Northern Vietnam owns the most 3 best rice terraced fields: Mu Cang Chai, Sapa and Hoang Su Phi. Also the 3 best rice terraced fields are among the top places in the world to visit for photography.

The perfect road to to Vietnam rice terraces places can organize in one Northern Vietnam Loop or separately tour from Hanoi. However you need at least 3 to 7 day journey to travel in full itinerary in each spot.

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Our list of 3 Best Vietnam Rice Terraced Fields

1.Mu Cang Chai Rice Terraced Fields, Yen Bai

Mu Cang Chai is an upland district of Yen Bai province which is 280 km (approximately 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. Recognized as a National Vestige and also one of the most unique tourist attraction in Vietnam.

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Deep in the valleys forged by the waters of Asia’s Red River, a series of colorful mountain villages are encircled by fields of towering rice terraces. The fields are agricultural feats of precision — rugged mountains blanketed with emerald stairways that, seemingly, ascend to the heavens above.

Road Trip 280km from Hanoi

Duration: 6 hours

2. Sapa Rice Terraced Fields, Lao Cai

Sapa famous for the highest mountainous town in Vietnam and the picturesque town in mist. More than that, it owe the most stunning rice terraces such as 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.

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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.

Road Trip 320km from Hanoi

Duration: 4h30″

3. Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang

Rice terraces Hoang Su Phi 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 hamlet, travelers can see the panorama of terraced rice fields with colorful stairs stretching from top of mountain to the small stream.

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The masterpiece has made by skillful hands of the ethnic minority people: Nung, La Chi, Dao for hundreds of years.

Road Trip 300km from Hanoi

Duration: 5 hours

The best time to vist these 3 Vietnam rice terraced fields?

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These mountainous areas are different time of farming rice, 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.

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