Mesmerizing scenes of terraced field village northwest Vietnam
Together with familiar tourist sites namely Sapa and Mu Cang Chai, Cu Vai village beyond enthralling terraced fields in the northwestern province of Phu Yen in Vietnam is worth exploring with beautiful traits of local people and peacefulness.
Located in a mountainous area, Cu Vai village belongs to Xa Ho commune, Tram Tau district, Yen Bai province and is home of around 46 households, of which the number of H’Mong ethnic people takes lion’s share of 80%. To get here, especially on the erratic weather, we have to leave the motorbike behind and trek to an additional range of 4 – 5km.
Especially, Cu Vai hasn’t had any motel or homestay, even a restaurant; there’s only a grocery store so the best option is to visit Cu Vai in the early morning and leave at noon or afternoon.
The second option is that you can stay at hotels and homestays in Tram Tau. This area also has a relaxing natural hot spring bath that is worth your visit.
The people have been doing the seemingly impossible for millennia: growing rice – which requires a flat surface and a lot of water – in mountainous areas. The terraced paddy fields not only yield substantial crops of the widely consumed staple but are a gorgeous sight to behold.
Cu Vai is beautiful most time of the year. If you invest in a drone camera, you could capture many stunning angles from the top. Keep in mind that you should avoid rainy months because the road is difficult to travel and covered by clouds. The most beautiful months of the year are from December to January. In this season, every house in the village has beautiful cherry blossoms.
The village will be an extremely attractive place for those who like to explore and experience the unique life and culture of Vietnamese ethnic people as well as enjoy the eco-friendly life beyond the mountainous area.
Some photos showing the enthralling beauty of Cu Vai village:
Cu Vai village is located in Xa Ho commune of Tram Tau district in Yen Bai province. Photo by VOV.
The locality is renowned for being home to people from the Mong ethnic minority group. Photo by VOV.
Photo by VOV.
A group of children is playing with some bricks on the ground. Photo by VOV
Two Mong women in their traditional costumes. Photo by VOV.
Photo by VOV.
The enthralling landscape of terraced fields. Photo by VOV.
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