Yen Dung Bac Giang, one of nine rural districts of Bac Giang province is located in the Northeast region of Vietnam, about 2 hours drive from Hanoi. The district covers an area of 213 km². It might not be an ideal place for trekking and hiking. But the area offers beautiful off the beaten path road cycling tours which can be arranged for those who like discovering Vietnam countryside and rural villages.
Yen Dung district consists of 2 townships and 23 communes including Neo, Tan Dan, Dong Phuc, Dong Viet, tu Mai, Duc Giang, Tien Dung, Canh Thuy, Lang Son, Tri Yen, Lao Ho, Tan An, Xuan Phu, Tan Tien, Tan Lieu, Tien Phong, Yen Lu, Huong Gian, Quynh Son, Tan My, Song Khe, Noi Hoang, Dong Son, Nham Son, and Thang Cuong.
When to go
Yen Dung has the dominant characteristics of the tropical, temperate climate zone of the Northern Plain Vietnam weather. The temperature, humidity and rainfall vary over months and seasons.
The climate in Yen Dung Bac Giang has been discerned in two distinct seasons – the hot, rainy season from May to September and the cold, dry season from November to March. The average temperature varies between 22–23 °C (72–73 °F); the maximum temperature recorded was 41 °C (106 °F) while the lowest temperature was 13 °C (55 °F).
Humidity values are in the range of 73% to 87%. The average rainfall is reported to be 1,953 millimetres (76.9 in). The annual sunshine hours of 1,500 to 1,700 hours is good to grow tropical and subtropical trees. The average wind velocity is 2.1 metres (6.9 ft)/s and the average atmosphere pressure is 757.71 mmHg.
Since Yen Dung is located away from Vietnam’s eastern coast and the East Sea, the incidence of hurricanes and storms is rare, although whirlwinds and hailstorms are a localized phenomenon in a few mountainous districts.
Getting to Yen Dung
The best way to get to Yen Dung from Hanoi is to rent a car with driver. You will be picked up at your place in Hanoi and brought to Yen Dung directly. The journey takes about 2 hours on road. Those who are on budget can take local public bus from My Dinh bus station, Gia Lam bus station or Giap Bat bus station. Taking a guided tour (with a tour guide) is highly recommended, especially when you travel to an off the beaten track destination like Yen Dung Vietnam.
What to see
Vinh Nghiem pagoda
The most important tourist attraction of Yen Dung is the Vinh Nghiem pagoda, which is 20 kilometers southeast of Bac Giang City. The pagoda was built at the beginning of the Ly Dynasty in the 11th century, and expanded during the Tran Dynasty in the 13th and 14th centuries. It was one of the four training centers for Truc Lam Yen to Buddhism’s followers for nearly eight centuries. The three founders of Truc Lam Yen Tu Buddhism were Kings Tran Nan Tong, Phap Loa, and Huyen Quang who took the holy orders at Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, also known as the cradle of Buddhism in the Tran Dynasty. Vinh Nghiem was recognized as a national heritage in 1964 and a national intangible cultural heritage in 2013.
What to do
Yen Dung district is topographically flat and characterized by paddy fields and rural hamlets. There are both sealed roads and single dirt trails offering a variety of bike tours. Yen Dung district may not be an ideal place for taking a multi-day hike.
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Cycling in Yen Dung to discover the unseen Vietnam. Yen Dung district has sealed, paved roads, and single dirt trails offering fantastic bike rides for enthusiastic road cyclists and countryside explorers. We have a range of road cycling trips and easy family bike tours around Yen Dung and the Bac Giang region, providing options for both those who want some easy fun day bicycle tours and those who prefer long flat rides.
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