Chop Du Lake


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Chop Du Lake

Coming to the highland land of Yen Bai, there are many famous tourist destinations waiting for you such as Suoi Giang, Muong Lo, Khau Pha pass, Mu Cang Chai,… But there is a wonderful tourist destination, which these Tourists looking for relaxing and peaceful moments will certainly not miss it. That is Chop Du lake.

This is a pristine, romantic and cool lake, suitable for fishing, picnicking or admiring natural scenery, to find peace and relaxation. Let’s learn more about this beautiful lake with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Chop Du Lake?

Chop Du Lake is a beautiful destination located in Cuong Thinh commune, Tran Yen district, Yen Bai province, Vietnam. About 10 km from Yen Bai city and about 165 km northwest of Hanoi capital.

2. How is Chop Du lake unique?

Although it is only more than ten kilometers from the center of Yen Bai city. The scenery here still retains its inherent natural features. It gives visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the mysterious space. The mountains and green forests seem to melt in the sound of gurgling streams. And the rhythm of the buffalo herd’s drums appears mixed in with the chirping sounds of birds dancing in the harmony of nature.

Here and there, branches and leaves seem to be randomly woven and drawn into a watercolor painting amidst majestic nature. All have created a sparkling, mysterious beauty, but very charming and friendly to people.

In particular, Chop Du Lake has a terrain lying across the back of the mountain, 16 hectares wide. It’s surrounded by diverse ecological landscapes, interwoven into the lake’s niches are completely natural forests. So it can be said that the landscape here is of the type “charming country”, attracting people to stop and stop here.

Chop Du Lake is associated with sacred and mysterious stories about AO VUA and ancient banyan trees. It is closely associated with the glorious history of fighting to defend the country of the army and people of Yen Bai with glorious victories in the past.

3. When is the best time to visit Chop Lake?

Each season, Chop Du lake will wear different colors, each bringing a unique beauty that makes many tourists flutter. Depending on each tourist’s needs and preferences, there will be different times to choose, below. These are some times when traveling to Tran Yen that you definitely should not miss:

  • January – March: This is an opportunity for you to have the opportunity to immerse yourself and connect more closely with the Yen Bai friendly people and their daily life. On this occasion, you will have many cultural experiences, a bustling spring festival, along with many traditional games. Such as pound throwing, tug of war, horse racing, pot smashing,…many attractive folk games. You will understand more about the unique culture of Yen Bai people.
  • May – June: This time is the flood season, the natural scenery is extremely beautiful. When the rains appear, water begins to pour down the mountains, ponds and lakes and lead into terraced fields. It creates fields glistening with water in the bright afternoon sun. The rays of sunlight shine into the fields, making the water surface shimmer and fancifully, brightening up the entire sky.
  • September – October: This is the time when Chop Du lake attracts a large number of tourists to visit, this is the season of ripe rice with “brilliant yellow color”. The weather at this time is very pleasant and cool. Every morning you can walk in the rice fields to admire the golden color of the brilliant terraced fields and record these memorable moments.
  • December: Traveling to Tran Yen in December, you will have the opportunity for photographers to hunt clouds. Watching the white clouds float gently, the scenery becomes so poetic.
IMG Chop Du Lake

4. How to get to Chop Du Lake?

4.1 From Hanoi To Yen Bai City

4.1.1 Traveling by motorbike

According to the experience of many people. Traveling by motorbike is the most popular means of transport for many tourists to conquer the road. They can also freely admire the scenery, and record wonderful moments.

However, with a long distance of about 200 km, this is a real challenge for you. You need to prepare good health for the memorable trip. Therefore, to have the most convenient trip, tourists should run in large groups. Because the mountainous and forested Yen Bai road has few houses, on both sides there will be mostly forests and valleys.

If traveling in a group, when you are tired you can change the steering wheel to rest to ensure the safety of your trip. When traveling by motorbike, you need to comply with traffic safety laws, stay in the right lane without crowding, and bring all personal documents. Such as a citizen identification card, driver’s license, insurance… to have a great trip. Go as smoothly as possible.

4.1.2 Traveling by passenger car

If you want to save time and save your health for your Mu Cang Chai trip to explore Tran Yen. The bus is a suitable choice for many tourists when coming to Yen Bai. There are many different buses in a day, you can go to My Dinh bus station in Hanoi to catch a bus. Service quality is also very good, the buses will stop at the end point, Yen Bai Bus Station.

4.2 From Yen Bai City To Tran Yen

From the city center, you follow Highway 37 about 2 km southwest. Then you meet the roundabout at intersection 5, then turn right onto Le Hong Phong street. Continue moving along Le Hong Phong street for about 3 km, then come to a roundabout and turn right onto Nguyen Phuc street. Continue along Nguyen Phuc street and then provincial road TL163 for about 10 more kilometers to reach the center of Co Phuc town in Tran Yen district.

4.3 From Tran Yen to Chop Du Lake

Starting from the center of Tran Yen district, you follow provincial road DT163 to the Southeast for about 3 km and then encounter a fork. From here, you turn left onto the inter-district road and go about 3.5 km further, then you come to another intersection. You turn right onto the inter-commune road and move about 2.5 km more to Cuong Trinh commune, Tran Yen district. Where Chop Du festival is located.

5. Activities and Experiences in Chop Du Lake

Sightseeing by boat on Chop Du Lake, immersing yourself in the rhythm of rowing through the water and weaving through the quiet and poetic natural scenery for about 30 minutes. You not only feel the cool atmosphere from the water and wind of Chop Du Lake. You can also mingle with the generous nature and immerse your soul in the immensity of heaven and water.

Around you are green forests, occasionally dotting the calm water surface with gently drooping tree branches. You randomly look in the distance to see a few wooden boats also relaxing to be carried by the water. In the sky, several flocks of birds were flying leisurely, making people unable to hold back. You want to immediately draw a watercolor painting to depict that half-real, half-dreamlike scene.

The boat will quietly take you to the source of the water and dock. You get on the boat and follow the fresh stream, making your feet feel soothed. Along with the pleasant gurgling sound of water making the journey through the winding roads to get upstream also easier.

Is It Worth A Visiting Chop Du Lake?

After walking for nearly an hour, this is truly a reward for your efforts. The source of a majestic waterfall, and surrounding you will be large and small waterfalls scattered along the way like Dat Thung, Dat Tau waterfalls… Which connected to each other, forming 7 waterfall levels. That magnificent yet dreamy scene will leave you stunned. You feel like you are in a fairyland.

More specifically, the waterfalls here will fascinate you because each waterfall has a different “characteristic”, especially in Dat Tau and Dat Thung. In Dat Tau, the gentle winding water, the gentle flow makes you just want to stop and watch forever.

Yet, in Dat Thung, the water is fierce, with sounds like roars that move people’s hearts. Blocks of water jumped down from above. It turns into white foam every time it lands on large rocks.

In contrast to the pure white color of the water is the bright green color of the mountains and forests. The yellow color of the sun and somewhere dotted with the bright red color of banana flowers. All of these colors are opposites but when blended together, they create an unexpectedly beautiful outdoor painting.

Going up to each level of the waterfall is one more time overwhelmed by the majestic beauty of nature. You will feel grateful for the favor that the Creator has given to humans. That is the beautiful scenery of vast mountains and forests. Especially the freshness and coolness of the vast space.

6. Specialties when traveling to Chop Du lake

When traveling to Chop Du Lake – Tran Yen, you can not only admire the wild and poetic natural landscape but also enjoy the specialties of this land.

  • Tran Yen Day Cake: Tran Yen Day Cake is made from sticky rice and corn, has a unique flavor, is soft and flexible. Cakes are often used at parties or as gifts.
  • Corn wine: Tran Yen corn wine is produced from special types of corn, through special fermentation and distillation processes. Wine has a unique, delicious and extremely strong flavor.
  • Sticky rice wine: Tran Yen sticky wine is made from sticky rice and yeast, has a unique, delicious and extremely strong flavor.
  • H’Mong beef: H’Mong beef in Tran Yen is of high quality, especially black beef, with a characteristic aroma, chewy, sweet and greasy meat.
  • Lotus seed sweet soup: Tran Yen lotus seed sweet soup is a traditional local dish, made from fresh and sweet lotus seeds, with a delicious and nutritious flavor.
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7. Accommodation when traveling to Chop Du Lake

When traveling to Chop Du lake, you can refer to some of the accommodation facilities below. Chop Du Lake is only more than 10 km from Yen Bai city. Choosing a place to stay in Yen Bai city is a great choice.

7.1 Hotels:

  • Ha Long Hotel. Address: Minh Tan Ward, Yen Bai City, Yen Bai.
  • Linh Giang Hotel. Address: 130 Hoang Van Thu, Minh Tan Ward, Yen Bai City, Yen Bai.
  • Huong Giang Hotel. Address: Hop Minh Commune, Tran Yen, Yen Bai
  • Hanh Hoa Vien Hotel. Address: Yen Bai City, Yen Bai.
  • Khanh Ha Hotel. Address: Bao Luong, Yen Ninh Ward, Yen Ninh Ward, Yen Bai City, Yen Bai.

7.2 Guesthouses:

  • Hung Hoa Guesthouse. Address: 85-87 Cao Thang, Yen Ninh Ward, Yen Bai City, Yen Bai.
  • Hoa Cau Guesthouse. Address: Van Phu, Tran Yen, Yen Bai.
  • Phuong Thuy Guesthouse. Address: Hop Minh Commune, Tran Yen, Yen Bai.
  • Thao Trang Guest House. Address: 86 Lane 106 Thanh Liem Street, Dong Tam Ward, City. Yen Bai, Yen Bai.
  • Thu Thuy Guesthouse. Address: 273 Tran Phu, Dong Tam Ward, Yen Bai City, Yen Bai.

7.3 Homestay:

  • Zoni Homestay. Address: 151 Pham Khac Vinh, Nam Cuong Ward, Yen Bai City, Yen Bai.

There are not too many advantages, but by being creative and methodical, with a roadmap. Along with the consensus of the people as well as the local government, Tran Yen has promoted its potential and strengths. This destination is named on the Mu Cang Chai tour with attractive tourist destinations and tourism products.

Chop Du Lake is a peaceful destination for those who like quiet and slow living. This place has a pure, rustic and poetic beauty. Spend a day wading through the forest and then relax by immersing yourself in the cool water, admiring the wonderful beauty of nature here. It will make you get rid of the worries and fatigue from daily life, hustle and bustle, noise and dust in the city.

In order to make your tours in Vietnam to Chop Du Lake more interesting and complete, immediately contact us. We are willing to share useful information about destinations and accompany tourists on their journey to explore the travel beauty of Yen Bai. And we are committed to providing classy services, the most enjoyable experiences and your trip will be filled with joy.

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