Tourists flock to yellowing rice paddies in Vietnam’s Mu Cang Chai
As the year draws to a close, the terraced rice fields of Mu Cang Chai Town in Yen Bai Province have taken on a yellow hue as the paddy colors change, luring tourists to the region who hope to catch the distinctive cultural traditions local ethnic minorities use to mark the season.
At the end of September, automobiles and motorbikes line the roads from Nghia Lo to Khau Pha Pass to Mu Cang Chai en route to the magnificent beauty of the yellowing rice paddies of northwestern Vietnam.
The golden sunlight of the autumn sky, coupled with the endless paddies, blankets the region in a magical yellow blanket.
A bird’s-eye view of the terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai Town, northwestern Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
From the district center of Mu Cang Chai, groups of motorbike taxis shuttle tourists to famous landmarks, such as Mam Xoi Hill, Khau Pha Pass, Mong Ngua Hill, and the terraced fields.
The paragliding festival on Khau Pha Pass attracts a large number of people and tourists. This year, it will take place until the end of October.
In addition to paragliding, Mu Cang Chai District also offers helicopter tours for travelers hoping to admire the terraced rice fields during the harvest season.
Yellow rice fields blanket every corner of Mu Cang Chai. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
A panorama photo of Mong Ngua Hill in Mo De Commune, Mu Cang Chai District, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
Tourists travel on motorbikes to Mu Cang Chai through Khau Pha Pass. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
Visitors crowd a terraced field in Mo De Commune, Mu Cang Chai District, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
Visitors flock to a terraced field in Mo De Commune, Mu Cang Chai District, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
A woman poses for a photo on Mong Ngua Hill in Mo De Commune, Mu Cang Chai District, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
A group of tourists pose for a photo near a terraced field in Mu Cang Chai. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
Forests, mountains, sky, and terraced rice fields create a poetic natural landscape. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
A tourist helicopter flies across the sky in Mu Cang Chai. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
Travelers can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Khau Pha Pass during the region’s annual paragliding festival. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
Locals crowd a market fair in Mu Cang Chai District, northwestern Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
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