Rice, it is just about every meal on the Vietnamese kitchen table. And if it is not in granular form, you will find it in the form of paper, noodles or crackers. It is clear that rice is enormously important for the Vietnamese. And for the traveler this is just as important.
You do not travel to the other side of the world without visiting the magical rice fields and rice terraces. And now that you are there, you want to capture those golden-yellow and poison-green fields on your camera.
The most beautiful rice fields can be found in northwestern Vietnam. If possible, you naturally want to experience the harvest if the rice fields have a beautiful yellow color. But even when the rice is in bloom you are guaranteed beautiful pictures.
Mu Cang Chai
Perhaps the most beautiful rice terraces in Vietnam can be found in Mu Cang Chai in the province of Yen Bai. The terraces here are so huge in style that you wonder if this is not a creation of an alien power.
Unfortunately, it is also far from the direction to include in most routes through Vietnam and the cost of tours are higher than the more common ones, but if you are in the area between September and October and you have the longer travel time for it then I recommend a visit.
Hoang Su Phi
The Ha Giang province is still a true off the beaten track destination, but has grown enormously in popularity in recent years. Not surprising because it is one of the highlights of Vietnam. You best explore the beautiful surroundings full of rice fields and rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi.
Chances are that you will arrive in An Giang province unless you visit Chau Doc. This province looks very different from the rest of the Mekong Delta and has the most beautiful rice fields in this part of Vietnam.
The countryside around Hoi An
Jump on the bike and before you know it you will be in the middle of rice fields. The countryside around Hoi An is excellent to explore on two wheels and is a great opportunity to learn more about the life of Vietnamese farmers.
Finally, another special area. The surroundings of Tam Coc are also called Halong Bay on land because of the impressive Karst rocks that you see there. And let this mountain range now be surrounded by miles of rice fields and you have the perfect photo. If you’re lucky you’ll visit this place during the harvest but whenever you go, it will be beautiful.