Where to Capture The Most Scenic Ripening Rice Carpets in Vietnam


When September comes, the local wanderlust community and expert photographers are ready to pack their bags and head straight to the most far-off corners across Vietnam to hunt for the most brilliant images of the upcoming ripen rice paddies. Below listed seven of the most recognized destinations for the infinite golden rice carpets you can customize for your local tour in Vietnam.

1. Bắc Sơn (Lạng Sơn)

Located around 160 kilometers away from Hanoi, Bắc Sơn Valley, a newly emerging tourist attraction in Lạng Sơn Province is now chosen to be the very first point to be recalled for those aspiring to hunt down the best ripen rice season across Vietnam.


From above (Source: Google)

One thing not many people are not so aware of is that Bắc Sơn rice fields are not turning to ripen all at once, which makes some sections of the whole scene turns golden first while the rest follow accordingly. However, even though the entire valley is not becoming a stunning vast golden carpet at the same time, the mixture of the freshest green and the saffron-color parts all make Bắc Sơn Valley a one-of-a-kind destination to visit. The best moment to come across Bắc Sơn is in the middle of November.


All yellow (Source: Google)

2. Mù Cang Chải (Yên Bái)

Apparently, talking about where to catch the best scene of Vietnam’s ripen rice season, Mù Cang Chải cannot fall out of the list. This popular landmark of Yên Bái Province is located right at the foot of the gigantic Hoàng Liên Sơn Mountain Range and welcoming its fans with the enormous terraced rice paddies. The entire landscape gives out an exact look of an endless golden stair leading to heaven. Because of such, remember to note it down and make it your must-see local tour in Vietnam.


A corner in Mù Cang Chải (Source: Google)

Paying a visit to Mù Cang Chải when September and October come, you would be totally lost in the unbounded “ocean of gold”, a lively, vivid and filled with a tender fragrance of the Asian nature.

rice terraces turning golden

Turning golden (Source: Google)

3. Tú Lệ (Yên Bái)

The very next selection is not that superb when put on the scale against the sensational Mù Cang Chải. Yet, Tú Lệ Valley is still holding a remarkable attractiveness that can be combined as a part of your off-the-beaten-track Northern Vietnam trip. Indeed, Tú Lệ turns out to be a rustic mountain girl with an unobtrusive beauty. If you ever come to Yên Bái, why not put its two nicest valleys all in a day trip?

Tú Lệ Valley (Source: Google)

4. Bình Liêu (Quảng Ninh)

Moving on further to the Eastern face of Northern Vietnam, Bình Liêu, at some points, seems to be an unfamiliar name to many travelers. Born as a hilly district at the border of Quảng Ninh and Guangxi, China, Bình Liêu is still greatly preserving its initial primitive beauty. In spite of the fact that Bình Liêu itself does not hide any imposingly vertical terraced fields as seen in the Northwest, the flat and infinite paddies are still capable of delivering a distinctive look.


Bình Liêu (Source: Google)

Other than its golden beauty itself, Bình Liêu is there to direct people’s attention to its long-established ethnic rituals and customs. The district is home to various different ethnicities such as Sán Chỉ, Tày, and Dao, picking Bình Liêu means you are not only able to witness a different kind of natural beauty yet also experiencing the similar culture section as commonly observed in Sapa.


Above Bình Liêu (Source: Google)

5. Tam Cốc – Bích Động (Ninh Bình)

Ninh Bình seems to be a successful newly emerging destination in replacement for Halong Bay. Tam Cốc – Bích Động is one magnificent tourist attraction in a wide chain of diversified landmarks Mother Nature has gifted Ninh Bình. Lying roughly 100 kilometers away from Hanoi as a part of Tràng An Landscape Complex, Tam Cốc – Bích Động brings you a hidden golden gem with a long river sneaking through the flat ripen rice fields on both sides underneath the imposing mountain ranges above.


Travelling by boat in Tam Cốc (Source: Google)

6. Khánh Hoà

Now, make a quick farewell to Northern Vietnam and welcome the Central land with Khánh Hoà Province. Central Vietnam rice fields do not own a gigantic and enormous rice paddies of the North as well as not that infinite and breathtaking fields as seen in Mekong Delta, yet the ripen rice season in Khánh Hoà, on the other hand, have you saying wow with its poetic painting feature some flocks of white storks spreading their wings cutting through the pure blue sky atop the vast rice fields below.


An up-close scene in Khánh Hoà (Source: Google)

7. Tà Pạ (An Giang)

One last alternative is saved for An Giang, the largest and most essential rice producers in Mekong Delta in particular and Vietnam in general. Tà Pạ rice field is definitely a big name in An Giang that none Vietnamese have not heard of. The scene is a typical sample for the spectacular tender and peaceful glamor of the Mekong wetland.


Tà Pạ rice field (Source: Google)

The site of Tà Pạ is not only there to fulfill your dream of capturing the most stunning images of Vietnam rice fields but also killing off all your stress if you decide to make a great escape from the hectic Saigon to pursue the tranquil vibe of Mekong.

Are you in Vietnam at the end of the year? Quickly sign up for the best local tour in Vietnam near you and observe these scenes with your own eyes.

Yennie Nguyen







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