Introduction to Che Cu Nha village

Situated in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Che Cu Nha village is one of the 3 villages with the most beautiful terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai. The main population in Che Cu Nha village are Hmong people where most of them are farmers. The locals in Che Cu Nha Village can only produce and harvest one crop of rice each year.

The terrace rice fields in Che Cu Nha are known as National landscapes by the Ministry of Culture – Sport and Tourism. They are the Yen Bai festival Mu Cang Chai Terrace Rice Fields and continue to attract more and more tourists to Che Cu Nha and Mu Cang Chai.

This area of northwest Vietnam is poor and comparatively undeveloped, but very full of natural beauty. Che Cu Nha’s terrace rice fields extend across the mountainside, layer by layer reaching up as far as the eye can see, with about 2,200 hectares of rice terraces, of which 500 hectares of terraces over the 3 communes; La Pan Tan village, Che Cu Nha village and Ze Xu Phinh.

Rice Terrace is known as one of the distinctive landscapes of Vietnam and is one of the most ranked national landscapes. Because of the landscape’s steeply sloping topography, the terraced fields are rather narrow. The distance between each of the terraces is from 1 to 1.5m, in order to maintain the water resources on the soil and earth for developing rice on the slope of the mountain.

Cultural information

When coming to Che Cu Nha village, visitors can learn many unique customs and habits of the Mong people, especially brocade weaving. To create unique brocade products or costumes, it has to go through many stages, requiring the meticulousness and ingenuity of the hands of Hmong women such as planting flax, spinning yarn, printing wax, dyeing indigo and embroidery.


Transport to Che Cu Nha village

From Hanoi: Travel by Car/Taxi for around 7 hours, 327km. By train (Hanoi – Yen Bai is around 247km) then from Yen Bai you can travel by taxi or motorbike

From Sapa: It’s better to use a private car which takes about 4 hours for the 150km journey. It is worth noting that a local bus is available but is not as comfortable as by car.


What’s good to eat in Che Cu Nha Village?

The most famous dishes in Che Cu Nha village feature sausages, black chicken, wild bee pupae, and grilled pork. All dishes are elaborately prepared with a rich flavor of Tay Bac mountain and forest identity.

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    Top Tips for staying in Che Cu Nha Village

    You will have a chance to see the most beautiful rice field terraces of the year if you visit Che Cu Nha in May or September. If you want to explore the terraced fields of Che Cu Nha commune, the two most ideal times that you can consider are during the pouring water season and the golden rice season in Yen Bai. The water season here is usually from May to June.

    At this time, all the fields are flooded with water, creating a beauty that is both poetic and charming. The golden rice season in Yen Bai will be around September and October. The terraced fields of Che Cu Nha commune at this time will be more majestic and beautiful than ever. Coming here at the time of the ripe rice season, you will have the opportunity to admire the beautiful natural scenery, watch the cheerful people, joyfully go to the fields to harvest and immerse yourself in the picture of idyllic and rustic nature, full of charm. You can consider the right time to explore depending on your interests.

    It’s a great idea to do a Homestay tour and spend a night with Local host. You will have more chances to exchange culture with local people.


    Getting around the area 

    Getting around the terraced fields on foot is the best way to feel the fresh air, you will smell the aroma of ripe rice spreading flagrantly as you move around the village. Every ten steps you will see thatched roofs which have been temporarily erected so that farmers have a place to stop and rest after hours of hard work. Such an idyllic beauty, the natural picture of Yen Bai countryside has a unique charm that really appeals to people.

    Best Things to do in Che Cu Nha village 

    Exciting experiences behind the wheel: 

    The road to the rice terraces of Che Cu Nha commune is extremely rugged and full of stones, promising to bring a sense of thrill and adventure to any motorbike rider. Every step of the way, new challenges appear that make even those who have experienced it a few times, nervous. It's tough, but equally satisfying for a competent rider. The roads along the terraces can really test your driving skills and patience but if you want to experience the arduous and difficult terrain, this may be the place for you. 

    Immerse yourself in the life and cultural identity of the people here:

    One of the other interesting experiences that many people love when they come to explore the terraced fields of Che Cu Nha commune is working with the local people in the fields. Wearing the traditional costume of the H'Mong, waking up early, and going to the fields to harvest rice will definitely be an unforgettable highlight in Yen Bai. You will learn about how to plant and care for rice and how to harvest it properly. In addition, the local farmers will instruct you how to use traditional tools to carry out the different stages such as threshing rice. All new knowledge about farming and plowing rice on terraced fields will be revealed in this interesting experience.