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Top Places To See Rice Terraces in Southeast Asia

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1. Sapa, Vietnam

This French colonial hill station in northern Vietnam offers an incredible mountainous landscape. Covered with rice terraces, the area is inhabited by a variety of colorfully dressed ethnic minority tribes.
There are different areas rice terraces are so inspirational: the lush valley of Muong Hoa, the secluded hill side of Ban Khoang, untouched rice terraces in Y Ty.
We suggest if you can arrange a 3 days trip, doing homestay with local Hmong, Dzao tribes to experience their farm work. 

2. Batad, Philippines
This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts exquisite amphitheater-like rice terraces. Built more than 2000 years ago, they’ve been remarkably well-preserved, with an irrigation system that still works today.

3. Bali, Indonesia
While most travellers think of Bali as a beach paradise, it is also home to magnificent rice terraces. The village of Jatiluwih boasts beautiful rice terraces stretching from the mountains to the coast.

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4. Yuanyang, China

Located in the south of China, Yuanyang Rice Terrace is a sustainable ecosystem. During winter to early spring, the entire field is irrigated with spring water from the forest above to prepare it for the next season, a process the Hani people have repeated for more than a thousand years.
Hani terraced fields are magnificent and on a large-scale. They extend to many towns along the south bank of the Red River, such as Yuanyang, Lüchun and Jinping among others. With an area of more than 28,005.3 acres, the terrace in Yuanyang County is regarded as the core area of Hani terraces as the county is mountainous and the terraces built on the hillsides have a slope varying from 15 degrees to 75 degrees. The terraces rise by 3,000 steps forming a landscape that is rare both at home and abroad. In the main, the Yuanyang Hani terraces form three major scenic areas: Duoyishu scenic area, Bada scenic area and Laohuzui (the Tiger Mouth) scenic area. So many terraces set among vast forests, topped by an ocean of clouds create a magical, magnificent view.

There are different areas to observe rice terraces in Yuan Yang: duoyishu scenic area,Bada scenic area,Laohuzui (the Tiger Mouth) scenic area, 

5. Keng Tung, Myanmar
Located near the Golden Triangle, Kyaing Tong is more famous for opium planting than terraced rice fields. But this area is nevertheless a place worth visiting for its scenic terraced landscape.

The best time to visit rice terraces: when people pour the water into the rice field ( May to June) and harvesting time ( mid Sept to No). 

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