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Quang Minh Lake

Quang Minh Lake is more chaotic, anxiety that makes us feel tired, stressed, and want to find a new land for a change of scenery. For those who love to explore, at times like this they often choose traveling to Ha Giang as the goal of their journey. This land has many famous and attractive destinations, many new things to be discovered, one of which is Quang Minh Ecotourism Area.

Quang Minh Lake is an attractive tourist destination not to be missed when traveling to Ha Giang. The lake view is most beautiful at sunrise and sunset, the lake is large, the water is clear, especially in the sunlight. If you are looking for a place to rest and relax, this is the ideal choice for you. Let’s learn more about this beautiful lake with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Quang Minh lake?

Located between Viet Quang town and Quang Minh commune, Quang Minh Lake belongs to Quang Minh commune, Bac Quang district, Ha Giang province, with poetic natural beauty and great tourism potential. About 62 km southwest of Ha Giang city and about 240 km northwest of Hanoi capital.

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2. How is Quang Minh Lake unique?

This is a natural lake with an area of up to 150 hectares and a stable water level all year round. Besides, in the middle of the lake is a system of many small islands, surrounding the lake is surrounded by many mountains covered with lush green trees. All create a charming landscape painting that attracts many tourists.

Ho Quang Minh eco-tourism area is a famous beautiful landscape in Ha Giang. Coming here, especially in the early morning or late afternoon at sunset, choose a light boat to glide on the magical, hazy water surface.

Besides, the lakeside is where the Dao ethnic people live, so besides exploring the beautiful landscape, visitors also have the opportunity to learn about their unique culture. These are unique fire dancing festivals, color-granting ceremonies, harvest-praying ceremonies, etc.

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3. When is the best time to visit Quang Minh Lake?

Being a high mountainous district, the climate in Quang Minh lake is noticeably cold compared to the neighboring lowlands and midlands. The average annual temperature is about 21-23 degrees Celsius. Outstanding features of the climate are high humidity throughout the year, heavy and prolonged rain.

  • You can travel to Quang Minh lake in any season of the year. The most beautiful time is September, October, November and December, when Bac Quang is in the harvest season of golden rice, buckwheat flowers or fields of canola flowers blooming.
  • In spring, apricot blossoms and plum blossoms bloom white in the forest, making you feel like you’re floating on the clouds.
  • In May, the fields sparkle during the flood season. The whole area is like a giant mirror reflecting the majestic heaven and earth of Bac Quang.
  • In June, July and August, few people travel to Quang Minh lake because this is the rainy season, plus the steep mountainous terrain makes it easy to slip and endanger your journey.

4. How to get to Quang Minh lake?

4.1 From Hanoi to Bac Quang

Depending on your needs, interests and abilities. You can choose a bus or personal vehicle to travel in Bac Quang. No matter what means of travel, you need to prepare carefully. before starting the journey.

4.1.1 Travel By Public Bus

Passenger cars are a suitable means of transportation for everyone. This is also a means to help you save time and effort on travel.

Currently, My Dinh bus station has many bus companies operating the Hanoi – Ha Giang route. Bus routes depart continuously every day. You can go to the station and catch a bus at any time of the day. But most buses leave in the evening to help people optimize travel time.

Buses only go to the city center. Therefore, to move to Bac Quang, you will have to rent a motorbike in Ha Giang, take a car or taxi to move to Bac Quang. Motorbike rental prices here fluctuate around 180,000 VND/motorbike/day. The price is quite reasonable so you don’t have to worry when choosing to use it.

4.1.2. Private Vehicles

If you want to have an active schedule or are the type of person who loves to explore, personal vehicles are the best choice. Because when traveling by this vehicle, you can go to or stop at any location. In particular, you will be able to conquer picturesque roads, high slopes, sharp turns or admire the majestic mountain and forest scenery of Bac Quang.

But if you travel by personal vehicle, you must have a steady and steady steering wheel. If you do not have experience overcoming steep passes or going on dangerous roads, you should take a bus.

Most people will use personal motorbikes to get around. But if you want to go by personal car, you can still conquer the roads here. And of course, by car, you can only travel on major highways. If you want to go deep into the village, you will have to walk.

4.1.3. How To Move Bac Quang?

By motorbike: To Bac Quang by motorbike, you can go towards Noi Bai airport to Vinh Yen (Vinh Phuc). Then follow Highway 2C toward Son Duong (Tuyen Quang). Arriving at Tuyen Quang city, drive straight on Highway 2 to Ha Giang, about 97 km further to Viet Quang town.

4.2 From Bac Quang to Quang Minh lake

Starting from Viet Quang town of Bac Quang district, visitors follow National Highway 2 east for about 1.5 km and then come to a fork. You turn right onto the inter-district road about 3 km further to reach Quang Minh lake. Because the distance is so close from Viet Quang town, you can rent a motorbike or take a taxi to get here.

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5. Exploring the beauty of Quang Minh Lake

The lake’s surface is as bright as a giant mirror, illuminating a large area. Tourist boats gently glide among the water, clouds and sky. The scenery on the lake changes at different times of the day, making Quang Minh Lake still recognizable as a watercolor painting.

Early in the morning, the scenery of the lake appeared on the board in the mist, the looming palm trees and the sound of fishermen climbing bamboo boats seemed to create a charming song among the mountains and water.

Along with that, the preservation of traditional values of the people around the lake is quite good. Currently, basically all households live in stilt houses. The traditional stilt houses around the Quang Minh Lake area are often quite beautiful and in harmony with the surrounding landscape, including: ponds, gardens, hills and fields. From there, creating a landscape environment that is quite rustic, beautiful and attracts visitors.

6. Specialties when traveling to Quang Minh lake

When traveling to Quang Minh Lake, visitors will not only admire the wild and poetic natural landscape. But you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of this beautiful land.

6.1. Au Tau Porridge

O dau tree (au tau) often grows wild in high mountainous areas on the northern border of Vietnam such as Lao Cai, Tuyen Quang, Ha Giang, Nghia Lo, Cao Bang, Bac Kan… It is a poisonous tree, especially As for the tuber, the toxic amount in the au tau tuber can make people’s limbs numb, but if you know how to prepare the au tau tuber, it becomes a nutritious delicacy.

The cooked porridge has a dark brown color, looks like a bowl of lowland porridge, and has a special fleshy, fatty and fragrant taste. Because it is a medicinal flavor, the characteristic of Au Tau porridge is bitter like Panax notoginseng. However, the bitterness mixed with the fleshy, flexible piece of Au Tau, mixed with the sweetness of the simmered bone broth and the fragrant aroma of the eggs, lingers into a fragrance and sweet taste in the neck, creating a strange and attractive feeling.

Au Tau Porridge is often sold all year round, but mainly in the evening because people here believe that the essence of this dish is best absorbed in the evening.

6.2. Thang Co

This is a unique dish originating from the H’mong ethnic people. Initially, thang co was only cooked with meat and internal organs of the horse, but later, to suit everyone’s taste, people replaced horse meat with buffalo, cow, and pig meat to make it easier to eat. It’s suitable for local people. But if you are a foodie adventure lover you may try it.

6.3. Under-Armpit Pig (Indigenous Pig)

The name says it all. These pigs are pigs that people let roam freely. These pigs are not too big, just big enough for people to put in baskets or under their arms to bring to the market to sell. Armpit pork is very clean, fragrant, firm, lean, and safe for users. This deliciousness will make you remember it forever after eating it.

6.4. Smoked Buffalo Meat

Smoked buffalo meat is a typical dish of the Northwest people. The buffaloes are grazed nomadically so the meat is very firm. After taking the meat, the people will slice it into pieces along the grain and then marinate it with basic spices such as salt, pepper and indispensable typical ingredients: Mac Khe and Doi seeds. Come here to try the most authentic buffalo meat dish.

6.5. Egg Rolls

Most places will have egg rolls for you to choose from, but in Bac Quang you will experience a very different cake. Plates of greasy egg rolls served with sweet bone broth with a hint of spicy and fragrant pepper. This flavor will make you remember forever.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Quang Minh lake

Because Quang Minh lake is very close to Viet Quang town of Bac Quang district, Ha Giang. Therefore, when traveling here, we suggest you some accommodation facilities below:

7.1. Hotels:

  • Toan Vinh Hotel. Address: House number 18, Group 4, Viet Quang Town, Bac Quang, Ha Giang.
  • Toan Phat Hotel. Address: Viet Quang Town, Bac Quang, Ha Giang.
  • Tan Binh 1 Hotel. Address: Viet Quang Town, Bac Quang, Ha Giang.
  • Huy Phuong Hotel. Address: Tan Son Village, Viet Quang Town, Bac Quang, Ha Giang.
  • Vinh Ha Hotel. Address: Viet Quang Town, Bac Quang, Ha Giang.

7.2. Guesthouses:

  • Phuong Huy Guest House. Address: Highway 2, Vinh Tuy, Bac Quang, Ha Giang.
  • Thuy Chi Guesthouse. Address: Viet Quang Town, Bac Quang, Ha Giang.
  • Thuy Linh Guesthouse. Address: Tan Thanh, Bac Quang, Ha Giang.
  • Khanh Hoa Guest House. Address: Highway 2, Hung An, Bac Quang, Ha Giang.
  • Dai Duong Guesthouse. Address: Hung An, Bac Quang, Ha Giang.

7.3. Homestays:

  • Truly Bac Quang Bed and Breakfast. Address: Quang Tien Village, Quang Minh, Bac Quang, Ha Giang.
  • Homestay Ban Man. Address: Group 1, Viet Quang Town, Bac Quang, Ha Giang.

Traveling to Quang Minh Lake after days of hard work will make you feel like you can let go of the worries and burdens of work and life to immerse yourself in a cool and peaceful space. At the lakeside, the stilt houses of ethnic minorities peek out under the green forest canopy, giving us a very peaceful feeling.

Origin Vietnam – is the Best Ha Giang Loop tour company, is pleased to provide useful information about other destinations and accompany visitors on their tours in Vietnam to explore the travel beauty of Ha Giang, we are also committed to bringing experiences wonderful, unforgettable memories for customers.

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