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Tu Le Terraced Fields: Mu Cang Chai Tours & Attractions

Geographical Location of Tu Le

Tu Le is a valley located in Van Chan district, Yen Bai province, in the Northwest region of Vietnam. This area is about 200 kilometers northwest of Hanoi. Nestled between two high mountain ranges, Tu Le valley has a cool climate all year round and beautiful natural scenery, especially famous for its stretching terraced fields.

Introduction to Tu Le Terraced Fields

Introduction to Tu Le Terraced Fields

It is not difficult to understand that located at the gateway to Mu Cang Chai, Tu Le along with La Pan Tan and De Xu Phinh during the golden season, the terraced fields of Yen Bai province attract so many tourists. But unlike other places, Tu Le field feels much closer and is not located precariously on hills or deep in the valley. It's also a terraced field, but comfortable and located along the highway. Tu Le's beauty is as if you could raise your hand to touch it, lift your nose to smell it, and you could inhale the plump sticky scent into your chest.

In recent years, along with the development of information, Tu Le tourism has also changed. Roads have been carefully invested, and the road to the hot springs has also been repaired, the commune center now has many accommodation establishments serving tourists.

Local History and Culture

Tu Le captivates not only with its scenic beauty but also with the distinctive culture of the Thái and H’Mông ethnic groups living here. The local people created these miraculous terraced fields hundreds of years ago, turning steep hills into rice cultivation terraces. Every year, during the harvest season, people often organize traditional festivals with singing and dancing performances, worshiping ceremonies, and unique folk games, creating a joyful and festive atmosphere rich in national identity. 

The Beauty of Tu Le Terraced Fields

Falling Water Season

Around May to June, when the rainy season begins, the terraced fields in Tu Le are covered with water. Water flows down from above, creating sparkling mirrors in the sunlight. This scene creates a magical natural picture, reflecting the blue sky and white clouds.

Ripe Rice Season

From September to October every year, Tu Le terraced fields put on the brilliant yellow shirt of ripe rice fields. This is the time when many tourists come to visit and admire the wild and charming beauty of this land. Ripe rice fields stretch out like giant golden carpets, reflecting the sunlight, and creating a beautiful natural picture.

Tu Le Golden Season

Tu Le Golden Season

Rice Waves On Terraced Fields

From a distance, Tu Le terraced fields look like golden waves winding between the vast sky and earth. Each step is a work of art meticulously carved by the skillful hands of the farmer. This scene not only captivates people's hearts but also brings a feeling of peace and relaxation. The ripened rice terraces, mixed with the green of the forest trees, create a colorful landscape picture.

Tu Le Terraced Fields Travel Experience

Ideal Time to Visit

The ripe rice season from September to October is the best time to visit Tu Le terraced fields. In addition, the water-pouring season from May to June is also an interesting choice. This season, terraced fields look like giant mirrors, shimmering in the sunlight, bringing a different but no less charming beauty.

How to Get to Tu Le

From Hanoi and other northern provinces, you can choose to travel by motorbike or by coach. To make it easier when scheduling, please see the Tu Le travel experience when choosing the means of transportation suggested by many people below:

Coach: You can buy a Limousine bus ticket from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai and travel for about 7 hours with a ticket price of about 250,000 – 350,000 VND. Popular bus companies that you can choose are: Anh Khang, Authentic, Cuong Lan,… When you arrive in Nghia Lo, you will rent a motorbike or motorbike taxi to get to Tu Le.

Private car or car rental: Currently, there is the Hanoi – Lao Cai expressway, then into Yen Bai city, so you can rent a bus or drive your own car to go, which is also extremely reasonable. Travel time only takes about 6 hours.

Motorbike: For those of you who like backpacking, you can also take this opportunity to experience it. With only 6 hours of time and the road being quite easy, there is nothing more wonderful than being able to see the full beauty of nature when you arrive in Tu Le, such as Khau Pha Pass – one of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam.

Viewed from above, Tu Le looks like a basin nestled between three large hills: Khau Song, Khau Than, and Khau Pha. Therefore, whether you live near or far, when you come here, you will receive the most worthy gifts.

Accommodation and Dining in Tu Le

Tu Le has many homestays and motels imbued with national culture, bringing a feeling of closeness and warmth. Some famous homestays, such as Xuan Huong Homestay, Ban Duoc Homestay, etc., are all good choices. Visitors can experience the daily life of indigenous people, participate in agricultural activities, and enjoy traditional dishes.

Com Tu Le

Com Tu Le

Regarding cuisine, visitors cannot miss Tu Le green rice, a famous specialty made from sweet and fragrant young rice grains, or fragrant upland sticky rice. Com Tu Le is handmade, from selecting young rice grains to the roasting and pounding process, creating a unique flavor that cannot be found anywhere else. In addition, there are other dishes such as grilled stream fish, buffalo meat, and corn wine – specialties of the Northwest mountains and forests.

Experiential Activities at Tu Le Terraced Fields

Take Pictures And Enjoy The Beautiful Scenery

With a majestic and poetic landscape, Tu Le terraced fields are an ideal place for those who love taking photos. Visitors can easily see beautiful shooting angles with terraced fields running one after another to the horizon. Photos taken in Tu Le not only capture beautiful moments but also show the unique culture of this land.

Enjoy The Beautiful Scenery

Enjoy The Beautiful Scenery

Learn about Indigenous Culture

In addition to sightseeing, visitors also have the opportunity to learn about and experience local culture through people's daily activities, such as harvesting rice, making com, or participating in traditional festivals. This will be an interesting experience to help visitors better understand the life and culture of indigenous people. These activities are not only entertaining but also educational, helping visitors gain a deeper insight into the culture and history of this land.

Hot Spring Bathing

Specially blessed by nature, Tu Le also owns a year-round hot spring that is famous near and far. Even there is no shortage of international visitors who are not afraid of difficulties and distances but also come here to immerse themselves in the Chao hot spring located in the center of the commune. The hot springs here not only help relax but also have healing effects and are good for health. Mineral-rich hot water from the ground can help relieve stress, muscle pain and improve blood circulation.

Tips When Traveling To Tu Le Terraced Fields

Prepare your luggage

When coming to Tu Le, visitors should prepare all necessary items, such as clothes, climbing shoes, cameras, and other personal items. In particular, if you go during the ripe rice season, you should bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. For those who go in the rainy season, you need to prepare a raincoat and waterproof shoes to avoid getting wet.

Respect Local Culture

Tourists visiting Tu Le should respect the culture and customs of the local people. This not only helps you have a better travel experience but also contributes to protecting and preserving the cultural identity of this land. Always respect the living space, traditional costumes, and regulations of the local people.

Respect Local Culture

Respect Local Culture

Environmental protection

Please maintain environmental hygiene, do not litter and comply with local regulations. Environmental protection will help preserve the natural beauty of Tu Le terraced fields for future generations. Use environmentally friendly products and limit the use of plastic bags and plastic bottles.


Tu Le terraced fields are not only a majestic natural beauty but also a symbol of the diligence and creativity of the indigenous people. For those who love to explore and learn about culture, Tu Le will definitely be a destination not to be missed. Plan your trip to enjoy and experience the beauty here!

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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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