Mu Cang Chai - Worthwhile Destination for International Tourists

A view of terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province - PHOTO: THUY TRIEU

Mu Cang Chai District in the northern upland province of Yen Bai, which is home to breathtaking terraced rice fields, has recently been listed as one of the most 19 visit-worthy destinations around the world for international visitors, voted by readers of the U.S. travel site Insider.

In an article released by American writer Sarah Schmalbruch who graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in magazine journalism on the travel site at, the district is described as a hidden gem in northern Vietnam.

According to the writer, depending on the time of year, the color of terraced rice fields varies from emerald green to golden yellow and light brown. October is the best time to visit Mu Cang Chai.

According to the website of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (, Mu Cang Chai is about 300 kilometers northwest of Hanoi and 1,000 meters above sea level, starting from the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range.

The terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai were recognized as a national heritage in 2007 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Recently, the northern province of Ninh Binh was listed by the U.S. travel site Insider as one of the 50 most picturesque travel destinations for international visitors to Vietnam. 

Ninh Binh has been chosen as one of the three filming locations for the blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island”, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Given by the nation’s stunning natural landscapes, the tourism sector is pinning high hopes of gaining stronger growth this year. Last year saw international arrivals exceeding 10 million.

Data of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) shows that international tourist arrivals to the country in the first 11 months of this year totaled 11.6 million, surging 27.8% from the year-ago period.

By Nguyen Quy (


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