Top 9 destinations of awesome rice fields in Vietnam

The golden season of rice fields in Vietnam has an appealing draw among local & international visitors yearly.This harvest time doesn’t last long, hurry up for the best photo shots in the right moment of golden rice fields in Vietnam. Are you planning a trip to Vietnam and would love to visit typical destinations of amazing rice fields in Vietnam? Let’s review this blog for the details…..

Ideal time to visit rice fields in Vietnam.

Any period of the rice crop, Vietnam’s endless rice fields in the flat deltas and rice terraces in Northern Mountain Vietnam are really very beautiful.That is the beauty of rice fields in falling-water time when the fields are flooded with water – look like different mirrors reflecting the sunlight & blue sky.When the rice is growing, the green of rice paddy fields is the same as pristine carpets occupying the region.Then, the rice paddy ripens,gradually changing its colors from green to golden – making its breathtaking landscapes.At the first glance, surely you will fall in love & fascinate with the endless charms of rice fields in Vietnam.In this writing, we will lead the way to show you TOP 9 PLACES OF BEAUTIFUL RICE FIELDS IN VIETNAM.

Rice terrace in Trung Khanh- Cao Bang

Landscapes in Trung Khanh- Cao Bang in harvest season

Top 9 destinations of amazing rice fields in Vietnam

Ta Pa rice fields, the most beautiful one in Mekong River Delta, Southern Vietnam

Located in Tri Ton district, An Giang province, Ta Pa boasts its most charming rice fields in Mekong River Detla.When planting the rice, Khmer farmers help eachother to cultivate the rice in turn to finish this field, then continue with another one.As the result, when come the harvest season, the valley is showing up its beautiful picture of different colors : green paddy, golden rice or the grey of already harvested fields.

Ta Pa rice fields - An Giang

Scenic Ta Pa rice fields in An Giang

As a tourist attraction of this province, Ta Pa paddy fields are famous beauty-spot drawing visitors all the year around, especially during the rice harvest seasons from early September to late November. A visit to Ta Pa rice fields, you can not only hunt for beautiful photographs of “golden rice fields”, but also relax yourselves & enjoy peaceful countryside of local Khmer villages in Mekong River Delta.

Bac Son valley’s rice fields – the green paradise.

Bac Son valley is an off- the beaten-track destination in Vietnam – 180km far from Hanoi.The valley is awesomely surrounded by chains of incredible mountains, and the home to local ethnic groups such as Tay, Dzao, Thai, Viet…..They still live the ways of their ancestors : living on the stilted houses, dressing their unique traditional uniform and cultivating the rice in the valley.Thanks to its magnificient beauty, Bac Son valley likened among visitors as the green paradise, a trending destination for nature lovers & photo hunters on the time of rice season.Trekking to Na Lay peak, you can catch all Bac Son valley’s amazing landscapes into your sight : green/ golden rice fields with snaking river & dotted local hamlets, which are backgrounded by gorgeous mountainscapes…..There are two rice crops in Bac Son valley and the rice turns golden later than other places in Vietnam, roughly in July & in November. Plan your journey well for the best capture of Bac Son valley.

Bac Son valley landscapes

Golden & green colors of rice & mountains in Bac Son valley

>>> You may love this experience : Bac Son valley day trip – private tour from Hanoi

Mai Chau valley, a tranquil countryside for great escapes.

Compared with Bac Son valley, Mai Chau is bigger valley and also surrounded by magnificent mountains.The valley is the living place of Thai, Muong, H’Mong tribes who have been settled here for ages.They spoke their own languages, built up their villages along mountainsides & streams, and planted the rice in the valley.With the backgrounds of mountains, the rice fields in Mai Chau valley are charmingly standing out, together creating beautiful landscapes.For a parnormic view of whole valley with rice fields & local village, we recommend you a stop in Thung Khe Pass or a hike up to Chieu cave while doing trips to Mai Chau valley.There are two crops of rice in Mai Chau valley, the first one from January to late May, the second one is between June & early October, you can expect to get picturesque photos of rice fields in Mai Chau in these periods of the year.

Mai Chau valley of rice fields & mountains

The scenery of rice fields & mountains in Mai Chau valley

>>>Captivate Mai Chau valley’s rice fields at : Mai Chau valley tour 2 days with hiking & biking experiences

Tam Coc rice fields, the iconic image of Ninh Binh’s beauty.

Tam Coc is one of the top attractions in Ninh Binh ( a province in Red River Delta, 100km far from Hanoi). Tam Coc landscapes are featured by limestone mountain ranges with three naturally hidden grottoes and can be stunningly explored on a boat ride along Ngo Dong river. The factor that makes Tam Coc an iconic place to visit in Ninh Binh is its rice fields which come between Ngo Dong river & limestone outcrops, all make mind- blowing views can be admired on Tam Coc boat ride or from the top of Ngoa Long mountain by a visit to Mua cave.Due to the limited water supply, Tam Coc has only one rice crop, yearly planting in January & harvesting in May.Golden rice fields in Tam Coc can be expected in late May every year and an annual festival will be organized to mark this event & to promote Ninh Binh’s beauty as well

Rice fields in Tam Coc - Ninh Binh

Tam Coc boat ride along Ngo Dong river to admire the rice fields & limestone pillars.

>>>Refer this trip for the best photos of Tam Coc rice fields : Scenic Ninh Binh day trip to Mua cave & Tam Coc grottoes

Sapa, the highland of pictureque rice terraces.

Sapa is a mustsee tourist attraction in Northern Vietnam. Pleasant climate, beautiful landscapes of valleys & mountains and rich cultural heritages have been strong points of Sapa to develop its tourist industry in the past few years. A big bonus for Sapa’s beauty is its cascading rice terraces slopping down the valley, an additional element to attract more visitors making their vacations to Sapa.Due to the climate, only one crop per year is produced from June to early October.Travelling to Sapa, you can take part in trekking routes down Muong Hoa, Ta Phin or Ta Giang Phin valley to admire the beauty of rice terraces in Sapa.The best time for its fullest beauty in late September & early October when the rice paddy turns its golden color.

Sapa rice fields

Rice harvest in Sapa

>>>You may be interested in :  3 day Sapa trekking tour by bus from Hanoi

Pu Luong – poetic scenery of rice fields along the water wheels.

Pu Luong is just next to Mai Chau valley but belongs to Thanh Hoa province.The typical landscapes in Pu Luong are tropical forest on high limestone mountains and peaceful rural villages of local ethnic minorities.They have lived here from generations to generations, levelled the hills to make scenic rice terraces for farming.To get the river water from low-lying streams to feed their rice fields, many water wheels are created in the region.Those tools, together with mountains & rice fields make Pu Luong nature reserve a poetic place not to be missed on your trip to Vietnam.

Pu Luong waterwheel & rice fields

The water wheels & rice fields in Pu Luong nature reserve

>>>For the complete exploration of Mai Chau & Pu Luong nature reserve :

4 day intensive trekking tour to Mai Chau valley & Pu Luong nature reserve

Mu Cang Chai – the paradise of breathtaking rice terraces.

Mu Cang Chai is a remote mountainous district of Yen Bai province, the home of ethnic minorities such as H’Mong, Thai, Dao.To make a living, they did slopping down the hills into stepped rice fields, making use of the rain water running down from the mountains for farming.Different with other places in Vietnam, most of rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai are slopped on high mountains & in dense scales making its most breathtaking stepped fields in Vietnam – inspiring travellers & photo hunters doing trips to Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam.The cold climate & limited water supply are the reasons for just one rice crop in Mu Cang Chai starting in late May & harvesting in early October.

Rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai

Horse shoe rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai

>>>Stunning Mu Cang Chai rice terraces with : Mu Cang Chai trekking tour 3 days

Hoang Su Phi – the heaven of picturesque rice terraces.

Mentioning about the beauty of rice terraces in Vietnam, we would love to recommend a visit to either Mu Cang Chai or Hoang Su Phi.Both of them are untouched with landscapes of mountains & rice terraces and could be well explored with interesting off-the-beaten-path treks & homestaying with local ethnic minorities.While capturing picturesque rice terraces in Hoang Su Phi, you can conquer Chieu Lau Thi or Tay Con Linh peaks as well as take part in weekly markets of local ethnics – great chances to know more about the region’s cultural diveristies. For the best landscape of rice terraces in Hoang Su Phi, you should plan your adventure to this land between late September & early October when the fields turn yellow down the hills….

Hoang Su phi rice terraces

Rice terraces in Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang

>>>> You may love this experience : Hoang Su Phi Adventure with off-the-beaten-path treks & homestay 4 days

Ban Gioc waterfall & Trung Khanh, the hidden corner of beautiful rice fields in Cao Bang.

Cao Bang is famous for its most impressive Ban Gioc waterfall in Vietnam, one of top attractions to visit in Cao Bang.The fall is even more beautiful when the rice fields next to the falls all turn brightly golden, coming along with gentle Quay Son river, majestic mountains  – really a masterpiece of nature.While travelling from Trung Khanh town to Ban Gioc waterfall, you can admire these fascinating landscapes (photos) en route if visiting Cao Bang between late September & early October.

Rice fields in Cao Bang

Landscapes of rice fields, mountains & streams in Trung Khanh – Cao Bang

>>>> All included in : Ba Be lake – Ban Gioc waterfall Exploration 3 days

Vietnam rice field & landscape exploration with Golden Hoilday Travel.

As a local licensed tour operator in Vietnam, Golden Holiday Travel team have been to those mentioned places above many times and brought memorable travel experiences to our past clients doing their Vietnam Holidays with us to explore Vietnam’s beautiful landscapes as well as top places of amazing rice fields in Vietnam.With this blog, we hope you will have a great sense of Vietnam’s beauty in connection with rice fields. Planning your trip to Vietnam, in need of local travel supports : useful consultancy, travel services or Vietnam tour packages, don’t hesitate to drop us an email to or contact us at +84.988451530 (whatsapp, viber), our travel experts will soon reply you back with useful consultancy & suggestions.

See you in Vietnam !

Golden Holiday Travel Team !

Ban Vu Dinh

Start working in travel industry in Vietnam from 2003, I had the great chance to learn and see the change as well as the development of tourism in our country. After a few years working in different positions in some well-known international travel companies, together with some co-founders, we found Golden Holiday Travel in 2012 basing on our passion and knowledge with the dream to show tourists around the globe more about Vietnam’s beautiful attractions and to be the travellers’ best local partner for their enjoyable Vietnam holidays of unforgetable memory.

Hope this personsal blog do some help for your Vietnam trip plans ! Any questions or support you need, feel free to let me know.....

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Ban Vu Dinh

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