Although they are not as stunning as the terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai, Hoang Su Phi and Sa Pa in the northern upland, the rice fields in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa still have their own hidden charm.
Visitors still discover the charm of the fields in the mountainous district of Ba Thuoc in Thanh Hoa. Due to the rough roads leading to Ba Thuoc, which are mostly trodden paths, this locality is little known.
Early in the morning, clouds hang above the mountains and rice fields which turn into the shining yellow color, creating a picturesque painting complete with smoke rising from small stilt houses. Visitors certainly have a feel of peace and tranquility in a cool climate.
Farmers harvest paddy (unhusked rice). Muong, Mong and Thai ethnic peoples in the upland of Thanh Hoa lead a hard life, so a bumper rice crop means a lot to them.
Two Thai women carry paddy on the back
Thai ethnic people are seen working on the terraced rice field in Lung Niem Commune, Ba Thuoc District, Thanh Hoa Province
A trodden path in the middle of the rice field in Ba Thuoc District