From May 18 to 20, in Yen Bai province, do not miss the paragliding festival co-organized by VietWings Hanoi Club and Yen Bai Culture, Sports and Tourism Department. The organizers are expecting 70 domestic and foreign pilots participating to the 100 flights planned this year.
The festival is back for a second edition in the breathtaking Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields during the water season. An idyllic setting for lovers of thrills and nature.
At 1,200 meters above sea level, the Kau pass is highlighted by a striking natural landscape and is considered one of the four most beautiful paragliding sites in Vietnam.
In fact, it is ranked among the top 5 in the world.
At an altitude of about 1000 meters, Mu Cang Chai boasts 500 beautiful rice terraces all year round in the communes of Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh.
Strongly steeped in history, the fields have been cultivated by the H'mong for centuries.
Make the most of your trip in March to admire the glitterings ponds before the locals transplant the rice plants from April to May.
After the month of May, the hills are covered with green until the fields begin to turn into a golden color with refined rice in early September.
During the October harvest, golden rice fields stand out among the lush forests.
The rice terraces are among the 2,500 sites classified as national heritage in 2007 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The event will also introduce local products such as khen (musical instrument), honey, Pan Tan rice wine and Pung Luong tea, ecological tours to get acquainted with local customs.
An art exhibition entitled "Crystal Cloud" will also be open from May 18 to September 30 at Mam Xoi Hill in La Pan Tan Commune, Mu Cang Chai District. The work is a "special cloud" made of steel wire and crystal beads imported from the world's largest crystal companies. The first "crystal cloud" appeared in Austria, by the group Cao Perrot, three or four years ago.
Artist Andy Cao, a Vietnamese-American member of the group who left Vietnam 40 years ago, wanted to do the same work somewhere in his Vietnamese homeland. In 2016, in an exchange program with young architects, he arrived in the city of La Pan Tan and saw it as an ideal place to create his own crystal cloud.
The festival is part of this year's activities in Yen Bai province to promote cooperation in tourism development in eight North West provinces, strengthen cooperation with national and regional localities and improve the competitive ability to create new products. . . unique and attractive tourist attractions.