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Bao Thang

As a valley located in the middle of Lao Cai province, Bao Thang ancient land is not only a place that stores many archaeological cultural values, but is also famous for many landscapes. Let’s explore with Origin Vietnam the typical places of Bao Thang to better understand the culture and beauty here in this article.

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1. Where is Bao Thang?

Bao Thang is a valley in the ancient land, along both sides of the Red River and located in the middle of Lao Cai province, about 30 km southeast of Lao Cai city and about 270 km northwest of Hanoi capital. The district capital is Pho Lu town.

To the west of Bao Thang are the low mountains of the Fansipan and Pu Luong ranges and to the east of Bao Thang are the upstream ranges of the Chay River. Nicknamed “Bao Thang Gate”, this place has both a river and a railway running through it, convenient for traffic and economic and tourism development here.

  • The East borders Bac Ha district and Bao Yen district.
  • To the West, it borders Sa Pa town, Lao Cai city and Hekou district, Yunnan province, China (with a border of 6.7 km)
  • The South borders Van Ban district
  • The North borders Muong Khuong district.

2. How is Bao Thang – Lao Cai unique?

Up to now, Bao Thang district has up to 13 ethnic groups living together and integrating with each other, of which the largest are the Kinh, Dao and Tay ethnic groups. Thanks to the cultural diversity of many ethnic groups and majestic mountain landscapes, Bao Thang is increasingly becoming a memorable tourist destination for every tourist who comes here.

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3. When is the best season to visit Bao Thang – Lao Cai?

The ideal time to travel to Bao Thang is also something many tourists are interested in. According to Origin Vietnam’s experience, from September to April next year is the best time for you to enjoy the majestic landscapes in Bao Thang – Lao Cai. If you want to hunt the ripe rice season in Sapa, come here in April – May and September – October. The vast terraced fields of golden rice will make you want to look at them forever.

If you love the scenery of peach blossoms and plum blossoms, you should go to Bao Thang from August to March next year. However, this area is a bit cold and quite wet from January to March every year. If your goal is to hunt for snow, you should try to come here in December – January!

4. How to get to Bao Thang?

After understanding the distance from Hanoi to Bao Thang – Lao Cai, choosing the appropriate means of transportation will be the next step in your travel plan. From Hanoi to Lao Cai you can travel by the following means:

4.1. Means of transportation

Passenger car: Lao Cai is the economic, trade and tourism center of the Northwest region, so the Hanoi – Lao Cai traffic route is always focused on investment. There are many buses departing from Hanoi to Lao Cai, you can catch the bus from bus stations such as My Dinh, Giap Bat, Gia Lam. From seat buses, sleeper buses to limousines, all are operating very actively to serve the travel needs of tourists. After arriving in Lao Cai city, you continue to ride a motorbike, taxi or intra-province bus to reach Bao Thang.

Train: Train is a fairly economical and safe means of transportation. The distance from Hanoi to Lao Cai by rail is about 320km. Travel time is from 8 to 9 hours. From Hanoi station to Lao Cai every day there are 3 trains: LC3, SP1 and SP3. After arriving in Lao Cai city, you continue to ride a motorbike, taxi or intra-province bus to reach Bao Thang.

Are you adventure lover? Personal vehicle (motorbike, car)

If you want to be proactive in your time and schedule, you can travel by personal vehicle, car or motorbike. Note that you should go in a large group and not alone. Remember to maintain and check the car before starting the journey. Because the road to Lao Cai is quite far and difficult, you need a strong driver and a good grasp of traffic rules. In particular, carefully monitor the weather forecast to have the most favorable trip.

Airplane: For tourists in the Central or Southern provinces of Vietnam, choosing a plane to travel to visit Bao Thang – Lao Cai is an optimal choice. You will save a lot of time to focus on your trip. After landing at Noi Bai Airport – Hanoi, you continue to use the means mentioned above to move to Bao Thang – Lao Cai.

4.2. The ways from Hanoi to Bao Thang

If traveling by personal vehicle, there are 2 routes for you to choose from when traveling from Hanoi to Lao Cai as follows:

Route 1: Only for cars, take Noi Bai – Lao Cai highway. From the inner city, you pass Thang Long bridge, turn onto the highway and keep going straight to reach Bao Thang – Lao Cai. On the way, you will pass through Vinh Phuc and Phu Tho provinces.

Route 2: This route can be used by both cars and motorbikes. From Hanoi, you follow Lang Hoa Lac street, turn onto Highway 21 to Son Tay, cross Trung Ha bridge to Phong Chau, from there continue along Route 70 to reach Bao Thang – Lao Cai.

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5. Top sightseeing & things to do in Bao Thang – Lao Cai

5.1. Ban Cam Market

Ban Cam Market has the nuance of a highland market, where goods are exchanged for people to produce themselves and most of the sales stalls are built by the people themselves, covered with tarpaulins and displayed on the ground. Although it is a small market, Ban Cam market is quite crowded and has many diverse and high-quality products.

5.2. Phong Nien Market

Similar to Ban Cam market, Phong Nien market also has the typical culture of the Northwest high mountains. The image of people gathering and selling self-produced goods still dominates the markets. Diverse, high-quality food is always guaranteed. Coming here, visitors can not only enjoy the classic beauty but also enjoy many typical delicious dishes of the people here.

5.3. Xuan Giao Market

Xuan Giao is an extremely beautiful tourist destination of Bao Thang that tourists cannot miss. It’s located in this beautiful location, where along the way there will be lush green rice fields, with a beauty that is both simple and strangely majestic. Coming to Xuan Giao market, in addition to a variety of quality products, you will enjoy Lao Cai specialties, Thang Co dishes with the typical flavors of the people here.

5.4. Phu Nhuan Commune Market

It will be a mistake for you to miss Phu Nhuan market. Phu Nhuan market bears the bold culture of the people of Phu Nhuan commune, the landscape here is both poetic and the majestic beauty of the Northwest mountains and forests. This place is famous for many high quality products, a trading place for many ethnic groups in the area that produce their own products such as rice, corn, vegetables, tubers, fruits and many other types of poultry. It’s very famous at Sapa market tours.

5.5. Co Ba Temple

Co Ba Temple is a temple dedicated to a figure in the Three Palaces Mother Goddess religion in Vietnam and has existed for hundreds of years. Legend has it that in the past, this land had a beautiful princess who often helped the people, taught the people in the area how to navigate and catch fish, so she was very loved and respected.

Every year, Bao Thang people often come to worship and people pray for peace on the second month and the 7th day of the 7th lunar month. Co Ba Temple has been recognized as a provincial cultural and historical relic, preserved and promoted its cultural heritage value and associated with tourism development.

5.6. Suoi Mo tourist area

Coming to Suoi Mo tourist area, the open space in front of you with impressive natural landscapes surrounded by forests helps visitors feel comfortable and airy. The winding stream flows through vertical waterfalls with white foam, creating a majestic natural landscape. Below is a clear water stream, above is a blue sky with colorful flowers blooming, making visitors forget all the chaos of life. The peace in front of the majestic, pristine natural scenery of the mountainous region with fresh air… all will create a memorable experience in visitors’ journey to discover beautiful nature.

5.7. Phong Hai Waterfall

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Located right next to Highway 70, Phong Hai waterfall (Bao Thang). It’s like a soft, sparkling silver strip of white silk. It is said that that silk ribbon is as soft as a young girl’s hair and that her hair is embedded with many marbles.

The waterfall is about 4 – 6m high, about 10 m wide and hidden in the green of the forest. Although low, the water flow is not gentle but flows down from above, hitting the rocks at the foot of the waterfall, creating thousands of white bubbles.

Coming to Phong Hai waterfall, you will feel the majesty of the peace and wilderness of the mountainous region, the fresh, pure air with the scent of forest flowers, all of which will be unforgettable moments for you to enjoy. Once you come, you’ll want to come many more times.

6. Specialties when traveling to Bao Thang

In addition to admiring the natural scenery and majestic mountains and hills. The specialties in Bao Thang – Lao Cai are also the reason why tourists come here.

6.2. Local pig

This is a local brackish breed that eats vegetables and leftovers so it has firm, delicious meat. Lao Cai people often use pork to prepare many attractive dishes, such as grilled pork and roasted meat.

6.3. Smoked buffalo meat

This is a Lao Cai specialty that bears the mark of Northwest highland cuisine. Stove buffalo meat is a dish associated with the Black Thai people. It has a sweet, chewy and firm flavor, and the lean meat is not greasy. Black Thai people will marinate buffalo meat with spices, then put it on the stove to take advantage of the kitchen smoke to cook the meat. When cooked, Sapa buffalo meat will have a reddish brown color and a very attractive smoky aroma.

6.3. Stream fish

Lao Cai specialty stream fish dishes are famous for their firm, delicious. And nutritious meat, only appearing in the rainy season. Stream fish is processed into many dishes, but the most delicious is the fragrant grilled fish.

6.4. Lam rice (bamboo tube rice)

It’s a dish associated with the cuisine of the Northwest highlands. Lam rice tubes are made from sticky upland sticky rice, grilled over charcoal to have a dark brown crust. But the rice inside is still pure white and fragrant. To fully enjoy the flavor of this Lao Cai specialty. That you can dip it with sesame salt or eat it with grilled chicken or grilled skewered pork.

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7. Accommodation when traveling to Bao Thang

When traveling to Bao Thang – Lao Cai, you can refer to some of the following accommodation establishments:

  • Tan Thu Guesthouse. Address: An Ho Village, Phong Nien, Bao Thang, Lao Cai.
  • Nhat Linh Guesthouse. Address: Mo Village, Bao Thang, Lao Cai.
  • Guest house of Bao Thang District People’s Committee. Address: CM Thang 8 Street, Pho Lu Town, Bao Thang, Lao Cai.
  • Nam Thi Guesthouse. Address: Ban Quan Village, Ban Phiet, Bao Thang, Lao Cai.
  • Hoang Son I Guesthouse. Address: 83 Le Hong Phong, Pho Lu Town, Bao Thang, Lao Cai.
  • Son Ha Guesthouse. Address: Ta Ha 2, Son Ha, Bao Thang, Lao Cai.
  • Thanh Tuyen Guesthouse. Address: Residential Group 1, Pho Lu Town, Bao Thang, Lao Cai.

Above are the extremely beautiful places of Bao Thang (Lao Cai) that we want to send to you. Hopefully one day soon, you will visit this land of Bao Thang to be able to feel the majestic natural beauty. And typical culture of the people here most clearly.

If you are planning your Sapa tour to Bao Thang – Lao Cai, immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a private tour Vietnam organizer and operator. With a team of experienced, dedicated tour consultants and tour guides with a deep understanding of this land, we will take you on a journey to discover Bao Thang with interesting surprises and unforgettable memories.

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