Van Yen
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Van Yen

Van Yen is considered the “golden land” of the Northwest region of Vietnam. Because of its majestic natural scenery, possessing many caves, thousands of streams, waterfalls, primeval forests, places that have gone down in history. Epecialy the history of the struggle for national liberation…

In particular, with many ethnic groups living together, Van Yen is preserving many unique cultural colors and characteristics of ethnic minorities… It is these advantages that make Van Yen gradually become a place Attractive and interesting tourism, attracting more and more tourists to visit and explore.

IMG Van Yen Yen Bai 1

1. Where is Van Yen?

Van Yen is a mountainous district of Yen Bai province in the Northwest region of Vietnam. About 65 km from Yen Bai city and about 200 km northwest of Hanoi capital. With geographical location:

  • The East borders Luc Yen district, Yen Binh district and Tran Yen district.
  • The West borders Mu Cang Chai district and Van Ban district of Lao Cai province.
  • The South borders Van Chan district.
  • The North borders Bao Yen district, Lao Cai province.

2. How is Van Yen unique?

Van Yen has long been known as the land of “high mountains and pearls”, blessed with many beautiful landscapes with majestic mountains, many caves, thousands of streams, waterfalls, primeval forests with diverse ecosystems.Also where preserves many unique cultural colors and characteristics of ethnic minorities along with places that have entered the history of the national liberation struggle.

Van Yen district was established in March 1965 with a total natural land area of 1,391.54 km2, including 24 communes and 1 town. This is the residence of 12 ethnic groups such as: Kinh, Tay, Dao, H’mong,…

Travelling to Van Yen, visitors, in addition to enjoying the wonderful nature. Also have the opportunity to explore many places that have been recorded in history with many unique beauties and characteristics of ethnic minorities. Through 11 historical relics and 3 revolutionary historical relics. Van Yen is a tourist destination with an extremely profound humanistic meaning and no less peaceful.

IMG Van Yen Yen Bai

3. When is the best time to travel to Van Yen?

Van Yen – the land of four distinctly beautiful seasons. The most beautiful time to travel to Van Yen depends on each person’s personal preferences, such as some people choosing the right time to explore festivals, sightseeing or go on vacation to relieve stress.

  • From January to March, this time is for those who like to explore the festive season. This season there are many unique and interesting spring festivals, with many entertainment activities organized such as tug of war, pound throwing or horse racing,…
  • In the summer from April to June is the season of pouring water, the rain begins to pour down on the mountains, flooding the terraced fields, the rays of sunlight shine through and make the water surface sparkle in the sunlight. brilliant afternoon.
  • From August to October, this period is considered the most beautiful time in Van Yen because this is the season of ripe rice. The weather at this time is extremely pleasant, the golden sunlight shines everywhere, shining down on the strangely shimmering, golden terraced fields.
  • At the end of the year starting from November to December, this is a suitable time for tourists who like to climb mountains to hunt for clouds, sit on the mountain with the chilly feeling of the early cold days of winter while watching. The scene of mountains and forests submerged in a sea of drifting clouds looks majestic and romantic.

4. How to get to Van Yen?

4.1 How to get to Yen Bai city

Traveling by motorbike:

Riding a motorbike from Hanoi to Yen Bai is chosen by many young tourists because it not only helps you save money when traveling but also helps you be more proactive in how you travel and comfortably stop. sightseeing and taking pictures. There are two routes to travel to Yen Bai by motorbike for you to choose from:

  • Route 1: Follow National Highway 32 then go to Van Chan district to Mu Cang Chai, finally to Nghia Lo town
  • Route 2: Follow National Highway 70: From Hanoi – Lao Cai highway, tourists will go straight to Yen Bai

Traveling by train:

If tourists want to shorten the travel time to Yen Bai, you can choose to travel by train for safety and to get to Yen Bai faster. From Hanoi, you can choose the YB3 train to go directly to Yen Bai. This train usually departs at 6:10 p.m. and arrives in Yen Bai at 10:50 p.m.

Traveling by bus:

You just need to go straight to My Dinh bus station in Hanoi to go straight to the last bus station in Yen Bai. In case you want to visit Nghia Lo, Mu Cang Chai, Van Chan, you have to take a bus to Lai Chau.

4.2 Traveling from Yen Bai to Van Yen

After arriving in Yen Bai, if you want to go to Van Yen, you can rent a motorbike to travel to Van Yen yourself. With a total distance of 40km, equivalent to 1h40 minutes of travel, you can follow the route below:

Dien Bien → Tran Phu → Au Co → Noi Bai – Lao Cai Expressway → An Thinh → Ngoi Tha → Tan Hop → Van Yen.

5. Sightseeings in Van Yen

5.1 Na Hau Nature Reserve

IMG Na Hau Nature Reserve Van Yen Yen Bai 1

Na Hau Nature Reserve is covered by primeval forests with an extremely unique ecosystem. Besides, you can immerse yourself in the “Suoi Tien” waterfall, bringing a fresh, clean feeling when visiting this place.

In particular, Na Hau commune has now established “Ban Tat – Na Hau community tourism destination meeting 4-star OCOP standards” to support tourists to visit the natural landscape and integrate into cultural identity. regional ethnicization more easily.

5.2 Dong Cuong Temple

IMG Dong Cuong Temple Van Yen Yen Bai

Dong Cuong Temple is famous as a sacred place to worship the Second Mother Goddess in the custom of worshiping the Mother Goddess of the Three Palaces, and is visited by many people. The atmosphere at the temple gives tourists a feeling of peace in their souls. In addition, this place is not only a historical relic but also a scenic spot with beautiful and peaceful scenery.

5.3 Nhuoc Son Temple

IMG Nhuoc Son Temple Van Yen Yen Bai 1

The Historical and Cultural Relic Area of Nhuoc Son Temple. It is a place to worship general Ha Chuong, who made great efforts in defending the northern border region of Vietnam. The temple is located in a very poetic location with one side being a river. And the other side being hills and mountains, bringing a quiet, deep atmosphere.

5.4 Phong Du Thuong terraced fields

IMG Phong Du Thuong Terraced Fields Van Yen Yen Bai 1

The terraced fields in Phong Du Thuong commune are famous for their beautiful scenery and mild, pleasant climate. This place is a picture that captures the beauty of ethnic people’s labor during the harvest.

5.5 Quang Minh Waterfall

IMG Quang Minh Waterfall Van Yen Yen Bai 1

Quang Minh waterfall carries with it the majesty of the vast nature of Quang Minh mountains and forests. This waterfall is divided into two main parts.One side is a clear blue waterfall pouring down with white foam. And the other side is a waterfall with clear, cool water surrounded by wild, majestic scenery.

5.6 Mau A archaeological site

Along the Red River is the famous archaeological relic of Mau A wharf. The relic is located about 35 km northwest of Yen Bai center and about 11.5km west of Mau A, and is home to many ethnic groups. Our country’s ethnic groups range from the Kinh ethnic group to the Tay and Chinese ethnic groups. Tourists always want to visit Mau A wharf archaeological site to explore ancient relics that have been preserved and passed down through each period.

6. Specialties when traveling to Van Yen

6.1 Smoked buffalo meat

Smoked buffalo meat is made from fresh pieces of buffalo meat. Mountain buffaloes are grazed naturally, eating grass and forest leaves, so their meat is firm and sweet. Buffalo meat, after being marinated with typical Northwest spices such as Mac Khen and wild chili, will be dried on a wood stove or put in the oven. Dried buffalo meat is packaged in half a kilogram or 1 kg and is easy to preserve, so tourists often buy it as gifts.

6.2 Grilled chicken with mac khen leaves

Walking around Mu Cang Chai market, visitors will immediately be attracted by the attractive aroma emanating from grilled chicken shops. Northwest chicken is carefully marinated with spices, hook honey leaves are stuffed into the stomach and then grilled on a charcoal stove. The chicken is grilled whole so it retains its natural sweetness. The chicken meat is firm but not chewy. When eaten with Cham Dao, it is “delicious and forgetful”.

6.3 Bamboo shoots rolled with meat

Bamboo shoots are available in many places, but Yen Bai bamboo shoots are still considered the most delicious and sweet. Bamboo shoot season lasts from December to March every year. Traveling to Yen Bai at this time, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy bamboo shoots rolled with meat.

6.4 Ant egg sticky rice

Each locality in the Northwest offers visitors a different specialty. In Mu Cang Chai, that specialty is ant egg sticky rice. When spring comes, it is also the time when black ants lay eggs. People of the Tay, Dao, and Thai ethnic groups in Yen Bai go to the forest to find ant eggs to cook sticky rice. Mu Cang Chai upland sticky rice combined with Northwest forest ant eggs creates a specialty that visitors will remember once they eat.

6.5 Crispy fried bugs

In April every year, longan flowers bloom. The flower clusters begin to appear nectar-sucking and sap-sucking bugs. Van Chan people are now “getting together” to catch stink bugs to protect the trees. With just a little lemon juice and sliced lemon leaves, local chefs have a delicious dish to create. From a rustic dish, fried stink bugs have become a Yen Bai specialty and are on the menu of many restaurants in Yen Bai.

IMG Dong Cuong Temple Van Yen Yen Bai 1

7. Accommodation when traveling to Van Yen

When traveling to Van Yen, visitors can refer to some of the accommodation facilities below:

7.1 Hotels:

  • Thien Huong Hotel. Address: Mau A Town, Van Yen, Yen Bai.
  • My Hanh Hotel. Address: Group 5, Area 3, Mau A Town, Van Yen, Yen Bai.

7.2 Guesthouses:

  • Ngoc Ha Guesthouse. Address: Trai Hut, An Binh, Van Yen, Yen Bai.
  • Ngoc Ha Guesthouse. Address: Trai Hut, An Binh, Van Yen, Yen Bai.
  • Que Huong Guesthouse. Address: Mau A Town, Van Yen, Yen Bai.
  • Green Motel. Address: Mau A Town, Van Yen, Yen Bai.
  • Tuan Tu Guesthouse. Address: Thong Ben Den, Dong Cuong, Van Yen, Yen Bai.

Van Yen is a tourist destination although still quite new to tourists. However, the destinations in Van Yen have a unique and interesting beauty, imbued with the pristine features of Vietnamese national culture and beliefs, promising to be an extremely ideal destination for those who want to discover the ancient beauty of Vietnamese tradition.

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