Lying quietly between two mountain sides in Yen Bai Province, Mu Cang Chai-unparalleled for photographs , one of Vietnam’s poorest regions, possesses many terraced fields which have been regarded as a national level heritage and Asia’s most beautiful ones. If you have ever fallen photin love with the terraced fields in Sapa, Mu Cang Chai will definitely take your breath away. The little town is 300km far from Hanoi, and can be reached only from Yen Bai City or Lao Cai via rough roads with continuous slopes and passes.
Remote as it is, Mu Cang Chai can still reserve the wildly primitive beauty. Everything, both nature and human, is pure and untouched, and perfect for both trekking and sightseeing.
Fairy home of ethnic minorities
About the cultural discovery aspect, 90% of residents here are Hmong people, and Thai people cover only 8%. While Thai people build houses and live in lower area, Hmong people populate and cultivate on high hills. They are the creator of breathtaking view of terraced fields sloped gently along the mountainsides.
It gives us a chance to live slowly, to embrace the peacefully natural beauty and be moved by the honest and innocent local ethnic people. Mu Cang Chai is only 170km far from Sapa, however, you are advised reach it by renting a car with local driver. Another option is to get back from Mu Cang Chai to Tu Le or Than Tuyen to take local bus to Sapa in the direction of Lao Cai.