Amazing rice fields in Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai: The Definitive Guide (A to Z)

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Mu Cang Chai is a highland district of Yen Bai province to the north, adjacent to Van Ban district of Lao Cai province, the south to Muong La district of Son La province, the west to Than Uyen district of Lai Chau province, the east to Van district the same province.

The district is located at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, at an altitude of 1,000 m above the level sea.

To reach Mu Cang Chai district, you have to go through Khau Pha pass – one of the four magnificent peaks of the Northwest Pass.

Mu Cang Chai is located about 280km from Hanoi, where each season of red rice welcomes tens of thousands of visitors from all over the country, and countless groups of young people plan backpacking.

Mu Cang Chai has two pretty seasons that you can arrange a time to come, other seasons to Mu Cang Chai are nothing special, but you can still drop by if the road is convenient.

Mu Cang Chai is also an intermediate point on many other exciting trips.

  • Between mid-September to mid-October is the season of ripe rice. At this time, the whole Mu Cang Chai will glow the color of rice, beautiful weather, and convenience to visit here. Usually, the most suitable time is from 15-9 to 10/10 annually; before this period, the rice is slightly green; after this period, it is almost entirely harvested.
  • Around May-June is the season of pouring water, when the summer rains begin to pour down the mountains, the water is led from the mountains into the terraced fields. Water flooded the fields, making the arid soil softer and swollen so that people could transplant rice. This is also the time when people start to plow the fields to prepare for a new crop. Therefore, in the northern mountainous terraces, rice can only be grown in one plant.

The slick terraces in the afternoon sun create a beauty that makes many visitors surprised.

Mu Cang Chai Rice fields
Mu Cang Chai Rice fields

How To Get From Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai?

Transport goes directly to Mu Cang Chai

From Hanoi, you can go straight to Mu Cang Chai by motorbike or bed to reach this upland town. 

Currently, due to the completion of the Hanoi Lao Cai highway, only a majority of The bus companies running on the route from Hanoi to Lai Chau go through Mu Cang Chai territory, so you have a lot of choices to go through Mu Cang Chai territory. 

In the article, Hmong Trip also mentioned that the buses still go through here to you guys’ follow up.

Best bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang
Bus from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai

If you travel by passenger car, you can choose to rent a motorbike to roam around Mu Cang Chai Town.

Some nearby communes to take photos and watch rice, the motorbike rental services you can contact hotel accommodation that you stay for convenience. If not, you can also choose the motorbike shop Huan Tuan Line 0365 684 574.

Bus from Yen Bai  to Mu Cang Chai

If you do not want to ride the night to Mu Cang Chai, you can choose another option is to take a bus from Hanoi to Yen Bai City, from here continue to take the car to Mu Cang Chai

The total travel time is almost the same, and more trips can be taken during the day.

Some bus routes go from Yen Bai to Mu Cang Chai

Duc Huong

Schedule: Yen Bai – Mu Cang Chai

Departure time: Yen Bai 7h30 Mu Cang Chai 13h30

Phone: 0982 404 999

Chien Thanh

Schedule: Yen Bai – Mu Cang Chai

Departure time: Yen Bai 12h00 Mu Cang Chai 6h30

Phone: 0944 046 596 – 0989 949 108

Tuấn Long

Schedule: Yen Bai – Mu Cang Chai

Departure time: Yen Bai 15:00 Mu Cang Chai 8h00

Phone: 0963 247 766

Manh Phuong

Schedule: Yen Bai – Mu Cang Chai

Departure time: Yen Bai 12h00 Mu Cang Chai 6h30

Phone: 036 5377 677

Rent a motorbike in Mu Cang Chai

Some motel hotels in Mu Cang Chai have motorbikes available for rent, so before booking, you can ask this issue in advance to prepare.

There are quite a few motel hotels in the town; they provide motorbike rental services to explore Mu Cang Chai.

Ha Giang motorbike for rental
Motorbike for Mu Cang Chai Trip

Besides, if you do not want to drive from Hanoi because it is too far, you can take a car to Yen Bai or Nghia Lo Town and rent a motorbike from here to Mu Cang Chai.

Bus from Mu Cang Chai to Sapa

From Mu Cang Chai, if you go to Sapa, you can contact Tuan Hue garage 0915560480 or Xuan Ly bus station 0352 565 999, the car runs on Lao Cai – Mu Cang Chai route. 

The bus departs at 7 am in Lao Cai, and 9 am in Mu Cang Chai Town.

What is the best accommodation in Mu Cang Chai?

Hotels and Guest Houses in Mu Cang Chai

If you come to Mu Cang Chai at peak times (like the week of terraced rice festival culture), it is almost difficult to book because the number of motels in Mu Cang Chai is not much.

If you only One day in Mu Cang Chai or Mu Cang Chai is just one point in your journey, you can choose to sleep in Nghia Lo town.

To take beautiful photos of the Tu Le field, you should be at the top of Khau Pha mountain pass from 7 am to 9 am (after this time it can still be sunny, but it will be blind, not clear. ).

If you want to do this, you should sleep in Tu Le or go another 7km to Khau Pha pass, and there is a system of Restaurants – Motels with about 20 rooms for visitors, from here it only takes about 15 minutes more to the top of the pass.

Homestay in Mu Cang Chai

In the past few years, along with better transportation, with Mu Cang Chai terraces recognized as a national landscape, the number of tourists coming to Mu Cang Chai has been increasing. 

Hello Mu Canh Chai homestay
Hello Mu Canh Chai homestay

The number of motels in Mu Cang Chai is small, previously unable to meet the number of arrivals.

Because of these factors and the orientation of developing community-based tourism, many homestays in Mu Cang Chai were born to serve the needs of tourists: watching terraced fields, sleeping on stilt houses, and enjoying local specialties.

Costs for the Mu Cang Chai Trip:

The cost of the Mu Cang Chai trip that changes every year depends significantly on the way you plan your visit, which are the accommodation you stay in, the kinds of food you eat, and the way you transport. 

It’s advisable to consider every option carefully based on your sense of adventure, your budget, and your schedule. 

In general, it is estimated to cost about $50-$80 (1.150.000vnd – 1.840.000vnd) per person (2 people) for the 2-day trip to Mu Cang Chai. If you stay in the town longer than two days, of course, you need to spend more.

Unique Foods, you MUST try in Mu Cang Chai (What to eat in Mu Cang Chai?)

Xôi nếp Tú Lệ

Nep Tu Le is a top-rated product from ancient times, and it is cultivated from the Muong Lo field in Yen Bai province.

Legend has it that, in ancient times, the Jade Emperor sent fairies to bring down the earth, choosing the land to plant for people.

The elves traveled across the Northwestern region, to Khau Pà mountain, saw a flat valley, both spacious and beautiful, the lush vegetation, the fairies landed, took the land of Pha now where the seeds of glutinous rice were planted from the sky.

A few months later, glutinous rice flower bloom, ripe yellow seeds, blowing into sticky rice eat very deliciously, sweet aroma. So the fairies decided to hand it over to the Thai people here like this rare sticky rice.

From Pha village, life afterlife, the indigenous people continue to cultivate that kind of sticky rice, spreading to the areas of Tu Le and Van Chan. This person used to call it sticky rice called Tu Le.

Xoi Nep Tui Le
Xoi Nep Tui Le – Photo: taybacsensetravel

Cốm Tú Lệ

Tu Le commune, Van Chan district (Yen Bai), has long been famous for a kind of glutinous rice with big, round white grains.

This sticky stuff, when sticky into sticky rice, it has particular aromatic plasticity, and when processed into rice, it has sweeter crisp flavor.

To make nuggets, the grains still retain the rich, fragrant flavor full of charm, which is typical of the highland area of ​​Yen Bai. 

Com Tu Le
Com Tu Le – Photo: vtv.vn

When the rice camber tops, whole milk is also the time to harvest to make nuggets.

 Rice to make rice nuggets must not be crumpled or crushed, but plucked, ready to remove the straw and flat grains, then fed through water and put into a roasting pan. 

Stoves for roasting cereal often have to use coal slag but do not burn coal but use wood.

The nuggets are usually made of cast iron, so each grain of nuggets after roasting is not burnt but soft and delicious.

Nuggets are roasted in low heat, continually stirring until evenly hot.

Roasted rice is finished, the cereal waits to cool down and put each batch into a mortar. 

The paddy is pounded evenly and fits well when there is rice husk contact occurs, then discarded and then pound.

Depending on the immature level of the rice when reaping, the retired rice farmer will estimate, on average, about ten times the pounding is completed. 

Nuggets are often eaten with ripe bananas, ripe red persimmons, or can also be used to cook duck porridge, sticky rice, tea, and wedges in dishes such as spring rolls, fried shrimp, fried meat …

Salmon and Sturgeon

From the foot of Khau Pha pass on the side of Tu Le, going up about 7km to Khau Pha restaurant area, this is also one of the big salmon farms in the North, the number of farmed fish here is up to 10,000, fish The breed is entirely imported and raised from European technology.

Salmon in Sapa
Salmon and Sturgeon in Mu Cang Chai

Many delicious dishes from Salmon (or Sturgeon) are prepared here to serve tourists if you go with a group you can go into making a hot pot for your lunch.

Fire grasshoppers

Grasshoppers are available all year round but are most abundant in harvest, around May and September.

In season, grasshoppers are always fragrant, an attractive dish when coming to Mu Cang Chai.

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Cahu Chu Rang – Photo: sgtiepthi

Besides, in Mu Cang Chai, there are also quite delicious salted crabs, but not always available, but depending on your time in Mu Cang Chai.

You should proactively call in advance with restaurants and bars because often the groups go around taking pictures at the points first and then return to Mu Cang Chai Town to rest, at which time it is often late and out of food.

Roasted crab with salt

Unlike other types of crabs living in the sea, in the field, stream crabs often live in rocky holes in streams in the uplands.

Stream crab meat is fragrant, firm and can process a lot of delicious dishes, including roasted spring crab with salt.

Crab after catching about peeled apricot washed to drain. 

Put oil in a pan and fry, add garlic to fragrant, then place the crab on the island, sprinkle salt on roasted until crab is golden.

Five colored sticky rice

Mu Cang Chai is famous for its enchanting terraced fields, and this is a land of the proliferation of fragrant glutinous rice grains unmatched.

 Fire grasshoppers - Photo: trithucvn
Fire grasshoppers – Photo: trithucvn

From glutinous rice like pearls of heaven, people here create a lot of favorite food.

One of them is Mu Cang Chai colorful sticky rice and also an indispensable dish on the tray of Thai people here.

Docynia Or Small Apple (Táo mèo Mù Cang Chải)

In Yen Bai, Son Tra trees often live in the high mountainous areas of the west of the province, concentrated in three districts of Mu Cang Chai, Tram Tau, Van Chan – where there is particular temperature, hot summer, and sun. 

Laos wind, winter influenced by the cold of the highland – perhaps because of the development in natural conditions and living with the Mong ethnic people like that, Son Tra also gets another name: Tao Meo and Magic features in medicine as well as in the daily life of people.

Tao Meo tree grows naturally in the forests; the average height of about 7 – 10m, woody, broad foliage, is thriving thanks to the spread of humans, animals, and animals, so the tree does not grow focus that has distance. 

Tao Meo blossoms in the spring and harvest in the fall. September and October are the months when the apple cat is in full bloom. 

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Tao Meo – Photo: dantri

This time around the district markets and the Ga Yen Bai market is full of Tao Meo. 

Gourmet people do not choose big, beautiful fruits but often choose small, deep fruits because these are ripe and sweet.

Tao Meo has two types:

In addition to the fruits often sold in markets we see, there are also apples.

This apple is small, when yellow, white, or yellowish pink in color, sweet, crunchy, and particularly attractive aroma, very appealing to the person enjoying it, wild Tao Meo does not have the acrid and acidic bitter taste like apples.

According to senior people who make Tao Meo sold at the Ga Yen Bai market, the best ones are Tram Tau and Mu Cang Chai apples, which grow on pine hills and wild forests.

This type of gift is not beautiful, but the code is perfect for many customers’ orders.

In the last days of the season, in Yen Bai city, the price of Tao Meo has reached 40,000 VND / 1kg, which proves the vitality and meaningful existence of Tao Meo in the socio-economic development of western districts of Yen Bai province.

In Oriental medicine, a cat named Son Tra. This is a valuable medicine with the effect of eliminating the stomach, heartburn, diarrhea, lowering blood pressure, improving the heart’s contractility.

Especially in Apple apples, users can use it thoroughly.

Nuts and intestines have many features to reduce fat, lower blood pressure, sedate physiological balance, and actively prevent complications caused by hypertension …

Also, the apples are used in many mental supplements and made into an appetizer wine that is popular with many people.

For those who are skillful, apple cat and apple are processed into many kinds of valuable gifts and are easy to enjoy, such as syrup, jam, oysters, salt …

That is why in Yen Bai, visitors from near and far can enjoy these gifts.

Táo Mèo, after harvesting, can be stored in very great natural conditions.

Tao Meo that brings salt to sugar, salt, and chili is a great treat, spicy, salty, sweet, crunchy, and lingering on the aroma of Tao Meo.

The best restaurants in Mu Cang Chai

  • Thang Nguyet Restaurant: 0914 998825 This restaurant has a pretty good mountain frogs
  • Nhà hàng Tuấn Bàng 0948 929223
  • The restaurant is right at the junction (next to the gas station), there is a sign to Che Tao commune
  • The stilt houses are in Thai village

Delicious restaurants in Tu Le

  • Chuyen Dung Tu Le Restaurant 0216 3878914: Famous for sticky rice, chicken …
  • Phố Núi Tu Le Restaurant 0216 3897115

6 best amazing places to visit in Mu Cang Chai:

Khau Pha Pass

As one of the most winding and steep winding roads in Vietnam (one of the Four Great Peaks in the North), it passes Khau Pha Mountain, the highest mountain in Mu Cang Chai.

The Khau Pha Pass starts with the intersection of Highway 32 with Highway 279 in a row with the Chau Pass in front of it and the Vach Kim Pass behind on Route 32.

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Khau Pha Pass – Photo: phanthoailinh

From Yen Bai city, back on Highway 32, about 5 hours, through Tu Le commune – Khau Pha pass – Mu Cang Chai district appears in the middle of a plateau surrounded by identical mountains.

The winding roads between the old forests are still full of pristine and terraced fields of the H’Mong and Thai ethnic groups.

Khau Pha is most beautiful in the rice season, around September October when the rice is on the foot of the terraced yellow rice fields.

This is also the time when many adventurous tourists conquer the pass to enjoy the scenery.

The old forests in Khau Pha still retain many rare species of animals and plants such as pine oil, palm tree, and other rare birds and animals.

In recent years, the mountain has become the starting point for paragliding activities at Mu Cang Chai, a part of the annual Mu Cang Chai terraced festival.

The Khau Pha pass road has up to two-thirds of gravel and bumpy gravel road, only a little more beautiful through Tu Le.

During the length of the pass, there are several dozen bends. On cloudy days, the crossing is especially dangerous for the drivers because the pass has no barriers or any warning signs.

The mountain pass has been degraded because it is not regularly repaired, easily eroded, and subsided because it is located in basaltic red soil, with a weak soil system.

Add to that the constant danger lurking with rocks from high mountains that can fall at any time. Few large trucks travel on this road because the slope of the pass makes the travel time become too long.

Flowers triangular circuit

To add more beautiful places for tourists to unleash their poses to take photos, a few people in Cao Pha Commune brought triangular flowers to plant here.

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Flowers triangular circuit – Photo: Oldeatdo

Flowers are planted in the area of ​​the paragliding festival every year on Khau Pha pass, the time of blooming about three weeks and coinciding with the occasion of ripe rice.

Set up a tent on the Khau Pha pass

On the pass, there is a lot of full and open space for you to set up a camping group here. Usually, you prefer taking photos, and picnicking would prefer this option because the next morning will be able to get up early to hunt for pictures. Tu Le valley from above the mountain pass (about 7 am-9 pm, it is beautiful and bright, then often cloudy)

Tu Le commune

 A valley in Van Chan district, Yen Bai province, Tu Le is one of the favorite destinations for many tourists who love natural beauty.

Panorama view in villages 
Panorama view in villages – Photo: Phillip

Tu Le in the middle of autumn, the rice is ripe and yellow like a mountain wave. The harvest season was bustling and bustling, the smell of new rice followed the breeze on the wing … Tu Le could be compared to a lovely mountainous girl.

Not only attracting tourists by the nine golden terraced fields in September, but Tu Le also attracts paparazzi when the Thai people here still retain the traditional activity of “bathing fairy” by the stream.

La Pan Tan Commune

Rice fields in Mu Cang Chai
Rice fields in Mu Cang Chai – Photo: Joeri Coppens

 Famous for its beautiful terraced fields like fingerprints of heaven, La Pan Tan is one of three localities in Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province.

Terraced fields – creative art architecture works of Mong people living on this land have been ranked National Monuments by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism since the end of 2007.

Shooting spot Mam Roi rice field

 Raspberry is the name that people love to travel to a wonderful photographic location when the Mu Cang Chai rice season comes on.

This place is about 10km from the district center, right at the foot of Ba Nha bridge is a dirt road going upwards, the way is entirely wrong and slippery, especially in the rainy season.

Nice rice fields in Mu Cang Chai
Nice rice fields in Mu Cang Chai – Photo; Huong Dinh Van

There is always a team of motorbike drivers who are ready to take you to the place for about 50k (round trip), if you want to train your limbs you can also walk for about 30 minutes, if you drive by yourself machine to Mu Cang Chai and steering wheel is strong enough, you can fly on your own.

Che Cu Nha commune

 This is a commune of Mu Cang Chai district, located about 7km from the district center towards Hanoi, the road to this commune is quite steep and challenging to go, not very suitable for who goes on the first-time.

Women in Mu Cang Chai 
Women in Mu Cang Chai – Photo; BPham.ne

Due to the steep road, Che Cu Nha is also more crowded with tourists.

 If you have more time, you can come here and freely explore the beautiful and peaceful corners of this upland commune.

Mu Cang Chai market

 “Upland market” is a part of the main content in Mu Cang Chai Terraced Rice Week, becoming an indispensable cultural activity in the life of the highland people in Mu Cang Chai.

In addition to the purpose of trading, exchanging goods, the fair is a place for cultural exchange of ethnic minorities here. The items sold at the market are plentiful but mainly products of the mountains.

Or items made by people here such as honey, shiitake mushrooms, wood ear, paddy, corn, soybeans, vegetables, brocade …

Men often go to the market wearing black clothes, and women are frantic in colorful costumes, creating beauty and joyful atmosphere for the market day.

Going to Che Tao – Muong La

 One of the deepest communes of Mu Cang Chai district and directly connected to Muong La district of Son La.

Road to Che Tao many years ago was challenging because of high slopes, slippery, and muddy roads; more than 30km from the district center to the commune center sometimes takes half a day, then if you want to continue to Muong La it will take another half a day.

However, in recent years, Mu Cang Chai district has made a road to Che Tao, which has not been completed yet but also partly shortened the time to enter the commune center.

On the other side, Muong La district has also completed the road for more than 10 km to the adjacent point of Che Tao commune.

Going to Ngoc Chien – Muong La

 Ngoc Chien is the name of a commune of Muong La district, adjacent to Nam Khet commune of Mu Cang Chai.

You take a motorbike from Hanoi, pass Khau Pha Pass on the left-hand side is Nam Khat commune, from here there is a small road running through Ngoc Chien (Muong Chien village), this is a commune with the majority of the population.

Being Thai, there are several tourist services in the village, mainly exploiting a hot spring through this commune.

From here, it is possible to continue running to Muong La district to visit Son La hydroelectric power and follow National Road 6 to Moc Chau – Mai Chau – Hanoi.

In Ngoc Chien, you can take a hot spring bath (there are still public hot springs here but not for outside guests, only serving the people in the village), enjoy Thai dishes such as sticky rice, grilled pork, grilled hill chicken …

Pu Nhu Waterfall

 Pu Nhu waterfall is located in Pu Nhu village, La Pan Tan commune, Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province, one of the countless nameless waterfalls on streams flowing from Than Uyen to Mu Cang Chai.

The name Pu Nhu is also given by the Mong people here, which, according to their explanation, Pu Nhu means the stream.

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Pu Nhu Waterfall – Photo: Poliva

The waterfall is located only 1.5km from Highway 32, going from Highway 32 to 20m is to see the waterfall, but the fantastic thing here is that nature has cleverly protected the waterfall so that you cannot see the falls from the big road.

The way to the waterfall is quite easy, just passing a small stream, crossing a cornfield, I can enjoy the relaxed feeling of the waterfall.

The waterfall is over 20 meters high, blowing white foam. The waterfall is very cold, and the hottest season is only 23 degrees.

Right below the foot of the waterfall is a lake called the Dragon Lake, where the Mong people do not dare to bathe because it is said that a dragon is sleeping in the lake, and the waterfall is the water sprayed by that dragon.

The lake at the foot of the falls is not very deep, people who cannot swim can wade closer to the foot of the falls

Mo Waterfall (Mu Cang Chai)

 Mo Waterfall is located between Na Ha A and Na Hang B peaks in Mo De commune (Mu Cang Chai district).

In the journey to conquer Mo waterfall, there are seven impressive points for you to stop and enjoy.

Walking about 30 minutes from Highway 32 to the foot of the waterfall, sitting on the rafts, you will feel like you are lost in a paradise.

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Mo Waterfall (Mu Cang Chai ) – Photo: hellovietnamtravel

With long and transparent cascades, white bubbles, the bottom is clear water, high above is the blue sky with colorful forest flowers.

Here you will see Mo waterfall as beautiful as a colorful picture, with the pink and white of plum blossoms, the bright red of banana forest flowers, the clear blue of the Northwest sky, the pure white of Watershed, all will make you unforgettable.

Rest for a while, and you continue to the one-point waterfall, spiral water flow – the ideal place to enjoy clean, clean water and can use the flow of water to cool your feet after a long walk.

To reach the point of 4-storey waterfall, you continue walking backward along the Mo waterfall.

The first floor of the 4-story waterfall stretches over 30 meters, the water flowing from above as diamond wires flow forever, making people fascinated by the majestic natural scenery.

The second floor is spread like a small, white lake – this is the best place for you to feel secure if you need to drop down the waterfall to relax.

The third floor is tied again like a funnel-shaped mouth, making the scenery so fanciful and attractive.

The fourth floor is like a curtain in the magnificent palace, pouring down from a height of 5 meters.

Stopping here feels like spring rain is falling softly: the fresh drops of water in front of you are due to the impact of the waterfall from above on the rocks, giving you a great feeling, all fatigue disappears.

Before coming to the unique 4-story waterfall, you will be resting on big, square rocks spreading like mats, smooth, and clean.

Nature here has created a place to rest so you can have a light meal on the trip.

During the journey to conquer Mo waterfall, you will encounter small caves that can avoid being wet if you encounter sudden high upland rains.

This 4-story waterfall is the most important place for you to save unique and beautiful images when coming to Mu Cang Chai.

Thai Village

 Cross the bridge in the center of the district (toward Che Tao) and turn left for about 1km to reach Thai village.

A small, peaceful village located in the valley, leaning against the mountain.

Local People in mu cang chai
Local People – Photo; Alberto Nogueira

Coming here, you can enjoy Thai specialties, take a bath of traditional tobacco of the Thai people, rest at the stilt house, and organize social exchanges and bonfires.

Lao Chai village

Local people women in Mu Cang Chai 
Local people women in Mu Cang Chai – Photo; Tuyet Mai VTV

 From Mu Cang Chai town center, about 10km towards Than Uyen, you will reach Lao Chai commune.

The road to the commune is not easy to go, many small and slippery ways (not recommended when it rains), but overcoming it, you will come to the majestic terraced fields.

Itinerary to go to Mu Cang Chai

Schedule for 3 days two nights by motorbike

Day 1: 18h depart from Hanoi – Son Tay – Thanh Son – Thu Cuc – Nghia Lo (180km) around 22-23h sleep at Nghia Lo.

Day 2: Nghia Lo – Thu Cuc – Deo Khau Pha – Mu Cang Chai (99km). Evening sleeps at Mu Cang Chai. Along the way take photos and watch the rice from the Thu Cuc stretching to Mu Cang Chai, passing Khau Pha mountain pass,

Day 3: Mu Cang Chai – Hanoi

Schedule for 3 days two nights by motorbike

Day 1: 8 am depart from Hanoi in the direction of Son Tay – Trung Ha – Thanh Son – Thu Cuc – Deo Khe – Nghia Lo – Tu Le – Khau Pha – Mu Cang Chai sleep at Mu Cang Chai at night

– On the first day, if you go early, you can stop taking a hot spring bath in Nghia Lo town, going up Mu Cang Chai to the town about 3km away from the hot spring bath, the fare is 10k (varies depending on the bullion prices at the time of departure)

Day 2: From the town of Mu Cang Chai can move around to watch the rice terrace, and some suggested places such as La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha… Lunch at Town. In the afternoon, going back from Mu Cang Chai to Tu Le to rest, enjoy some delicious dishes here, and sleep in Tu Le.

Day 3: Tu Le – Lung Mong – Khau Pha – Nghia Lo – Deo Lung Lo – Thu Cuc – Thanh Son – Hanoi. On this day, you can go to Lung Mong village (at the foot of Khau Pha pass, opposite to Mu Cang Chai entrance gate) and then back to Hanoi, on the way back, you can skip Khe pass and test drive the Lung Lo pass. It is still returning to the same schedule as the day going at Thu Cuc T-junction (the distance is about 20km longer).

At the top of Lung Lo pass is the contiguity of 3 provinces of Son La – Yen Bai – Phu Tho.

Schedule 2 days three nights by bus

Day 1: 19h30 present at My Dinh bus station or Giap Bat taking a sleeping bus to Mu Cang Chai, around 2-3 AM will be present in Mu Cang Chai Town. Book a hotel before arrival to get a place to sleep.

Day 2: Rent a motorbike in Mu Cang Chai to go around the town, and some communes like La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha … you should bring food for lunch, so don’t need to go back to Mu Cang Chai for lunch. In the evening, back to sleep in Mu Cang Chai

Day 3: Continue renting motorbikes at Mu Cang Chai, running back to Khau Pha Pass (about 25km from the town towards Hanoi), Tu Le, and Len Mong. Evening return to Mu Cang Chai to rest and take a bath, around 1 AM there will be a bus from Mu Cang Chai to Hanoi (remember to contact the garage in advance).

If you have any questions about the Mu Cang Chai, leave your comment below, I will make sure to answer all of your questions. If you need more information,  OR about Sapa. Check out our other articles.

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