Thac Ba Lake
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Thac Ba Lake

Thac Ba Lake attracts tourists because of its peaceful space, with clear blue lake water reflecting the clouds and sky, and high mountain peaks. The landscape here brings a peaceful feeling to you, making you feel like you are living in a beautiful natural picture. Traveling to Thac Ba Lake, you also have the opportunity to participate in many interesting activities, and learn about the culture and life of people in the area. To help make your trip more convenient, please follow Origin Vietnam to learn about the fun experiences below.

1. Where is Thac Ba Lake?

Thac Ba Lake is a beautiful and famous destination in Luc Yen and Yen Binh districts, Yen Bai province, Vietnam. About 15 km northeast of Yen Bai city and about 150 km northwest of Hanoi capital.

Thac Ba Lake

2. How is Thac Ba Lake unique?

Thac Ba Lake – a precious gem located deep in the heart of the mountains in Yen Bai province, Vietnam, has been attracting tourists with its beauty and fresh vitality. Known as one of the three largest artificial lakes in Vietnam.

With an area of nearly 20 thousand hectares, Thac Ba Lake is not only a large lake but also a colorful natural museum with more than 1,300 large and small green islands and a beautiful cave system hidden deep in the mountains. limestone.

In addition to the majestic landscape, the space around the lake is also surrounded by wild mountains and forests, creating a unique and romantic natural picture. This is an ideal place for family and friends trips, where you can enjoy fresh air and relax among the beautiful mountains of Northern Vietnam.

Thac Ba Lake is also a great place for you to experience cultural diversity in Vietnam. Around the lake area, there are up to 13 different ethnic groups. Such as Tay, Nung, H’Mong, Dao, Phu La, Cao Lan,… living on the mountain slopes or along the lake. Each ethnic group has its own unique culture and traditions, giving visitors the opportunity to learn, enjoy, and experience interesting activities.

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3. When is the best time to visit Thac Ba Lake?

  • Thac Ba Lake is a perfect tourist destination as each season brings visitors different unique experiences. However, to easily travel around the lake as well as participate in outdoor activities, visitors should avoid the rainy season from May to August.
  • Besides, if you want to participate in a unique cultural event at Thac Ba Lake, you can schedule to come here on January 8 – 9 (lunar calendar) every year. This is the time when the Thac Ba temple festival takes place, which is extremely famous in the region.
  • The festival at Thac Ba Temple is one of the region’s largest and most vibrant events, attracting people and tourists from all over. You will have the opportunity to participate in traditional activities, watch artistic performances, and try typical dishes of this region. This festival is rich in cultural and religious values, helping you gain a deeper understanding of the lives and traditions of local people.

According to Thac Ba Lake travel experience, the ideal time to travel here is from September to April next year.

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4. How to get to Thac Ba Lake from Hanoi?

4.1 By personal vehicle

From Hanoi, if you want to go to Thac Ba Lake, you can follow Highway 32 to Yen Bai or Hanoi – Lao Cai highway, exiting at the intersection with Yen Bai city. This exit point to Thac Ba lake is only about 15 km.

But ì you travel from Yen Bai city center to Thac Ba lake area (Ngoi Tu village) about 50 km. You can choose to travel by motorbike and rent a motorbike here, from there go straight to the area. Ngoi Tu rests at homestay.

4.2 By public transportation

If you just want to walk around Thac Ba Lake, from Yen Bai city center, you can take a taxi or rent a motorbike to Huong Ly port (about 12 km) and then rent a boat to travelling around Thac Ba lake.

If you want to go directly from Hanoi to the Thac Ba Lake area, you can go to My Dinh bus station to catch a bus. Currently, there is only one bus company operating this direct route as follows:

  • Bao Ngan
  • Schedule: My Dinh – Thac Ba – My Dinh
  • Departure time: Thac Ba 7:00 am My Dinh 12:00 pm

As for the My Dinh – Yen Bai city – My Dinh schedule, there are many bus companies with flexible departure times, creating convenient and easy conditions for tourists to travel by public transport.

5. History of Thac Ba Lake

Thac Ba Lake in Yen Bai has an interesting history. In 1971, when the Thac Ba hydroelectric dam was completed, the Chay River was blocked, creating a large lake with a lake area of up to 23,400 hectares and a water surface area of 19,050 hectares. The lake has a length of 80 km and water level ranges from 46 m to 58 m, containing a huge amount of water, from 3 to 3.9 billion cubic meters.

In addition to providing water mainly from Chay River, Thac Ba Lake also receives water from other large rivers such as Hanh River and Cat River, increasing the amount of silt and diversifying the ecosystem in the lake.

Thac Ba Lake is not only a beautiful tourist destination. But also has extremely valuable historical value. In 1996, it was recognized as a national historical and cultural relic complex. The lake also plays an important role in protecting the environment and improving the climate, reducing summer temperatures, increasing humidity in the dry season and creating conditions for green plants to grow.

6. Activities and experiences at Thac Ba Lake

6.1 Admiring the beauty of Thac Ba Lake

The beauty of the calm lake surface and connection with nature gives visitors a feeling of comfort and relaxation during their trip to Yen Bai. Looking from the lake surface, you will see the silence and space covered by natural forests, creating an attractive picture. To fully enjoy the experiences here, you should row a boat and admire the charming scenery.

During that process, you will have the opportunity to see the largest Thac Ba hydroelectric plant in the North, built long ago during the war period. This not only brings an interesting trip, but also helps visitors better understand the history of Thac Ba Lake.

6.2 Taking stunning photos

Thac Ba Lake is famous for its majestic beauty and stunning natural landscape. Visitors will find many ideal spots to take photos, from green islands to limestone mountains and mysterious caves. The sunlight at sunrise and sunset creates stunning landscapes, and you can also take unique photos from a kayak.

6.3 Kayaking

Boating on the quiet lake of Thac Ba is an interesting experience. You can rent a kayak and explore the lake on your own or with a guide. Rowing on the lake will help you reach beautiful places in the middle of the lake, or in caves. In particular, this is an opportunity for you to relax in the peaceful space of the lake.

6.4 Trekking

Thac Ba Lake has many long routes suitable for those who love outdoor exercise. There are routes along the lake and trails leading through the dense green forest. While walking, you will have the opportunity to admire natural scenery and explore unique caves. Remember to wear comfortable shoes, prepare drinking water and sunscreen when hiking.

Fisherman on Thac Ba Lake

7. Specialty dishes when traveling to Thac Ba Lake

Once you visit Thac Ba Lake, you should not miss the specialties of this land. Below are some delicious dishes compiled based on many people’s experiences of visiting Thac Ba Lake.

7.1 Nam Thia catfish

At Thac Ba Lake there is an extremely rich amount of seafood, so when having fun at the lake you should enjoy delicious dishes from Nam Thia Sardines and most especially grilled fish.

Fish caught at the lake is still fresh, marinated by local people with their own spices and processed into delicious dishes with unique flavors. In addition to grilled fish, you should also try fresh fish salad or other delicious dishes made from shrimp. We are confident that you will have fun enjoying these dishes.

7.2 Tu Le sticky rice

Tu Le sticky rice, also known as five-color sticky rice, has long become a familiar dish of people in the Northwest region. The sticky rice here is famous for its aroma and elasticity compared to many other places. Ingredients for cooking sticky rice are also carefully selected and the color of the sticky rice must also be natural. Most people here use black leaves, turmeric roots or gac fruit to color sticky rice.

7.3 Yen Bai ant eggs

Yen Bai ant eggs are a dish made from eggs combined with traditional spring rolls. The rich egg flavor and crispy spring roll shell are irresistibly delicious. However, the number of ants in nature is decreasing, so you have to be very lucky to try this delicious dish.

7.4 Com Lam (bamboo tube rice)

Com Lam is a rice dish cooked in bamboo tubes and grilled over fire. Lam Yen Bai rice is famous for being fragrant, fleshy, delicious and sticky. When eating rice, you should combine other dishes such as buffalo meat on the stove, chicken cooked with bamboo shoots to ensure that it will waste a lot of rice.

7.5 Grilled fish

Thac Ba Lake has the Chay River running through it, so it brings a rich amount of fish and aquatic products. The grilled fish dish here makes many tourists fascinated because the fish is fresh and sweet, carefully marinated with spices and then grilled to a very attractive aroma.

7.6 Grilled hill chicken

Chickens are raised by households running homestay businesses or farms right on the lands surrounding the lake. Usually only when there are tourists booking do people prepare. The chicken is grilled with a tang tree, the pungent smell of fragrant resin blends with ginger, lemongrass and mac khen, the fat flows down to the sizzling red coals, creating an extremely seductive aroma for visitors.

8. Accommodations when traveling to Thac Ba Lake

When traveling to Thac Ba Lake, visitors can refer to some of the accommodation facilities below. Because the distance between Thac Ba Lake and Yen Bai city is not too far, visitors can stay overnight in the city, this creates favorable conditions for tourists to move between different attractions. Furthermore, visitors can also enjoy amenities at accommodation facilities.

If tourists want to immerse themselves in the beautiful natural landscape and experience the daily life of local people, staying in homestays is also a great choice.

8.1 Resorts:

  • Ruby Yen Bai Ecotourism Area. Address: Yen Binh Town, Yen Binh, Yen Bai.
  • Thac Ba Paradise Islands. Address: Thac Ba lake, Yen Binh town, Yen Bai province.

8.2 Hotels:

  • Thac Ba Cong Doan Tourist Hotel. Address: Yen Binh Town, Yen Binh, Yen Bai.
  • Quang Thoa Hotel. Address: Yen Binh Town, Yen Binh, Yen Bai.
  • Hanh Hoa Vien Hotel. Address: Km9, Highway 70, Yen Binh Town, Yen Binh, Yen Bai.

8.3 Guesthouses:

  • Thu Huong Guesthouse. Address: Yen Binh Town, Yen Binh, Yen Bai.
  • Trung Kien Guesthouse. Address: Bao Ai Commune, Yen Binh, Yen Bai.
  • Long Nguyen Guesthouse. Address: Group 6, Yen Binh Town, Yen Binh, Yen Bai.
  • Huong Ly Guesthouse. Address: Yen Binh Town, Yen Binh, Yen Bai.
  • Van Anh Guesthouse. Address: Yen Binh Town, Yen Binh, Yen Bai.

8.4 Homestays:

  • Vu Linh Lavie Homestay. Address: Ngoi Tu village, Vu Linh, Yen Binh, Yen Bai.
  • Thac Ba Family Homestay. Address: Vinh Kien, Yen Binh, Yen Bai.
  • Pohzau Homestay. Address: Vu Linh, Yen Binh, Yen Bai.
  • Thao Nguyen Homestay. Address: Ngoi Tu, Vu Linh, Yen Binh, Yen Bai.
  • Dao Ethnic Homestay. Address: Ngoi Tu, Vu Linh, Yen Binh, Yen Bai.

9. Some other tourist attractions near Thac Ba Lake

9.1 Thac Ba Mau Temple

Built around 5 km away from the lake, Thac Ba Mother Temple was built a long time ago and has become a sacred spot for local people. Every year here, the Thac Ba festival is often held on a large scale and is divided into 3 different periods: Spring Festival on the 9th day of the 1st lunar month, Summer Festival on the 17th day of the 5th lunar month and Ceremony. Autumn Festival on the 10th day of the 10th lunar month.

9.2 Thuy Tien Cave

When it comes to Yen Bai tourism, Thuy Tien cave is a destination not to be missed. Because it possesses an impressive beauty bestowed by nature that makes anyone admire it when they see it. Not only does it possess beautiful stalactites, but this place also faces a softly flowing river, creating a peaceful and gentle feeling for the landscape.

9.3 Ngoi Tu Cultural Village

Located on the peaceful Thac Ba Lake is Ngoi Tu cultural village of Vu Linh commune, Yen Binh district. This place is a destination that attracts domestic and foreign tourists thanks to the form of community tourism. Ngoi Tu is blessed by nature with a unique landscape combined with the long-standing cultural values of the people here, creating a unique appeal.

9.4 Thac Ba Hydroelectric Plant

This is a large engineering project located at Thac Ba Lake. The construction of the factory created the lake and natural landscape here. You can tour the factory and learn about the electricity production process. This provides an interesting insight into the role of hydropower in providing clean energy and protecting the environment.

10. Some important notes when traveling to Thac Ba Lake

To make your trip to Thac Ba Lake memorable and retain many memories, in addition to understanding the experience of exploring and having fun, you need to know some of the following necessary notes:

  • During the tour, absolutely do not litter arbitrarily, this avoids affecting the surrounding environment and other tourists.
  • Choose clothes suitable for the season, ensuring neatness and convenience, making moving easier.
  • Choose sports shoes instead of other footwear accessories to avoid foot impact when walking a lot.
  • For tourists with children accompanying them, they should pay careful attention during play to avoid unwanted risks.

We have just finished sharing with you the whole experience of having fun at Thac Ba Lake. Hope you have had the necessary experiences to have a complete journey when visiting this place.

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