Bac Ha Lao Cai is a mountainous district of Lao Cai province in the northwest region of Vietnam. Bac Ha district covers an area of 680 square kilometres, offering a wide range of activities and tours. Options include jungle treks, hiking, trekking homestay tours, road cycling, mountain climbs, biking holidays, ethnic market visit…
Bac Ha district contains 1 township and 20 communes including Bac Ha town, Ban Pho, Ban Lien, Ban Gia, Bao Nhai, Ban Cai, Coc Ly, Coc Lau, Nam Mon, Nam Khanh, Nam Det, Na Hoi, Lau Thi Ngai, Lung Phin, Lung Cai, Ta Cu Ty, Ta Van Chu, Ta Chai, Thai Giang Pho, Hoang Thu Pho, and Nam Luc.
Bac Ha is the capital of the region of the Flower Hmong, one of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam and of the six groups of Hmong people. It is famous for its Sunday morning market, where thousands of locals gathered, the women dressed in their very intricate handmade costumes, as well as for the Saturday morning smaller market of Can Cau, 18 kilometres (11 mi) north of Bac Ha town. The town is enjoying an economic boom thanks to tourism, centered on the markets and, more and more, excellent trekking in the mountains north of the town.
Bac Ha was the location at which the adventure sport competition “Raid Gauloises” was held in 2002. Bac Ha is also famous for its Tam Hoa plums; the flowers of the tree must bloom three times before the fruits are ripe.
Getting to Bac Ha
The best way to get to Bac Ha is to take the overnight train from Hanoi. There are several night trains each day from and to Hanoi. Most of the night trains depart from Hanoi train station at about 20.00 and arrive Lao Cai train station at about 5.00 am. There are 220 Volt / 50 Hz power outlets in the soft seat coaches. Upon your arrival at Lao Cai train station, Lao Cai city you can either rent a car or take Lao Cai local bus to get to Bac Ha townlet, Bac Ha district.
Rent a car from Hanoi is a great way to get to Bac Ha. It takes about 6 hours to reach Lao Cai city, and two more hours to get to Bac Ha town.
When to go
As the district is mostly mountainous, it experiences a dry cold climate from October to March, while the tropical monsoon is rainy season which lasts from April to September. The annual average temperature is 23 °C (73 °F). The temperature generally ranges between 18 °C (64 °F) and 28 °C (82 °F) in Bac Ha. Fog and frost are a common phenomenon in the winter in Bac Ha.
What to do
Bac Ha Trekking
Trekking is the best way to discover the mountainous district of Bac Ha. Hiking offers the chance to explore Bac Ha tropical forest, luxuriant mountains, remote hill tribe villages, terraced paddy fields. Whether it is a single day hike or multi day treks we have something to suit everybody. Maybe you just want to trek through remote hill tribe villages or maybe you really want to get away from the crowds we can customize an trekking itinerary for you.
Bac Ha offers a wide range of hikes ranging from half day easy treks to multi-day, long treks. The most popular hike is the easy half day walk that starts right from the Bac Ha town to the H’mong village of Ban Pho. Challenging trekking tours take you to more remote hill tribes villages such as Lung Khau Nhin, Na Cap, Quan Than San …
The best time to go trekking in Bac Ha is the dry season starting from October until April of the following year. During this time, the weather is dry and cool with little rain. In the summer time, it is quite hot with big rain. Within this time, October and April are the two best months for going on a hike in Bac Ha.
We can combine most Vietnam treks in Bac Ha with other activities such as road cycling, mountain bike tours, mountain climbs, caving, educational, community travel. If you need further information or you can’t see what you are looking for please contact us we will be happy to help.
Bac Ha Cycling
Cycling is another great way to discover Bac Ha Vietnam. The less-traveled district of Bac Ha has sealed, paved cycle routes, single dirt tracks, mountain trails offering fantastic bike rides for enthusiastic road cyclists and mountain bikers. We have a range of road cycling tours and mountain bike tours around Bac Ha Lao Cai and the north west region of Vietnam, providing options for both those who want some mountain challenges and those who prefer long flat rides.
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