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Van Ho

Each region in the highlands of Northwest Vietnam has its own unique characteristics, attracting travelers from far away places. This time, follow Origin Vietnam’s footsteps to explore the land of Van Ho – a “neighbor” of the tourist paradise of the Northwest region. Van Ho promises to open a new, impressive World and help you have an unforgettable your Vietnam tour package including Son La beauty spot.

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1. Where is Van Ho?

Van Ho is a mountainous district in Son La province, located in the northwest of Vietnam. The district has an area of 1,099 km2, a population of about 60,000 people, including many ethnic groups such as Thai, Mong, Dao, Kinh… Van Ho has a favorable geographical location, the district has National Highway 6 passing through, connecting with other provinces. North and Hanoi city, about 140 km southeast of Son La city, 215 km northwest of Hanoi capital.

  • The East borders Mai Chau district – Hoa Binh province.
  • The West borders Moc Chau district.
  • The South borders Muong Lat and Quan Hoa districts – Thanh Hoa province and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (with 2.5 km border with 2 milestones 269-270).
  • The North borders Phu Yen district – Son La and Da Bac district – Hoa Binh province

2. How to get to Van Ho?

2.1. Directions to Van Ho by route 1

For tourists in the northern provinces of Vietnam, the directions to Van Ho by route 1 are extremely convenient and you can refer to them before packing your backpack and coming here to explore. This road starts in the direction of National Highway 6 with a length of about 208 km. The road is not too far so you can get here by motorbike or bus.

To get to Van Ho, you start from the city center, you move in the direction of Tran Duy Hung to pass the Trung Hoa road tunnel. After reaching Thang Long Avenue, continue moving straight to Xuan Mai town. From here, you follow Highway 6 and go through the intersection of Van Ho town to reach your destination

2.2. Go to Van Ho via route 2

Route 2 also starts from the city center to So intersection, Dong Da district, and continues on Nguyen Trai street to Ha Dong district. From Ha Dong, tourists follow National Highway 6 to go to Chuc Son town. Coming to Chuc Son town, you turn left onto Hoa Son street, followed by Binh Son, DDT419, Yen Son streets, at the end of Nguyen Van Troi street. Then turn left to National Highway 21A, you follow National Highway 21A until the intersection of Song and Luong Son slopes. Hoa Binh. After that, turn right onto DT2, continue until you meet DT12B, then turn right until Doc Cun intersection, then turn left onto National Road 6. From Doc Cun intersection, you just follow Highway 6 for about 93 km to Van Ho intersection and reach your destination.

IMG Van Ho

3. What means of transportation to go to Van Ho?

3.1. Travel by motorbike

Nowadays, many people choose to travel to Van Ho by motorbike or personal car because the distance is not too far and is quite safe. The road to Van Ho has to go through enchanting beautiful roads, so it is extremely convenient for you to stop, rest and admire the majestic natural scenery. More specifically, going to Van Ho by motorbike will help you easily travel to attractions in Van Ho without having to spend extra money on renting a car.

With a distance of more than 200 km, you need to prepare carefully both your luggage and vehicle inspection before leaving. Although the road is not too difficult or dangerous, it also has many steep sections and curves, so the driver must also be in good health and have strong steering to make the trip safer.

3.2. Travel by bus

There are many bus routes moving to Van Ho from My Dinh, Giap Bat, Yen Nghia bus stations. Bus routes operate continuously from 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. You can order tickets at bus stations or book online the route with the most suitable time.

Traveling by bus is more convenient at night because you will have the whole next day to come here to explore and have fun. Night bus routes usually depart at 9 p.m., very suitable for those who need to save time to visit more.

3.3. Travel by limousine

According to the directions to Van Ho, besides passenger cars, Limousine cars are also chosen by many people. Vehicles usually have from 9 to 16 seats with a modern, luxurious interior and full range of other amenities such as massage chairs, USB charging port, LCD screen….

Traveling by Limousine, you will not have to waste time waiting and ordering tickets right at the bus station because the Limousine will move into the inner city and pick up and drop off passengers at a few fixed points. Travel time by Limousine is also shorter than by motorbike, only about 3 to 4 hours. Extremely suitable for crowded trips and want to have private space.

3.4. Traveling by plane

For travelers in the central or southern regions of Vietnam, you must first catch a flight to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi. After that, you take a taxi or book a private car to Hanoi inner city and then move to Van Ho.

3.5. Experiences when moving to Van Ho

  • Fog often appears in Van Ho in the early morning or evening, so you need to avoid traveling here at this time. The road is quite far so it is necessary to go at dawn with good visibility to ensure safety.
  • According to the directions to Van Ho, daytime is the most suitable time for you to explore Van Ho. At night, the roads are quite dark and deserted, so they are not suitable for traveling by motorbike. If you want to go in the evening, you can book a bus ticket to go safely.
  • If you are unlucky enough to travel to Van Ho when the fog is thick, go at a moderate speed and try to keep a distance from the vehicles in front. Moving like this also partly reduces the risk if visibility is unfortunately limited.
  • You should choose a vehicle with good headlights and wide brightness to help dilute the fog in front of your eyes, allowing you to see the road in the dense fog.
  • Be especially careful when traveling through roads like Thung Khe and Long Luong. Because these roads are extremely steep and dangerous. There are many hidden bends here, so you need to be extremely careful.
  • The way to Van Ho must go through the S-shaped road. This is a legendary road with the scenery on both sides of the road being mountains, forests and vast green tea hills. You can stop here to rest, admire the scenery and check-in on this beautiful road.
  • If you go to Van Ho by public transportation, after moving to Van Ho, you can rent a motorbike, car or motorbike taxi, taxi to move to attractions easily and conveniently.

4. Which is the best season to visit Van Ho?

Van Ho has four distinct seasons, each season has its own beauty and color. You can go to Van Ho at any time of the year, depending on your interests and purposes.

  • If you want to see the brilliant buckwheat flower fields, you should go to Van Ho in November – December. This is the season of the brilliant buckwheat flower fields, when this flower begins to bloom. throughout the highlands.
  • If you want to admire the green terraced fields, you should go to Van Ho in May – June. This is the season of green terraced fields, when people start to plant new rice.
  • If you want to enjoy the cold air and possibly encounter snow, you should go to Van Ho in January – February. This is the season of cold days, when the temperature can drop below 0 degrees Celsius. This is also the season when you can see snow in Van Ho, a rare and beautiful phenomenon.
  • If you want to explore the culture and festivals of the people here, you should come to Van Ho in March – April. This is the festival season of Van Ho, when many ethnic groups. Thai, Mong, Dao… organize Special festivals to pray for a happy and prosperous new year. In addition, spring is also the season of blooming flowers. You can see fields of white banyan flowers, pink peach flowers, purple plum flowers… creating a poetic and romantic picture.

5. Sightseeing, Activities and Experiences in Van Ho

5.1. Tat Nang Waterfall

This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Van Ho, with a height of about 100m, the water flows strongly and creates gurgling sounds. You can cool off at the foot of the waterfall, admire the green natural landscape and enjoy the fresh air.

5.2. Long Luong village

IMG Long Luong Village Van Ho

Long Luong village is located peacefully on Highway 6 from Hoa Binh to Moc Chau (Son La). Looming before the traveler’s eyes are peaceful houses under the shade of vast green plum and peach gardens.

If you are a fan of long-distance backpacking and want to stay away from the stuffiness of the city, Long Luong is an ideal place for you to contemplate the poor but peaceful life of the indigenous people. Just over 100 km from Hanoi, Long Luong is very suitable for weekends so you can return to a peaceful life close to nature.

5.3. Song Da Lake

IMG Song Da Lake Van Ho

Da River flows through Son La province and cuts across Highway 43, forming a large lake connected by Van Yen ferry between Van Ho and Phu Yen districts. The Song Da hydroelectric lake bed with small islands undulating on the vast water surface is likened to a Ha Long Bay in the mountains. If you are water lover, so take a boat trip on the lake and river is a great idea.

5.4. Pha Luong Mountain

IMG Pha Luong Mountain Van Ho

This majestic mountain range belongs to Tan Xuan, Chieng Xuan, Chieng Son communes, formerly belonging to Moc Chau district. Since Van Ho separated from Moc Chau in 2013, up to now the Pha Luong range officially belongs to the two districts of Van Ho and Moc Chau. One of the most prominent points of the Pha Luong mountain range is Pha Luong peak (the highest point of the mountain range and still located in Pha Luong village, Chieng Son commune, Moc Chau district) which is known as a favorite place to watch clouds. of young people who love backpacking.

5.5. Chieng Yen eco-tourism area

IMG Chieng Yen Eco Tourism Area Van Ho

Chieng Yen is a commune of Van Ho district, about 60 km from Moc Chau town, where 5 ethnic groups such as Thai, Mong, Kinh, Muong and Dao live and converge. Chieng Yen tourist area is famous for Phu Mau community tourism village, hot springs… places that captivate tourists.

5.6. Chieng Yen Hot Springs

IMG Chieng Yen Hot Springs Van Ho

Located in Phu Mau I village, Chieng Yen commune, Van Ho district, right at the foot of Bo Ui mountain is Chieng Yen hot spring – an interesting tourist destination for tourists. The hot springs here have an average temperature of 40-50 degrees Celsius in the cold season. After tiring journeys, tourists relax on the banks of a warm open stream, relax and admire the majestic nature of the Northwest mountains and forests.

5.7. Chieng Yen Van Ho

This is a community tourism area, where you can stay with indigenous people, participate in cultural and agricultural activities. Such as harvesting rice, picking fruit, making banh day… You can visit villages like Na Bai, Phu Mau… to understand more about the lives and customs of Thai and Mong people. You can also cool off at Tat Nang Waterfall, a beautiful and cool waterfall; Chieng Yen hot water dish, a natural hot water dish that helps you relax and clean your skin; Chieng Yen magic fish stream, a fish stream that has healing effects for people with dermatitis.

5.8. Hua Tat pine forest

This is a large and green pine forest, located at an altitude of about 1,500m above sea level. You can walk in the pine forest, admire the natural landscape and take photos. Also picnic and camp here, enjoying the fresh and chilly air of the highlands. You can visit nearby tourist attractions. Such as Hua Tat village, Ta Xua village, Chieng Yen village…

5.9. Buckwheat triangle in Van Ho

This is a beautiful and typical flower of the highlands. You can admire the beautiful colors of buckwheat flowers from white, pink to purple. You can also take photos and check-in with buckwheat flowers at many places such as Hang Kia Pa Co, Muong Hoa Valley... Buckwheat flowers usually bloom in November – December, creating a colorful picture. and romantic.

5.10. Fairy Waterfall

This is a new tourist destination in Van Ho, about 70m high, water flows all year round and creates melodious sounds. You can cool off at the foot of the waterfall, admire the natural landscape and take photos. You can also hear about the legend of Nang Tien waterfall, a romantic and tragic love story between a Mong boy and a Thai girl.

6. Accommodations in Van Ho?

Van Ho Son La is a new tourist destination so there are not many hotels and motels yet. However, you can find some addresses here for rest and relaxation, such as:

6.1. Homestays

This is a popular form of accommodation in Van Ho, when you can stay with local people and experience their life and culture. You can choose homestays such as Moc Chau Arena Village, Moc Chau Happy Land, Moc Chau Farm Town

6.2. Hotels

If you want more private space and comfort, you can choose hotels in Van Ho. Such as Hoa Ban Hotel, Thanh Huong Hotel, Thanh Binh Hotel…

6.3. Hostel

If you travel in a large group or want to save money, you can rent a hostel in Van Ho. Like Thanh Thuy Hostel, Thanh Ha Hostel, Thanh Mai Hostel…

7. Specialties in Van Ho

7.1. To Mua ancient tea

This is a special type of tea of the Thai people in Van Ho, grown from ancient tea trees that are hundreds of years old. These tea trees are grown at an altitude of about 1,000m above sea level, with large and green leaves. To Mua ancient tea is harvested by hand and processed by sun drying and steam boiling. To Mua ancient tea has a sweet aroma and taste, helps quench thirst and clear heat. You can drink To Mua ancient tea at tea shops in Van Ho or buy it as gifts for relatives and friends.

7.2. Chieng Yen stream snail

This is a type of freshwater snail that lives in Chieng Yen stream, has green shell and white meat. Chieng Yen stream snails have a sweet and fatty taste and are processed into many dishes such as boiled, steamed, stir-fried… You can eat Chieng Yen stream snails at restaurants or villages in Van Ho, along with raw vegetables. and dipping sauce. You can also take a cool bath in Chieng Yen stream, a clear and cool stream of water.

7.3. Van Ho beeswax

This is a product of ethnic minorities in Van Ho, taken from wild bee hives. Van Ho beeswax is yellow in color and fragrant, and has the effect of protecting the skin, healing and beautifying. You can buy Van Ho beeswax at markets or stores in Van Ho, to use for yourself or as gifts for relatives and friends. You can also enjoy Van Ho honey, a pure and delicious honey.

7.4. Mac Khen seed wine

This is a traditional wine of the Mong people in Van Ho, made from doi seeds. It’s a type of seed with a spicy and fragrant taste – and mac Khen – a type of seed with a sour and spicy taste. Mac Khen seed wine is soaked in rice wine until the seeds swell and the wine has a fragrant aroma. Mac Khen seed wine has a spicy and aromatic taste, helps relieve hangovers and stimulates taste buds. You can drink doi mac khen seed wine in villages or pubs in Van Ho, along with dishes such as fried chicken with fat, spring rolls, thang co…

7.5. Te Rau Rice

In the Northwest, glutinous rice is closely associated with upland rice farming culture, depending largely on rainwater to grow. The Thai people in Van Ho were the first residents in the area to plant Te Rau.

Unlike other types of rice, rice grains are round, plump, sticky, and sweet like sticky rice. The rich taste of non-bearded rice is not mixed with any other type of rice, making people who enjoy eating it once remember it forever.

7.6. Tan Xuan bamboo shoots

This is a type of young bamboo shoot picked from the forest in spring, and has a crunchy and delicious taste. Tan Xuan bamboo shoots are a rare vegetable with high nutritional value, containing many vitamins and minerals. Tan Xuan bamboo shoots are processed into many dishes such as boiled, stir-fried, mixed… You can eat Tan Xuan bamboo shoots at restaurants or villages in Van Ho, along with other dishes. Such as fried chicken with fat, sour spring rolls, etc. win try…

It’s worth a visit Van Ho

Van Ho is a destination that is not as widely communicated as other destinations in Son La or other provinces. But is blessed by nature with majestic and enchanting natural beauty. You will be immersed in the breathtakingly beautiful wild natural scenery, participating in interesting activities. Such as climbing mountains, walking to visit picturesque villages, bathing in waterfalls, enjoying the fresh air in the countryside. pine forest. Especially interacting with ethnic minorities here to better understand their daily lifestyle, unique culture and delicious dishes,…

Are you planning to explore Van Ho land? Please contact our team for a great tour adventure in Vietnam. Because we are professional tour operators. With a team of enthusiastic and dedicated consultants and guides, we will be a reliable partner, taking you on a journey to discover Van Ho with especially exciting experiences. Your trip to Van Ho will be wonderful ever.

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