant stacks of rice terraces with ravishing mountain vistas.
6. MAI CHAU, HOA BINH PROVINCE
Located in the rural west of Hanoi, the green and bright yellow rice fields of Mai Chau, which grow amidst the verdant mountainous landscapes, make for an impressive alternative to Sapa. The stunning beauty of this town during harvesting season is so tempting and alluring that travelers cannot afford to resist. For those visiting the region on a limited time-frame, Mai Chau is a perfect place to dip in the breathtaking rice fields and stay close to the unique local life.
Make sure to hop on a bike and get through the rural villages, pass stunning rice paddies and visit some hill tribe villages to delve into the local culture. It is fascinating to get a taste of true north!
7. PU LUONG, THANH HOA PROVINCE
Remote, untouched and breathtakingly beautiful, Pu Luong will properly be the last place in the North of Vietnam where you can truly unwind in the wild nature. This lesser-known destination is home to some of the best trekking tours and inviting rice terraces.
The recognizable scenery in Pu Luong: Idyllic Rice fields, Calm streams, Water Wheels
Located about 160 kilometers to the southwest of Hanoi, Pu Luong is an ideal getaway for locals and tourists alike for its untouched beauty and timeless tranquility. If lucky, traveling to this quaint land during harvesting season, you’ll be astounded by the marvelous landscapes of staircase-like terraces covered with the bright yellow color creating a postcard-perfect backdrop for some instagrammable snaps.
Captivating and unique, Vietnam is nothing short of awe-inspiring landscapes of rice fields due to the typical agricultural culture throughout the country. Travel with VNZA and dip yourself into the otherworldly sceneries in every corner you’re going to travel to.
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