Yen Bai, a province in northern Viet Nam, has many beautiful
landscapes, such as Mu Cang Chai and Thac Ba reservoir, Giang stream, Ta Xua, Pu
Nhu waterfalls ...
Mu Cang Chai terraced fields
Mu Cang Chai is a renowned district of Yen Bai, winning praise for the creative
and heavenly terraced rice field.
The destination is nestled at the bottom of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and is
1000m above sea level.
To reach Mu Cang Chai, tourists go through Khau Pha Pass – one of the four
leading passes in Northwest Viet Nam. The journey to Mu Cang Chai is full of
The terraced rice fields in Che Cu Nha, La Pan Tan, and Ze Xu Phinh in Mu Cang
Chai has been recognized as national landscapes.
This creatively gorgeous terraced paddy field is evidence that human hands can
create a masterpiece in harmony with nature, making Mu Cang Chai an outstanding
attraction in Viet Nam.
The two best months for Mu Cang Chai photo tours are September and October.
Thac Ba Lake
This is an artificial lake built in 1970 for hydropower plant development. Thac
Ba Lake has an area of 234km2 including 1,133 islands and hills with rich
The lake itself looks impressive with blue & clear water, lots of hills,
islands, and caves. Thac Ba Temple on the bank of the lake looks highly sacred.
Coming to this ecotourism site, you can enjoy sightseeing, mountain climbing,
Taking a walk in Thac Ba Lake, you’ll be impressed by the reflections of the
ancient forests on the blue, transparent water.
There are also lots of fascinating sites to see in the area including Thuy Tien
Cave, Xuan Long Cave, Trinh Nam Island, etc.
Thac Ba Lake has been recognized as the historical and cultural vestige. This
area is home to dozens of ethnic minority groups who preserve their traditional
life as well as colorful traditional festivals.
Luc Yen Gem Market
For over 15 years now, Luc Yen Gem market has been an excellent place to buy and
sell precious stones, specifically from Luc Yen District’s plentiful gemstone
At the market, you can see sellers show off their products, including rubies,
opal and jadeite, on rows of small tables.
The prices are announced depending on the type of gem which can be ten thousand,
hundreds of thousand, a million, or tens of millions dong.
Tuan Quan Temple
3km from Yen Bai city center, Tuan Quan temple was built in the 14th century in
the Le Dynasty.
It used to be called “Mistress Bach Lam” temple. It worships Lieu Hanh, Tran
Hung Dao, Hoang Bo and other human genies.
The temple is associated with many uprisings and was recognized as a historical
relic in 2005. It is a popular spiritual site in Yen Bai with many annual
Suoi Giang is situated on a height of 800-1000m above sea level. This site is
home to age-old tea trees.
With the temperature in summer around 30-320C, and very pure air, Suoi Giang
Site is suitable for tourism sightseeing and exploring the cultural life of
H’Mong Ethnic Group.
Ta Chi Nhu Mount
Ta Chi Nhu peak in Tram Tau District is the mountain shared by many who love
climbing and "cloud hunting".
The best time of the year to watch the clouds is between October and February,
when the cool air causes clouds to gather around the mountain.
The mountain is also known as Phu Song Sung by the Thai ethnic, or Chung Chua
Nha by the Mong people, and is part of the Pu Luong mountain of the Hoang Lien
Although Ta Chi Nhu is lower compared to Mount Fansipan (the highest mount of
3,143m in the northern province of Lao Cai), the way to the top is more
difficult because of Yen Bai mountain's sloping and tortuous roads.
The weather conditions near the mountain are often foggy and windy. The path to
the peak is almost vertical, sometimes like walking on a ridge.
From the foothills, dense fog surrounds the area, not to mention strong winds,
which become stronger near the top, whipping climbers' faces.
The mountain is also home to horses, goats and cows. Local residents visit
animal huts on the mountain every week, bringing salt to feed their animals.
Hikers who conquer the 2,000m height can stay overnight at the transient station
where they can camp overnight, light a fire and drink hot tea, while enjoying
the clouds and sky, as well as have a unique chance to watch the mesmerizing
dawn and sunset among the clouds.
From here, visitors have to hike several kilometres to reach the final
destination, where they will feel as though they can reach out to grab those
lazy, floating clouds surrounding them, which create a fairy tale-like world.
Also from the peak, hikers can easily see the Ta Y Cho and Ta Xua peaks. In the
ocean of clouds, those peaks float like stunning islands.
Ta Xua Mount
This hard trekking journey leads to the mysterious mountain peak of Ta Xua
Nature Reserve, which seems to be like a dinosaur's backbone, with a rough path
halfway up the mountain, extremely deep cliffs and heavy wind along the two
sides of the mountain.
This area is also said to be the heaven of clouds, thanks to its rugged terrain
and vast steppe with thousands of wildflowers.
Ngoi Tu cultural village
Ngoi Tu village in Vu Linh Commune, Yen Binh District is home to Dao, Cao Lan,
Nung ethnic people, mainly Dao quan trang (Dao people wear white trousers) with
more than 130 households.
The villagers have preserved traditional handicraft (caving jewelry,
embroidering, printing pattern on fabric with wax; making ban paper); cultural
events (cap sac ceremony - an important ritual of Dao men life, fire jumping
festival, wedding ceremony); folk songs (giao duyen singing, ken dancing, stick
dancing); cuisine (lam rice, roast meat, manioc wine, rice wine); folk games
(stick pushing, walking on stilts, danh yen (similar to badminton); and house
Dao quan trang people live in three room house-on-stilts made from separate
components and linked by bolts instead of nails. The house has only one stairway
with odd footsteps.
Ngoi Tu has received investment to become a culture-tourism village, with the
aim of developing community-based tourism combined with ecotourism.