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16 thoughts on “Mu Cang Chai: A Journey to Vietnam Northwest”

  1. I always love rice terraces, even if it’s small. Not only are they visually pleasing, but they also give me a sense of peacefulness as they’re often set against a backdrop of beautiful lush valley. My favorite time is when the ride paddies turn yellow — they’re the most magical during this period. I have never heard of green rice. Does it taste more like normal rice or sticky rice?

    1. Neither. Green rice is in fact immature rice kernels. It has a sweet and nutty flavour. It can be eaten plain or you can use them to make dessert such as sweet soup or cake. Its fragrance is also very special. An autumnal delicatessen 🙂

      1. That makes it even more interesting! I shouldn’t miss it when I go back to Vietnam.

  2. Fascinating. I am in awe of how much work went into creating the terraces, in many ways they are as impressive as the pyramids of ancient Egypt. We had a brief visit to the Longji rice terraces in Guilin China. They were amazing, but it was very rainy the day we were there.

    1. I’ve heard that the rice terraces are also beautiful during the rainy season. They look like countless mirrors. But sightseeing in the rain is definitively not fun 🙁 The road to the fields is also slippery. During my visit, several people kept falling because of the mud. Luckily no injury.

  3. Mu Cang Chai looks like such a majestic place and the rice terraces look absolutely ample. Think of all the rice that is cultivated here. Bama described it very well – visually pleasing but also giving off a sense of peacefulness. Beautiful scenes of nature going on and on in the distance, and all this is due to people taking the time to maintain these terraces and paddies. Hard work never looked so good – and by Indigenous communities nonetheless. The sticky rice and com just sound delicious hearing about them and I hope you got to enjoy some at some point.

    Amazing photography, Len. Colourful, sharp with plenty of attention to detail. Hope you are doing well

    1. I’m glad that you like the post, Mabel. The rice terraces are indeed impressive. Even now, I still don’t know how the farmers could create them in the first place. It’s mysterious like the pyramid 🙂

      Regarding Tu Le sticky rice, I can say its fame is not baseless. It’s soft and aromatic. I brought some back as souvenirs and everybody loves it.

      I hope all is well with you too

      1. So generous of you to bring back some Tu Le as souvenirs. Very thoughtful and a very unique kind of thing to bring back 🙂

    1. Thanks for pointing that out, Caroline. I think WordPress see them as two separate posts. That’s why they sent two emails. Will have to find a way to fix that. Sorry for the confusion 🙂

    1. Thank you, Alison! I guess Sapa dissapointed you, right? All those buildings destroyed the atmosphere of the former resort town. How about Bac Ha Market? I’ve not been there yet so an honest review would be helpful 🙂

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