Lac Thuy
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Lac Thuy

Being a lowland district of the province with beautiful natural landscapes, diverse and rich culture, adjacent to key tourist areas such as Ninh Binh, Ha Nam, Hanoi… is a great opportunity to tourism development. Traveling to Lac Thuy, visitors will admire a picture of fresh, fresh and peaceful nature. This land is not known to many people, but still retains its pristine and peaceful features.

1. Where is Lac Thuy?

Lac Thuy is a district of Hoa Binh province, about 80 km southeast of Hoa Binh city and about 85 km south of Hanoi capital. With geographical location:

  • The East borders Kim Bang district and Thanh Liem district in Ha Nam province
  • The West borders Yen Thuy district and Kim Boi district
  • The South borders Gia Vien district and Nho Quan district of Ninh Binh province
  • The North borders Luong Son district and My Duc district, Hanoi city.

2. How is Lac Thuy unique?

Lac Thuy is blessed with many majestic rivers, streams and mountains that create attractive natural beauty, with Ho Chi Minh Road and National Highway 21A running through it. With advantages in geography, climate, natural landscape, and convenient transportation, Lac Thuy has the conditions to build attractive tourism products such as cultural tourism, eco-tourism, and landscape tourism. scenery, festival tourism.

The beautiful natural landscape along with the friendliness of Lac Thuy people have created a peaceful land, rich in tradition. Lac Thuy will, as its name suggests, bring joy to people if people know how to take advantage of the rich natural resources that nature has given for many generations.

In Lac Thuy land, scientists have discovered eight relics belonging to the Hoa Binh culture, including: relics of type I bronze drums, banyan spears, rice leaf spears, bronze peaks, bronze knife tips… This proves that this place once had interference with Dong Son culture.

It’s worth a visit Lac Thuy

Especially in Dong Noi cave, Dong Tam commune, Lac Thuy district, archaeologists also discovered carvings on rock cliffs, the most typical of which are animal figures and three human faces. It can be said that this is the only work of visual art in Hoa Binh province and is probably also the oldest work of visual art in Vietnam up to this point.

Lac Thuy land is also a place where many different cultures blend between the Kinh and Muong ethnic groups. Traditional festivals and ways of living blend together to create unique and special cultural features such as: festivals. praying for coolness, praying for good fortune in Muong village, the festival of the tac tau…

Additionally, the Ministry of Culture granted historical relic status to the Dong Tien landscape, renowned for its historical and cultural significance, in 1989. The Trinh Nu cave landscape, shrouded in mystery, is also among the famous landmarks found in this location.

3. When is the best time to travel to Lac Thuy?

Lac Thuy’s climate is characterized by a tropical monsoon climate, with two distinct seasons a year: the dry season and the rainy season.

  • The rainy season starts from May to October. During the rainy season, rainfall is relatively high: 1,681 mm, mainly concentrated in June and July.
  • The dry season starts in November of the previous year and ends in April of the following year.

Therefore, according to Hoa Binh travel experience, the period from September to April next year is the ideal time to travel to Lac Thuy. However, each season has its own beauty, so visitors can refer to the following periods:

  • In the Spring: This is the season when all the flowers bloom and show off their fragrance. The whole land and sky seemed to be wearing a new coat. The trees are green, sprouting and sprouting. This is also the time when Spring festivals take place in ethnic villages with many fun and cultural activities that you can participate in.
  • In the summer: This is the time when tourists from all over, especially from urban areas, come here to rest and relax to avoid the heat of summer, the noise and dust in this place. city. Lac Thuy is a semi-mountainous land with lush green trees all year round, with many caves and beautiful streams. Therefore, it is an ideal destination for tourists traveling to Lac Thuy in the summer.
  • In the fall: This can be considered the golden season. The season of golden rice fields stretches endlessly to the horizon.
  • In the winter: The weather is not too cold and there is especially little rain, so this type of climate is very suitable for tourists who are passionate about exploring, walking through hills, mountains, and streams to see nature. majestic nature here.

4. How to get to Lac Thuy?

4.1. By public transport

From Hanoi, visitors can travel by bus from bus stations such as My Dinh, Giap Bat, Yen Nghia to move to Lac Thuy. With a distance of about 85 km, the travel time takes about 2 – 2.5 hours.

Limousines offer more privacy and comfort, so they have higher ticket prices. The convenience of limousine service is that the car will pick up and drop off visitors at the place you request.

4.2. By personal vehicles

For tourists who want to drive their own car, the road to Lạc Thuy is very easy to find and beautiful. From the inner city of Hanoi, you follow the road to Nga Tu So intersection, continue along Nguyen Trai street to reach Ha Dong. From Ha Dong address, you follow national road 6 to Chuc Son town about 18 km. Then turn left onto Hoa Son – Nguyen Van Troi street and then onto Highway 21A. From here, you just follow Highway 21A south about 50 km to Lac Thuy. The route for motorbikes is similar.

5. Sightseeings in Lac Thuy

5.1. Tien Cave – Tien Pagoda

This pagoda impresses with its location, leaning against the mountain and facing vast fields. This place worships Buddha and also retains unique architectural and artistic relics.

Visitors will discover a spiritual tourist area including many temples and caves. Such as Trinh Temple, Mau Temple, Ong Hoang Bay Cave, Suoi Vang Suoi Bac Cave, Co Chin Cave, Boy Cave,…Tien Pagoda campus Spacious and spacious, with many beautiful corners for visitors to admire the scenery and take some souvenir photos.

5.2. Trinh Nu Cave

This cave is also known by another name, Luon cave, located in Yen Bong commune, Dong Tam and Chi Ne town, Lac Thuy district. This place possesses beauty like a majestic and impressive natural picture.

Visiting Trinh Nu cave, visitors can admire the combination of cliffs standing tall in the sky and the romantic river. Visitors will be able to take a boat from Boi River to the entrance of Trinh Nu cave to enjoy the magical beauty inside. The system of stalactites with all shapes and colors appears mesmerizing.

5.3. Dam Da Mau Temple

Dam Da is the common name of the complex of temples and caves in Phu Lao commune, Lac Thuy district, Hoa Binh province. The Dam Da festival is held on the 4th day of the first lunar month every year.

Tien pagoda festival is a traditional festival that brings a long history that has entered the subconscious of local people and tourists from near and far, becoming a cultural beauty every spring.

Coming to Dam Da, we learn about the belief in Mother Goddess worship, and explore caves that still preserve writing marks of ancient Vietnamese people.

5.4. Ong Hoang Bay Cave

Ong Hoang Bay Cave is recognized as a national scenic spot. Standing at the cave entrance, you can see the southern panorama of the extremely beautiful Dam Da scenic area. Stopping in Hoa Binh, remember to visit Ong Hoang Bay Cave.

5.5. Relics of money printing factory

The first money printing factory of the Vietnamese revolutionary government was located at Chi Ne plantation around 1946- 1947. Now Chi Ne plantation is in the Co Nghia commune, Lac Thuy district, Hoa Binh province.

In the early days of the revolutionary government’s independence. Uncle Ho’s financial notes took on a significant historical mission, marking the inception of the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism designated this relic as a National relic in 2007.

6. Specialties when traveling to Lac Thuy

When traveling to Lac Thuy, visitors not only admire the beautiful natural landscapes but also have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of Vietnam here.

6.1. Buffalo meat cooked in Lom leaves

It would be a big mistake not to mention the famous dish of buffalo meat cooked in Lom leaves. Lom leaf is a type of vine that grows on rocky mountains, has a sour taste, and has the effect of tenderizing meat and creating an ecstatic flavor for diners. Local people in Tien Pagoda – Lac Thuy call it la moi.

Boil buffalo meat until fragrant, scrape clean, cut into small pieces, season with spices, then boil over low heat. When the meat feels soft, add crushed coriander leaves and cook for another 5 minutes. This is a popular national dish of the Muong people in Hoa Binh.

6.2. Muong pork

Muong pig, Man pig or Ban pig… are different names for a very delicious pig breed that is raised a lot in the Northwest.

Pigs are boiled in gold. Wherever they burn, their hair is shaved. Then wash it thoroughly before removing the internal organs. Do not rinse with water, but just take a string and tie it up to let the blood drain. Pork done this way will last a long time and will not go rancid. Then the meat is mixed and put into a pot to boil on a wood stove at moderate temperature. When the meat is just cooked, it is sliced thinly and placed on fresh green banana leaves.

Hot meat mixed with wild banana leaves creates a delicious flavor. Boiled meat is dipped in roasted salt and crushed roasted guava seeds. Tourists enjoying the dish will feel the sweetness of the pork, the crispiness of the skin and fat, the aroma of banana leaves, the flavor of doi seeds, and the richness of roasted salt. No one can forget after enjoying this dish.

6.3. Lam rice and colored sticky rice

Lam rice is made by putting sticky rice into fresh bamboo tubes, pouring ginseng water and then grilling over fire. Cooked rice with the aroma of rice grains mixed with the natural aroma of fresh bamboo makes it difficult for visitors to forget a Northwest dish. Currently, Lam rice has become a specialty dish of hotels and restaurants in many places in the country, not just in Hoa Binh.

Sticky rice of all colors: People create colored sticky rice from grass plants that grow naturally. Then, put red rice first, then blue, yellow, purple, and white rice on top. When the sticky rice is cooked, pour it out and mix together or leave each color separately to create multi-colored sticky rice with different flavors that looks very beautiful. This is a national dish that is very popular with tourists.

6.4. Sour bamboo shoots cooked with chicken or duck

Lac Thuy – Hoa Binh has a lot of bamboo shoots, but the best kind is “punch bamboo shoots”. “Fun bamboo shoots” are bamboo shoots of the Giang tree that are soaked in water flowing from the upstream stream in the rocky mountain.

Chicken and duck cooked with bamboo shoots, adding a little wild guava seeds to ensure that there is not a single piece left in the bowl of bamboo shoot soup.

6.5. Mountain snails

Mountain snails are land snails. This species of snail is extremely rare because they only live in rock caves, and do not crawl out until the rainy season from February to August to look for food and reproduce. Mountain snail meat is chewy, crunchy, sweet, and fragrant with herbal medicine.

Mountain snails can be processed into many dishes such as grilled, stir-fried with tamarind, steamed with ginger, boiled with lemongrass, mixed with onion salad… all very attractive.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Lac Thuy

When traveling to Lac Thuy, visitors can refer to the following accommodation facilities:

  • Thuy Linh Guest House. Address: Area 12, Chi Ne Town, Lac Thuy, Hoa Binh.
  • Chien Nhung Guesthouse. Address: 42, Street 22, Chi Ne, Lac Thuy, Hoa Binh.
  • Cuong Thanh Guesthouse. Address: 78 Street No. 22, Chi Ne, Lac Thuy, Hoa Binh.
  • Phuong Giang Guesthouse. Address: 29, Street 22, Chi Ne, Lac Thuy, Hoa Binh.
  • Gravel resort in Farm. Address: Cau Soi, Phu Thanh, Lac Thuy, Hoa Binh.
  • Anh Tu Hotel. Address: Phone 438, Yen Bong, Lac Thuy, Hoa Binh.
  • Long Thanh Guesthouse. Address: Highway 21A, Co Nghia, Lac Thuy, Hoa Binh.

The beautiful nature along with the friendliness and closeness of Lac Thuy people have created a peaceful land, rich in tradition. Lac Thuy will bring simplicity with many attractive and interesting destinations for visitors to have a memorable journey on this land.

If you are planning a Vietnam tour to Lac Thuy, immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a reliable travel company. You will have interesting experiences and keep unforgettable memories when traveling with our team. Because we are experienced, dedicated and professional consultants, tour operators and local guides… who will follow your every step on your journey to visit Lac Thuy.

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