Bac Kan Travel Guide

All things need to know before travelling to Bac Kan

Bac Kan is extremely blessed by nature with countless picturesque scenes, from vast natural lakes, rolling mountains to immense primeval forests. If you are passionate about exploring, traveling to nature or simply want to find a peaceful place away from the hustle, bustle, noise and dust of the city. So Bac Kan tourist destinations in the North of Vietnam is a great ideal place for you to experience.

Especially Ba Be National Park tours. Where you will have chance to visit Ba Be Lake. It is one of 20 largest freshwater lakes on the world. If you still don’t know where to explore here, let’s find out with Origin Vietnam in this article.

1. Where is Bac Kan?

Bac Kan is a province located in the Northeast region of Vietnam, about 165 km north of Hanoi capital. With geographical location:

  • The North borders Bao Lac, Nguyen Binh, Thach An districts of Cao Bang province.
  • The East borders Trang Dinh and Binh Gia districts of Lang Son province.
  • The South borders Vo Nhai, Phu Luong, Dinh Hoa districts of Thai Nguyen province.
  • The West borders Na Hang, Chiem Hoa, Yen Son districts of Tuyen Quang province.

2. How is Bac Kan unique?

The area of natural land is 4,859 square kilometers, with a population of 313,084 people. There are 7 ethnic areas. Such as Tay, Nung, Kinh, Dao, Mong, Hoa and San Chay.

Bac Kan is a province rich in tourism potential because of its abundance of natural resources and rich culture of the mountainous ethnic groups in Northeast Vietnam. Bac Kan has a special geological structure, with many high mountains, caves, rivers, lakes, underground streams and primeval forests,… creating a particularly attractive landscape. This is also a place to preserve rare plant and animal genetic resources, along with many long-standing historical relics associated with many historical events.

Along with that, in Bac Kan there are also countless natural caves with enchanting beauty for tourists who love to explore and adventure tours in Vietnam. Bac Kan also attracts tourists through community tourism, where visitors have the opportunity to live together and learn about cultural customs with ethnic minorities.

3. When is the best time to visit Bac Kan?

The climate of Bac Kan has a distinct seasonal pattern. The rainy season from May to October, and the dry season from last November to April next year. Due to the middle of the mountainous system of Northeast, Bac Kan is quite cold in winter. The climate in Bac Kan is very cool so you can choose to travel to Bac Kan at any time of the year.

You can go to Bac Kan to rest at Ba Be National Park between May to September. Because this is the time when this land has the most wonderful natural scenery.

Around Feb (lunar calendar) is usually the festival of ethnic groups. If you travel to Bac Kan at this time you will have the opportunity to learn the unique features in culture as well as explore the food of the upland people.

4. History of Bac Kan

In the era of the Hung King established the country. Bac Kan belongs to Vu Dinh (one of 15 sets of Van Lang). Under Tang dynasty where this is the land of Vo Nga. From the Ly dynasty, when our father started to build and develop the Feudalist Central Government. In the early Le period, this was the land of the North. In the 7 th Quang Thuan (1466) Bac Kan in Thai Nguyen province, then Ninh Thuan in the 10th Quang Thuan (1469). The 21th Hong Duc (1490) of Thong Hoa (including Cam Hoa and Chau Bach Thong) belonged to Thai Nguyen province.

Bac Kan is one of the areas considered as “important areas” in the north. It is very important in politics – military. Therefore, in the history of national construction and defense of the nation. Bac Kan people always alongside the people of the country defeated many aggressive aggressors. In the resistance war against the Northern invaders from Chinese invaders… Generations of ethnic minorities in Bac Kan are always present in the army against invaders.

How French war in Bac kan?

During French war in Vietnam. Bac Kan province was chosen by the Party Central to be a safe zone (ATK). ;As a revolutionary base, Bac Kan wholeheartedly assists, protects the army, agencies, enterprises, the central evacuation; protect the leadership of the Party, the State… In the campaign Viet Bac (Autumn – Winter 1947), many examples of fighting, sacrificed nationally known, many names mountain The river has become a historical landmark, associated with glorious victories like Phu Thong, Deo Giang…

At present, Bac Kan has 11 historical and revolutionary relics recognized by the State. It was Na Tu, where the youth volunteer team was stationed. Cho Don is home to many historical relics. Such as Ban Ca, Binh Trung Commune, where Uncle Ho lived and worked at the end of 1947. Khuoi Linh in Luong Bang commune where the Party Central Committee stood at the end of 1949 and in 1951 General Secretary Truong Chinh lived and worked. Na Pau Hill with the work of Uncle Ho in late 1950’s in early 1951; Before 1945, General Vo Nguyen Giap lived and worked…

5. How to get to Bac Kan?

Bac Kan is about 165 km from Hanoi city. From Hanoi to Bac Kan, there are two routes:

  • The first route is along old National Highway 3 (about 3 hours travel time, accessible by car and motorbike).
  • The second route is to follow the Hanoi – Thai Nguyen highway then continue on National Highway 3, about 2 hours (can only go by car).

Passenger buses depart from My Dinh station (Hanoi). You can choose bus companies running the Hanoi – Bac Kan or Cao Bang route. These vehicles often pass through famous tourist destinations, including Ba Be Lake.

For tourists coming from remote provinces such as the Central or Southern regions of Vietnam, the most optimal way to travel is to book a flight to Hanoi. After landing at Noi Bai airport, tourists move to Bac Kan according to the instructions above.

6. Sightseeings in Bac Kan

6.1 Ba Be National Park

Ba Be National Park is an ideal ecotourism site in Bac Kan with an interesting landscape and biodiversity. With a total area of 10,048 hectares. Ba Be National Park is a complex of limestone, lakes and forests on limestone mountains. Where it also preserves many rare and precious animal and plant species. In 2003, Ba Be National Park was recognized as a ASEAN Heritage Park.

6.2 Ba Be Lake

Ba Be Lake is the most famous tourist destination in Bac Kan. It’s located in the center of Ba Be National Park. The height of the lake is about 178 m above sea level, with a length up to 8 km and a width of 500m. This is the largest and highest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam. Surrounding the lake are majestic limestone mountains imprinted on a flat lake, poetic like “Ha Long Bay on the mountain”.

Located in the lake area, there is Puong cave with a length of 300 meters, a height of more than 30 meters with vertical rocks and many stalactites of different shapes. Ba Be Lake has unique geological geography, the whole landscape here is like a picture of water wearing, captivating tourists who come to visit.

Ba Be Lake has clear blue water, mild weather and beautiful scenery throughout the four seasons of the year. Spring is when this place is filled with the red and pink colors of wild flowers and early year festivals, while May is the season when rice is ripe and white butterflies are everywhere. Along the shore of the lake are villages of the Tay ethnic group leaning against mountains and forests.

6.3 Puong Cave

Located on the quiet Nang River, Puong Cave is a famous tourist destination in Bac Kan that captivates many tourists. This place was formed by the flow of the Nang River through the bed of Lung Nham limestone mountain. Therefore, this natural cave has many uniquely shaped stalactites running along the river about 300 meters long.

Puong Cave belongs to Cao Thuong commune, Ba Be. As a cave with two ends. Puong cave is 300 meters long and more than 30 meters high with vertical cliffs and many stalactites of many different shapes and colors, formed when the Nang River flows through below. Lung Nham limestone mountain creates a spectacular limestone landscape with clear entrances and exits for the Nang River to flow freely.

To get to Puong cave, you will have to take a boat down the Nang River for more than 400m of water and the cave entrance will gradually appear behind the hidden forests. Not only is there clear water, inside the cave there are also countless stalactites and stone steps.

This place is also a favorite place for bats to create roosts, so please wear long clothes when visiting. The deeper you go inside, the darker Puong Cave becomes. So prepare a light and a high-resolution camera to take the best photos.

6.4 Dau Dang Waterfall

Also located in Ba Be National Park, Dau Dang Waterfall is created by the flow of the Nang River weaving through the multi-shaped rocks at Hoa Tang village. With a length of more than 1000m, this waterfall is divided into 3 sections with different water strengths and terrain.

Dau Dang Waterfall is located between two limestone mountains on the Nang River, at the border between Bac Kan and Tuyen Quang. Nang River, after passing under Lung Nham mountain to form Puong cave, when it flows to Hua Tang village. It’s blocked by hundreds of large and small rocks stacked on top of each other with a slope of about 500m, forming a magnificent waterfall. Steps, each waterfall step is 3-4m apart in length. This area is also where fried fish appears. Also one of the rare fish species today with fish weighing tens of kilograms.

No matter where you look at the waterfall, you will see beautiful white water foam, especially on summer days when natural sunlight covers everything. Around Dau Dang waterfall are primeval forests with many green tree branches weaving throughout the rocks.

6.5 Pac Ngoi village

Pac Ngoi cultural tourism village, Nam Mau commune, Ba Be district is a stilt house village of the Tay ethnic people on the banks of the Leng river close to Ba Be lake. The village has more than 80 households with nearly 400 people. In particular, the people in the village are all Tay people.

From the center of Ba Be National Park, you move another 5km and you will arrive at Pac Ngoi village. Located against the mountainside and surrounded by the gentle Len River and part of Ba Be Lake. This place has charming mountain and water scenery that is extremely worth experiencing.

Inhabited by the Tay ethnic people, Pac Ngoi village gathers about 70 stilt houses over a hundred years old built according to ancient architecture with palm leaf roofs and characteristic wooden stairs. Although this place has been opened for tourism, the rustic and pristine features of these houses are still preserved almost 100%.

Coming to Pac Ngoi, you can both feel the peace in the daily life of the people and have the opportunity to experience a series of interesting activities. Among them, you must definitely explore the river by dugout boat, go fishing or watch Tay girls dance and sing.

6.6 Nang Tien Cave

Located in Na Ri district, Nang Tien cave is a natural cave deep into the mountain. With a length of more than 60m and a cave entrance of more than 50m high, the journey to explore this place will give you a mysterious feeling. and extremely interesting. The name “Nang Tien” of the cave originates from the legend of the 7 fairies of local people. By chance, this cave has the appearance of a sleeping girl.

Setting foot in the cave, you will be extremely surprised by the strange shapes and shimmering phosphorescent colors of thousands of years old stalactites and stone columns. In particular, the atmosphere inside Nang Tien cave is very cool and pleasant, even in summer weather.

About 50 km from Bac Kan city center, you can get here by car or motorbike. This cave is hidden in the middle of the forest, so please go in a group or find a local guide to ensure safety.

6.7 Na Khoang Waterfall

Na Khoang Waterfall is also a Bac Kan tourist destination you must definitely visit. Located right at the foot of Gio Pass, this waterfall is formed by the flow of Na Dang stream and a section of stream originating from Phia Sleng mountain.

Divided into 4 sloping floors with a length of more than 600m, the white waterfall flows as beautifully as a strip of silk among the regenerated forests of Bac Kan. In particular, above and below Na Khoang waterfall are natural lakes with clear blue water. Not only is there pristine nature, around the waterfall are the houses of the Dao and H’Mong ethnic people. Therefore, you can also visit these small villages to watch folk dancing and enjoy local cuisine.

6.8 Kim Hy Nature Reserve

Located in Kim Hy commune, Luong Thuong district, Lang San. Kim Hy conservation area is spread over an area of nearly 15,000 hectares. With strongly divided rocky terrain, this place possesses many natural beauties that will satisfy your eyes.

Coming to this attractive tourist destination in Bac Kan, you will admire a series of landscapes with extremely diverse terrain, from caves, primeval forests to underground streams. In particular, this place also has 1072 rare plant species, of which 72 plant species are listed in the Vietnam Red Book.

If you’re lucky, you will also be able to see with your own eyes the animals, birds, and frogs that are extremely difficult to see in other conservation areas. One thing to note is that the road to the reserve is quite difficult because of the long forest path, so prepare appropriate clothing and find a local to guide you.

6.9 Gio Pass

Gio Pass is located on National Highway 3 from Bac Kan to Cao Bang. It’s about 50 km from Bac Kan city and only 10 km from Ngan Son district center. With an altitude of 800m above sea level. Gio Pass is often covered with fog all year round. This is a resting place on the tour in Cao Bang, you can buy many types of agricultural, forestry and soil products of Bac Kan here.

6.10 Ban Chang ecological lake

Ban Chang Lake is located in Duc Van commune, 6 km south of the district center of Ngan Son district, bordering National Highway No. 3 going to Cao Bang. It is a beautiful natural lake, semicircular in shape, ideal terrain, located in a valley, with a surface area of about 5 hectares, surrounded by vast pine forests, with a particularly fresh and cool climate. ; Suitable for investing in developing eco-tourism, community tourism and collective tourism activities. Such as boating, swimming, fishing, camping,…

6.11 Bac Kan ATK Historical Relic Area

If you have a passion to learn about the history of Vietnam. Let visit the ATK historic area. Because this is the place where Uncle Ho and patriotic soldiers lived to discuss about the war. Come here to explore the ancient stilt houses, where Uncle Ho live and works.

7. Specialties when traveling to Bac Kan

When traveling to Bac Kan, visitors can not only admire the wild and majestic natural scenery, but also enjoy the specialties of this beautiful land. Most Bac Kan specialties are made from natural ingredients, thus containing unique flavors.

7.1 Ba Be grilled fish

Grilled fish is another delicious dish created from the rich produce of Ba Be Lake. Local people often choose small fish the size of a thumb, both similar to goby and similar to flatfish in the lowlands, to grill. Cooked fish meat has a sweet taste, when you eat it you immediately feel its freshness. Crispy grilled fish is often dipped in chili sauce, enjoyed with a cup of fragrant corn wine.

7.2 Bac Kan specialty sour shrimp

Sour shrimp is a familiar dish in the daily lives of Bac Kan people. Because in the past, the Ba Be Lake area had a lot of shrimp, so our ancestors came up with a way to pickle them to preserve them longer. The specialty shrimp dish has a unique and delicious taste, both fatty and sour and spicy, stimulating the taste buds. Local people often eat this dish with boiled pork leg or pork belly, accompanied by a plate of sour star fruit, green bananas, polyscias fruticosa…

7.3 Na Ri vermicelli

Vermicelli noodles are a famous specialty of Na Ri district, Bac Kan. Na Ri vermicelli is made from the starch of arrowroot – a product grown on Ang Toong pass at an altitude of more than 1,000m, so the color and flavor are completely natural. This type of vermicelli when boiled is very fragrant, has a crunchy texture, and can easily be transformed into many delicious dishes.

7.4 Smoked sausage

Smoked sausage is also known as kitchen rib sausage, with the main ingredients being small intestine and large meat. This type of sausage is marinated with iced ginger, so it has a special aroma that blends with the smell of sunlight and the smell of kitchen smoke. In many places where the craft is done, you can still feel the smell of wine and mac gall leaves. The smoked sausage is chewy and crispy, with a harmonious ratio of lean meat and fat, so no matter how much you eat, you won’t get bored.

7.5 Dam Dang Sticky Rice

Dam Deng sticky rice is cooked from upland sticky rice, using natural plants to create eye-catching colors. The sticky rice grains are shiny but not wet and sticky. When cooled, they become very soft, flexible and fragrant. Local people often eat sticky rice with sesame salt or shrimp paste to bring out the flavor. This specialty dish will help you fully feel the culinary flavor of the mountains and forests.

8. Accommodation when traveling to Bac Kan

Bac Kan tourism has made new ways to introduce the type of community (homestay) to bring interesting experiences for visitors. Homestay tourism mainly occurs in Ba Be Lake and Ba Be National Park with spots in Pac Ngoi village, Coc Toc village, Bo Lu. When traveling to Bac Kan, visitors can refer to some of the accommodation facilities below:

8.1 Resorts:

  • Ba Be resort. Address: Buoc Lom Marina, Khang Ninh, Ba Be, Bac Kan.
  • Ba Be Retreat resort. Address: Ban Cam Village, Nam Mau, Ba Be, Bac Kan.
  • Sai Gon Ban Gioc resort. Address: Provincial Road 206, Ban Gioc Hamlet, Dam Thuy Commune, Trung Khanh District, Cao Bang Province.

8.2 Hotels:

  • Paradise Hotel. Address: Nong Thuong, Bac Kan City, Bac Kan.
  • Green Hotel & Coffee. Address: Phung Chi Kien, Bac Kan City, Bac Kan.
  • Duc Nguyet Hotel. Address: Group 10b Duc Xuan Ward, Bac Kan City, Bac Kan.
  • Thien An Hotel. Address: Group 10, Duc Xuan Ward, Bac Kan City, Bac Kan.

8.3 Homestays:

  • Minh Quang Homestay. Address: Nam Mau, Ba Be, Bac Kan.
  • Huyen Hao Homestay. Address: Pac Ngoi village, Nam Mau commune, Ba Be, Bac Kan.
  • Mr Linh’s Homestay. Address: Coc Toc, Nam Mau, Ba Be, Bac Kan.
  • Ba Be Lakeside Bungalow. Address: Coc Toc, Nam Mau, Ba Be, Bac Kan
  • Ba Be Lake View Homestay. Address: Nam Mau, Ba Be, Bac Kan.

The Bac Kan tourist attractions with charming and poetic scenery in this article will bring you special travel experiences on your upcoming journey to visit this beautiful land. If you are planning your tours in Vietnam to Bac Kan, please contact Origin Vietnam – a professional Vietnam tour operator. We will take you on a journey to explore the travel beauty of Bac Kan as well as the Northern of Vietnam with unforgettable memories.

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