Ba Vi National Park is an isolated soil-limestone mountainous area situated about 50 km west from Hanoi. The mountain is located in the outskirts of Hanoi (used to be Ha Tay province in the past), and shared the border with 2 districts of Hoa Binh Province. It has three peaks: the highest is Emperor Peak at 1,296m, followed by Tan Vien at 1,226m and Ngoc Hoa at 1,120m.
How to get to Ba Vi National Park
Just 60km far from Ha Noi, you could easily get to Ba Vi National Park in about 2 hours by motorbike. Just take the Thang Long highway and keep driving until you see the signs to Son Tay and Ba Vi. The ride up to Ba Vi National Park can be a bit tricky and bumpy, especially in the rainy reason, so be sure that you are confident in your driving skills.
If you don’t drive a motorbike, it’s also possible to take a taxi or a bus. However, of course, you’ll miss a lot of interesting adventure experiences along the way. To get to Ba Vi National Park by bus, catch the Bus route 214 from Yen Nghia Bus Station (Ha Dong District, Ha Noi) to Xuan Khanh, or Bus route 71, 74 from My Dinh Bus Station to Xuan Khanh. The final stop of these routes are just 5km far from Ba Vi, from there, you can easily grab a taxi to arrive in the national park.
What To Do in Ba Vi National Park?
Traveling another 16km from the National Highway, you will come to Hai stream to take some boats around before stopping on islet to see medical plants and birds nest. Then, going east Ba Vi Mountains, you can visit Ao Vua fall. Looking from above, the fall makes a three-story cascade, the last flows into a small lake with emerald-green water.
Now, are you ready for climbing to strongly relax your mind and body and forget all the troubles? Looking from the foot, the mountain rises steeply out of a plain that rarely exceeds 30m in elevation. On the way up the hill, visitors stop for a while to contemplate the surrounding lyrical and inspirational landscape.
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Off in the distance, shadows of mountains disappear into the clouds, streams wound their way through the valleys and paddy fields spread out toward the horizon. The mountainous topography makes the climate at Ba Vi varies with altitude.
Above 500 m, fog enshrouds the top of the mountain almost everyday. The higher you reach, the more romantic of a vista you can feel as the mist gets clear to reveal sunshine within a few minutes.
Back at the foot of the mountain, now the time for exploring what Ba Vi National Park is proud of, that is the diversified fauna and flora. With an area of more than 12,023 ha, the park is home to more than 800 rare and exotic plants, 280 of which have medicinal applications.
It also boasts 44 species of mammal, 15 species of reptile, 9 species of amphibians and more than 100 bird species. This roughly explains why Ba Vi National Park is called “Capital Hanoi’s lung” by most Hanoians.
Highlights of Ba Vi National Park
Ba Vi is one of famous mountainous ecological tourism centers in Vietnam thanks to its natural beauty and special geographic and climate. Staying here, tourists can explore the site via a number of activities, such as trekking, bird watching…
One ever said that containing such a fascinating complex of numerous lakes, (both natural and artificial) plays an important role in forming various famous relaxing tourism spots in Ba Vi like Khoang Xanh, Suoi Mo stream and Thac Da waterfall.
Read more article: Tips for trekking in Ba Vi National Park.
Apart from natural beauty, Ba Vi is also said to be the home for hundreds of relics dating back a century or more to the French colonial era with a former military training range and a church between 600m and 800m above sea level. Hence, these days, tourists flock to the site not only for dipping themselves into a fresh and green ecological area, but its historical & cultural side also.
With a relatively favorable climate, good infrastructure and close proximity to Hanoi, Ba Vi is considered as one of four famous ecological destinations beside Da Lat, Sapa and Tam Dao. It promises to bring you unforgettable experiences with friends and family!
Tips for trekking in Ba Vi National Park
Hire an experienced guide: Getting a trekking tour guide is essential as they have in-depth knowledge of the route and know the ideal places for unique sceneries. Especially in an emergency, it’s easier to solve the problem with their professional first-aid skills. Moreover, you will also have a better chance to explore the local culture and learn about the meaningful stories hidden in each historical site.
Plan a Ba Vi trekking tour in advance: Actually, before any tour, you should find information about the destination which you will visit and trek. The weather in the jungle could be unpredictable. As of that, you’d better check the forecast to decide your trekking tour duration and consider to have a picnic in Ba Vi Jungle or not. We highly recommend you to plan your trekking tour at least 1 week in advance, as you will have enough time to prepare all necessary items as well as a good health. Also, we guarantee the Ba Vi trekking tour’s itinerary is customized flexibly if you are traveling with your children. However, if you are hardcore trekkers, definitely we’ll make special arrangements to bring your trip up to higher level.
Respect nature: You will be provided with full of necessary equipment while trekking in Ba Vi with us to avoid littering and protect the environment.
Hopefully, our travel guide will help you plan a perfect trip to Ba Vi National Park.
Where To Eat And Stay
People often prepare food before taking a day-trip to a space like Ba Vi. However, in case you forget to bring food along, you can still try many delicious cuisine in some restaurants here. They serve typical dishes of Ba Vi as well as other regions in Vietnam. Normally, tourists will eat bamboo-tube rice, fishy rice, barbecued goat, banh mi, pho or bun cha, which are very suitable for a camping or picnic day.
Here are some of the best options for you to choose.
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- Ba Vi Homestead
Location: Van Hoa, Ba Vi district, Hanoi
Tel: 024 3943 8205
- Melia Ba Vi Mountain Retreat
Location: Cote 600m Ba Vi National Park, Ba Vi district, Hanoi
Tel: 024 3200 9999
- Moon Garden Homestay
Location: Ky Son village, Xuan Son Commune, Son Tay, Hanoi
Tel: 091 322 03 33
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