Visit these northern provinces of Vietnam in late autumn
The northern mountainous provinces of Vietnam have made their names known on the map for any travelers coming to the country as a destination with breathtakingly grandeur landscapes and home of ethnic minorities with distinctive cultures. But when autumn comes, the region will put on a different appearance – a dreamy colorful blanket made of flowers.
And the top destinations to come in late autumn are Ha Giang and Moc Chau.
The region is the most picturesque in late October and early November – the season of buckwheat flowers (or Tam Giac Mach in Vietnamese). The flowers in white, light pink, purple and dark red colours turn the valleys into a stunning watercolor painting on sunny days.
The flowers are grown by locals after every rice harvest. It is said that the local tribes used to live mainly on rice and corn until one day their food ran out and people had to wander the mountains in search of food. Then suddenly they found the white-pink flowers with a pleasant scent, whose nuts tasted similar to rice and corn. The people brought the strange flowers and the seeds home, and since then this beautiful flower has become an essential part of their life.
While many travelers are in the hunt for the striking view of the golden rice terraces in Ha Giang, the others are in love with its endless terraces of the wild pink flowers on the mountain slopes. So if you have had the chance to witness the magnificent beauty of northern Vietnam in gold, come again when the buckwheat flowers are in bloom for a new experience!
When the valleys in Ha Giang are wearing a coat of pink buckwheat flowers, the lovely white mustard flowers in Moc Chau are also in bloom.
Drive for about 3 hours from Hanoi, you’ll be rewarded with the scenery of the wonderland. The mountains of Moc Chau are coated in green and white, harmoniously, making the whole valley look like it’s welcoming the spongy white clouds casting above the endless fields. And in the air is the scent of sweet floral fragrance mixed with the fresh cool mist.
You’ll also catch the sight of small houses amidst the immersive white flower fields and the local kids playing on the small paths rounding the flower meadows. The picturesque view will make you feel mesmerized and want to take a longer look at it, or maybe sit down and admire the tranquil atmosphere between the northern mountains.
Some of the best places to enjoy the white mustard flower season of Moc Chau are the villages of Ba Phach, Thong Cuong and Pipe Hill in Ang Village. A trip to Moc Chau and visiting the local villages is definitely a wonderful getaway from the city!
The land of Moc Chau is known not only for its breathtaking flower fields, but it is also where you can find green tea hills, covering hundreds of hectares. The morning mist on the tea leaves makes the lush hills seem like they are glowing with tiny crystal stones. So don’t miss out on these spectacular pictures when you are in the north of Vietnam.
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