Mu Cang Chai is one of the most amazing landscapes of rice-terraced fields in Vietnam.
Located about 1000 meters above sea level, Mu Cang Chai has a special topography with steep hills and deep valleys where the local residences such as Mu cang chai minority groups : Hmong, Thai, Dao have created the master-piece, Terraced Fields. They has cultivated about 500 hectares of rice terraces for centuries in La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh communes. In 2007, the fields was recognized as national heritage sites for its amazing landscape. The fields look stunning during the rice season. The best times are the planting season (June) and the harvesting season (The end of September to the beginning of October). During harvesting season, ready crop is turning to yellow, while new crop is dotted with white of water and young green of seedling rice. The scenery is a big attraction to photographers and trekkers. Lets give a look at our below Mu Cang Chai sample Tours and get an idea for planing your Mu Cang Chai trip
Day 1: Hanoi – Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge
Having hearty breakfast in hotel, leaving the hustling and bustling city behind, we commence our trip to Mid North of Vietnam. On the way, we can take a break to enjoy the Green Tea hill in Phu Tho province. Do break and take photo in Long Coc tea farm, learn about how they grow and pick up tea leaves everyday. We also pass Nghia Lo town – the home of Thai people – one of the main ethnic people in Yen Bai . our journey continue on scenic route to Tu Le town for lunch. After lunch meals, we jump on bus to admire incredible Khau Pa pass , stop on peak to observe panoramic Lim Mong Rice terrace field. Our journey continues to Mu Cang Chai Eclodge in early afternoon.
check in our hotel, you can spend around 2hrs to walk around field and village, to enjoy the rice field, explore the life, the house, the culture…of Thai people. After trekking, we can enjoy the Hot Spring – where villagers often gather together and take a bath everyday.
Activities:Transferring Hanoi –Mu Cang Chai
Accommodation: Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge
Transfer distance; 320 km
Day 2: Exploring the hill tribe | 17 km trekking – almost 7 hours
AM: 8h30: We depart for a visit to the Thai village. From the Ecolodge you will do trekking to Sang Village where the Hmong live. Then you walk for 2 hours on the trail, it is also the border between two provinces of Yen Bai and Son La. Standing on the trail, you watch the spectacular terraced fields in Ngoc Chien valley. Beautiful scene here is considered an ideal destination for photographers and painters. Standing down from above, you will be startled and ask yourself is this work of man or god. Continue in the pine forest and down the valley, you will discover the life of the Thai minority. The stilts located along the stream as the symbol of the Thai people from ancient times. You will have lunch here. Then you have time to go through the small streets in the village to interact with the locals peoples. We can do in the afternoon.
Option 1: Ride back to Ecolodge and prepare for the fishing trip.
Option 2: continue to ride to the place where you can relax in the bath with hot water completely natural. Then you return to Ecolodge and rest while waiting for dinner
Activities: Hiking day
Accommodation: Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge
Hiking distance; 17 Km
Day 3: trekking and contemplate the most beautiful terraces
Following to hearty breakfast, we commence our new hiking from Ecolodge to explore stunning scenery and panoramic picturesque rice terrace in three areas through small trail and buffalo paths.
We will go about 12km to reach the point of walking. All the beautiful things of Mu Cang Chai are waiting for you at the top, after a 1 hour climb we go through the Hmong people where you will meet innocent children, met hardworking women , All will welcome you with a friendly smile, in this village you can visit the traditional home of the indigenous people and learn the customs. You continue on the trail until you see the whole terraced fields that have been recorded as national heritage. This beautiful place has been CNN traveler magazine rated as the theater of golden rice. Picnic lunch and continue walking down to Che Cu Nha, motorbike pick up you there to transfer back to Ecolodge.
Activities: Hiking day
Accommodation: mu Cang Chai Ecolodge
Hiking distance; 15 Km
Day 4: Mu Cang Chai- Hanoi
After our breakfast, depending on the season, we can spend 1,5-2hrs Hike up to Sang Nhu or Lao Chai village, where has beautiful rice terraces (attractive many photographers), Hiking through the pine forests, the hidden path and enjoy the overview of Mu Cang Chai small town. Or go down to Lim Thai village – which is located at the bottom of Khau Pha mountain. You will hike down through the local path, beside the rice field, cross the stream and explore the life of Thai people.
If you are interested in the local market, we can visit the market in Tu Le or Nghia Lo. After that, we will drive straight back to Nghia Lo – Yen Bai city- Hanoi around 6-7 pm. Our guide says goodbye & see you again on other journeys.
Activities: Hiking and tranferring back to Hanoi
Accommodation: by your self
Hiking distance; 8 km/ Tramsfer 300 Km
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent hotels
Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Snail Adventure tours can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes
English speaking trekking guide ( other languages upon requests)
Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
Private Eco homestay village based on size of group
Meals details in itineraries ( 4 breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
Van or bus transfer on the first day and the last day
Truck supported and carry luggage to homestay each day
Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
First aid kit
Cold water box, small fresh towel.
Mineral water for drinking
Support crew to supply picnic lunches and water on trekking day,
prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in trekking.
Local trekking guide
What is not included
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
Tip for team and guide
The following brings are essential suggested for trekking days only:
Backpack specialized for trekking.
Trekking shoes (extra light sandal suggested).
Light and comfortable trousers (02 pcs)
Cotton long sleeve: (01pc for each day)
Long socks (01 pair for each day)
Water proof jacket: 01
Coat to keep warm at night and waypoint: 01
Durable flash light.
Hat, Sun glasses and other manddatory
Camera (compact camera is suggested)
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