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A masterpiece lying deep in valleys of northwestern Vietnam

Monday, October 05, 2020, 16:22 GMT+7
A masterpiece lying deep in valleys of northwestern Vietnam
A photo of yellow paddy fields of local people in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Mu Cang Chai is a small district belonging to Yen Bai, one of the mountainous provinces in northwestern Vietnam.

This place has become one of the most unique and popular destinations in the country thanks to its beautiful terraced fields and fantastic landscapes.

It has been recommended as a must-visit place for 2020 by CNBC.

Located some 300 kilometers from Hanoi, Mu Cang Chai District can be reached by train, bus, car, or motorbike.

La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha, and De Xu Phinh are must-see spots for travelers as they can contemplate immense terraced fields everywhere.

The breathtaking scene is even more charming in the twilight.

Although autumn is believed to be the best season for visitors to make a trip to Mu Cang Chai, this locale actually has its own beauty in every season of the year.

The journey to Mu Cang Chai will be an amazing adventure if visitors try to chase the sun by motorbike at the end of the day.

When the sunset sprinkles its last rays onto the yellow paddy fields, visitors will find it interesting to watch the sun going down on the horizon and the sky turning purple and dark.

Besides taking photos, tourists can experience a homestay with locals, follow them to the terraced fields, and help them with farming.

A number of festivals have been held to attract tourists to Mu Cang Chai, including an autumn paragliding festival called 'Bay Tren Mua Vang' (Flying on the Yellow Season), designed to turn Mu Cang Chai into a new destination for adventurous travelers.

Other favorite activities are trekking and cycling around paddy fields.

The sunset highlights yellow paddy fields of Mu Cang Chai during the harvest season. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

The sunset highlights yellow paddy fields of Mu Cang Chai during the harvest season. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Colorful paddy terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai District in the northern province of Yen Bai in September 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Colorful paddy terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai District in the northern province of Yen Bai in September 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai turn yellow and glitter in the sunshine. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai turn yellow and glitter in the sunshine. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A local school stands in the middle of terraced fields. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A local school stands in the middle of terraced fields. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Local people carry their harvest home on crooked pathways through paddy fields in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Local people carry their harvest home on crooked pathways through paddy fields in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Local children go home after school in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Local children go home after school in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Mu Cang Chai shows its most beautiful charms in September and October during the paddy harvest season. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Mu Cang Chai shows its most beautiful charms in September and October during the paddy harvest season. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Hmong women rest next to their grain bags after the harvest. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Hmong women rest next to their grain bags after the harvest. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A hill casts shadows in the sunset in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A hill casts shadows in the sunset in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Colorful skirts of Hmong people, one of ethnic minority groups at Mu Cang Chai, are being hung next to a paddy field. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Colorful skirts of Hmong people, one of the ethnic minority groups in Mu Cang Chai, are hung next to a paddy field. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A spectacular landscape when the sun goes down in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A spectacular landscape when the sun goes down in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

The sun goes down behind the mountains casting long shadows on terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

The sun goes down behind the mountains casting long shadows on terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A photo of yellow paddy fields of local people in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A photo of yellow paddy fields of local people in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

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