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The ripe rice season in Lao Cai is fanciful after the rain

After the rains, the ripe rice fields of Bat Xat district bring their own beauty, with fanciful clouds in the last days of August.

Autumn is also the beginning of the ripe rice season in Bat Xat district, Lao Cai. This is also the most beautiful season of the year in the Northern highlands, with terraced fields filled with yellow.

Nguyen Ngoc Tuan (commonly known as Dan Khoi, 40 years old, Hanoi) has just had a photo shoot in the ripe rice season of Bat Xat district for two days from August 20-21. He traveled by car, used Google Maps to guide him from Hanoi to the homestay in Muong Hum commune, the first stop on the rice-viewing journey, then moved through other communes of Bat Xat district.

In the photo, he checked-in on a cliff in the terraced field of Ngai Thau, Bat Xat district. “On a normal working day, I only have time to take pictures at the weekend. I watched the weather forecast, and knew it was not favorable, it rained and rained, but I still decided to go. , if they are late, people will reap them all,” he said.

Bat Xat district has more than 3,000 hectares of terraced fields, in which the fields in Ngai Thau and Y Ty are considered to be beautiful and concentrated and are the “great creations” of the Mong and Ha Nhi people.

Standing on Ngai Thau, you can zoom in on the vast terraced fields, “gilded” on the precarious mountainsides and distant valleys. On cloudy days, the scenery becomes more magical.

While wandering around hunting for photos of ripe rice after the rain in Ngai Thau Ha village (Ngai
Thau commune), located on provincial road 158, nearly 5 km from Y Ty center, Mr. Tuan met the lovely faces of Ha Nhi children. innocently walking on the slopes.

“Children are like the flowers of the mountains,” he said.

The ripe golden Y Ty terraced fields are hidden in the clouds, creating a picturesque frame from an overhead perspective.

Dotted on the terraced fields is the typical house of the Ha Nhi people. This house is made of earth, cool in summer and warm in winter.

After the rain, the mist drifts gently over the landscape of Den Sang commune in autumn, attracting visitors. This scene attracts any photographer or tourist who wants to stop for a while to take pictures.

The sea of ​​ripe golden rice embraces a fairy-tale-like residential area in Den Sang. “In my trips to see ripe rice next year, I will use a motorbike so that I can actively stop at any stop on the way to take beautiful photos,” he said.

The golden season hidden in the clouds at the foot of Ky Quan San mountain (or Bach Moc Luong Tu) overwhelmed, one of the photos that impressed him the most.

Ky Quan San range is located on the natural boundary dividing Lai Chau and Lao Cai provinces, with the 3,046 m high Ky Quan San peak being the second highest mountain in Vietnam. Travelers who like to travel can choose to depart from one of the above directions, but the most popular one is from Sang Ma Sao commune, Bat Xat.

“Rice rice fields are usually most beautiful at dawn or near sunset. The day I went, the sunset was not brilliant, but I still felt the beauty of the terraced fields,” he said. Photo taken at Sang Ma Sao.

Mr. Tuan said that if tourists are not lucky enough to go on the right occasion with beautiful weather, then there is no need to be too disappointed. The passing thunderstorms will bring a really refreshing atmosphere, an opportunity to hunt for pictures of ripe rice fields engulfed in clouds, attractive and magical.

This year, Lao Cai rice ripens early and unevenly. In Muong Hum commune, Bat Xat, people have started to reap. On the way, Tuan stopped to watch and take pictures of people harvesting and threshing rice. “Besides taking photos of ripe rice, I still remember the experience of staying at a homestay near Xat market.

” “Muong Hum, where I rest, is near a very beautiful stream, with finger-sized fried fish in the meal, delicious, eat rice cooked from Seng Cu rice and sip a glass of San Lung wine with friends,” he said.

Among the villages and hamlets Tuan passed through, the most impressive was Choan Then the village
, one of the oldest villages in Bat Xat.

“When I was sheltering from a thunderstorm, I was invited into the house by people here. Inside
the house still retains many cultural and architectural features from many years ago. Recently, the village has been invested in essential items to welcome tourists and rest at homestay.The image of a Ha Nhi girl carrying her child by the fire shows that life here is still difficult, hard and lacking many things”, he said.

Tuan noted that when photographing at this time or there are sudden thunderstorms, photographers need to equip raincoats and waterproof bags to protect equipment, avoid slippery areas and risk landslides. Drive carefully on potholes. Before going, it is also necessary to check the condition of the room, ask the local people or consult on the associations and groups to know when the rice ripens in each commune and when to harvest.

Photo: Nguyen Ngoc Tuan (Dan Khoi)

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