With mesmerizing terraced fields and diverse local culture, Mu Cang Chai can imprint on your mind in the blink of an eye. If you are planning to witness its miraculous beauty, check out these 4 ways to travel from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai.
The rural scene in Mu Cang Chai is unforgettable
What is a Vietnam trip without riding on a motorbike? Daunting yet exciting, this transport offers you an authentic adventure from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai. Rent a motorbike in Hanoi and start the journey in the early morning, spare some time to rest on the road. Also, carefully map out your directions and follow motorbike-riding precautions strictly. If you are not accustomed to riding a motorbike for long hours, traveling in two days is not a bad idea.
Duration for the motorbike trip: 8 - 9 hours
Bike rental price: VND 150,000 - VND 300,000/bike/day (depending on the type of motorbike)
Riding a motorbike - one of the experiences you can't miss in Vietnam
The rough and winding roads will challenge any riders
Bike rentals' requirements:
Note: some rental places will require just a passport as collateral for the motorbike. If this is the case, you don't need to leave a deposit - just your passport and rental fees upfront.
Since Vietnam Railways do not offer you direct trains from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai, you must first take a train to Yen Bai City in Yen Bai Province or Sapa in Lao Cai Province, then catch a bus to this wonderland. Needless to say, switching vehicles is complicated and can take up to 2 - 3 days to arrive at Mu Cang Chai. But why not grab this chance to have a tour in the marvelous nature of Northern Vietnam. Instead of leaving for Mu Cang Chai upon arrival, spend some time discovering the transit destinations.
The train provides you soft/hard seats and bunk beds. Bunk beds are not that much more expensive compared to the cheaper seats considering you will have a more comfortable journey.
|Transit town|| |
Hanoi - Yen Bai (about 154 km)
|Yen Bai - Mu Cang Chai (about 170 km)||Hanoi - Sapa (about 316 km)||Sapa - Mu Cang Chai (about 137 km)|
4 - 5 hours
|5 - 7 hours||7 - 8 hours||3 - 4 hours|
|Price (per ticket)|| |
VND 200,00 - 500,00
|VND 100,00 - 150,000||VND 400,000 - 600,000||VND 150,000 - 250,000|
As railways go across hidden neighborhoods, you will see different facets of Vietnamese daily life
Have a sightseeing tour through the train window
Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai by Bus
Going by bus might sound uncomfortable, but it is the most prevalent and inexpensive option. Unlike the train, it will take you directly to Mu Cang Chai without further transit so take your time and admire beautiful sceneries along the way. The only minus point is that once you come to Mu Cang Chai, the bus will not bring you to each tourist spot or the hotel. That is when you should think about a taxi.
Departure: My Dinh Station or Giap Bat Station
Destination: Yen Bai Station
Note: Some bus lines from Hanoi to Lai Chau also have stops at Mu Cang Chai
Duration: 7 hours - 7 hours 30 minutes
Price: VND 200,000 - VND 350,000/ticket
Seeking more comfortable seats? Opt for the sleeper buses
Striking mountains along the way to Mu Cang Chai
For train and bus tickets, the best way is to look for tickets online to avoid scams and plan your itineraries accordingly
What can be easier than jumping in a taxi and going straight to your destination? It costs more than any other transports and secondly, taxi drivers might take advantage of you. Thus, consider your budget and note down these tips to avoid taxi scams. Book through the Grab or Mai Linh taxi app.
Duration: 7 hours
Estimated cost: VND 2,500,000 - VND 3,500,000
Vinasun and Mai Linh are the most famous taxi brands in Vietnam
Going from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai requires you much effort but what you get is totally worthwhile. Once you have decided to go for it, arm yourself with an exciting spirit, good physical health, and a detailed itinerary. We hope that after reading this blog, you have got a suitable vehicle in your mind.
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