Introduction to La Pan Tan Village

Mu Cang Chai is a highland district of Yen Bai province, more than 300 km from Hanoi along Highway 32 to the northwest, this is a favorite destination for many tourists. Every year, around the beginning of September, when the rice is ripe, thousands of tourists come here to admire the most beautiful terraced fields in the country. The entire hills and mountains in Mu Cang Chai are a brilliant yellow, this is also the best time to explore the beautiful scenery of the Northwest highlands.

Tu Le town is a tourist destination not to be missed when coming to Mu Cang Chai, coming here you will admire the beautiful green terraced fields of the people of Lim Thai and Lim Mong. Through Tu Le town, looking down from Khau Pha pass, you can see the golden terraced fields with ripe rice. This is the first place of the "Kingdom" of terraced fields.

As far as the eye can see, La Pan Tan terraced fields follow each other from the stream bank, climb the hill, follow the mountain, and the fields disappear into the clouds. The closer to the district center, the more fields there are with all kinds of fancy shapes, there are fields like crescents, there are fields that are round like a golden tray, there are plots that flow around the mountainside, but there are also places that look like wings and sea waves when the rice paddies sway in the wind.

The H'Mong make up 90% of the population here, 8% are Thai and only 2% are Kinh. The Thai people set up villages in the low hills, making wet rice in the valleys. The vast remaining rugged mountains and forests are part of the H'Mong people.

At altitudes of nearly 2000m, where both buffaloes and cows cannot climb, but with rudimentary agricultural tools such as knives and hoes, the H'Mong people work diligently to create fields, sometimes only a few square meters, or even smaller. They are good at climbing passes and turning these highlands into thousands of terraced fields. The fields at each level hug the slopes of mountains and hills, in all 13 communes and towns of Mu Cang Chai, there are terraced fields everywhere.

Cultural Information

Visitors have the opportunity to participate in the rice terraces festival held around mid-September every year. The festival takes place with countless traditional activities of the H'Mong people such as tug of war, goat fighting, blindfolded catching pigs, shooting crossbows, throwing arrows, etc.


Transportation to La Pan Tan Village

- From Hanoi: Travel with Car, taxi or train (7 hours for 314 km)
- From Sapa: It’s better to use a private car (4 hours for 155 km) a local bus service is available but is not as comfortable as a private car.


What’s good to eat in la pan Tan Village?

This highland commune has many specialties, of which rice wine is one of the most famous. It has a delicious taste, is cooked from rice and yeast leaves in a very elaborate process that creates a specialty wine only in the land of La Pan Tan. In addition, visitors coming here can also enjoy the thick cake of the H'mong people. This is a cake made from glutinous rice and all kinds of forest trees with a unique scent that can't be found anywhere else. In addition, you can also eat many dishes such as men men, five-color sticky rice, pa pinh top, and the very tasty hill chicken.

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    It seems that anywhere on this land, we always can find terraced fields, no matter whether it’s on the gently hillsides, along the stream, or on high mountain peaks where covered by silver clouds.

    Following the indigenous people to the village in the afternoon when the sunset falls down, visitors will be surprised by the scenery of a very strange La Pan Tan, a La Pan Tan with houses made of wood, a roof and hangs lots of corn. On the courtyard, there was the yellow color of rice, and on the roofs, the dried pumpkins were as big as in the old fairy tale.

    Top Tips for staying in La Pan Tan Village

    The best time to visit  La Pan Tan Village is during April, May, June, September, and October.

    It is highly recommended that visitors should book private tours in advance, especially if planning to do some biking or even when visiting family and friends in this area.


    Best Things to do in La Pan Tan Village

    Admiring the stunning rice paddies is easily the most popular thing to do, here in La Pan Tan village however, with seasonal tourism activities, there is more to do at other times of the year too. Water season is in April and May and involves a week of culture, tourism during this time is welcomed. The discovery of national scenic spots in the rice terraces takes place mainly in September, however, September and October is also the canola flower season which is also beautiful.