News report | | 03/12/2021 | ±3 minutes reading time

Vietnam is known worldwide for its spectacular rice fields. They are often seen on Vietnamese postcards. However, you must know where to find them in the country. Another important thing to prepare is the application for a visa Vietnam.

The best time to enjoy the most beautiful landscapes

Everyone is familiar with the images of Vietnamese rice fields: vast green terraces rising like gigantic steps into the hills. Rice is an important resource in Vietnam. For that reason, one can find many spectacular rice fields in different areas of the country. Many tourists travel to Vietnam to see these beautiful landscapes up close. The most popular rice fields are located in the north of the country. You can often reach them easily by bus from the capital Hanoi. Alternatively, you can arrange your own transport, although it is generally not recommended driving a car in Vietnam.

Nonetheless, it is important that you know not only where to go, but also when to travel to Vietnam. The rice fields in the country are not always beautifully green. During certain months, they are swampy brown marshes. The best months to visit the rice fields in Vietnam are September and October. Although there are some fields that are more impressive in other months, most of them are at their best during these two months.

Apply for a visa

You should also remember to apply for the mandatoryvisa for Vietnam before your departure.. This visa is available online and costs £49.95. On average, the visa is approved within a week. However, it may take longer, so make sure you start your application on time. The visa allows you to stay in Vietnam for a maximum of 30 days. If you leave Vietnam before this period expires, your visa will no longer be valid. You will have to reapply for your visa if you want to return to Vietnam.

Sapa

The rice fields of Sapa are one of the most popular attractions in Vietnam. They have existed for hundreds of years. Spreading over a thousand hectares, the rice fields of Sapa are also the largest in the country. From a distance, they look like gigantic steps going up the hills. In total, there are 121 ʼstepsʼ. However, one downside of Sapa is that there are usually a lot of tourists and this can lead to crowds and queues.

Sapa is easily accessible by bus from Hanoi, but because it is such a popular tourist destination, you can also easily find accommodation among the locals.

Hoang Su Phi

If you prefer not to be surrounded by crowds, you should go to Hoang Su Phi. Unlike Sapa, the region where the rice fields of Hoang Su Phi are located is much less visited by tourists. You can drive for hours through the hills and valleys without seeing another tourist. The rice fields in Hoang Su Phi are known for their yellow-gold colour, which is most impressive during sunrise.

Hoang Su Phi is more difficult to reach than Sapa. There is no direct bus from Hanoi. Most people first take a bus to Ha Giang (where there are also beautiful rice fields) and then arrange private transport to Hoang Su Phi.

Mu Cang Chai

There are few places that are more remote than Hoang Su Phi, but Mu Cang Chai is one of them. To reach Mu Cang Chai, one must travel through the Khau Pha mountain pass, one of the most dangerous roads in the country. But for many travellers, the reward is worth the effort. From the top of the Khau Pha mountain pass, the views of the vast rice fields in the region are unparalleled.

From Hanoi and Sapa, there are buses that go to Mu Cang Chai.

Mai Chau

To the west of Hanoi is Mai Chau. Mai Chauʼs rice fields are different from those further north. Whereas in Sapa and Hoang Su Phi you can see fields that merge into layers of hills and mountains, the terraces in Mai Chau are flatter. The rice fields in Mai Chau lie horizontally in valleys between the mountains, and here you will see vast green fields as far as the eye can see.

Mai Chau is relatively close to Hanoi and is therefore easily accessible by bus from the capital.