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Yen Bai Province

Yen Bai is becoming one of the most attractive stops on the Northwest journey. Not only that, but this place is also famous for its multi-ethnic culture and friendly and hospitable people. Join Bestprice Travel to learn about exciting places and valuable information before starting your Yen Bai trip!

About Yen Bai Province

Yen Bai, at the gateway to the Northwest, is the birthplace of the ancient Vietnamese, with more than 30 ethnic groups living together where there is a civilization of the Red River and Chay River, which is the center of exchange between the Northeast and the North. Northwest of the country.

Yen Bai Province

Spectacular landscapes of Yen Bai province

Here, with many attractive tourist potentials, the tourist sites in Yen Bai are diverse with revolutionary historical relics, a system of communal houses, temples, and pagodas associated with the history of nation-building. Yen Bai is also a place where community-based tourism and eco-tourism develop quite strongly in the area of Nghia Lo and Thac Ba Lake.


Top Yen Bai's Attractions

Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai is a highland district located west of Yen Bai province, bordering Nghia Lo, Muong La, and Than Uyen towns of Lai Chau, Vietnam. Mu Cang Chai is most famous to tourists because of the "specialty" of terraced fields.

With more than 700 hectares of fields, 50% of which are concentrated in 3 communes, La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha, and De Xu Phinh, stretching from Khau Pha pass to the town center, you will not be able to resist the charm of people from the golden color of the mountains planted with rice. In 2007, Mu Cang Chai terraced fields were ranked as a national scenic relic.

Mu Cang Chai Yen Bai

Stunning yellow of Mu Cang Chai rice terraces


Thac Ba Lake 

Formed when the river was blocked to build Thac Ba hydroelectricity, the first hydroelectric project in Vietnam, Thac Ba Lake can be seen as a historical witness to the glorious tradition of the nation. Thac Ba Lake is also recognized as the largest artificial lake in Vietnam, with more than 1,300 large and small islands.

Located in the territory of two districts of Yen Binh and Luc Yen of Yen Bai province, Thac Ba Lake is likened to "Ha Long on the mountain," with large and small green islands reflecting day by day under the water surface and an incredible cave system hidden deep in the limestone mountains. The mystery has made Thac Ba a shimmering, fanciful beauty but friendly and charming.

Thac Ba Lake Yen Bai

Scenic aerial view of Thac Ba Lake


Khau Pha Pass

Belonging to the "four great peaks" of the Northwest, Khau Pha pass is one of the 10 most famous Yen Bai tourist destinations. Khau Pha Pass is renowned as one of the most winding and steep. When passing the top of Khau Pha mountain, you will see a plateau surrounded by overlapping mountains, a winding pass road between old forests, and terraced fields of Thai and H'Mong people. 

The best time to go to Khau Pha Pass is in the ripe rice season, from September to October; this is also when the rice is ripe in Muong Lo and Mu Cang Chai. From Yen Bai city, reverse along Highway 32; you can combine visiting Muong Lo, passing Khau Pha pass, and going to Mu Cang Chai.

Khau Pha Pass

Challenging path to conquer Khau Pha Pass


Muong Lo

From Yen Bai city to the west, about 80km, we will come to Muong Lo. Nestled in the heart of Nghia Lo town - Muong Lo is home to more than 10 ethnic groups that have created a unique and unique cultural area in northwest Vietnam.

As the second largest rice field in the majestic and dreamy Northwest mountains, Muong Lo is famous for its white rice, plain rice flavor, and specialty tea. Coming to Muong Lo, visitors will experience immersing themselves in ancient dances, then hold hands and dance rhythmically to the rhythm of gongs and resounding trumpets. The spread dances express aspiration, and faith in life, besides the purity of the couple's love.


Nghia Lo

Nghia Lo tourism has been known to many people as an attractive tourist destination because of its unique cultural features as well as revolutionary traditions of ethnic groups living in the area, such as President Ho Chi Minh Memorial Area, Revolutionary historical sites of Cang and Nghia Lo Don, Muong Lo market, eco-tourism in Nghia Loi commune, Nghia An, etc.

Nghia Lo Yen Bai

Meet the locals in Nghia Lo


Culture in Yen Bai

Yen Bai land possesses beautiful and majestic nature and an extraordinarily unique and rich indigenous culture. This is home to many ethnic minorities of the Northwest region of Vietnam, so this will be a good opportunity for you to discover the unique features here. Especially Yen Bai cuisine, to enjoy the authentic taste of indigenous people, you must come here!


Yen Bai Weather

Yen Bai has a humid subtropical climate, typical of northern Vietnam, with hot, humid summers with lots of rain and cold and dry winters. However, yen Bai each season has its beauty, and here are the times when it attracts a lot of tourists to visit:

  • January - March: The time when many unique spring festivals take place. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere and experience many traditional games such as pounding, tug of war, horse racing, etc.
  • May - June: This is the season of pouring water; water begins to be led into the terraced fields. The surface of the fields was slick with water, reflecting the brilliant afternoon sunlight.
  • September - October: Visitors will be satisfied when admiring the beautiful ripe rice terraces like wonders in the period from September 15 to October 10.
  • December: This is when the mountains and forests are submerged in a sea of ​​clouds full of magic and majesty, so it is very suitable for "cloud hunters."

Yen Bai Weather

September - October is the best time to admire the rice terrace season


Transportation in Yen Bai

  • How to Get to Yen Bai

After landing at Hanoi airport, you can go to Yen Bai in many different ways. If you prefer the train, you can take the YB3 train directly to Yen Bai or the SP1 - SP3 train to Lao Cai, stopping at Yen Bai station.

Going to Yen Bai by sleeper bus is also a good choice. But if you want to stop at Nghia Lo, Van Chan, Mu Cang Chai, or Yen Bai, the travel experience is that you should find a bus route to Lai Chau. You can rent a tourist car with more financial conditions and travel in groups.

  • How to Get Around

In Yen Bai, motorbikes are the most convenient and fastest means of transportation. You can easily rent a motorbike at car rental addresses for from 100,000 VND to 300,000 VND, depending on the type of vehicle, car brand, and model.


Travel Information in Yen Bai

Items to always carry with you: ID documents, drinking water, insect spray. Wear sports shoes for easy movement, and don't forget the hat and map!

  • Attire: Flamboyant outfits will not be suitable for this trip. You should prepare soft clothes, and bring a light jacket because the day and night weather here is quite different, the sun is off, it will be cold, and it may even rain.
  • Weather: pay attention to monitoring and updating the weather situation; usually, you should check the Yen Bai weather forecast for the next 3 days.
  • Food: you should prepare a few high-calorie snacks such as candy, cake, and chocolate to miss along the way

So the last article has fully summarized Yen Bai's travel experience for your reference. If you plan to travel to Yen Bai shortly, do not forget to note this valuable information to schedule your trip. Have a nice trip!

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