Among a lot of charming mountainous destinations in Vietnam, Bac Son Valley seems to be one of the most ideal ones for you to both experience adventurous hiking tours and discover unique ethnic villages. Followings are some tips of ours that might be helpful for your trip to this mysterious valley.
When to Go
The best time to visit Bac Son Valley is from July to November, when all the immense rice paddies are lush with ripening rice. Paying a visit to this golden kingdom in this period will offer you the opportunity to learn more about agriculture in Vietnam, understand why this country is one of the top rice exporting countries in the world.
Moreover, travelling in Autumn offers you the best condition to discover the place. There will be no unexpected rain like in summer or coldness in winter.
You can easily find a wide range of good accommodation at Bac Son center at reasonable prices thanks to its remote location. Particularly, the price for normal hotels in the center is around US$10-15 including everything. Choosing a local homestay there will also be a great choice, when you will have to pay only US$4-5 to experience your trip like a local and easily make friends with other tourists from different countries.
What to Bring
Due to the fact that the valley is located at an elevation of 500 – 1500m including a lot of high mountains, the unmissable thing to bring there is coats to stay warm from strong winds and coldness at midnight. Besides, you will need many essential stuff for hiking such as shoes, hat, compass, map and additional things for your overnight discovery such as lighter, camp, blanket.
It will be a long hiking journey so preparing some healthy foods for you and your team is a must. You can also prepare some barbecue foods to enjoy on the highest peak in Bac Son Valley.
What to See
Hunting for great photos of the ripening rice seasons seems to be the most popular activities for Vietnamese Travellers to join here in Bac Son Valley. Once arrived at the valley, you will be amazed by a giant picturesque view of yellow rice paddies surrounded by majestic mountains and dreamy rivers, which guarantees you many chances to take your best photos during your Northern Vietnam tours.
What is more, you might be eager to conquer a wide range of stunning mountains here including the must-try one called Na Lay. At an elevation of about 600m, it will take you about an hour to hike up 1200 stone steps to reach its peak. Once standing on Na Lay peak, you will be able to admire a panorama of the whole Bac Son Valleys as well as rustic villages of local people below.
There are many other fascinating attractions and important historical sites that you can try to extend your knowledge about the places such as Dang Mo Waterfall, Bac Son Museum, Nong Luc Temple, Quynh Son cultural village etc.
Besides sightseeing, the Bac Son trip also guarantees you a chance to learn more about history and culture of a huge population of ethnic minorities. There are various ethnic minorities in the valley such as Kinh, Nung, Dao, Tay etc, which creates a diversity in culture that worth exploring in your Bac Son trip. Anyway, one exciting thing you will realize that most of local people here are living in the house-on-stilt, the typical traditional styled accommodation of mountainous villagers in Vietnam. Although its design and material are really simple, they reflect an extremely rich lifestyle and tradition of ethnic people. Once visiting the villages, you will also have a chance to observe daily activities of them including farming, feeding and raising their cattle, learn some secret culinary techniques that you will never forget during your Vietnam food tours and even join them for a welcome dinner.