Harvest season comes in Northern Vietnam : Rice Fields turned Gold

Bac Son Valley (Lang Son) is a great place for you to admire the poetic landscape of rice fields. The combination of paddy fields and ripe yellow rice make up the colorful array of interwoven forms. it’s to see at least once in your life! Must See In Vietnam Editor

Late July to early August is the harvest season in the Bac Son Valley in Lang Son Province, and rice fields take on lovely shades of green and gold.

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

Situated some 160 kilometers from Hanoi in the far north, Bac Son was once not as well known as other destinations like Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province or Mu Cang Chai in Yen Bai, but has now found a place on the tourism map with its pristine beauty. 

Farmers in the valley in Quynh Son Commune, which borders China, grow two rice crops a year and harvest them from late July and early November.

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

A panoramic view of Bac Son Valley with paddy fields stretching out in vast swathes of brilliant green and yellow.

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

The rice harvest season in Bac Son Valley begins sooner than in other places and lasts about a week.

The area is home to 400 families belonging to ethnic groups such as the Tay and Nung who live in traditional stilt houses and mainly depend on farming. 

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

The growing popularity of the valley is prompting them to provide homestay services to tourists with prices ranging from VND90,000 to 200,000 (US$3-8) per night.

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

Most houses in Bac Son Valley are roofed with yin and yang tiles, which are produced by the Tay people.

There are 30 families in Quynh Son Commune that make the tiles and supply them locally and to neighboring areas.

According to locals, the yin-yang tiles keep the house below cool in summer and warm in winter.

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

To see Bac Son Valley at its best, visitors need to hike up Na Lay Mountain to a height of 400 meters above sea level.

Photographer Tran Hung who visited Bac Son Valley late last month said visitors should wake up at 3:30 a.m. and climb 1,200 stone steps to reach Na Lay Peak from where they can see the entire Bac Son Valley in the early morning sunlight. 

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

These days the rice is harvested mainly by machines. 

Paddy fields in northern valley don golden hue as harvest season comes

A local farmer carries paddy home on a small

This article is written By Phuong Anh, Tran Manh Hung for E.VNExpress.net

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