Four Locations to See the Ripe Golden Rice in the North

The golden ripe rice season is as charming as ever!


The period from mid-August to October is ideal for tourists to visit the following 4 places and admire the majestic and poetic beauty of the golden season. It takes about 2 to 3 weeks from golden ripening to harvest time, so you should bear this in mind before taking the trip.

Sa Pa (Lao Cai)

Ripening period: From mid-August to early September.

As a famous tourist destination in the Northwest mountains, Sa Pa (Lao Cai) attracts visitors thanks to the cool weather and the sparkling terraced fields in autumn.

This destination has also been listed among the most 7 beautiful terraced fields in Asia and the world by the American magazine Travel + Leisure.

Four Locations to See the Ripe Golden Rice in the North

The villages of Ta Van, Ta Phin, Hau Thao, Su Pan, Nam Cang, and Trung Chai have the most stunning terraced fields for visitors to experience the ripe rice season.

Enjoying the sweet aroma of new rice, and watching the winding terraced fields, drenched in brilliant yellow is an unforgettable experience for many visitors.

On top of that, Sa Pa has good services for tourists and you may find it comfortable to spend the night here and move on to the next exciting destinations the next day.

Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai)

Ripening period: From September to early October.

Photos of Mu Cang Chai terraced fields were once listed in the top most beautiful photos in the world by the famous National Geographic magazine. Here, the locals still employ traditional farming methods to retain the pristine beauty of this land.

It is awe-inspiring to see the vast terraced fields, surrounded by various layers of mountains and hills. There are many fascinating places for you to take in the terraced fields of Mu Cang Chai such as Tu Le valley, La Pan Tan, and Khau Pha pass.

Four Locations to See the Ripe Golden Rice in the North

Right from the middle of September, there are a huge number of visitors flocking to hunt for the golden season. This is also considered the best time to take a look at the ripened paddy fields.

Visitors may also be impressed by the specialties and other recreational activities in Mu Cang Chai.

Bac Son (Lang Son)

Ripening period: From August to October.

Bac Son in the ripe rice season has the most favorable weather for tourists to explore and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

Bac Son paddy fields are nestled in the limestone mountains, surrounded by villages where the Tay, Nung, and Dao people live. Apart from experiencing the spectacular scenery of the ripe rice, this is also an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the culture of the ethnic minorities here.

Four Locations to See the Ripe Golden Rice in the North

The most amazing spot to watch the rice as well as hunt for clouds, sunset, and sunrise in Bac Son is Na Lay peak, which is not too high nor dangerous for tourists to climb in the afternoon and camp overnight to admire the ripening season from the early morning. You may also opt for motels and homestays near the foot of Na Lay mountain or in the community tourism village of Quynh Son.

Pu Luong (Thanh Hoa)

Ripening period: From September to October.

Located in a nature reserve, Pu Luong rice fields are a popular destination for an autumn trip because of the lovely scenery and nice weather.

To see the ripe rice and set foot in Pu Luong, you may visit Ban Cong commune, the core area of ​​the reserve such as Don village, Hieu village, and Kho Muong village. Tourists may also trek across Pu Luong to learn more about the culture and customs of the indigenous people.

Four Locations to See the Ripe Golden Rice in the North

In addition, Pu Luong is also known for its luxury, eco-friendly resorts. This place is perfect for a short weekend getaway in case you miss the golden rice season.

Pu Luong’s cuisine is appreciated for its variety and delicate flavor. You may go for specialties such as grilled wild boar, grilled fish, hill chicken, monkey snail, bitter bamboo shoots, lam rice, and can wine for a reasonable price.

Ann Phan