During your tour to Ha Giang, you are surely quite familiar with famous places. Such as: Dong Van Stone Plateau, Hoang Su Phi, Quan Ba, Ma Pi Leng Pass, Nho Que River,… There is still a relatively new but equally interesting place on the Ha Giang tourist map that very few tourists know about: Bac Quang district. Follow Origin Vietnam to explore this mysterious land and you will find yourself missing out on the truly special landscapes in this mountain town.
1. Where is Bac Quang?
Bac Quang is a mountainous district of Ha Giang province. It’s only about 60km south of Ha Giang city center and about 250km northwest of Hanoi capital. Bac Quang is known for its rich vegetation and many ethnic minority communities. This is the southern gateway of the province with National Highway 2 running through.
Bac Quang district borders many areas such as: the North borders Lam Binh and Vi Xuyen districts of Tuyen Quang province; The South borders Luc Yen district of Yen Bai; The East borders Ham Yen of Tuyen Quang and the West borders Quang Binh district.
2. How is Bac Quang unique?
Bac Quang is a land with relatively diverse geomorphology compared to terrain in other areas of Ha Giang province. This place has both towering limestone mountains, lush green valleys, quite flat plains, and the romantic Lo and Chay rivers. The topographic factor is also the condition for the formation of unique ethnic cultures and attractive natural landscapes.
On the roads to Bac Quang district, you feel like you are getting closer to nature, passing by green terraced fields, running along river banks, crossing suspended bridges and somewhere are roads. running between vast, endless grasslands. Just slow down a bit and you can take in all the beautiful views of Bac Quang district.
Also located in Ha Giang, the beauty of Bac Quang is more or less different from Meo Vac, Dong Van, Yen Minh or Quan Ba. The wildness, majesty and danger of those destinations are replaced by the feeling of peace, closeness and calmness of Bac Quang. Even walking on the national highway or small roads that you turn into, everywhere has a strangely rustic and simple feeling.
3. Which is the best season to visit Bac Quang?
Being a high mountainous district, the climate in Bac Quang 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 Bac Quang 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 Bac Quang 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 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. Travel by publish 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.
4.2. 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.
4.3. How to move?
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.
5. Sightseeing & Things to do in Bac Quang
This land has many beautiful scenes and places for you to visit and explore. Below are the top famous tourist destinations and attractions here.
5.1. Quang Minh ecological lake
This is one of the tourist destinations that many people choose for a picnic. With a green landscape and fresh, cool, pleasant air, this place is very suitable for you to organize group activities.
You can ride a tandem bicycle or pedal to admire the scenery around the lake. In addition, you can also participate in experiencing the unique traditional cultural activities of ethnic minorities here.
5.2. Nam An eco-tourism area
Located at an altitude of 1000m above sea level, Nam An eco-tourism area possesses an extremely cool climate. This place has a primeval forest surrounded by rich vegetation and many small waterfalls. This is also the first eco-tourism area of Bac Quang district.
People come here not only for the natural beauty and fresh air. But also to see the terraced fields with golden ripe rice in September. This is also the time when most visitors visit Nam An. Coming here at this time, you will be able to inhale the scent of the fields and see the bright yellow picture of ripe rice.
This ecotourism area is inhabited by the Dao people. So if you come here, you will be able to explore and learn about unique customs and cultures and participate in unique traditional festivals of the Dao people such as fire dancing, sacrament festival,…
5.3. Thac Thi tourist area
You should not miss this place, because this is one of the most poetic waterfalls of Bac Quang – Ha Giang. Only about 1.5km from the district center, Thac Thi has a majestic beauty amidst pristine nature.
The flow of the waterfall originates from the Tay Con Linh range, the white waterfall pours down from above with 4 layers of water pouring like a white silk strip in the middle of the cool green primeval forest.
Coming here, you will admire the majestic natural picture and extremely cool and fresh air. All your fatigue and sadness will be washed away when traveling to Thac Thi – Bac Quang.
5.4. Tan Son village cultural and tourism village
If you have come to Thac Thi, you must definitely visit Tan Son cultural and tourist village. This is a cultural village located in the Thac Thi complex, at the end of the Tay Con Linh range in Viet Quang town.
Up to 90% of people living in Tan Son are Dao people. Visiting the cultural village, you will learn about the unique traditional culture, way of living and life of the Dao people. At the same time, the natural landscape and climate here know how to “please” tourists. This is a tourist destination with great potential in the eco-tourism development of Bac Quang district in particular and Ha Giang in general.
5.5. Trong Con sub-area
When traveling to Bac Quang Ha Giang, you should not miss the Trong Con sub-area. This is a place in Bang Hanh commune, about 30 km from the district center. Trong Con sub-area was the first base of Ha Giang during the war of invasion. Currently, this place is a national cultural relic.
Visiting here, you will not only be reminded of the glorious historical period of the Vietnamese people, but also see the unique designs and architecture in the sub-area with an area of about 5.7 hectares. In addition, the atmosphere here is also very pleasant for you to visit and explore.
5.6. Nam Pau Cave
Possessing a beauty comparable to Phong Nha Ke Bang cave, Nam Pau is an attractive destination and attracts a lot when traveling to Bac Quang. The cave is known for having many sparkling stalactites, creating a “luxury” space for the cave.
Outside the cave is an old forest with towering rows of bamboo. Surely you will be very curious and want to explore nature here.
5.7. Nam Mu hydroelectric reservoir
If you want to find a beautiful place with fresh and cool space for a picnic or camping, Nam Mu hydroelectric lake is an extremely ideal location. The lake is located in the northwest of Tan Thanh commune with its source at Khau Ham mountain. Nam Mu is a branch of the Lo River.
Coming to the hydroelectric lake, you will experience activities such as: cycling through the jungle, fishing, camping by the lake, boating,… These experiences will bring you a wonderful vacation. and memorable.
5.8. Thanh Son cultural tourism village
This is a village famous for its paper making profession. It is also a Dao village like Tan Son, but Thanh Son village has a very rich culture. This is clearly shown through people’s daily lives and work.
The paper here is produced from the bark of bamboo or bamboo trees. This type of paper is produced for festivals or traditional ceremonies here. Although the paper is completely handmade, its durability and longevity are very high.
5.9. Vang Kheo Waterfall
The Vang Kheo waterfall area is no different from a fairyland with breathtakingly beautiful scenery. The combination of mountains, forests, clouds and waterfalls has created a unique, wild and unique beauty for this place.
Unlike other waterfalls, Vang Kheo has a gentle flow, not too strong but the waterfall flows continuously without stopping. Therefore, you will feel very peaceful when visiting the waterfall.
5.10. Tu Cung Cave
Tu Cung Cave belongs to Vinh Phuc commune, this is one of the cultural relics of Ha Giang province. You will be overwhelmed with the unique design and architecture of the cave, especially the design of the Vinh Gia stone stele here.
Coming to the cave, you will be able to see firsthand the beautiful large stalactites and the majesty of the scenery inside and outside the cave. The atmosphere here is also very pleasant and suitable for you to have a complete tour in Ha Giang experience.
5.11. Thien An Pagoda
Thien An Pagoda is a pagoda located in Dong Buc commune, Bac Quang district, Ha Giang province. It was built on the mountain, has a high position and beautiful view, from here visitors can see a panoramic view of the countryside, lake and surrounding mountains.
The highlight of the pagoda is the main communal house built on the top floor of the pagoda, with a bell tower and an Asian-style gate tower. Not only is it a spiritual place. The Pagoda also attracts tourists because of its quiet, fresh space of trees and unique architecture.
6. Specialties when traveling to Bac Quang
6.1. 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 suiable for local people. But if you are foodies adventure lover you may try it.
6.2. 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 khen and doi seeds. Come here to try the most authentic buffalo meat dish.
6.3. Under-armpit pig (badger 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. 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, 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.
Cau Tu 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.
6.5. 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 Bac Quang
- Toan Vinh Hote. 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 Hote. Address: Tan Son Village, Viet Quang Town, Bac Quang, Ha Giang.
- Vinh Ha Hotel. Address: Viet Quang Town, Bac Quang, Ha Giang.
- 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.
- 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.
8. Some important notes when traveling to Bac Quang
Although tourism here is still not really developed like in other districts of the province, the nature, life and people in Bac Quang are worth exploring and experiencing.
Accommodation locations are concentrated mainly in the center of the district. Therefore, you should move to the center if you want to sleep here. Staying here will make it easier for you to travel and eat. There are a number of reputable motels you can refer to and choose from such as Dai Duong, Ngoc Bich, Tan Binh 1, Binh Dan Xanh,…
If you want to have a long trip with many different locations, you can visit Bac Quang then continue moving to the neighboring districts of Tuyen Quang and Yen Bai to explore. The natural scenery in these neighboring districts is no less beautiful than here.
And to have the most memorable experience, you should prepare your health and a good car to ensure a smooth and complete journey.
Bac Quang tourism has many impressive destinations for tourists participating in the Ha Giang tour. With extremely impressive natural beauty mixed with cultural beauty and warm people.
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