Bac Ha attracts tourists with its pristine beauty and rich cultural values, making it an appealing destination for many travelers. Let’s explore the most beautiful tourist spots in Bac Ha!
Attractive Bac Ha Tourist Spots
If you have the chance to visit the Lao Cai mountains, you cannot miss the opportunity to explore the “Bac Ha White Plateau” – a famous destination with numerous beautiful landscapes, picturesque mountains, and friendly, hospitable locals.
1. Bac Ha Flower Valley
Just 3 km from Bac Ha town, you can visit the Thải Giàng Phố Flower Valley, a Bac Ha tourist spot with various types of flowers that you can easily buy and bring home.
Visiting the flower valley, tourists have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the fresh air of the H’mong village with corn and rice fields stretching endlessly. The peaceful atmosphere of the village helps visitors relax and enjoy their time. In the flower valley, tourists can also indulge in the vibrant colors of the flower gardens. The stretches of red, pink, and yellow flowers make everyone feel incredibly delighted.
Not only can you admire the flowers and immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere, but you can also savor special local dishes. Alongside traditional local dishes like “thắng cố” (a specialty dish), black chicken, stolen pig, and colorful sticky rice, there are also new dishes with unique flavors.
2. Bac Ha Temple
Bac Ha is a land that witnessed many heroic deeds of the ethnic people in the nation-building and safeguarding process. Here, the Bac Ha Temple was built to commemorate the merits of the two brothers Vũ Văn Mật and Vũ Văn Uyên from the late 19th century, who were from Hai Duong and contributed to fighting enemies and stabilizing the Northwestern border region.
The temple covers a total area of 5 hectares, with an architecture consisting of a main hall, a rear palace to worship the two brothers Vũ, and a Buddha altar, leaning against the mountain. Bac Ha Temple holds deep historical significance and has a significant influence on the lives of the people of various ethnic groups in the highland region of Lao Cai province.
The Bac Ha Temple festival is held on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month each year to commemorate the death anniversary of the national hero Vũ Văn Uyên, who played a crucial role in pacifying the rebellion and defending the Northwestern region in the 16th-17th century. The festival attracts locals and tourists with various activities such as cockfighting, tug of war, traditional dances, and cultural performances. In 2003, Bac Ha Temple was recognized as a national-level historical and cultural monument by the state.
3. Hoang A Tuong Palace
When you visit Bac Ha, you will remember the “white plateau” era, recalling the palace of King Hoang A Tuong, a famous Bac Ha tourist spot. The unique blend of Asian-European architectural style, constructed over a century ago, creates a fascinating and mysterious atmosphere.
This is the palace of the father and son landowners Hoang Yen Chao and Hoang A Tuong. Hoang A Tuong Palace covers an area of about 4,000m², built over 7 years from 1914 to 1921, located on a wide hill in North Bac Ha, now the center of Bac Ha district. The palace is surrounded by mountains on both sides, with a meandering stream in front and a mountain in the background.
Choosing the land with the motto “leaning against the mountain and facing the water” to ensure stability, with the desire for the family line to be noble and glorious for generations to come. Moreover, the location of the king’s palace has reached a level of exquisite design and grandeur in the remote and vast highland areas like Bac Ha.
4. Fairy Cave (Hang Tien)
To reach Fairy Cave, a lesser-known Bac Ha tourist spot, visitors will travel by boat on the Chay River. The landscape on both sides of the river includes pristine forests, creating a picturesque scenery with a refreshing climate. On one side, there is an elephant bending down to drink cool water, while on the other side, an eagle soars with its wings wide open. These elements converge to form a fascinating natural hot spring. This place is Suoi Tien.
After passing through Suoi Tien for 200 meters, visitors will encounter a large cave with a capacity for hundreds of people, feeling like a majestic maze created by nature, arranged in layers and creating natural terraces. All of this is hidden in the mystical light of the cave. Inside the cave, there are also giant stalactites resembling sparkling ancient towers combined with cool water streams, creating a splendid scene, a spacious and cool space. After the exploration, you can bathe in the sunlight in a flower island, a small island full of strange flowers and fragrant grass, with waves lapping against the rocks.
5. Bac Ha Market
From early morning until 3 pm every Sunday, the Bac Ha market takes place. Here, tourists can enjoy many local specialties, buy souvenirs, or highland gifts for friends and family. Some dishes that you should try at the Bac Ha market are pho, horse “thắng cố” – buffalo “thắng cố,” colorful sticky rice, corn cakes, and sticky rice cakes.
At the market, a variety of local products are sold, such as fruits, vegetables, honey, as well as essential tools like hoes, shovels, plows, knives, etc. However, what attracts the most attention is the jewelry with various models and the traditional ethnic costumes with vivid patterns handwoven by the highland people of Bac Ha.
Don’t miss the opportunity to taste the local specialty called “thắng cố” or “Khấu Tha,” meaning “meat soup,” cooked from various types of meat, with the most delicious being horse meat. The meat is marinated with traditional spices such as thao qua, cinnamon, and salt, then stir-fried in a large pan. The meat is simmered for several hours until tender, blending with the spices, creating a fragrant and enticing aroma. A bowl of “thắng cố” should be accompanied by a cup of sweet corn wine from the Mong people to create the true mountainous flavor.
6. Si Ma Cai
Si Ma Cai is a Bac Ha tourist spot that still sleeps in forbidden forests, steep, and winding on dangerous rocky mountainous areas, retaining its pristine nature, containing mysterious legends about landscapes, bordering the North with China, where there is a famous buffalo market – Can Cau market. This is one of the largest buffalo markets in the Northwest, with hundreds of buffalo from various highland villages of Bac Ha, Si Ma Cai, Muong Khuong, and even from Sin Man, Ha Giang gathering here.
Together with the natural scenery such as majestic mountain ranges, rivers, and caves, the people are gentle and hospitable. This land is also a convergence of the cultural colors and unique specialties of the Northwest, creating a special attraction that captivates travelers when visiting Bac Ha.