Best time to visit Mu Cang Chai for great pictures of rice terraces

Best time to visit Mu Cang Chai for great pictures of rice terraces

Mu Cang Chai - the land of the most beautiful rice terraces in the world & a trending tourist attraction among nature lovers & photograph hunter. When is the ideal time to capture the best photo of the rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai? Let's have the answer in this article with us !

Mu Cang Chai landscapes and when is the best time to visit for great pictures of rice terraces

Located on the foot of Hoang Lien mountain range, at the height of 1000 metters compared to the sea level, Mu Cang Chai is an off-beaten-path destination with pristine natures of high forested mountains, deep valleys & wonderful waterfalls.The district is the home of some ethnic groups such as Tay, Zao, H'Mong, Viet.....Among of them, H'Mong accounts for 95 percent of entire population in Mu Cang Chai area.They are living scatteredly on the slope of high mountains and level the mountains into different steps for their rice cultivations - the great man-made creation of Mu Cang Chai rice terraced fields with rain water supply running down from Hoang Lien high mountain range.We can see many terraced fields in many northern mountainous provinces of Vietnam, but the most majestic stepped fields are found in Mu Cang Chai district of Yen Bai province in the Northwest Mountain Vietnam.When is the best time to visit Mu Cang Chai  for great pictures of rice terraces?

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Mam Xoi rice terraces in La Pan Tan, Mu Cang Chai

Best time to visit Mu Cang Chai rice terraces

At the high location of Hoang Lien Mountain, Mu Cang Chai district has its two main seasons : the dry & rainy ones with cool summer & cold winter.There isn’t any river running through the district and its main water source is coming from numerous streams originated from Hoang Lien mountain range.With its 6 cold winter months (November to April), the region is so cold &  dry to plant the rice, that is why there is one crop of rice in Mu Cang Chai in summer season (May to October) when the rice terraces are watered by summer rains.

It is fine to visit Mu Cang Chai at any time of year thanks to its pleasant & cool climate.However, three periods of the year are considered as the best time to visit Mu Cang Chai for wonderful pictures of stepped rice fields : between May and June -the falling water time ; from June to September - pristinely green rice terraces when rice is growing, and between the late September and early October - the time of ripe rice terraces showing its fullest golden beauty.

The beauty of falling-water time in Mu Cang Chai

Ideal time to visit Mu Cang Chai - falling water time

Rice terraces full of water reflecting the sky

In the first period : between May and June -the time of  early summer rains, the locals make use of the rain water flowing down from Hoang Lien mountains to fall into their stepped fields and start their new crop – the water is pouring down from the streams on mountains to top layers,then down to lower layers- this scene is like sparkling mirrors reflecting the bue sky, white clouds & local farming work creating vivid pictures for photo lovers.In this time, you can see a lot of farming activities : locals working on the fields : from ploughing to harrowing with buffalloes on the rice terraces, replanting rices, fertilizing their fields...etc.Normally, they help eachother for farming in big groups in beautifully colourful traditional dresses of local H'Mong tribes- that is indeed a nice scenery for  your shooting beautiful photos.

Mu Cang Chai rice terraces - falling water time

Family with children on the farm

In the second period : June to September, the rice grows slowly in pristinely green nature – creating the immense layers of green color to the horizon - so peaceful and pristine beauty that you may exclaim.

Green Rice fields - MU Cang Chai

Green fields of growing rice

In the third period : between Mid-September and Mid- October when all mountain slopes of terraced rice fields change their colours from green to golden (harvest time) in their fullest beauty – the best time for great photos of Mu Cang Chai’s breathtaking stepped rice fields.This is also the time when the fields become full of life as Hmong farmers in their colorful attire harvest the ripe rice, get the grains in bags and shoulder them home through the valleys & mountains.It is quite often to see the children joining in their parent's work : jumping here & there, cutting rices on the fields.Sometimes, you see ethnic mothers using a cloth as a cradle to carry their infants on their back while harvesting the rice.What a breathtaing photos of Mu Cang Chai rice terraces you will have - the colour of rice and the farm work of locals

Golden rice terraces - best time to visit Mu Cang Chai

Golden rice terraces on its fullest beauty

Golden Holday Travel - the tour operator to Mu Cang Chai rice terraces.

We hope the above information delight you about Mu Cang Chai landscapes of rice terraces and you will choose yourselves the best time to visit Mu Cang Chai area. In need of travel support, private tours to Mu Cang Chai, tourguide or private car rental with driver Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai, feel free to contact us at or phone us at +84.988451530 ( viber, whatsapp), our travel team will be very pleased to support you with useful consultancy for your wonderful journey in Mu Cang Chai area. We wish you an enjoyable holiday in Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai province.

The beauty of Mu Cang Chai in harvest time

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