3 Golden Season Paradises In The Northwest

September to autumn is the time when the roads taking tourists to the Northwest Vietnam become more bustling. In this season, the yellow color of the terraced fields cover all over the mountains, envelope the rivers and spreads through the villages. If you miss 2019 golden season in Northwest Vietnam, make sure to catch up with the 2020 one following these 3 well-known locations. Reservation can be made easily at our website Sapa Tours so give it a look soon!

Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai)

Famous for the most beautiful terraced fields in Vietnam with the opportunity to go through Khau Pha – one of the four great passes, Mu Cang Chai is always the first name mentioned when visitors think of the “golden season” in Northwest Vietnam.


The ripe rice season in Mu Cang Chai starts from late August to early October. This usually is the time the ‘Flying over Golden Season’ Festival takes place


The beauty of Mu Cang Chai is not only about the terraced fields but also the typical life of the H’mong people in the villages. Besides Tu Le and Khau Pha pass, villages such as La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh are places that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Mu Cang Chai.


Please note that visitors should make reservation from 20 days to 1 month in advance.

Y Ty (Bat Xat – Lao Cai)

Along with Mu Cang Chai, Y Ty is also a remarkable place to check in and take pictures.


The ripe rice season in Y Ty usually starts earlier than other places, from August 25 to the end of September. Depending on the year and harvesting time, visitors should ask homestay owners firsthand before planning your schedule accordingly.


Ripe rice fields in Y Ty does not gather in one area nor does it have specific viewing spots such as Mu Cang Chai but spreads across the road from Sapa – Sang Ma Sao – Muong Hum – Y Ty – Khu Chu Lin, etc. Therefore, the most suitable vehicle for your journey in Y Ty is motorbike.


The distance from Hanoi to Y Ty is also divided into 2 stages; the first stage is from Hanoi to Sapa. The second stage is to rent a motorbike from Sapa to Y Ty and about 100km on the road you will encounter O Quy Ho – one of the four great passes.


In addition, Y Ty also has a number of places that young people love to visit such as Choan Then village, Hong Ngai hamlet, Ngai Thau Thuong, etc.

Hoang Su Phi (Ha Giang)

The land of Hoang Su Phi at the foot of the majestic Tay Con Linh mountain range is also one of the most beautiful rice viewing spots in Vietnam.

Like the other parts of the Northwest area, the ripe rice season in Hoang Su Phi only has one every year from September to the end of October.


If you miss the opportunity to explore the beautiful terraced fields at other locations, come to Hoang Su Phi to experience it now!

The road to Hoang Su Phi is relatively dangerous, so make sure that you have good experience in driving motorbike and be able to drive at the right speed. With the winding passes, the vast terraced field along the two sides of the road and the rice fragrance lingering in the air, your driving will get more relaxing.


From Hanoi to Hoang Su Phi you can follow this route: Hanoi – Ha Giang, then rent a motorbike in Ha Giang city – Bac Quang – Tan Quang – Hoang Su Phi, the distance is about 70km.


The rice terraced fields are found in almost all communes in Hoang Su Phi, but the most charming ones can be found in Ban Luoc Commune, Ban Nung commune, San Sa Ho hamlet or Ho Thau hamlet.


The nice spots to take photos of the ripe terraced field all share the same characteristics such as hilly terrain, winding passes and vast terraced fields which are ripe from August to October every year.


Depending on the preferences, you can choose the destination that fits your requirement: Mu Cang Chai with a busy festival, a small and peaceful Y Ty or a majestic but also poetic Hoang Su Phi.

What do you think about this? Does it make you exciting and want to book your ticket right away? After all, words are just words. Leave your home behind for a few days and witness the beauty of Vietnam with your own eyes! Check out our website: https://www.sapa-tours.net/ for more tour offers and best deals!

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