I - How to get here?
1 - From Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai
Catching a bus from Hanoi takes you around 7 -7.5 hours depending on each bus company and weather conditions. And, the drop off places will be at the town center.
Riding a motorbike from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai is cost-effective and also suitable for those who are healthy, love nature, and want to have the opportunity to explore the beautiful mountain passes in Vietnam. Tourists will move along the NH32 route easily. You can also visit Tien Nu Cave (Tu Le commune, Van Chan district, Yen Bai province) on the way. However, this road also has many relatively sharp turns and turns at the end of the stage, so visitors need to pay attention.
Moving from Sapa to Mu Cang Chai is not too difficult, and you can go along NH32. Please note that: Till 2020, none of the bus companies have exploited or launched transfer services between the 2 destinations.
The price is about 3,500,000 VND/ 4-seater car /one-way (~ $ 150.86).
Traveling by motorbike will give you a lot of experience, especially having a panoramic view of O Quy Ho pass - one of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam. However, most of the roads are mountain roads, winding pass paths with fog and cold wind, so it is quite dangerous. Make sure you wear enough protective gear and run at a slow and steady pace.
II - Mu Cang Chai weather information
III - Place to visit
1 - Mu Cang Chai rice terraces
- You may need: Top stunning rice fields in Vietnam
2 - Mam Xoi Hill
The way to the Mam Xoi hill in Mu Cang Chai Vietnam is quite easy, visitors can ride a motorbike with a driver about 60,000 VND / one-way (~ 2.5 $), entrance tickets are about 20,000 VND/person (~ 0.86 $). Tickets to the Tam Giac Mach (Buckwheat) flower garden are about 10,000 VND / person / time (~ $ 0.43).
2 - Khau Pha Pass
It is the place where H' mong people pray to the Giang God (the god of the upland ethnic people) when crops fail or something bad because they believe that from here, God can hear them. At the same time, Khau Pha is also the place where the "Cloud Warriors" have made great contributions to the nation's anti-French colonialism by taking advantage of the rugged terrain and cloudiness all year round.
The entire pass is a gravel, bumpy and pebble road with dozens of sleeve bends (short slope, short bends and zigzag), so many adventurous tourists love that. However, this road is also quite dangerous because there are no barriers, no signs, and landslides easily occur.
3 - Che Cu Nha Commune
4 - The villages in La Pan Tan
5 - Lim Mong village
6 - Mo Waterfall
7 - Thai Village
8 - Tu Le Village
III - Unforgettable experiences in Mu Cang Chai
1 - Wearing costumes of the upland ethnic groups
- Mam Xoi Hill - Terraced fields.
- Khau Pha Pass - the area of the photo with Tam Giac Mach flowers.
2 - Traveling by motorbike
Each street owns a peaceful corner, the wild beauty of the Northwest mountains with murmuring streams, terraced fields, charming scenery or small houses along the forest rolling white smoke every afternoon. All create a unique attraction for this mountainous area, making each "adventurer" remember forever even once. Moreover, the daily life of indigenous people such as harvesting, bathing in streams, ... also makes visitors excited.
3 - Discovering cuisine
Tu Le sticky rice
Just a bowl of white sticky rice, but the rice seeds in Tu Le give the sticky rice dish much more fragrant and sticky than usual. The legend of the ancients said that the rice grain here is a heavenly seed and has the hand planted by a goddess so it can keep the sweetness of heaven and earth, the aroma of such glutinous seeds. A plate of hot sticky rice in the morning with white shrimp or sesame salt will surely surprise visitors by its rich and delicious taste.
Tu Le green sticky rice
Also from those delicious rice seeds, but under the skillful hands of the people, you can produce fragrant, sticky rice. The ingredients for making nuggets are young sticky rice (rice seeds with intact milk) that are harvested and then crushed by hand and roasted over high heat. The side dish with nuggets is usually a ripe banana.
Five -colors sticky rice
Sticky rice in Mu Cang Chai Vietnam with 05 different colors made from natural ingredients such as sticky rice, gac, pineapple leaves, fresh turmeric, ... Each color has its own meaning: green is the color of the Northwestern mountains and forests; yellow represents one's wishes; the red color represents aspiration; Purple represents loyalty and love in white.
For many tourists, this dish seems quite "horrifying", but when you try it once, you will remember it forever. The grasshoppers are fried golden, crispy, and spicy with lemon leaves. However, to enjoy this dish, visitors have to come here around May - September because this season there are many new grasshoppers and it is best to book in advance.
A popular fruit of the Northwestern mountains has a characteristic acrid and sour taste but can be processed into many different delicious dishes such as wine immersion, salt guava, making umbrellas, ... Meo Apple is also a valuable medicine in traditional medicine that supports heartburn treatment, diarrhea control, low blood pressure, ... with the name Son Tra. Here, visitors can easily enjoy a glass of cider, sweet, mellow, and quite easy to drink.
Some restaurants could be mentioned as:
- Quyen Huong Restaurant: Group 3, Town center - 0942,447,103.
- Tuan Thuy Restaurant: Group 3, Town center - 0977 279 165.
- Hang Beo Restaurant: Group 4, Town center - 0944 904 047.
- See more: Discover Vietnamese cuisine
IV - Other information
1 - Mu Cang Chai Tours
- Dai Nam Investment Trading and Travel International Company: Time 2D1N, tour price is 1,450,000 VND / person (~ 625 $). Contact phone number: 0243 2 22 72 555 / +84 948 895 836. Depart from Hanoi.
- Dream Travel Co. Ltd.: Tour 3D2N, 1.750.000d price / person (~ $ 75.43). Contact phone number: +84 903 288 255. Depart from Hanoi
- Origin Viet Nam Company Limited: Tour 2D3N, prices from 136.8 $ / person. Contact phone number: Tel: +84 243 954 1206. Depart from Hanoi
For those who want to experience this land by motorbike, you can refer to the following motorbike rental locations: Tuyen Mai rental shop, Group 6 - Town center - Yen Bai. Phone: 0962 640 931.
2 - Places to stay in Mu Cang Chai
Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge - 3 *
The resort possesses airy space, a large view, and is designed according to the typical stilt house architecture of the people here. Here visitors can admire the daily activities of the indigenous people such as terraced fields in the pouring season, sowing, transplanting rice, ...
- Address: Nam Khat Village
- Room price: 250,000 - 425,000 VND / person / night ( ~ 10.7 - 18.3 $)
- Phone: 098 90 90 90 8
Huong Siu Homestay
Place residence is designed in the style of the floor of the indigenous people with an area of 100m 2 with full utility subdivision, bringing the most comfortable experience. From here, visitors can easily catch the sunrise, enjoy the dishes prepared by indigenous people or immerse themselves in the green space of flowers. It has 4 bedrooms, a large community room suitable for groups of 8 - 15 people.
- Address: Town center
- Room price: 250,000 - 320,000 VND / room / night (~ 10.7 - 13.79 $)
- Phone number: 0346612443
Mu Cang Chai Dream House
Possessing airy space, designing houses in the style of indigenous stilt houses with natural wood material, creating a cool winter feeling. Coming here, visitors can enjoy the fresh air, peaceful to try wearing the colorful costumes of the H' mong people, or watch the romantic road with Triangular Flowers.
- Address: La Pan Tan communes
- Room price: ~ 250,000 VND / room / night (~ 10.77 $)
- Phone number: 098 979 2884
3 - Mu Cang Chai map
It is obvious that Mu Cang Chai Vietnam is one of the most beautiful upland districts in the Northwestern mountainous region where people still retain the traditional beauty, inherent wet rice cultivation methods, and national delicacies.