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Activities to do in Mu Cang Chai: Tours & Trip Plan

Mu Cang Chai, in Yen Bai province, more than 300 km North of Hanoi capital, is known as a real paradise in Vietnam. This place is popular with tourists thanks to its charming scenery all year round, diverse culture and many festivals including unique activities. Every year, Mu Cang Chai welcomes thousands of domestic and foreign visitors to visit and experience, all of whom have extremely interesting and wonderful experiences when visiting this land. And if you are planning to travel to Mu Cang Chai, here are the things you need to know.

Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai

The right time to travel

It can be said that Mu Cang Chai is one of the few places with beautiful scenery all year round, so you can freely decide when to pack your backpack. In the spring, the air is cool, the sky is clear, young rice sprouts are growing on the water, hundreds of flowers bloom, then in the summer, green rice grows, creating terraced fields surrounded by green. During the harvest season around early June, the fields seem to be covered with a layer of glass on the surface, looking like a giant mirror illuminating the whole sky. Finally, in winter, wild peach blossoms fill the forests, creating an extremely poetic scene.

Mu Cang Chai in the ripe rice season

Mu Cang Chai in the ripe rice season

Weather conditions in Mu Cang Chai

Because it has mountainous terrain and located in the Northwest highlands, the climate in Mu Cang Chai is always cold all year round, the temperature sometimes drops as low as 0 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature in Mu Cang Chai also hovers around somewhere around 28 – 29 degrees Celsius. So when coming to this highland land, prepare yourself with warm items and a thick jacket.

Mu Cang Chai in the rainy season

Mu Cang Chai in the rainy season

Budget planning for Mu Cang Chai trip

No matter what purpose you come to Mu Cang Chai for, be it sightseeing rice fields or experiencing cultural identity, you must prepare for yourself a very detailed and solid budget to be able to easily spend and prevent risks from occurring. Below are the budget suggestions we offer for your reference to have the best trip to Mu Cang Chai.

First is transportation costs. Assuming the starting point is the capital Hanoi, there are two popular ways you can choose to get to Mu Cang Chai: Take a bus or ride a motorbike on your own. To take a bus, it will cost you about 400,000 – 500,000 VND for a round-trip ticket. The advantage of this option is that you will have a safe trip and sleep comfortably until you arrive. If you love adventure and freedom, you can choose to ride a motorbike, the cost of gasoline is about 300,000 VND. The advantage is that you can see extremely majestic scenery along the way. However, the downside is that it will be quite dangerous when the road has many passes and twists and turns.



Next is the accommodation cost. In Mu Cang Chai, there are many places providing accommodation services for tourists with price categories suitable for many different budgets. However, the accommodation cost for tourists that you should prepare to have a comfortable place to rest after a long day of exploring is somewhere around 400,000 – 600,000 VND/person. With such a price, you can book a room at many homestays and hotels that offer rooms at similar prices.



An indispensable cost for any travel trip is the cost of food. To keep your stomach full and experience as many specialties in Mu Cang Chai as possible, prepare a budget of about 1,000,000 VND/person. This is a quite reasonable budget and you can experience almost all the delicious dishes here. Budget may vary based on guests’ dining capabilities.



And finally, that is the cost of the experience. In Mu Cang Chai, there are many activities waiting for you to explore, so to be able to do your best on this trip, prepare a budget of about 600,000 – 1,000,000 VND to be able to participate in all the experiences and all game services in Mu Cang Chai.

Interesting places and activities in Mu Cang Chai

Coming to Mu Cang Chai, you will experience the most interesting places, each place will have its own unique features and will bring unique impressions to you.

First, you can experience immersing yourself in activities of going sightseeing the long terraced fields located on the hills. This is the place that can be said to create the brand for Mu Cang Chai. In each different season, the terraced fields will have different colors, creating unique beautiful scenes. Come here, breathe in the smell of green rice and take beautiful photos for yourself.

Next is Khau Pha Pass, where you can challenge yourself with paragliding. This is one of the most interesting activities when coming to Mu Cang Chai. When flying high above, you can see the panoramic view of Mu Cang Chai with ripe rice fields and blooming flower forests, all blending together and bringing a once-in-a-lifetime experience.Khau Pha PassKhau Pha Pass

Exploring the 60-year-old bamboo forest is also an experience that is hard to miss when coming to Mu Cang Chai. About 20 km from the town center, the bamboo forest has existed for more than half a century. It can be said to live with the development of Mu Cang Chai, attracting many tourists with its green beauty and tall penetrating sky bamboo trees. This place is also a famous supplier of bamboo shoot specialties to the North.

If your body is feeling tired, reward yourself by soaking in the hot water at Tram Tau hot spring. The completely natural underground hot water stream will help relieve stress and these types of activities can restore the spirit extremely well for tiring days of exploration.

Experience cuisine activities in Mu Cang Chai

The culinary flavors of the mountains and forests always give those who want to experience extremely different and unique activities, which is why the flavors of the dishes in Mu Cang Chai always bring great specialness and always makes diners nostalgic and want to experience it again.

Culinary flavors

Culinary flavors

That famous delicious dish is Mu Cang Chai sausage. Unlike other types of sausage, the sausage in Mu Cang Chai also has a combination of the smell of wood and the coldness of the highland weather, creating a unique flavor.

Mu Cang Chai sausage

Mu Cang Chai sausage

In addition, other dishes that can be mentioned such as grilled pork sandwiched with wild trees, grilled chicken, Mu Cang Chai black chicken, Mu Cang Chai sticky rice,… are all the most quintessential things of this land. All dishes have a very special flavor, the taste of the mountains and forests, rustic but extremely delicate and attractive.

Typical drink that you must try in Mu Cang Chai

When mentioning Mu Cang Chai, we cannot help but mention the extremely delicious and attractive wines. Fermented by the highlanders themselves, the taste of the cups of wine will make you hot and extremely excited. In addition, the ethnic people in Mu Cang Chai also have many extremely unique and delicious drinks that you will definitely experience if you set foot in this land.

Wine in Mu Cang Chai

Wine in Mu Cang Chai

Accommodation service in Mu Cang Chai

Accommodation services in Mu Cang Chai are currently quite stable and meet the needs of each group of tourists. There are many homestays and hotels with many segments from affordable to high-end, for groups of two people to collectives. The advantage of places to stay in Mu Cang Chai often has one thing in common: they often have extremely beautiful views, there’s nothing better than those activities of waking up in the morning to the sound of birds chirping and with a straight view out to endless terraced fields, right?



Special festivals and activities in Mu Cang Chai

As a sacred land in the highlands, Mu Cang Chai has many unique cultural festivals taking place each year to honor national identity and attract tourists to experience.

Every September, the terraced field festival takes place in Mu Cang Chai to express gratitude to heaven and earth for giving people a bountiful harvest while also displaying and promoting products and culture values to all visitors. Throughout the festival there will be extremely interesting games and activities to create the deepest impressions for visitors.

Highland market festivals are also regularly held, where many highland products will be displayed that visitors can freely choose and buy for themselves extremely unique and meaningful products that can be used as a gift for loved ones.

Highland market festivals

Highland market festivals


Choose a safe route for yourself and those around you: To get to Mu Cang Chai, there are many options, choose the most suitable and effective option to get to Mu Cang Chai.

Be careful when driving: Most tourists who choose to explore Mu Cang Chai often like to use motorbikes, because Mu Cang Chai has many winding roads and is located on steep slopes, so it will be very dangerous. Please slow down and pay close attention to ensure your safety.

If you are a nature lover and have a passion for always searching and exploring new worlds, a trip to Mu Cang Chai, a piece of Vietnam’s natural land, will be a constant idea. Give yourself a comfortable amount of time to explore all the wonderful things through local activities here, the beautiful scenery and wonderful people.

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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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