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Mu Cang Chai Travel Guide

Mu Cang Chai Travel Guide

Years ago, Mu Cang Chai was called as "The forgoten land in Viet Nam" for its remote location. Now it's more well-known and well-liked by both domestic and foreign tourists. Although Mu Cang Chai has been more touristy than it was in the past, this area still remains its original layout with the oustanding natural landscape and traditional way of living.

Apart from enjoying the beautiful landscapes; you can also find out unique cultural features as well as the daily life of Mong people here. Most of the locals live a life of deprivation and misery but the way they treat each other and the tourists always make you feel as they have known you for years.

When you get in Mu Cang Chai, be ready to be impressed by the marvelous scenery of the terraced fields, unique culture and tradtional lifestyles of people living there.

Mu Cang Chai Travel Guide

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There are 500 ha of terraced fields in 3 communes as La pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu within the whole 2,000 ha terraced fields of the area. For years, Mu Cang Chai has become an ideal stops for all nature lovers and adventerous travellers.

Best time to visit Mu Cang Chai?

When you plan for a trip to Mu Cang Chai, these 2 seasons should be in consideration for the best trip:

  • The middle of September to middle of October is the best time for the stunning view of yellow carpet of terrace fields. The weather at that time is also cooler and suitable for a relaxing wander.
  • From May to June: is when the farmers start for harvesting season. This time of year is also when the terrace field is watered by the summer rains. When you visit Mu Cang from May to June, you can see another side of the area when it's flooded.

Getting to Mu Cang Chai from Hanoi

BOOK TOUR WITH LOCAL EXPERTS

If you want to explore Mu Cang Chai from Hanoi with our local experts, join Mu Cang Chai Motorbike tour

Motorbike Mu Cang Chai Tour

20 Pham Hung , Tu Liem , Ha Noi , Viet Nam
Opening time: 06:00 AM - 18:00 PM

This Vietnam Motorbike Mu Cang Chai Tour gives you a best chance to discover the Vietnam Rice Terrace as well as warmly locals, enjoy the breathtaking stunning landscapes & never fail to impress, whatever the season. This motorbike tour save your health, time & cost, it is also a good choice for the experienced riders, whose are in love with two wheels but not having weeks to ride along the country. ..

If you depart from Sapa (Lao Cai), Sapa- Mu Cang Chai Motorbike tour is a great choice. It's unique and fun.


VIETNAM RICE TERRACES – Motorbike Sapa – Mu Cang Chai tour

Le Duan Kham Thien Dong Da Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Opening time: 06:00 AM - 18:00 PM

This VIETNAM RICE TERRACES – Motorbike Sapa – Mu Cang Chai Tour gives you a best chance to discover the unspoiled beauties as well as friendly locals in Sapa and Mu Cang Chai to meet friendly local people and enjoying the breathtaking landscapes in the northern Vietnam. This motorbike tour save your health, time & cost, it is also a good choice for the experienced riders, whose are in love with two wheels but not having weeks to ride along the country. ..

Getting to Mu Cang Chai from Sapa

  • Every morning about 7:00 AM, there are some buses leaving the center of Mu Cang Chai town to Lai Chau province and Sapa town of Lao cai province.
  • Most of the buses are in yellow color.
  • Departure at 7:00 AM. Arrive in Sapa at about 1:00 PM

3. Hotel and homestay

Hotel In Mu Cang Chai

  • Suoi Mo motel

+ Tel: 029 3878 643 – 0915 842 789

  • Moon motel

+ Address: 5 hamlet, Mu Cang Chai town.

+ Tel: 0293 878 929 – 0912 05 8899 – 016 5678 2888. There is free wifi, breakfast and mortobike rental service.

  • Son Ca motel

+ Tel: 0293 878 185 – 0988 981 675

  • There are some motels along the main road getting to Mu Cang Chai. You have to book a room and pay a deposit if you travel to Mu Cang Chai in the harvest time.
  • Nghi Lo - Yen Bai is a big town so it's better for you to rent for a hotel room.
  • Nghia Lo hotel

+ Tel: 029 3870 106 – 029 3870 428 – 0985 563 563

  • Mien Tay - Nghia Lo hotel

+ Tel: 029 3870 698 – 029 3871 223

Mu Cang Chai Travel Guide

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Hotel in Tu Le

  • Hoang Quan motel

+ This motel offer a good herb bath service.

+ Tel: 0293.897126

  • Xom Vang Nam motel at the start of Tu Le road.

+ Narrow room with self-contained toilet. You can ask for dinner or lunch here.

+Tel: 0293.897205 – 0918.177325 – 0982385440.

  • Pho Nui - Tu Le motel

+ Tel: 029 3897 115 – 0986 308 761.

  • Suoi Tien motel

+ Tel: 029625512 – 0974357912.

  • Buu Dien motel

+ Tel: 01664851820.

Mu Cang Chai Travel Guide

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Hotel In Nghia Lo town

This’s big town so you have quite many options.

  • Nghia Lo hotel

+ Tel: +8429.3870.106 or +8429.3870.428 or +84985.563.563

  • Mien Tay hotel

+ Tel: +8429.3870.698 or +8429.3871.223

Hotel prices in Nghia Lo range from $8 to $10 / 1 room.

Suggested Itinerary in Mu Cang Chai- Motorbike trip

What and Where to eat in Mu Cang Chai

Come to Mu Cang Chai, you shouldn’t skip any specialty here. Apart from Meo apple wine, sticky rice, grilled chicken, forestall bird stirred with bamboo sprout and many other local foods, Mu Cang Chai is famous for dishes made of bumblebee worms. The fat and soft white worms are steamed and served with Meo apple wine. The food sounds unappetizing but its taste is amazing.

Mu Cang Chai Travel Guide

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Where to eat in Mu Cang Chai

  • Thang Nguyet restaurant

+ Tel: 0914 998825.

+ What to order: Fried frogs.

  • Tuan Bo foods stall

+ Tel: 0948 929223.

+ This stall is right at T-junction next to a gas station which has a signpost leading to Che Tao town.

  • Chuyen Dung Tu Le restaurant

+ Tel: 029 3878914.

+ What to order: steamed sticky rice and chicken.

  • Pho Nui Tu Le restaurant

+ Tel: 029 3897115

What to see in Mu Cang Chai

1. Che Cu Nha village is perfect for photo opportunity with its dramatic views. Che Cu Nha has a timeless quality when the local traditional style is still well-kept. A trip to Che Cu Nha brings a closer look on the life of people in ethnic group of Viet Nam. You will also be inspired by its postcard-perfect landscape and freshing breeze.

2. Ze Xu Phinh is another village that you can't miss out for every journey to Mu Cang Chai. Like Che Cu Nha, the living style of people in Ze Xu Phinh is also well preserved. Local women still wear the typical ethnic clothing. The high roadside location is cool and breezy and it is a well-known spot for tourists to stop and take photos.

Mu Cang Chai Travel GuidePhoto by Nguyen Anh Tuan

3. It seems that Mu Cang Chai is a region full of distinctive villages. La Pan Tan does not only serve as a highlight photo-op, it's also a great escape from the heat for every adventerous travellers. La Pan Tan is where you can get the most stunning view of terrace fields. The land is cropped out into layers or terraces (rice terrace) for the water begins to be accumulated in certain spots, but it also flow naturally from the hilltop to the lower area.

Don't forget to to walk through the rice fields to explore close its distinctive architecture.

What to bring when traveling to Mu Cang Chai

  • Don't forget to bring warm clothing as it can turns cold unexpectedly.
  • Remember to bring neccessary stuff as hats, sun protection cream, medicine, Insects and mosquito repellents products.
  • Driving license.

Mu Cang Chai Travel GuidePhoto by Nguyen Anh Tuan

BOOK TOUR WITH LOCAL EXPERTS

If you want to explore Mu Cang Chai from Hanoi with our local experts, join Mu Cang Chai Motorbike tour

If you depart from Sapa (Lao Cai), Sapa- Mu Cang Chai Motorbike tour is great choice. Unique and fun.


Motorbike Mu Cang Chai Tour

20 Pham Hung , Tu Liem , Ha Noi , Viet Nam
Opening time: 06:00 AM - 18:00 PM

This Vietnam Motorbike Mu Cang Chai Tour gives you a best chance to discover the Vietnam Rice Terrace as well as warmly locals, enjoy the breathtaking stunning landscapes & never fail to impress, whatever the season. This motorbike tour save your health, time & cost, it is also a good choice for the experienced riders, whose are in love with two wheels but not having weeks to ride along the country. ..

Suggested Itinerary in Mu Cang Chai- Motorbike trip

Combining Mu Cang Chai trip with another destination

You can take a long day trip contemplating rice-fields in the harvest in Sapa and Mu Cang Chai. This trip might last for 4-6 days. There are three place in the north of Vietnam that has gorgeous terraced fields for tourists to contemplate and photograph; Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, Hoang Su Phi (Ha Giang).

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My name’s Catherine, you can call me Kate. I love animals, writing and travelling.I started my Asian journey since 2003; and I have been nearly 20 countries so far. The more I go, the more I fall in love with this incredible continent. It has a unique beauty and distinctive culture that never fully explored. This’s why there are many countries I still keep coming back over and over again. I’m here to share with you my fun, sad or even scared memory on my backpacking trails. Hope it works on you!

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