Spectacular rice terraces in Yen Bai Province, Northeast Vietnam 29 Sep 2016
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The Mu Cang Chai rural district of northeast Vietnam is an undeveloped poor area with a population of around 45,000 that is rich in natural beauty. Spectacular rice terrace fields such as these characterise the landscape. The terraces themselves were carved into the mountains by local farmers many hundreds of years ago, allowing them to make the best of poor soil and mountainous terrain, whilst also conserving water. Although extremely labour intensive, the construction of these terraces meant that the land is now able to support the community’s ever-increasing need for crops, livestock and poultry. Thanks to the terraces, erosion is avoided; rain and runoff water can be preserved, and previously unused hillside became arable.
As the season changes each September and October, the rice terraces are awash with a golden tint, making this spectacular landscape even more stunning. The rice harvest comes around October 1 and typically lasts for around ten days, making this the perfect time to visit. Experience incredible rural landscapes in northern Vietnam such as these with Insight Guides' Very Vietnam trip.