Autumn harvest, sunshine hues in Vietnam’s northern highlands


Golden terraced rice fields in Yen Bai and Cao Bang provinces emerge majestically through the lens of Hanoi photographer Pham Chi Cong.

Autumn harvest, sunshine hues in Vietnam's northern highlands

Harvest season at Ban Gioc Waterfall in Dam Thuy Commune, about 20 km from Trung Khanh District’s center, Cao Bang Province, shines from above.

The photographer said he visited the region every harvest period, ideally in October. This series of photos were taken in September-October of 2019-2020.

Autumn harvest, sunshine hues in Vietnam's northern highlands

Quay Son River in Phong Nam Valley of Cao Bang resembles a giant snake crawling through the rice fields and limestone mountain range.

Autumn harvest, sunshine hues in Vietnam's northern highlands

A closer look at the all-yellow rice fields of Phong Nam Valley.

Autumn harvest, sunshine hues in Vietnam's northern highlands

Farmers traverse the green and gold rice fields of Tu Le Commune, Yen Bai Province, more than 300 km from Cao Bang. Yen Bai and Cao Bang are both in Vietnam’s northeastern region.

Autumn harvest, sunshine hues in Vietnam's northern highlands

Tu Le in the early morning is covered in a mysterious layer of fog.

Autumn harvest, sunshine hues in Vietnam's northern highlands

Shacks are used by Tu Le farmers to watch over their rice fields.

Autumn harvest, sunshine hues in Vietnam's northern highlands

La Pan Tan Commune is located at a height of over 1,000 m, eight km from Mu Cang Chai District in Yen Bai. The mountain flank was turned into terraced rice fields centuries ago by local H’mong farmers.

Autumn harvest, sunshine hues in Vietnam's northern highlands

Terraced rice fields jut from their surroundings like magnificent architectural structures, popular among visiting photographers to La Pan Tan.

Autumn harvest, sunshine hues in Vietnam's northern highlands

Terraced fields in Yen Bai Province’s Lao Chai Village create a horseshoe shape.

From the center of Lao Chai, visitors can rent a motorbike taxi to travel around the region. Roads are difficult to navigate at best, so avoid visiting during the rainy season (May to end of August), when the threat of landslides is high.



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