Ta Xua


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Ta Xua

Ta Xua, located at an altitude of more than 2,800 m above sea level. It’s one of the highest mountain peaks in Vietnam, in Bac Yen district (Son La), bordering Tram Tau district (Yen Bai). Ta Xua is 240 km from Hanoi, has a cool climate all year round. Especially is famous as a beautiful cloud hunting spot from October to April.

Ta Xua’s terrain is narrow, steep roads, with deep abysses on both sides. In addition to traveling by your own or book tour to Ta Xua with us, you can trek to Ta Xua peak, with routes of different lengths from both Yen Bai or Son La.

How to get to Ta Xua?

You can use many means of transportation to get to Ta Xua. Such as motorbikes, personal cars, passenger cars, and tourist cars. From Hanoi, go towards Son Tay, Trung Ha bridge, go to Thu Cuc intersection along Highway 32, turn right to Phu Yen, Bac Yen along Highway 37. The main road to Ta Xua center has been paved with concrete so it is easy to travel. much more than before. 16-seat cars can go to the top.

Ta Xua 7

Limousines from bus companies in Hanoi. Such as Khanh Thinh, Quang Nghia, Nguyen Hang to Ta Xua cost 700,000 VND per person (round trip). The bus usually departs from Hanoi at 10:00 p.m. and arrives in Ta Xua after 5 hours, with breaks along the way.

At Ta Xua, you can rent a motorbike to visit places for convenience. But if the steering wheel is not steady, rent a motorbike taxi from a local. Because the road is quite steep, narrow and has many turns.

Where to stay in Ta Xua?

Ta Xua is an area that has recently developed tourism, with no large hotels or comfortable accommodation areas. In the area there are about 20 homestays and motels, prices range from 200,000 VND to 1 million VND per night.

Accommodation areas are mainly concentrated in the central or neighboring areas, with community-style houses (stilt houses) and some private rooms. Some homestay addresses you can refer to. Mo May homestay, Nam To homestay, Mua Tru homestay, Bao Chau homestay, Long Anh 1 homestay. Guesthouses include Phu Hoa, Tra May Ta Xua, Thu Bien, Hai Hang, Nguyen San.

mo may homestay

Homestay Lu Tre is located at the highest position among the accommodation establishments in Ta Xua. It’s about 7 km from the center area. Some high-clearance cars and motorbikes can reach the door. Other vehicles park under the gate. So you have to climb about 300 m or use the motorbike shuttle service. There are bungalows (one or two floors), detached houses, and stilt houses.

Ta Xua is an ideal place for camping. If you choose the right location. That you will have the opportunity to watch the romantic sunrise or sunset from the top of the mountain.

How Ta Xua Unique & Activities

Dinosaur spine

Dinosaur spine

The area known to many as the “back of the dinosaur” is about 15 km from the center of Ta Xua, about 5 km from the center of Hang Dong commune, Bac Yen district. The “back of the dinosaur” leans against the Ta Xua mountain range, in front is a valley hundreds of meters deep.

The Ta Xua dinosaur spine section has 1.5 km of trails considered by backpackers to be one of the most beautiful places to watch clouds in the North. Many days, the clouds were thick from early morning until 10:00 a.m. and still hadn’t cleared. When the sky is less cloudy, from the back of a dinosaur, you can immerse yourself in the space of forests, terraced fields and Mong people’s houses on the mountainside.

Dolphin beak

Dolphin outcrop is created by two large rocks shaped like dolphins swimming in the sea of ​​clouds. The cliff is covered with patches of moss, creating a wild beauty, harmoniously combined with the natural landscape.

From Bac Yen town, going up to Ta Xua commune, you will meet a fork with road signs. It’s one direction is the “back of cloud paradise” 8 km, the other direction is Ta Xua tea hill. Turn right towards the tea hill. You also will reach the dolphin cliff and the lonely tree. Those who stay at Lu Tre homestay will find it more convenient to reach dolphin cape when going towards the hydroelectric dam.

Turtle’s beak

The rock outcrop shaped like a turtle’s head. It is located at an altitude of 2,100 m, on the way to Ta Xua peak. From the lonely tree to the turtle’s head rock is about 1 km, you will have to cross the path of high slopes with sharp rocks.

Camel’s beak

From the center of Ta Xua commune, follow the direction of the Commune People’s Committee about 7 km, you will reach the camel rock. This is a new check-in point in Ta Xua. The camel’s beak is opposite the dinosaur’s spine. Especially it is most beautiful in the morning, so please arrange your schedule to make traveling most convenient.

Lonely tree

The lonely cat apple tree is located on a small hill at Gio peak at the intersection of Xim Vang – Hang Dong. It’s more than 1 km from the center of Ta Xua. Standing from the tree’s position, you can see the Suoi Sap River. If your trip to Ta Xua on the nice weather days, the river water is clear and blue. The lonely cat apple tree is considered by backpackers to be a “living soul” in the pristine land of Ta Xua, a symbol of perseverance and resilience in the midst of harsh nature.

This is one of the places rated by backpackers as “the most beautiful sunset in Ta Xua”. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see the sunset above the sea of ​​clouds. The golden time to see this scene is around 5:30 pm.

Primary forest

Ta Xua primeval forest is located on the southeast slope of Hoang Lien Son range, stretching from an altitude of 2,600 m to the top. The forest has a wild, mysterious beauty, its altitude changes continuously along the Phu Sa Phin range. There are many rare species of flora and fauna here, especially the moss forest, known as the “kingdom of moss”. Small paths in the forest combined with rays of sunlight will take you into a land like in a fairy tale.

Ancient tea hill

Ta Xua ancient Shan Tuyet tea is one of the most famous teas in Vietnam. Shan Tuyet Ta Xua tea hill is covered with clouds and snow all year round. Because an altitude of more than 1,500 m above sea level, so it is humid and cold. Ancient tea trees over a hundred years old are rarely exposed to sunlight, have high medicinal properties and special flavor. Ta Xua tea wings have a layer of fur as white as snow. When brewed, the tea is clear and viscous yellow. The initial taste of the tea is smooth and astringent, with a sweet and fragrant aftertaste.

Ta Xua steppe

Ta Xua steppe is located on the same path to dolphin cape and lonely tree, about 10 km from the commune center. The road is wide, with few curves. Near the dolphin’s cape, you will see a sign leading to Ta Xua steppe. This is a place with vast natural landscapes, not only a place to admire natural beauty but also an ideal spot for fun, sports and camping activities.

Cloud-watching cafes

Mi Oi, Hien Coffee, Thao Coffee, H’mong Coffee, Ban Coffee are outstanding coffee shops in Ta Xua with beautiful views, easy to hunt clouds, and are ideal virtual photography spots. In cloudless times, these are still beautiful places to sip a cup of hot tea, admire the majestic natural landscape, watch the sunset gradually fall or simply sit and relax. Drink prices range from 30,000 to 60,000 VND.

Ta Xua Cuisines:

Mac velvet porridge is a specialty for visitors to Son La. After each harvest, the berries planted in the fields begin to ripen. People pick them, wash them, then process them into many dishes, the most famous being mac velvet porridge. The dish has a bitter taste mixed with sweet and spicy, suitable for the cold weather in the Ta Xua highlands.

In addition to mac velvet porridge, visitors can order a pot of black chicken hotpot, salmon, sturgeon or popular dishes in the northern mountains such as buffalo meat, nam pia, bamboo-tube rice, sour meat salad, sticky rice with rice. sharp.


You can’t always hunt clouds because of the weather. Look at the forecast and it’s best to choose a day when the temperature is low at night and high during the day, with sunshine during the day. Determine the direction of sunrise in the cloud hunting area to get the best angles.

You should not travel to Ta Xua in the evening, and should not go in too large a group. Ask and bargain when traveling by motorbike taxi.

With the most complete detailed information about Ta Xua tourism above. We hope to bring the most useful information to visitors before participating in exploring the tour experience at Ta Xua. If you have any questions about this interesting destination, please contact the consulting team from Origin Travel. You will receive the most honest and detailed answer.

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