Two Vietnam's Destinations among Condé Nast Traveler's Most Colourful places in the world
|Ha Long Bay is one of the world's seven new wonders of nature, with nearly 2,000 islets. Photo: Shutterstock|
Lifestyle travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler has included Ha Long Bay and the Mu Cang Chai terraced fields during the ripening season, in its list of 40 most colorful places in the world, VOV reported.
Located more than 300km to the northwest of Hanoi and 1,000 meters above sea level, Mu Cang Chai is now a familiar destination for tourists.
Mu Cang Chai’s rice paddies in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai have risen to fame on Instagram due to their impressive angles in a topographically challenging region.
Each year, the colors change from green in late spring and summer to yellow in October as the rice gradually ripens.
At the beginning of October when the rice harvest begins visitors can stop by the fields twice, once early in the morning before the crowds arrive and again at sunset to enjoy the magical sight.
Visitors in March can see glittering ponds before locals transplant rice seedlings from April to May. After May, the hills are covered in green until the fields start to turn yellow with ripe rice in early September. During the harvest in October, the golden rice fields stand out amidst green forests.
|“Golden rice season” of photographer Vu Ngoc Tuan captures the winding, gorgeous rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai.|
Elsewhere, the UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay is renowned for being one of the most beautiful places in the world, with the area featuring 1,600 islands, blue-green water, and spectacular limestone karst landforms.
Travelers can board a Chinese junk boat to experience the beauty, as well as associated myths and stories, of the mist-shrouded basin for themselves.
According to Condé Nast Traveler, Ha Long Bay is a popular destination among young people during spells of warmer weather, with the area becoming infinitely more romantic, quiet, and introspective as temperatures drop.
This comes amid Ha Long city also launching a number of impressive tourism products to savor scenic views from above via helicopters and seaplanes.
Apart from Ha Long Bay and Mu Chang Chai, prominent names featured in the list compiled by Condé Nast Traveler include the Maldives, Hatichi coastal park of Japan, Valley of Fire of Nevada in the United States), and Chengdu in China.
Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s most popular travel destinations. The Travel Magazine of Canada has named 10 most beautiful places of the world in 2022, with Ha Long Bay occupying the fifth place.
This popular travel destination in Quang Ninh province, two hours from Hanoi, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and was recognized for its outstanding geological and geomorphological value by the World Heritage Committee in 2000.
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