When I was in Vietnam, I have visited Mù Cang Chải town which is located around 300km north-west of Hà Nội (Hanoi). This town is surrounded by mountain with many Hmong villages and beautiful rice terraces.
Hmong is ethnic originally from China living in mountainous region mostly in northern parts of South-East Asia like Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar. These people live in traditional wooden simple houses with soil floor and growing rice in typical terraces on mountain. Women wear typical dresses – patterned skirt and headscarf. During the Hmong New Year they celebrate harvesting and wear very traditional closing which is more patterned then everyday closing.
How to get from Hà Nội to Mù Cang Chải:
- Mù Cang Chải town is located here – GPS: 21.850594, 104.089827.
- There is a everyday morning local bus from Mỹ Đình Bus station in Hà Nội, GPS: 21.028370, 105.778296. In the Ticket counter, they will not sell you bus ticket in advance, you have to buy it just before departure.
Mù Cang Chải is a small town. Vietnamese and Thai ethnics live in the town. Hmong people live around in mountain villages. To get there is not hard, need just walk up to the the mountain. You can follow path or small road from the town and after 1 or 2 hour walking you can reach Hmong village with beautiful rice terraces. They growing rice by wet way on these terraces. Wet way means that they fill water and plant rice on that field.
My photos from Hmong villages around Mù Cang Chải:
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