Location: Bach Ma National Park is
approximately 50km south of Hue City.
Characteristics: It has a temperate climate
much like that of Dalat, Sapa and Tam Dao. However, since it is located so close
to the sea, the temperature in winter never goes below 4°C (39.2°F) and the
highest temperature in summer never exceeds 26°C (79°F).
Given these advantages, the French transformed Bach Ma into a summer resort in
the early 1930s. The area comprises 139 villas and auxiliary buildings, such as
the post office, bank, tennis court, etc. Unfortunately, the war and lack of
maintenance have significantly affected these constructions. In 1986, after 10
years of reunification, the State established a network of 87 natural reserves
including Bach Ma. On 15 July 1991, the Bach Ma National Park was officially
founded. Bach Ma has breath-taking natural landscapes. The highest peak is Hai
Vong Dai (Sea Observation Post), 1,450m high, where people can have a panoramic
view of the immense sea and surrounding scenery. Do Quyen Waterfall is
astounding and huge in the wooded mountain. It is more than 300m high and 20-30m
wide. It is amazing to watch the silver water running into the bright red of
water-rail flowers. Bac Chi Waterfall, about 20m high, roars all year round.
Five lakes - a system of large lakes - has clean and cool water, created by the
block of black granite stretching along Kim Qui Spring. This is a good place for
camping, bathing, and outdoor activities. Still, the beautiful National Park
houses 931 species of animals of which 83 wildlife species, including tigers and
monkeys. It is also home to 333-odd species of birds known to inhabit Vietnam.
More than 1,406 species of plants have also been identified. Apart from
ecotourism, the Bach Ma National Park has an advantage of being close to
Vietnam’s three world cultural heritage sites (Hue Imperial City, Hoi An Ancient
Town and My Son Cham Towers). So, tourists usually add the park to their
itinerary. With highly-valued natural resources, Bach Ma does not only gratify
thousands of visitors but also attract scientists. The best time to visit Bach
Ma is from February to September. Admission is 10,000VND. It is open from 7 am