Lying at a height of 1,000m above the sea level in the Hoang Lien Son Mountain foot, and about 350km north-west of Hanoi, the mountainous district of Mu Cang Chai of Yen Bai province boast more than 2,300ha of terraced rice fields, concentrating mostly in three communes of La Pan Tan, De Xu Phinh and Che Cu Nha.
On October 8,2007, nearly 500 ha of terraced rice fields in these communes were recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as national heritage. The terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai have been praised as special, unique sights of Vietnam.
After taking a trip from Hanoi to Yen Bai, the tourists continue an additional 40km on national route 37 before turning on the right to catch national route 32 running through Nghia Lo Township to tu Le.
From Tu Le, the tourists have to pass the Nam Khat Pass, which is 2,000m above the sea level, continuing to travel on the western slope of Hoang lien Son Mountain range and along Nam Kim Steam before reaching Mu Cang Chai. Another option for the tourists is they can take a trip on national route 32 from Hanoi, via Son Tay and Tu Le end in Mu Cang Chai.