As harvest time approaches, Bac Son spins a colourful carpet in Lang Son province that is not to be missed. Perfect for nature lovers and explorers who want to discover Vietnam with all their eyes and feelings.
1. Where is Bac Son?
Bac Son town is located in the heart of a valley of large limestone mountains, Lang Son province. It is a fascinating sight in all seasons, but adds a spectacular touch to its beauty during the harvest season. 160 kilometers north of Hanoi, the town is also blessed with climatic conditions that allow farmers to grow two rice plants a year, harvested in July and November.
The valley turns into a yellow expanse with a touch of green and other tones as July approaches. Since not all fields are harvested at the same time, other colors such as green and rusty brown and black weave their way into the yellow tapestry. Needless to say, a two-day trip to Bac Son would be an unforgettable experience, but we strongly advise you to contact a local travel agent for the best service.
2. How to get to Bac Son
Buses to Lang Son province often depart from the bus stops My Dinh, Gia Lam, Nuoc Ngam and Giap Bat in Hanoi. Ticket prices range from VND100,000 – 200,000 ($ 4-9). From the Lang Son bus stop, take a taxi to Bac Son Valley (through Quynh Son village) for VND500,000 ($20).
Quynh Son village has homogeneous architectural features with hundreds of roofs facing south.
Of course there are trekkers and photographers who drive their motorcycles or cars from Hanoi over the Nhat Tan Bridge – Highway 3 – Thai Nguyen, turn right at Highway 1B and continue for another 75 kilometers to reach the destination.
3. Best Places To Stay in Bac Son
We strongly recommend that you look for hostels or host families at the foot of Na Lay mountain in the village of Quynh Son for VND 90 to 200,000 (USD 3 to 8) per night. And if you want to save time as you descend the mountain, you can camp overnight on the mountain to add more unforgettable experiences to your adventure. Don’t forget to bring tents, canvas, food, blankets, flashlights, lighters, etc.
4. Things to do in Bac Son
Since Bac Son is not far from Hanoi, a two-day tour is a good idea for a weekend or you can combine Bac Son with other beautiful destinations in Vietnam. Before you travel back to Hanoi to reach other destinations in the central and southern region. Halong Bay is also recommended after you return to Hanoi.
Visit Quynh Son Village on the way to Bac Son and climb Na Lay Mountain to see the sunset and night sky:
The drive to Bac Son from Hanoi takes 3.5 – 4 hours. If you leave early in the morning, you can arrive in Bac Son around noon, after having lunch on the way and visiting Quynh Son Village. There are many local specialties to enjoy, such as black rice cake, wormwood cake, purple sticky rice and stream fish.
Quynh Son Village has been a cultural tourism destination since 2010. It can accommodate hundreds of visitors. The village with its hundreds of south facing stilts, spacious habitats and natural harmony developed by the Tay ethnic minority must be seen and experienced.
Dawn in Bac Son when the lights come on and smoke rises from the kitchens.
After a walk in Quynh Son Village, you can do something more adventurous when you climb Na Lay Mount at 600m. This is the perfect place to capture the beautiful yellow seasons of the rice fields. The steep trekking route, mixed with stone steps and earthy slopes may seem daunting to climbers, but it only takes 30 to 60 minutes.
Na Lay Peak has a mobile broadcasting station that provides a flat space for people to comfortably get a panoramic view of the Bac Son Valley with its rice fields. If you want to camp there, first get permission from the station staff. Stay overnight, eat food that you cook yourself with friends and spend time together under a starry sky, in a special treat that Bac Son offers.
Enjoy the sunrise on Na Lay, swim in Dang Mo waterfall before returning to Hanoi:
The breathtaking sight of yellow, ripe rice fields, as a cool breeze caresses you, makes every morning in this valley special. Photographers can’t stop clicking. Getting up early and watching the sun rise behind the mountains is another fascinating sight.
Besides the sunset and glittering night in Na Lay, the most expected moment is dawn and the sea of clouds floating over Bac Son Valley. Of course, this site is not to be taken for granted. You must be lucky. If you go to Bac Son shortly after a heavy downpour, you will see a heavenly spectacle.
On the way back you can visit the waterfall Dang Mo to enjoy the cool water of the creek and the forest landscape.
After sunrise, you can walk down the mountain, have breakfast in the village and then enjoy a picnic at Dang Mo waterfall in Gia Binh (Lang Son) district, 20 kilometers from the center of Bac Son. The site can be crowded with locals, photographers or outdoor picnic groups at weekends.
What should you pack before traveling to the mountainous regions of Vietnam?
- Bring a thin jacket as temperatures can drop early in the morning and at night.
- You should wear good climbing shoes.
- Mosquito repellents, insect repellent and sunscreen will be very useful.
- You can cook snacks or light cooking utensils on the way.
- If you drive a motorcycle to Bac Son, take a simple motorcycle repair kit, motor pad, spare wheel, mini pump etc.