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Ho Thau Rice Terraces In Hoang Su Phi Ha Giang

Ho Thau rice terraces

During your Northern Vietnam tour, Ha Giang is a must-visit destination with its magnificent rice terraces of Ho Thau, a commune in Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang. In particular, if you have the opportunity to visit this province during the harvest season, you can admire the Ho Thau rice terraces, painting the entire mountain with the golden hue of ripe rice, offering a picturesque landscape.

I. Overview of the Ho Thau rice terraces in Ha Giang

Alongside the famous Hoang Su Phi rice terraces in Ha Giang, there is a peaceful and wild village called Ho Thau (Vietnamese name: Hồ Thầu), which is the starting point of the small streams of the Chay and Bac rivers.

Panoramic View of the Ho Thau  rice terraces from above

The village of Ho Thau is one of the 23 communes of Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang, located 30 km from the district center. The beauty of the rice terraces and the village of Ho Thau gives visitors a sense of familiarity, comfort, and proximity. The average altitude of the commune above sea level is 952 meters, which means the climate is always cool or cold, making it suitable for tourists throughout the year.

II. Unique beauty of the Ho Thau rice terraces in Ha Giang

The residents living and cultivating in the Ho Thau rice terraces are mainly Red Dao, belonging to the ancient Dao people who migrated from Guangdong, China, around 1870. A few Nung and Hmong ethnic families have settled in this village in recent decades.
They have learned to adapt to the terrain and combine their agricultural methods to create the rice terraces that extend around the hills, arranged in descending terraced patterns.
The farmers cultivate in terraces due to the steep mountainous terrain and lack of water, which makes irrigation difficult. This technique allows the water to flow from above, distributing it evenly on the terraces in a scientific and effortless manner.
The Dao Ethnic Group in Ho Thau, Ha Giang

The combination of natural beauty and ethnic groups here is attracting more and more domestic and international tourists. The people of Ha Giang are renowned for their warm hospitality towards visitors.

Admiring the mountain and forest landscapes in Ha Giang, as well as the terraced rice fields of Ho Thau, is an ideal experience for nature lovers, enjoying the fresh air and escaping the noise and bustle of the big city.

To fully discover Ha Giang, you should plan for a minimum of 4 to 5 days. Check the detailed itinerary here: Ha Giang Loop Tour 5 Days.

III. How to get to the rice terraces in Ha Giang?

From downtown Ha Giang to the Ho Thau rice terraces, you need to drive through many winding turns with a high cliff on one side. However, the further you go, the more you'll see terraced rice fields quickly appear, making you feel that the journey is truly worth it!

To travel safely, it is advisable to rent a car with a private driver, especially when traveling with family. The estimated travel time is about 3 hours, depending on weather conditions. To benefit from car rental services with a driver and tour guide, please contact Autour Asia - a travel agency in Hanoi Vietnam for prompt support.

If you love adventure and want to experience an authentic trip in Vietnam, you can choose to rent a motorbike or scooter in downtown Ha Giang for a price of 200,000 VND per day (about 7.25 EUR).

Additionally, you should travel during the day, as riding a motorbike at night here is very dangerous. Prepare an international driving license, a helmet, and fill up on gas to enjoy the motorbike riding experience in Ha Giang.

IV. When to visit Ha Giang in Vietnam to see the rice terraces?

Thanks to its geographical location in the northern mountains of Vietnam, Ha Giang enjoys a cool climate all year round, making it an ideal destination for tourists in any season.

The golden glow of Ho Thau rice terraces

However, to admire the Ho Thau rice terraces during the golden rice season, you should visit Ha Giang in September and October. This is also the peak tourist season in Ha Giang when the hills are covered with the bright golden color of the rice terraces.

However, if you do not travel to Ha Giang during this period, the Ho Thau rice terraces still retain their own distinct beauty throughout the year:

  • From January to March: You can admire the peach and pear orchards and the lush green tea hills here. In particular, this is also the time when many spring festivals of Vietnamese ethnic groups take place. It is an ideal opportunity to experience the culture and understand the lives of the locals through the traditional festivals of the Northwest ethnic groups of Vietnam.

  • From April to August: Summer in Ha Giang is the time when the rice terraces are irrigated. You can observe how the locals cultivate rice and contemplate the sunlight illuminating the radiant mountains.

  • From September to October: This is the harvest season, and it is also the time when the Ho Thau rice terraces are at their most beautiful, a period you should not miss when traveling to Ha Giang.

  • From November to December: When the ripening rice season has passed, the buckwheat flower season in Ha Giang approaches. This flower grows in vast fields on the hills and in the stone valleys of Ha Giang. You should visit the Lung Cam Cultural Village to admire the vast, poetic, and romantic fields of buckwheat flowers. You can also participate in the Buckwheat Flower Festival in Ha Giang which takes place at the end of the year.

Buckwheat flower season in Ha Giang

The Ho Thau rice terraces in Ha Giang are the result of the intelligence and skills of the northern Vietnamese ethnic groups in adapting their cultivation to the natural conditions and mountainous terrain of this region. From here, we can admire the natural beauty of the majestic landscape. If you are planning to discover Vietnam, don't forget to add this destination to your travel itinerary!



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