Van Chan Yen Bai is a mountainous district of Yen Bai province in the north west Vietnam. Van Chan district is another Vietnam non-touristy travel destination offering some of best Vietnam off the beaten track holidays, adventure travel tours, and outdoor activities.

Van Chan district covers an area of 1205 square kilometres. It contains 4 townships and 27 communes including Son Thinh, Lien Son farm, Nghia Lo farm, Tran Phu farm, Suoi Bu, Suoi Giang, Suoi Quyen, Dong Khe, Tan Thinh, Chan Thinh, Thuong Bang La, Minh An, Nghia Tam, Binh Thuan, Dai Lich, Phu Nham, Thanh Luong, Thach Luong, Hanh Son, Phuc Son, Nghia Son, Son Luong, Nam Lanh, An Luong, Nam Muoi, Sung Do, Gia Hoi, Nam Bung, Tu Le, Cat Thinh, and Son A.

Getting to Van Chan

You can get to Van Chan Yen Bai by taking the overnight train from Hanoi. There are both night and day trains taking you from Hanoi train station to Yen Bai train station is located in Yen Bai provincial capital – Yen Bai city. From there either take a taxi or hire a car to be brought to Van Chan district.

You can also rent a car from Hanoi. The car journey offers the chance to discover the northwest region of Vietnam.

There are public buses from Hanoi to Van Chan. There are more than one departure a day at My Dinh bus station. Please bear in mind Hanoi local buses are usually full at weekend. Tickets can be reserved in advance through transport company or travel agents.

When to go

Yen Bai has the tropical monsoon climate with the average temperature of 220C – 230C, the average rainfall of 1,500 – 2,200 mm per year, and the average humidity of 83 – 87%, which are favorable for agriculture and forestry development.

Van Chan sub-region – the south of Van Chan has the altitude of 800m and the average temperature of 180C – 200C; the north has much rainfall and the south has the least rainfall of the province, which is suitable for the subtropical and temperate animals and plants.

The coldest period in Van Chan is from December to February. There is often too thick fog in the winter, but then can be a very nice sunny day and everything changes rapidly. If you like trekking or cycling in and around Van Chan it is recommended in months from September to November and March to May. In these months is very good weather and temperature from 15 to 28 °C and a night temperature from 10-18 °C.

What to do


Trekking is the best way to discover the mountainous district of Van Chan, Yen Bai province, northwest Vietnam. Hiking activity offers the chance to explore Van Chan tropical forest, luxuriant mountains, remote hill tribe villages, and beautifual terraced paddy fields. Whether it is a single day hike or multi day treks we have something to suit everybody.


Cycling is another great way to discover the region of Van Chan. This less-traveled district of Yen Bai 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 Van Chan Yen Bai as well as the north west region of Vietnam, providing options for both those who want some mountain challenges and those who prefer long flat rides.

There are other travel activities which can also be available in Van Chan such as cooking, traditional music performances, motorcycle, motorbike tours from Hanoi, community travel, caving, agricultural tours…

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