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Mu Cang Chai Location: Tours & Places

Mu Cang Chai is a mountainous district in Yen Bai province in the North of Vietnam. Famous for its lyrical and extremely poetic beauty, along with its extremely diverse cultural identity, this place has become a destination that attracts thousands of visitors each year. But do you know the specific location of this wonderful land? Understanding more about the location of a place you want to explore will help you have a better experience when starting your journey here. Below is the information you need to pay attention to if you intend to set foot here.

Mu Cang Chai is a wonderful land located in Vietnam

Mu Cang Chai: A wonderful land

Mu Cang Chai: A wonderful land

Vietnam is blessed by nature with an extremely rich and diverse territory with many different types of terrain and soil layers, each area will have its own beauty and will have its own unique advantages, own identity and customs. And it can be said that Mu Cang Chai is a once-in-a-century land with the most wonderful elements located in Vietnam, becoming an indispensable part of the entire country of Vietnam.

Mu Cang Chai is a mountainous district in the west of Yen Bai province, with an area of 1,197.89 km², covered with lush green vegetation, making Mu Cang Chai extremely cool and pleasant. In addition, because it is located at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, more than 1000m above sea level, Mu Cang Chai is always cold and sometimes bitterly cold all year round. The North borders Van Ban district, Lao Cai province; The South borders Muong La district, Son La province; The West borders Cam Yen district, Lai Chau province and the East borders Van Chan district and Van Yen district. Thanks to being adjacent to many territories of many different provinces, Mu Cang Chai has a diversity coming from many different regions and many different cultures and customs.

Terrain of Mu Cang Chai

Terrain of Mu Cang Chai

Terrain of Mu Cang Chai

Because it is located at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son range, the slope of Mu Cang Chai is about 40 degrees, with some areas having a slope of up to 70 degrees. Although Mu Cang Chai does not have large rivers flowing across it, the number of small streams and water streams originating from Hoang Lien Son is extremely large, estimated at dozens of streams, creating a system extremely dense and building an extremely diverse and rich natural forest ecosystem. The terrain of Mu Cang Chai also creates conditions for the formation of many multi-layer waterfalls such as Nam Mo waterfall, De Thang waterfall,…

Over many years of history and many geological movements, Mu Cang Chai has created the iconic high mountain ranges of this land: Pung Luong Peak with an altitude of 2985m; Phu Ba peak with an altitude of 2512m; Mo De peak has an altitude of 2100m and other high peaks. The high mountain peaks combined with the construction of the pass have turned the pristine mountain ranges into beautiful roads that you can stop and admire every time you set foot here.

The beauty of terraced fields – symbol of Mu Cang Chai

Terrace fields in Mu Cang Chai

Terrace fields in Mu Cang Chai

When mentioning Mu Cang Chai, it would be remiss if we did not mention the terraced fields stretching endlessly across the extremely majestic hills. This is the favorite destination of tourists every time they visit Mu Cang Chai and is also a destination rated by many prestigious magazines in the world as one of the places worth experiencing.

The area of terraced fields is about 2,200 hectares. In addition to bringing high cultural and aesthetic value to all domestic and foreign tourists, the terraced fields also play an extremely important role as a source of rice for the locality as well as an effective erosion prevention plan for people in neighboring areas.

To come to the poetic terraced fields, you will need to take note of the following notes to be able to capture the beauty of the terraced fields to your liking:

The terraced fields are most beautiful in two seasons, the first season is when the fields are flooded and the second season is when the rice is ripe. The watering season usually takes place in May and June, this is the time when farmers build dikes and bring water into the fields to prepare for plowing, sowing and transplanting rice. At this time, the fields will look like giant mirrors, reflecting into the sky, very suitable for taking pictures from above.

The second season when terraced fields look extremely beautiful is the ripe rice season, which usually takes place in September and October. This is the time when farmers will harvest their fruits after a trying season. The shimmering yellow color of the sun combined with the color of ripe rice creates an unforgettable beauty for visitors. At this time, the local government will organize festivals in parallel with the ripe rice season to attract the maximum number of tourists to Mu Cang Chai.

It would be a mistake to miss terraced rice fields when traveling to Mu Cang Chai. Remember and visit once to experience the wonderful beauty of this place.

Tourist map for those who are planning to come to Mu Cang Chai

If you only use one day to experience all the famous places of Mu Cang Chai, it is definitely not enough because it has many beautiful landscapes and is worth experiencing. So below are Collection of tourist attractions that you must definitely visit if you set foot in Mu Cang Chai.

Khau Pha Pass

Khau Pha Pass

Khau Pha Pass

As one of the four great passes of the Northwest region, Vietnam, Khau Pha Pass will always be a destination that you will feel guilty if you miss. The road can be said to be quite dangerous because it has a high slope and is extremely zigzag and winding, it will be quite risky if you move on this pass. But when you get there and look down, it is definitely a gift that Khau Pha Pass gives you because its beauty can be said to be unique, at the top of the pass, we can see terraced fields arranged in layers one after another stretching across an entire hill, along with the smell of ripe rice wafting throughout the area that will make you extremely linger.

This is also the favorite place to catch the sunrise for backpackers because this pass challenges their desire to experience as well as having a position to catch the sunlight that can be said to be wonderfully beautiful. So when coming to Mu Cang Chai, if it’s convenient, stop by Khau Pha pass.

Lim Thai Village

Lim Thai Village

Lim Thai Village

Home to the Thai ethnic community in Mu Cang Chai, Lim Thai village will be a place to heal your soul with the unique and novel customs of the Thai people as well as the peaceful and simple beauty of the highland village scene. From Tu Le town, go another 5km and there will be a road leading to the village. The first thing that attracts you will definitely be the view of the small village, with no high-rise buildings, no street lights, no Modern roads, only simple houses, dirt roads and lots of trees, so the atmosphere in Lim Thai village is always pleasant and popular with tourists when they come here to have fun.

Lim Mong Village

Lim Mong Village

Lim Mong Village

As a small village in Cao Pha commune, Lim Mong village is loved by tourists for its wild and extremely peaceful beauty. This is also a favorite place for backpackers because of its wonderful roads. To get here, you have to go through Lim Thai village and according to the experience of some previous tourists, the road to Lim Mong village is not easy and extremely dangerous, so you intend to come here to experience it, please pay close attention to the road.

Pu Nhu Waterfall

Pu Nhu Waterfall

Pu Nhu Waterfall

As one of the most famous and beautiful waterfalls in this place, Pu Nhu waterfall always leaves a deep impression on tourists every time they come to admire the beauty. The special thing about this waterfall is that even though it is only located 1.5km from Highway 32, you will never see this waterfall from the highway, it can be said that nature has deliberately hidden it.

The water of the waterfall is always white and continuously falls from above, creating an extremely poetic and cool scene. Right at the foot of the waterfall there is also a lake called Dragon Lake. On hot days, many tourists come here to relieve stress as well as keep beautiful memories for themselves and their families.


The location of Mu Cang Chai can be said to be unique in a thousand years in Vietnam, with all the elements bestowed by nature, from the mountains to the plains. A trip to Mu Cang Chai is not simply a trip, but it is also a journey, a discovery of new features, new cultures and a journey of healing for yourself after tiring days of studying and working. Quickly pack your backpack and go to this place to see how beautiful this great land of Vietnam is.

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Amazing Mu Cang Chai in 3 days/2 nights

Che Cu Nha Village Tour
Che Cu Nha Village Tour
Che Cu Nha Village
Che Cu Nha Village
Yen Bai - Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace (14)
Yen Bai - Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace (14)
Sapa Tavan Village
Sapa Tavan Village
Sapa Vietnam Travel
Sapa Vietnam Travel
Sapa Autumn
Sapa Autumn
Sapa Summer
Sapa Summer
Che Cu Nha Village Tour
Che Cu Nha Village
Yen Bai - Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace (14)
Sapa Tavan Village
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Sapa Autumn
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Tours Itinerary

Day 01

Hanoi – Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai (L,D)

  • Impress Travel – Mu Cang Chai Tours department will pick you up at the hotel, then driving to west of Hanoi following the national way – No.32 to Nghia Lo district of Yen Bai province.
  • Have lunch in a local restaurant in Nghia Lo, then keep on driving up to Mu Cang Chai.
  • We stop-over in Tu Le for visiting and admire the imposing landscape of mountains and valleys and the beautiful rice terrace field of this area – Tu Le, Van Ban district of Yen Bai province.
  • Mu Cang Chai, dinner and overnight

Day 02

Mu Cang Chai – Nghia Lo (B,L,D)

  • Visiting & take photograph Che Cu Nha Rice Terrace Field of Hmong people
  • Visiting & take photographs Che Xu Phinh, La Phan Tan – it was recognized as the national landscape of Vietnam in 2007.
  • Return to Mu Cang Chai for lunch
  • Leaving Mu Cang Chai to Nghia Lo, free to discover the wildland of Nghia Lo, then dinner and overnight here.

Day 03

Mu Cang Chai – Nghia Lo (B,L,D)

  • Enjoy the fresh air and breakfast in Nghi Lo, check out the hotel or homestay
  • Leaving Nghia Lo to visit Suoi Giang Eco-Park where is a part of Hong Lien Son national park, it is home to ancient green tea, we walk around to know about the special green tea of Vietnam and take photographs in the tea garden.
  • Visiting Hoc village where is hot-steam, the traveler can enjoy and have a bath in the natural hot-water of the stream.
  • Have lunch, then return to Hanoi. The trip is over and enjoys a great time with Impress Travel

What’s included in this trip:

  • A/C accommodation -Stay overnight at homestay ( Homestay is clean, the basis of bedding with the cleanness of pillow, blankets, net-mosquito and western bathroom style) with breakfast
  • A/C transfer from Airports to hotel and other tourist destinations according to the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • English- speaking guides
  • Entrance fees,
  • Mineral water ( 2 bottles/ per day with sightseeing tour )

What’s excluded in this trip:

  • All international and domestic flights
  • Specified as Chinese/ Malaysian/ Indonesian/ Thai speaking guide can be available on request to pay for extra-fee.
  • Travel Insurance
  • All meals not mentioned
  • Tips for tour guides, drivers, crew members in Halong Bay, other attendants if may have (3USD/pax/day)
  • Other personal expenses not mentioned
  • For tailor-made, customized tour, or private tour please email to customize@impresstravel.com




Room Type


Sapa  3 -star Hotels


Homestay in Nghia Lo & Mu Cang Chai.

Optional to have a preference for a stay in Hotel as your request.


The hotels and cruise are subject to change to similar category in case of fully booked

October 2019

North Vietnam - Sapa, Halong Bay, Hanoi+ Bai Dinh

Mr Tommy, on behalf of our group, we thank you for your efforts in putting together such a memorable vacation and experience of Sapa, overnight train, Halong Bay, Hanoi + Bai Dinh, your tour guides are so knowledgeable, passionate + helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we will certainly recommend your tour agency to our friends and share our experiences in social media.
Thumbs up, best regards, 

April 2019

Amazing tour in Saigon Ho Chi Min

We took the two amazing tours, Cu Chi tunnels and Mekong Delta, the information was perfect, we learned a lot, the landscape was so beautiful and our both guides Mr. Lee and Mr. Law were the best in the world, very friendly and professional. Thanks!

December 2019


I booked with Impress Travel in July. My contact person was Tommy Thang. He is an amazing person. He was very helpful. He changed my program twice for me. Very accommodating!
We started our holiday in the north (Sapa)of Vietnam and travelled down to HCMC.
The tour was fantastic, Tommy's arrangements were to the"T".
I will always use them if I have to visit the area again and recommend them to one and all.
Thank you once again Mr.Tommy and the Impress Team.
Sulaiman Pochee
South Africa

ebrahim S
January 2020

Tour of Vietnam

Impress travel were amazing. Did my bookings with Daniel for our tour of Vietnam and I must say Daniel was very professional and prompt with his services. All the arrangement, plans, pick-up & drop-off services, hotels, vehicles, sightseeing tours and guides were spot on and excellent. Did 4 nights Hanoi, 1 night Hà Long Bay cruise, 3 nights Hoian, 4 nights Saigon and 1 night in Can Tho. It was totally awesome. Every part of the journey was superbly arranged and planned. I will highly recommend Impress Travel for anyone interested in visiting Vietnam. Very organized and reliable!

January 2020

So glad I found Impress Travel

At first, I was just planning a trip to Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Ninh Binh for my small family.
Some close friends heard about our plans and wanted to join the trip. Eventually the group grew to be 7 families, with 25 adults and children of varying interests and expectations.
 While I was excited at the prospect of touring Vietnam with good friends, I felt anxiously responsible to ascertain that everything must be well organized and everyone satisfied. This is why I am so very, very glad to have found Impress Travel. Mr. Mark responded quickly to all my inquiries, customized a wonderful trip according to the group's preferences, tirelessly worked out every detail for our 7-day trip, all at a reasonable price. Our guide, Trung, is knowledgeable, helpful, quick to respond to any need, and well-loved by everyone in the group. All my friends found this a marvelous trip, filled with beautiful memories, very much to my delight and relief!

Dave Chia Hong
November 2019

Vietnam Travel with Mr. Mark

It was amazing place to visit in the north of vietnam , we really enjoy all the trip especially their foods , culture, beautiful view and so on.

November 2019

Hanoi,Sapa,Hanoi,Danang,Hanoi 8D7N Online searching for a reliable travel agent n come across Impress Travel. Contacted

Accommodations were good especially Thang Long Espana Hotel (the Hotel Management automated upgraded us to VIP rooms.Is really unexpected). Overalled tours n places visited very well but only local guides r not good organizing the itineraries. Especially at Sapa Lao Cai and Cat Cat Villages walking tours push to the same day about 8hours for 7km (which is on 1st&2nd days arrival) so tiring. Lunch not good enough 4 so many hours of walking. In Danang Bana Hill the local guide shd arrange 2 visit Bana Hill 1st n not last coz' spend a short time n not nice photos taken due to rain (went in morning time no rain).
Overall tours, hotels, transportation, prices are strongly recommended. Especially Daniel Dang Impress Travel for welcoming and bye-bye wishes.
Daniel Dang tks from 8 of us having a wonderful time n memorable trip for 8D7N Sapa, Hanoi, Danang with Impress Travel. Meet u all again.

November 2019

5days Hanoi-Tam Coc-Ninh Binh-Halong Bay

We are family of 6 from Singapore and Malaysia joining Hanoi Impress Travel on 30 October-04 November 2019. We are really impressed with the company and tour guides with their professionalism and well organised arrangement. Lily is our guide for Hanoi, Tam Coc and Ninh Binh. She is excellent and very informative. She even taking care of us until late night. We walk us from Old Quarters to the hotel and brought us to try the famous road side foods. She even helped us to pay for our order to avoid overcharge by the stall. Another guide, David BK (Swan Cruise) brought us to Halong Bay cruise. He is excellent and humorous. He handles everything throughout the trip. He served meals for guests on the cruise, organised happy hour, guiding us for Kayaking, teaching Taiji and cooking class on cruise. The cruise ship is ok and the hotel in Hanoi-Adamas Hotel is small but new and clean with reasonable ok breakfast. Anyway thank you for the wonderful arrangement.

November 2019

Professional and well organized

We booked a 8 day private tour package for 9 persons for Northern and Central Vietnam . We experienced great and very professional service from the Impress travel team. Tommy was very easy to contact and accommodated our requests.
All the tour guides were very good, spoke good English, friendly and patient. All the vehicles were very clean , spacious enough for our group of 6 adults and 3 children. The drivers were extremely safe and ontime.
Meals were served in clean restaurants.
Overall we had a good holiday .Thank you Tommy and Impress travel for a great experience.

November 2019

Great service from Impress travel during in Hanoi

We booked package for 9 persons in Hanoi and i was experienced great service during my stay! the PIC (Mr. Mark) was very pleasant and so easily to contact, i was communicated so easily for trip preparation..the tour guide for Trang An was good, Mr Hiep was helped us very well, and he was so patient on witing us shopping! Thank you Hiep!!
during in Hanoi we were stayed in great hotel with nice service also, and during in Halong Bay, they also choosen the best cruise for us! Swan cruise and also the Mr Cong was great!! thank you!!
for transporation, the car was good and driver are pleasant, but only a little bit communication since the driver less good in english. but overall great!!
all the choosen food for lunch and dinner was delicious
Thank you so much Impress travel

November 2019

Excellent, Polite and Helpful Team

Impress Travels has been very helpful in making our vietnam travel amazing. We were a bunch of 7 friends wanting to go on a budget trip covering most locations. Hence, this subjected to a lot of changes during our discussion with the tour guide Daniel.
However, he has been patient enough in hearing out our needs - be it itienary , hotel bookings or even the mode of payment.

They really understand your needs. And needless to say our experience was amazing. All of this support and help has really made our vietnam trip the most memorable as far ❤️

November 2019

5D/4N Hanoi-Ninh Binh- Halong Bay

I was searching for a reliable travel agent and come across Impress Travel and the many reviews of them. I booked 5D/4N, Hanoi-Trang An-Halong Bay private trip for a party of 6. I communicated with Mr Daniel Dang throughout the time until the day we arrived. Mr Daniel is very patient, helpful, and accommodating to our requirements despite many changes made to the itinerary. The price is very reasonable unlike other travel agents.
Our tour guide, Lily was very friendly and efficientknowledgeable and speak good English.
Highly recommend “Trang An Boat Tour”. The caves was spectacular and beautifully.
2D/1N Halong Bay – Swan Cruise was awesome with amazing view of the cave. Our guide Mr David was hilarious, helpful, accommodating, and everything was well organized. Beside the normal
activities of kayaking, swimming, Tai Chi, culinary lesson, we are indeed very very fortunate to have
the chance to celebrate the “Mooncake Festival” while cruising and admiring the full moon.
Spread of mooncake, dessert, sweet snack, fruits, cocktail, beer and mini dragon dance complete the celebration. Tourists from all over the world party all night long.

Although we paid for a 3-star package, the hotel (Thang Long Espana Hotel), meals and transport provided were also above average. Our gang have a very enjoyable and memorable trip in Hanoi.
Impress Travel really impressed us with their service and will engage their service in future.
P/S:- Don’t worry, Impress Travel CAN be trusted.

November 2019

16 days Private Tour

Hanoi – Duong Lam - Halong Bay – Hue – Danang – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong Delta – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho – Phu Quoc Island - Ho Chi Minh city.
It is worth talking about details, say what you want to see, watch the hotels, indicate which rooms you want, the office will organize everything for you. I highly recommend!
The whole trip was arranged with the active help of Mr. Daniel Dang.

November 2019

Our 3 week tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos was excellent

Thanks to Mr Tommy and staff for putting together an active and interesting tour in all 3 countries. In every city or town we had we met by very nice, friendly and knowledgeable guides. We went in June which was HOT HOT HOT and were always so happy to have an air conditioned vehicle with cold water waiting for us. We traveled by planes, trains, automobiles and boats and all were fabulously coordinated by Mr Tommy without fail. The selection of sites helped us enjoy so many aspects of all 3 countries!


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