The Allure of Golden Terraces in Ta Leng

Pu Ta Leng mountain is located northwest of Mount Fansipan, Hoang Lien Son mountain range in Lai Chau province. If Fansipan is known as “The roof of Indochina”, Pu Ta Leng is definitely the second roof that hikers who desire challenges, must try to conquer once in a lifetime.
September 27, 2021 | 10:56
The Allure of Golden Terraces in Ta Leng
A bird-eye view of rice terraced field in Ta Leng. Photo: Lai Chau Portal.

Located in Ta Leng Commune, Tam Duong District, about 8km from the centre of Lai Chau City, Ta Leng terraced fields attract tourists by their poetic beauty.

On the road Ta Leng - Muong Phang, about 05 km from the center of Dien Bien Phu city, Ta Leng is a place known by many people for its terraced fields stretching and winding along the slopes of Pu Pha mountain. After the hardships of the working days, the Mong people in Ta Leng have created a very beautiful construction. With a total area of more than 30 hectares, the terraced fields at Ta Leng stretch from halfway down the mountain to the stream, surrounding the entire slope of Pu Pha mountain. Ta Leng in the rice season is as beautiful as a mural in the middle of a thousand thousand, so it not only attracts tourists to admire, but it is also chosen by a large number of program crews, videographers or photography experts.

The Allure of Golden Terraces in Ta Leng
Photo: Lai Chau Portal.

Ta Leng terraced fields are beautiful in every season. In the pouring water season, when the fields have just been plowed and flooded with water, visitors will have the opportunity to admire the sparkling fields in the sunlight, the silvery white color of the newly poured water, the yellow color of the new field finished harrowing, the brown color of the newly plowed land, and the green color of the early transplanted fields, all will make you fall in love and do not want to leave. In March and April, the green rice season is as far as the eye can see, highlighting and exalting the beauty of the Ban flowers, the white forests on the mountainside.

What is the best time to visit terraced fields in Ta Leng?

Around September, October, when the rice season is ripe, the slopes of Pu Pha mountain seem to be poured with a layer of iridescent golden honey. Everywhere there is a faint aroma of new rice, the smell of fresh rice straw creates a special atmosphere. Standing in the middle of the vast mountains and forests with golden terraced fields with new colors of rice. The curving waves of rice keep stacking and layering to create a shimmering harbor frame, leaving a deep impression on anyone who has seen it once. Coming to Ta Leng, in addition to the journey to discover the terraced fields around the city, visitors also have the opportunity to learn about the lives of the people and the typical culture of the Mong and Kho Mu ethnic groups here.

The Allure of Golden Terraces in Ta Leng
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Ta Leng Commune, Tam Đường District enters the rice harvest season when terraced rice fields ripen, creating beautiful yellow and green carpets.

The Allure of Golden Terraces in Ta Leng
Photo: Vietnamnet

The rice variety grown on terraced fields has durable vitality, issuitable for high hill soil anddrought tolerant, and adapts to cold and foggy weather in the mountains, Vietnamnet reported.

The Allure of Golden Terraces in Ta Leng
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Local farmers are usually busy harvesting their rice during the Autumn months.

The Allure of Golden Terraces in Ta Leng
Photo: Vietnamnet

The concentrated areas of terraced fields also contribute to helping the mountainous region change farming practices, and approach the wet rice civilization.

The Allure of Golden Terraces in Ta Leng
Photo: Vietnamnet

Ta Leng terraced is located approximately 8km from the centre of Lai Chau City.

History of Terraced Fields

The history of terraced fields is associated with the history of residence of ethnic groups in Vietnam’s northern mountains. Their cultural values are reflected in the farming experience, production customs, the formation of terraced fields of each ethnic group, according to Dien Bien Portal.

A terraced field has many levels in series and each level is a small field. The more levels there are, the more farming techniques the owner has. Given the scarcity of flat land, wet rice growers use hillsides to create an even and flat plot of land which looks like a three-step staircase. That’s the way terraced fields were created, a rare feature of Vietnam’s wet rice civilization.

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