3 Most spectacular rice fields in Northern Vietnam by May

Looking for a breathtaking adventure in Northern Vietnam this May? Look no further than the spectacular rice fields in Pu Luong, Mai Chau, and Ninh Binh. These rice paddies are not only picturesque but also offer an opportunity to experience the local culture and traditions of the region. In this blog, I will give you an overview to the three most spectacular rice fields in Northern Vietnam that you should visit by May.

3 best places to watch rice fields in Northern Vietnam by May

Pu Luong

Pu Luong is a beautiful valley located in the northwest of Vietnam. It is known for its stunning rice terraces and rolling hills. Visiting to Pu Luong from late May to early June is the best done. During this time, the valley is covered by full of yellow, and the terraced fields are dotted with workers in conical hats tending to the rice crops.

vietnam rice fields pictures in Puluong
Stunning rice fields in Pu Luong

The fields are also unique as they are nestled amongst traditional stilt houses and surrounded by the diverse flora and fauna of the reserve.

puluong retreat
Puluong Retreat

To get to Pu Luong, you can take a bus from Hanoi to the nearby town of Mai Chau. From there, hire a local guide to take you into the valley. There are plenty of homestays in Pu Luong, where you can experience the local culture and cuisine.

Things to do in Pu Luong

Pu Luong is a ideal place for nature lovers, offering plenty of activities such as trekking, cycling and kayaking. You can trek through rice paddies, forests, and ethnic villages while enjoying the fresh air and peaceful scenery.

Things to do in Puluong
Kayaking in Pu Luong

Besides that, you can explore the nearby waterfalls, take a dip in the refreshing waters, or simply admire the natural beauty. If you are looking for authentic cultural experience, I highly recommend you stay in a homestay with local family. It will give you a chance to immerse yourself in the daily life of people and have great local touch memories.

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is a province located in the Red River Delta region of Northern Vietnam. The stunning karst landscape will made you be in awe. The rice fields in Ninh Binh are especially impressive in May, the paddies are a vibrant yellow, making for a stunning backdrop to the karst formations. The province is only a few hours’ drive from Hanoi, so you can easily take a day trip for exploring this peaceful area.

tam coc rice fields ninh binh vietnam
Tam Coc rice fields Ninh Binh Vietnam

Things to do in Ninh Binh

There are several activities to enjoy in Ninh Binh, including cycling through the rice fields, boat tours along the Ngo Dong River, and hiking to nearby caves and temples. You can also explore the villages to know about the local culture and enjoy delicious traditional cuisine. For animal lovers, Ninh Binh is home to several endangered species, including the Delacour’s langur and the black giant squirrel.

Boat tour in Trang An - Ninh Binh
Boat tour in Trang An – Ninh Binh

Mai Chau

Mai Chau is a rural district located in the Hoa Binh province of Vietnam, famous for its picturesque landscapes and traditional ethnic cultures. One of the most notable features of this region is its vast and stunning rice fields. The town is only a few hours’ drive from Hanoi, making it a popular destination for both domestic and international tourists.

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Mai Chau rice fields in may

Things to do in Mai Chau

You can try different interest things when coming to Mai Chau. For those adventurous, trekking and cycling are the best choices to enjoy the fresh air of this valley. Or you can visit the local villages to broaden your knowledge about the unique culture of White Thai ethnic minority group, who have been living in the area for centuries. Exploring their customs, traditions, and way of life can be consider as the highlight for cultural experience.

Vietnam rice fields tour
Cycling in northern Vietnam rice fields

If you are seeking local-touched memories, you should choose to stay with a local family to know what the things happen in their daily life like preparing meals, cooking and singing.

Watching a traditional dance performance or sample delicious local cuisine are also things you shouldn’t miss. For those interested in relaxation, Mai Chau is home to several spas and wellness centers, offering massages and other treatments using natural and organic ingredients.

Since Pu Luong’s not far from Mai Chau so you can easily get these two places to immerse yourself in nature and explore the culture of the ethnic group.

>>> Readmore: A Travelers’ Guide to Mai Chau and Pu Luong trips [Updated]

Why Should Visit Ninh Binh, Pu Luong, Mai Chau to Watch Rice Fields by May?

Traveling to these areas by May you don’t need to worry about the weather conditions. The temperature during this month is warm and pleasant, with low humidity and clear blue skies.

Especially, if you want to enjoy the stunning views of the Vietnam rice paddies in May, these areas are perfect choices. Because as you visit other famous Vietnam rice fields like Mu Cang Chai, Y Ty and Sapa by May, you can only see the paddies with water. Instead this is the time of ripe rice season in Ninh Binh, Pu Luong, Mai Chau where you can see the breath-taking yellow fields and witness the harvesting process of farmer.

Vietnam rice fields villages
Vietnam rice fields villages

With favorable weather conditions, you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery without the scorching heat or the rain. Plus, the warm temperatures make it an ideal time to hike, bike, or explore the countryside. Northern Vietnam’s rice fields by May offer a unique and awe-inspiring travel experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

Now pack your bags and embark on Vietnam rice fields tour with Indochina Voyages to see the incredible views and explore the culture highlights.

If you want to find different place to see rice fields in September, read more about Mu Cang Chai – The land of the most beautiful rice terraces in Vietnam to know how to get there, suggested itinerary, and tips to travel. 

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