If the Instagammable scenery of the golden rice terraces in the North of Vietnam leaves irresistible allure, then do not miss out on the chance to gaze upon the vast rice terraces as far as your eyes can see. For the utter experiences of the seductive charm of these unique sights, keep reading and find out the best places to enjoy and the best time to visit.


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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best places to admire golden rice fields in vietnam 1Vietnam is famous for the most beautiful rice fields in the world



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.

best places to admire golden rice fields in vietnam 2Picturesque 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.

best places to admire golden rice fields in vietnam 3Ethnic People walking on the terraced rice fileds in Mu Cang Chai

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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. 

best places to admire golden rice fields in vietnam 5Golden 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.

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best places to admire golden rice fields in vietnam 6Enjoy boat trip among golden rice fields and mountains in Tam Coc is a MUST


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.

best places to admire golden rice fields in vietnam 7Rice 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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best places to admire golden rice fields in vietnam 8Idyllic scenery in Bac Son


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.

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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.

best places to admire golden rice fields in vietnam 10Hmong ethnic mother and son in Mu Cang Chai


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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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best places to admire golden rice fields in vietnam 15The 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.

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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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