It was one of the hottest months of the year. The heat and humidity made us easily frustrated and bad tempered. If you don’t like the seaside because of hot beaches, consider coming to Bac Son which will offer you fresh and cool air and vast ripe rice fields.
Bac Son is a highland district of Lang Son Province, 160km to the north of Ha Noi. From Ha Noi, tourists can take an open bus along National Road No.3 to Thai Nguyen Province, then on National Road No.1B for about 80km before reaching Bac Son.
Bac Son is in the centre of limestone mountain, with the majestic beauty of mountains, clouds, and endless green rice fields.
Its beauty has different shades of appearance in different times of the year. From the end of July to mid-November, it is said to have the nicest weather.
Vast ripe rice fields in Bac Son had a graceful nature. A golden colour is everywhere while the clouds lazily flow over limestone mountain tops. The scene was so picturesque that we couldn’t take our eyes off it.
“I feel so overwhelmed. I must take hundreds of photos of the land.” Nguyen Thu Ha, my friend, said, jumping with excitement.
From Na Lay mountain top, we could see the whole scenery of the area with its all peacefulness and charm. We saw tiny roofs standing one by one. Roads, rivers and people became so little that they looked to be moving in slow motion on a golden background. Smoke from burning straw flew up to the sky, making the whole picture more distinguished.
Bac Son has quite even terrain, good irrigation works so that residents can have two crops a year. Rice crops there are not planted at the same time so they are not harvested at the same time. Farmers in Bac Son often use harvesting machines to accelerate the process so it creates different shades of colour in a single field.
“Look! From above, that field looks like a smiling face!” Hoàng Thu Trang, a friend said.
Rice fields in Bac Son have been rated as “A rare green field of the planet” on the tourism website whenonearth.net for its amazing and unique features.
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Stunning: From Na Lay Mountain Top, the whole valley seems divided into squares with different shades of gold colours. — Photos news.zing.vn
Leaving the mountain top, we went down to be immersed in the lives of locals. We felt the busy atmosphere of harvesting days. Farmers were excited to cut crops, hopeful for a bumper season. In the middle of the valley, the mountain ranges seemed more majestic.
Living in the highland, Bac Son residents are mainly Tay people who preserve traditional customs like fork games such as stone throwing, swinging, etc. Tay people’s houses face the Southeast, a tradition going back hundreds of years. Life here is peaceful with rustic, calm people and beautiful nature.
We left Bac Son with a memory card full of photos. We knew that we had gained a great asset that cannot be bought at any price.