Nghia Lo
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Nghia Lo

Nghia Lo is very famous to many people as an attractive tourist destination. Because of the unique cultural features and revolutionary traditions of the ethnic groups. For those living in Yen Bai province.

On the way to Nghia Lo, you will have an interesting journey, experience and explore the wonderful wild nature, relics, and unique and rich cultural heritage of ethnic minorities. Let’s explore this beautiful land with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Nghia Lo?

Nghia Lo is a mountainous district located in the west of Yen Bai province, Vietnam. About 77 km southwest of Yen Bai city and about 210 km northwest of Hanoi capital. With geographical location:

  • The East and North border Van Chan district, Yen Bai province.
  • The West and South border Tram Tau district, Yen Bai province.

2. How is Nghia Lo unique?

Nghia Lo has relatively flat terrain, inclined from West to East, from South to North. With an average altitude of 250 m above sea level, surrounded by high mountains.

Nghia Lo is located entirely in the second largest field in the Northwest region of Vietnam. Nghia Lo town is the economic and cultural center of the western region of Yen Bai. Especially the ancestral land of the Northwest Black Thai people.

Referring to Nghia Lo, we are mentioning an extremely unique and attractive culture, Thai culture. In Nghia Lo, Thai ethnic people make up 48% of the population. Thai villages look pristine with their stilt houses, daily lifestyle, culinary culture, and costumes. Various types of folk arts with unique folk songs and folk dances. Moreover, notably Xoe dances that captivate people’s hearts.

You will be able to participate in unique cultural activities. Take a relaxing dip in mineral springs with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. And enjoying specialty dishes here.

3. When is the best time to visit Nghia Lo?

Nghia Lo has the typical climate of the Northwest region of Vietnam with relatively cool summers. Compared to the general temperature. But also the rainy season so there is a lot of rain, and cold and dry weather in winter.

  • You can plan to travel to Nghia Lo in September. This is the best time because usually around this time the Muong Lo Festival Cultural Week will be held. Along with the Terraced Field Festival in Mu Cang Chai .
  • Around February-March (the beginning of the year), you can go to Nghia Lo to participate in local festivals. The first spring of the year is always the festival season in the Northwest region of Vietnam. This time is very suitable for those who like to explore the culture of highland people. Furthermore, because this is Spring, the forests of peach blossoms, plum blossoms, apricot blossoms, pear blossoms, etc. They are racing to bloom and show off their beauty. The whole space seems to be wearing a colorful “new shirt”.

Therefore, the ideal time to travel to Nghia Lo is from September to April next year.

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4. How to get to Nghia Lo from Hanoi?

4.1 By personal vehicle

If traveling by motorbike, you can take route 32. From Hanoi to Son Tay towards Trung Ha bridge, go to Thanh Son. Then Tan Son – Thu Cuc, straight along Highway 32 to Nghia Lo town. Travel time is about 4-5 hours for a distance of 180km.

If you go by car, you can follow the Hanoi – Lao Cai highway, turn off at Yen Bai City intersection. Then follow Highway 37 to reach Nghia Lo.

4.2 By public transportation

From Hanoi, if you want to go directly through Nghia Lo, you can choose some bus routes to Lai Chau. However, you need to contact the bus company directly to ask clearly, there are some bus routes they will use. Hanoi – Lao Cai Expressway so we don’t go through Route 32 like before. Any bus route to Mu Cang Chai will definitely go through Nghia Lo.

Another option is that you can take a bus to Yen Bai city. From here, you can take the bus routes running within Yen Bai province to Nghia Lo. This option takes a bit of work, but the time is more flexible because there are more routes running.

5. Sightseeings in Nghia Lo

5.1 Sa Ren village

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Sa Ren is a village located along the banks of Thia stream, gurgling all year round by the green Nam Thia stream. It only takes about 2 hours by car to visit and experience the Sa Ren village community tourism site. A place where only black Thai people live and still retains extremely unique traditional cultural features.

Sa Ren village is known to many tourists because it retains its pristine natural beauty. Bamboo clumps, deeply attached to the lives of the Black Thai people, are preserved along the stream banks. The ancient stilt houses inside still retain the unique traditional cultural features of the Thai people. And the people of the mountainous region are kind, friendly, and hospitable.

5.2 Chao Ha village

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Chao Ha is a Thai village in Nghia Loi commune, Nghia Lo town. Since 2012, under the pioneering of a few people, Chao Ha has transformed itself towards community tourism. Up to now, the village has become one of the favorite places of foreign tourists. Come to Chao Ha village for a spring vacation to admire the mountains and forests, and experience a new way of life. Feeling immersed in nature, with the community and enjoying the “strange dishes” here.

5.3 Ban Deu

Ban Deu in Nghia An commune currently preserves many rich traditional cultural features. Tourists coming here can immerse themselves in the life of local people. Guests staying for a long time can cycle to Nam Dong stream to bathe. You can cycle 30km to Tram Tau to learn about the daily life of the H’Mong people. All activities and experiences are guided by the host himself.

5.4 Sang Dom Cultural House

Sang Dom Cultural House is a special cultural and historical site in Nghia Lo. With unique architecture inspired by Thai culture, Sang Dom has become a place to organize local cultural and artistic activities, exhibitions and traditional fairs. Currently, Sang Dom is rebuilt and has become an attractive tourist destination for tourists. For those who want to explore the unique culture and history of Nghia Lo.

5.5 Muong Lo Field

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Highway 32 winds through the Northwest mountains of “clear mountains and clear water”. High mountains, deep abysses, vast forests and reeds. Then like a miracle, the national highway suddenly entered a flat field with waves of Muong Lo rice. Be amazed by the smooth, shiny sunlight stretching to the foot of the distant mountain. Just like the famous song “First Thanh, second Lo, third Than, fourth Tac” has long been famous.

About 80 km west of Yen Bai city, Muong Lo field is located in the heart of Nghia Lo town and Van Chan district. Muong Lo is the second largest field in the northern mountains, only after Muong Thanh field in Dien Bien province.

Going down Highway 32 with endless thoughts about Muong Lo, Yen Bai. Then be surprised to witness the beauty of ripe golden rice fields, gently sloping towards the mountains. Nam Thia stream crosses the valley as if drawing a soft silk strip winding between golden rice waves. You were startled by the beauty of Muong Lo with a silhouette of a Thai girl carrying rice on her shoulder. As she crossed the stream, something that you will never forget.

5.6 Muong Lo Market

As the center of trade and goods exchange in the region. The shops, stores and markets have formed a quite vibrant local commercial system. During the French colonial rule in 1935, Nghia Lo market was built to become the second largest market in Yen Bai province.

After the town was re-established, Muong Lo market was planned, invested, and rebuilt to become one of the largest commercial centers in Yen Bai province. The goods here are quite rich and diverse.

Besides modern industrial products. There are also many agricultural products and traditional handicraft products that serve the essential needs of the people and trade. Muong Lo market can be called a wholesale market. Because it partly meets the needs of exchanging goods in the region and surrounding areas.

5.7 Nghia Lo Fort Relics

When mentioning the history of Nghia Lo Cang and Fort. We refer to the place Van Chan, it is now in Nghia Lo Town. This mentions the history of this place during the resistance war against the French in the 40s of the twentieth century.

With the intention of extinguishing the revolutionary movement. The French colonialists set up “special labor” camps to gather patriots. After Cang Ba Van (Thai Nguyen) was dissolved, the French colonialists brought imprisoned patriots to Nghia Lo.

In January 1945, construction was completed. Looking at the overall scene at this time, Nghia Lo post looks like a vertical box with 3 long rows of houses. Two rows are where male political prisoners are detained, while the inside is where female political prisoners are detained. Outside is the permanent place and next to it is the guard station of green loincloth soldiers.

Surrounding the entire Cang Don area is a barbed wire fence, outside the fence is a deep tunnel with spikes. The Cang corner basin has a tall hut that is carefully guarded day and night.

5.8 Chuon Chuon resort

As one of the top tourist attractions not to be missed when coming to Nghia Lo. Chuon Chuon Resort is located in an extremely prime location: on Pu To hill at an ideal height with views. Airy view facing the entire town below.

Chuon Chuon resort possesses an airy natural setting and fresh, cool atmosphere. Along with the highlight of the outdoor infinity pool. Built right next to the coffee enjoyment area, this infinity pool is an exciting destination for you. You can splash around in the cool water and admire the peaceful scenery of the Yen Bai highlands.

Not only does it have an exciting infinity pool, Chuon Chuon Resort also has some rooms. They completely separate from the exciting, bustling, hustle and bustle of urban life. Here, you will enjoy modern amenities in a unique space, bringing impressive and peaceful moments of relaxation and relaxation.

6. Specialties when traveling to Nghia Lo

Traveling to Nghia Lo, you can not only admire the wild and majestic natural scenery. But also enjoy the unique dishes of this beautiful land.

6.1 Muong Lo Lam Rice (Bamboo tube rice)

The Muong Lo Thai people have long been famous as an ethnic group. That retains many unique and unique traditional cultural features imbued with regional identity. One of the traditional specialties that must be mentioned is bamboo-tube rice.

To make delicious Lam rice dishes with its own ethnic mark, Thai people are often very picky and careful in choosing ingredients. First, you must choose a container that is a long, slender bamboo or cork tube that is not too big, not small, and must be a young, green tree. So that when cooking rice, the fire does not burn into the rice and the resin in the shell will penetrate deeply into the rice. It gives the rice a sweet taste and natural scent.

6.2 Five-color sticky rice

Five-color sticky rice brings together traditional and modern values. It carries the meaning of the concept of the universe, the philosophy of yin and yang and the noble meaning of life. Red sticky rice symbolizes desire. Purple sticky rice symbolizes the rich earth. Yellow sticky rice symbolizes fullness and prosperity. Green sticky rice symbolizes the green color of the Northwest mountains and forests. White sticky rice symbolizes pure and faithful love.

Cooking sticky rice is put on a plate or presented in different ways with 5 colors. The five colors assembled on a petal-shaped raspberry symbolize the theory of yin and yang. The Five Elements, and at the same time express the desire for love, faithful love, and love for mother and father of the Thai Tay ethnic group.

6.3 Pa Pinh Top (Grilled stream fish)

Coming to Nghia Lo land where many Thai ethnic people live. You must definitely try Pa Pinh top, also known as grilled fish dish.

Pa Pinh top can be commonly called grilled fish on bamboo sticks. Usually Thai people in Nghia Lo will choose carp or Ngoi Thia mudfish to make this dish. The fish is cleaned, then cut open along the spine, marinated with spices (especially indispensable for fish). Finally placed on the body and stuffed into the fish’s belly.

After all, the fish is clamped with bamboo sticks or a griddle and grilled over charcoal. The fish is golden brown and fragrant, with all the sweet and fatty flavors of fish. The spiciness of chili, the aroma of lemongrass, galangal and herbs.

6.4 Muong Lo roasted grasshoppers

There are many ways to prepare delicious dishes from grasshoppers. But crispy roasted grasshoppers are still the most popular specialty of the people here. To have a delicious, crispy roasted grasshopper specialty, you must first prepare the grasshoppers.

“Picking off the wings, breaking off the legs, removing the head, pulling out the intestines” are the 4 basic steps to create the shape of a grasshopper on the drinking table. The remaining part of the grasshopper after being cleaned looks strange and dense. Just like the cocoon of a mulberry silkworm. After pre-processing, the grasshoppers were washed, drained and then placed in the pan.

First, the grasshoppers are braised with sour bamboo shoot broth (or rice vinegar) over a simmering fire. Drain the water, immediately add fat (or cooking oil), stir well on the stove over high heat. When you hear a crackling sound, it means the grasshoppers are cooked and crispy. Add enough soup powder (or fish sauce, seasoning…) along with MSG, a little fresh chili and stir quickly. Finally, add finely chopped lemon leaves, stir well until the lemon leaves are well done, then remove from the pan. Roasted grasshoppers are dark yellow and very fragrant.

6.5 Crispy fried crickets

In the 7th lunar month, when Muong Lo longan is ripe, the longan stink bug season has ended. The natural showers suddenly lighten and lengthen to enter the lunar new year. Young grass begins to sprout and the crickets become plump, shiny, and greasy, and cricket dishes become the main dish in restaurants.

6.6 Muong Lo black chung cake

The Thai ethnic people made the cake here with the meaning of expressing the gratitude of children and grandchildren to their ancestors and heaven and earth. This specialty cake is indispensable on the offering tray to ancestors, heaven and earth every spring.

Thai black banh chung is passed down from father to son for many generations. When Tet comes, eat a piece of black Banh Chung. The smell of rice mixed with charcoal, black sesame flowers. The sweetness makes the eater feel like enjoying it. The smell of grass, fields, sky and nature in Western Yen Bai.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Nghia Lo

Traveling to Nghia Lo, you can refer to some of the accommodations below. The form of accommodation here is mainly homestay. You can both stay close to poetic nature and experience the daily life of the indigenous people here.

  • Binh Nga Homestay. Address: Tan An, Nghia Lo Town, Yen Bai.
  • Homestay Chu Van Dau. Address: Ban Deu 3, Nghia An, Nghia Lo Town, Yen Bai.
  • Nghia An Homestay. Address: Deu 1 Village, Nghia An Commune, Nghia Lo Town, Yen Bai.
  • Homestay Lo Van Binh. Address: Ban Chao Ha 1, Nghia Loi, Nghia Lo Town, Yen Bai.
  • Homestay Hoang Van Tinh. Address: Ban Chao Ha 1, Nghia Loi, Nghia Lo Town, Yen Bai.
  • Lan Rung Homestay. Address: Thanh Luong, Nghia Lo Town, Yen Bai.
  • Homestay Hoang Thi Phuong. Address: Ban Deu 3, Nghia An, Nghia Lo Town, Yen Bai.
  • Lo Van Quyen Homestay. Address: Xa Ren Village, Nghia Loi, Nghia Lo Town, Yen Bai.

8. Some famous tourist attractions near Nghia Lo

8.1 Ban Hoc

Ban Hoc is located in Son Thinh commune, right in the center of Van Chan district. On the way from Hanoi to Nghia Lo along National Highway 32. Nearly 80% are Thai people, living mainly by farming. This place still retains quite intact the typical cultural features of the Thai people.

Coming to Ban Hoc, you can discover interesting and unique features of Thai ethnic culture with traditional stilt houses. Learning about handicrafts or enjoying glasses of leaf yeast wine and can wine along with the passionate Xoe dance that has entered the poems and lyrics. You can also soak in natural hot mineral springs all year round, which is very good for your health. Or try your hand at limestone mountains, explore Bat cave, participate in campfires,…

8.2 Suoi Giang

Suoi Giang commune is located in Van Chan, about 20 km from Nghia Lo Town. With an altitude of 1,371m above sea level, deep in the majestic Fansipang mountain range. This is the homeland of ancient Shan Tuyet tea with more than 300 H’Mong ethnic households living there. The climate in Suoi Giang has four cold seasons, similar to Sapa and Da Lat. It only takes a little time for you to relax with the rice fields that curve along the mountain. Every field of corn and young green cabbage in the mist makes me feel strangely relaxed.

8.3 Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai is a highland district located in the west of Yen Bai province, nearly 100 km from Nghia Lo Town. Mu Cang Chai is most famous for tourists because of its “specialty” terraced fields.

With more than 700 hectares of fields, 50% of which concentrates in 3 communes. They are La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh. Stretching all the way from Khau Pha pass to the town center. You will not be able to resist the mesmerizing charm of the golden color of the mountains planted with rice.

From Nghia Lo to Mu Cang Chai, you will also go through the fields of Tu Le commune. Going to Khau Pha pass, explore the villages of Lim Mong, Lim Thai,…

Nghia Lo tourism has many interesting things waiting for you to explore. From picturesque Thai villages, healthy hot mineral springs, meaningful historical sites and typical Northwest dishes.

Let’s join Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator in Nghia Lo, to plan a tour to Mu Cang Chai for your upcoming trip. We commit to bringing interesting activities and the best experiences to you.

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