Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai is a comprehensive travel guide about private car hire, car rental with driver, train, bus station transfers, transport from/to Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai, Vietnam. Rent a car with driver and make the most of your trip to Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai province.

Mu Cang Chai is a mountainous district of Yen Bai province in northwest Vietnam. It shares the border in the north with Van Ban district of Lao Cai province, neighboring in the south of Muong La district of Son La province, being the west of Than Uyen Lai Chau province, sharing in the east of Van Chan district and Yen Bai province.

Mu Cang Chai district covers an area of 1199 square kilometres. It contains 1 township and 13 communes including Mu Cang Chai, Kim Noi, Ho Bon, Che Tao, Khao Mang, De Su Phinh, Che Cu Nha, Cao Pha, Pung Luong, Nam Khat, Mo De, Nam Co, La Pan Tan, and Lao Chai.

The district is located at the foot of Hoang Lien Son mountain range, at an altitude of 1,000 metres above sea level. To get to Mu Cang Chai district, travellers must pass through Khau Phạ Pass, which is one of four imposing passes in the northwest of Vietnam.

Mu Cang Chai map

What to explore in Mu Cang Chai?

Mu Cang Chai rice terraces

The rice terrace fields in La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and Ze Xu Phinh have been recognized as national landscapes by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. There have been local festivals in Yen Bai and the Mu Cang Chai rice terrace fields that have been used to attract both domestic and international tourists. In recent years, Mu Cang Chai has been a popular place to visit in the north of Vietnam, particularly when the rice harvest starts around the beginning of October.

The Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace Fields stretch across 2,200 hectares of the mountainside as narrow layers of terraces ranging from between 1m and 1.5m wide. Around 500 hectares of these terraces belong to three communes such as La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and Ze Xu Phinh.

Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace has been recognized as one of the unique landscapes of Vietnam, it was at the highest ranked national landscape in 2007. One issue faced by the local people was keeping the water sources on the land and ground for growing rice on the slope of mountain. The Hmong people developed a way to retain water by making the leveling the land on the mountain to create the rice terrace fields.

How to get to Mu Cang Chai?

There are several ways for getting to Mu Cang Chai. You can get there by car, train, bus, motorbike, or bicycle. It depends on your departure location, means of transport, your trip duration, your personal interest and budget.

Getting to Mu Cang Chai from Hanoi

You can get to Mu Cang Chai from Hanoi by taking the overnight train from downtown Hanoi to Yen Bai city. There are both night and day trains taking you from Hanoi train station to Yen Bai. After you arrive in Yen Bai city, you can rent a private car or take a taxi, motor-taxi for your onward destination. Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai car journey offers the chance to stop on the way for side-road visits or taking picture.

Taking local public bus or limousine service are two other options for getting from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai. Most of Limousine and shuttle buses depart from My Dinh bus station in the morning. Some other overnight buses leave from Gia Lam or Giap Bat bus station in the evening. Please bear in mind local buses are usually full at weekend and during school holidays in summer.

Mu Cang Chai when to go?

Mu Cang Chai has the tropical monsoon climate with the average temperature of 220C – 230C, the average rainfall of 1,500 – 2,200 mm per year, and the average humidity of 83 – 87%, which are favorable for agriculture and forestry development. With the average altitude of 70m, the average temperature of 230C- 240C, the destination has the most drizzling rain of the province, which is good for food crops, forest trees, fruit trees. The coldest period in Mu Cang Chai is from December to February. There is often too thick fog in the winter, but then can be a very nice sunny day and everything changes rapidly.

Best time to visit

September – November and March – May are the best time of year to discover Mu Cang Chai as well ans its surroundings. In these months is very good weather and temperature from 15 to 28 °C and a night temperature from 10-18 °C.

Car and driver for Mu Cang Chai

The best way to explore this destination is to rent a car with driver. The option offers you the flexibility to discover the region. Booking a private car with driver is really helpful for a photography tour.

We have a big fleet of vehicle including 4, 5 seat Sedan, 7, 8 seat MPV, SUV, 4WD, 15, 16 Minivan, Minibus, 29, 35, 45 Coaches offering a wide selection of car rental packages in Mu Cang Chai as well as in Yen Bai province and the northern highlands of Vietnam. Options include easy train, bus station pickup, private transfers, car rental with driver, private car hire. We also have pickup trucks and box trucks to rent out (with driver) for overland trips, self-guided bicycle, motorbike tours to Mu Cang Chai.

No matter if in Mu Cang Chai for travel, business, or pleasure you can find the right rental vehicle to match your budget and plans. Get around with more ease with a top quality car rental in Mu Cang Chai from Vietnam Car Hire!

Mu Cang Chai car rental packages

The following packages are only sample transfers, car rentals we design for travelers to travel to Mu Cang Chai or from this district to other destinations in Vietnam. Please contact us for personalized routes, car rental options, best rates, deals, and service’s availability.

Private transfers to Mu Cang Chai

Private transport from Mu Cang Chai to other destinations

Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai bus

We at don’t provide bus ticket booking service. Therefore we can help with train timetable and bus schedule. More details about this budget option can be found on our partner’s site at

Other routes

  • From Dien Bien to Mu Cang Chai or v.v
  • From Hoa Binh to Mu Cang Chai or v.v
  • From Lai Chau to Mu Cang Chai or v.v
  • From Lao Cai to Mu Cang Chai or v.v
  • From Son La to Mu Cang Chai or v.v

Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to rent a car for Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai?

Mu Cang Chai car rental price varies depending on your travel plan, date of travel, as well as your trip duration. Please let us know your working agenda (business travel) or day-to-day itinerary (travel itinerary), we will provide a quote.

What is the most popular rental cars in Mu Cang Chai?

7 seat SUV Ford Everest, Isuzu Highlander and Toyota Fortuner are the most popular rental cars for individual travel in Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai, Vietnam. For small group tours (3-6 people), Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinters (Minivan and Minibus) are also popular rental cars. Big coaches including 45, 50 seat coaches are not recommended for traveling to Mu Cang Chai as well as in the Vietnam northern highlands.

Why should I book Mu Cang Chai private transfer with Vietnam Car Hire?

When booking Mu Cang Chai car hire via, all your car rental options will be suggested by local senior car rental agents who live in Vietnam. They are drivers, tour guides who have been to Mu Cang Chai. They can provide practical, updated information about this destination. There are no extra costs and no hidden fees involved in booking a rental car with Vietnam Car Hire.

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