The Village Of BAC Ha

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General information about BAC Ha

BAC Ha (Bac Ha) is a village almost on the edge of North Vietnam near the Chinese border ( BAC Ha on the map). From Hanoi here 300 miles, and from the popular tourist town of Sapa – 100 kilometers.

The village is not so little, at least its geographical extent, no less than Sapa, and maybe even more, and a population of just over 7,000 inhabitants. But for some reason it still insist on calling a village, not a city. Although, in our opinion, this place has a prospect of becoming as popular a resort as Sapa, because there are some obvious advantages: in winter is not as cold as Sapa, at least there is no snow; the surrounding ethnic villages, and BAC Ha, not-yet-spoiled tourist popularity. So if you want to see the real Northern Vietnam, better to go here rather than in Sapa.

Деревня Бак Ха, Вьетнам Street in BAC Ha

BAC Ha is surrounded by a beautiful mountain scenery, and would have been quite unremarkable place, if not for the wonderful Sunday market, which is the main attraction. This is one of the largest ethnic markets in the region, and trade it attracts, and come from different ethnic groups from the surrounding tribal villages, and even from neighboring China. Moreover, this market is not as touristic as in the centre of Sapa: there really are traded between tribes, not only sold DIY Souvenirs for tourists. And the locals dress up in their fancy colorful clothes specially for the tourists, as in Sapa, but simply because they have taken. Larger this market only a bird market in the village of Muong Khuong Village on the border with China, 80 kilometers from BAC Ha.

Деревня Бак Ха, Вьетнам

It in order to walk around the market, look at the ethnic inhabitants of these places, dressed in their colorful traditional clothes, every weekend it attracts a lot of tourists from Hanoi, as well as picking tourists staying in Sapa. Also in the village is another historic and architectural landmark – the Palace of Hoang A Tuong Palace. In addition, around BAC Ha is full of beautiful mountain landscapes, waterfalls, emerald paddy fields to see which can be during the trekking trip of several days with overnight in houses of local residents.

Tourist infrastructure is poorly developed, but everything you need for a short stay – there. Besides a large market, there are a few small shops, plenty of cafes for locals and a couple of restaurants for tourists, but don't expect to find bars and restaurants with international cuisine. For sightseeing in the surrounding area you can contact one of the several tourist agencies in the village, which will offer Hiking and trekking tours from one to several days (cost from $ 50), or tours on motorbikes. Excursions can be purchased at hotels or hire as a tour guide for one of the local residents, they always wish to earn.

For placement in the village there are several hotels with minimum facilities only to to stay and offers accommodation type homestay. Homestay (Homestay) is the stop for the night in rural houses of local residents. Accommodation is in the centre of the village and its surroundings. The latter, incidentally, would be a great option if you are bringing a car from Sapa, because then you will find yourself surrounded by the most beautiful scenery and in a very authentic atmosphere. To book your accommodation or hotel in advance at the following sites, or by using the search box:

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Weather, tourist seasons in BAC Ha

BAC Ha, and Sapa is in a mountainous area of Vietnam, but not so high as 900 metres above sea level, against 1600 in Sapa. So here is a little warmer, though winter can be cool and in the nearby mountains it can even snow. Going to BAC Ha it is best to bring warm clothes, even if you go there in the summer. At the same time as in Sapa, in one day you can feel the change of four seasons: morning and afternoon cool, as in spring and autumn; in the afternoon Sunny and cloudless as summer; the evening and at night it becomes cool.

The dry season in BAC Ha takes place from January to June. But remember that in the winter months can be cold. Also at this time, high humidity, frequent fogs. Summer (June to August) is the rainy season.

However, a visit to BAC Ha, and Sapa, it is better to not bind to the season, weather, and time of harvest of rice. It is best to visit the region before or during the harvest in September-October or spring. Then you can enjoy the beautiful views of green rice paddies that are so famous these places. Winter and summer weather is not particularly favorable, and the rice fields are brown.

The tourist seasons in Sapa and BAC Ha by months*

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

*best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit

Current weather in BAC Ha and the forecast for the near future:

How to get to BAC Ha

The village is in the North, near the border with China. You can only get here on earth through the nearest large settlements Lao Cai or Sapa, which in turn, can be reached by bus (to Sapa) and by train (to Lao Cai). See also more on how to get to Sapa.

All buses arrive/depart at the bus station (bus station on the map). You can reach any location within the BAC Ha can be reached on foot, or you can use the services of a motorcycle taxi or private cabs. Car taxis in the city, we were noticed.

  • From Hanoi

    From Hanoi you can reach BAC Ha directly or with a stopover in Lake or Sapa. A direct bus only one day, so it is usually easier to get a transfer.

    From Hanoi direct bus leaves at 17:40 from the station My Dinh, arrives at about 04:00. Price 290 000 VND. Back to Hanoi departs at 20:30, arrives at approximately 05:00. Tickets you can buy them at bus stations, but much easier to buy them in travel agencies, as in this case, it will be included transfer from hotel to the bus station.

    According to unconfirmed information direct buses also depart from the stations Giap Bat and Nuoc Ngam in Hanoi. But the schedule is unstable, do not go every day. You can also buy a complete ticket with a stopover here.

  • From Sapa

    The easiest way to get to BAC Ha from Sapa with the tour. Offered as a simple day tours to visit the Sunday market (from $ 10) and multi-day tours with visits to other villages and trekking in the surrounding countryside.

    If you decide to drive to BAC Ha on your own, better just to leave Sapa on Saturday to spend the night in the village, and in the morning to see the market, because he works until noon. In addition, early in the morning there are no crowds of tourists arriving on tour buses.

    • By bus

      From Sapa to BAC Ha (Lao Cai through) at least once a day there is a minibus cost from $ 7. Departs at 13:45, 3 hours. But the reverse of the departure to Sapa is extremely inconvenient, at 06:45. In this case, in the morning you just don't have time to watch the market. So the back is better to go with a stopover in Cai on a later bus.

      Tickets can be purchased at travel agencies of the city or online here.

      Another option is to go with a change in Laocai. On a local bus from the stop near Sapa Church in the centre of the local public bus No. 1 and No. 2 take the train in Lao Cai. Buses depart every 30-60 minutes from 06:00 to 18:00, cost 30 000 Dong, on the road 40-60 minutes. In Laocai need to change to a local bus to BAC Ha. These buses leave from Sapa early in the morning to about 14 hours, in 3 hours, the cost of 57 000 Dong.

    • On a motorcycle

      In Sapa you can hire a motorbike ($4 for semi-automatic box, 5 dollars for a full machine in the day) and heading to BAC Ha. To control the motorbike in Vietnam no longer need to obtain a local law act and customary international. Read more about rent a motorbike in Vietnam and how to get - here.

      The road here is good and very beautiful, runs between the mountains in serpentines. Have to overcome about 100 kilometers, which will take at least 4 hours even without stops. But most likely you will make a lot of stops to admire the scenery, and the road could take all day. In BAC Ha there is a gas station on the South side at the entrance, be sure to refuel using there, because along the way they found little.

  • From Lao Cai

    Through Lao Cai is convenient to get to BAC Ha from Hanoi, or if the bus from Sapa is not for you.

    In turn to Lao Cai from Hanoi and can be reached by buses and trains. Trains only run of the night, arrive early in the morning, more expensive buses. To view the schedule of transport from Hanoi to Lao Cai can here.

    Upon arrival in Lao Cai you need to take the bus. During the day several buses travelling on a flexible schedule (occupancy), so you may have to wait a few hours. Last bus departs approximately 14 hours. The fare is 57 000 Dong. In the path 2-3 hours. Tickets should be purchased only in the ticket office of the bus station, which is 300 meters right from the exit from the railway station of Lao Cai on the street of Phan Dinh Phung. Don't pay the fare to the driver or "helpers" who will meet you immediately upon exiting the train, because it is a Scam. Do not pay even the drivers who will put you on the bus until you are sure that it is a real driver and not "fake".

Attractions BAC Ha, what to see

  • Sunday market

    Воскресный рынок в Бак Ха, Вьетнам

    Every weekend this market, one of the largest in the North of Vietnam, attracts buyers and sellers from all the surrounding villages, which are inhabited by ethnic minorities. They still have the stomach to his old way of life, wear traditional clothing, which distinguishes one nation from another, and earn a living by rice farming and craft. Market is a place where they exchanged goods, instead of working for tourists in Sapa, for example. So on sale here you can see traditional clothes, food, Handicrafts, food products, including very exotic. For example, the quality of the food here sell dog meat.

    🕐 Working time: the market is open every day but best to visit it in the period from late evening on Saturday until around noon on Sunday.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

    🚶 How to get there: the market is located in the heart of the village (market on the map)

  • Saturday market in Can Cau Market

    Субботний рынок Can Cau Market, Вьетнам

    Can Cau Market is another market, not as large, but interesting in its own way: it is not in the village, and just on the hillside near the road away from populated areas. Here also appear the representatives of the local ethnic groups, and many sellers after closing of this market moved to a Sunday market BAC Ha.

    🕐 Working time: open on Saturdays in the morning

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

    🚶 How to get: Can Cau Market is located in 20 kilometers from BAC Ha (market on the map). You can get there by rented transport or motorcycle taxi. Some tours from Sapa also come to this market to BAC Ha.

  • The Palace Of Hoang A Tuong Palace

    Дворец Hoang A Tuong Palace в Бак Ха, Вьетнам

    Also known as the Palace of Vua Meo. Before 1945, BAC Ha was dominated by semi-feudal colonial regime clan Hoang Yen Chao - Hoang A Tuong. To show the power and strength of his family, in 1914, they built the family Palace. It was designed by French and Chinese architects so it turned out in a mixed European-Asian style. In the construction account of the teachings of Feng Shui.

    Now the Palace is completely free to visit, walking through its territory and enter into the rooms. In part of the room is equipped with an exhibition and sale of Souvenirs.

    🕐 Working time: from 08:00 to 17:00.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

    🚶 How to get there: located in the centre of the village (market on the map)

  • The Village Of Ban Pho

    Деревня Ban Pho в Бак Ха, Вьетнам

    This is the nearest to BAC Ha ethnic village of ethnic Hmong (H'mong). Here it is possible to make a trekking trip during the day, take a walk on the village streets and fields, climb the surrounding village of the hills, and if lucky, see the "training" bull. In Ban Pho, there are several hostees.

    🕐 Time of work: round the clock.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

    🚶 How to get there: the village near BAC Ha (the village on the map). The boundaries between them are almost there, so while walking towards the village completely unnoticed you will get into it.

  • Waterfall Ban Pho

    Водопад Ban Pho в Бак Ха, Вьетнам

    Honestly, this waterfall while there is no commonly accepted name, so we decided to give him the name of the name of the village Ban Pho through which it goes way. The waterfall itself is nothing special, but very interesting ride or walk to it. You will drive along the winding road through the hills, tiny villages and rice fields. The types of mind-boggling, so stopping will do very often. And if we go there on foot, it will be a real adventure.

    When you get to the waterfall (it is right beside the road), it is possible to his left foot to climb the trail, and then you will get to another beautiful rice field.

    🕐 Time of work: round the clock.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

    🚶 How to get there: the waterfall is 7 kilometres from the centre of BAC Ha (waterfall on the map). You can reach it only on foot or by a rented vehicle, and definitely with the Navigator, no signs anywhere. To the waterfall is a good asphalt road, but be careful, it is very winding. On foot trekking to the waterfall and back can be made during the day, on the way visit the village of Ban Pho. Bring plenty of water.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Lisitsin 26 September, 2015
And village NATs.minority here real, or a tourist attraction? I want a real village to see where people live. ...
Lisitsin 26 September, 2015
Tell me, you are in what travel Agency tour buying? Like it? Not cheated? And then a lot of them, fuck knows where to take? Can and English-speaking guides there, and then when he English bad know, they say your accent, your my not understand, and only. ...
admin 26 September, 2015

Well, as you say. If you go trekking, you will see a real village, but still the tourists are accustomed to and many of these live. How else to explain it :THINK . Well, the village is real, real people live, rice is grown, cows are kept frail, but in the middle of the village Guesthouse for Turikov, and every now and then a group of tourists pass. Something like that. ...
admin 26 September, 2015

Russian-speaking... the tail knows, maybe there is, not interested in ever. Took the tour to Vietnam is ALWAYS the first travel agent and have never cheated. ...
MikkyMouse 29 September, 2015
where is Sapa? the first time I hear.. ...
admin 29 September, 2015 ...
Artyom.Kunitsa 28, 2015

Always as an option, you can use the audio guides, if there is a problem, though Russian is also not always :D :D ...
admin 8 February, 2019
Completely updated guide to Sapa. Added new attractions, the villages in the area, details about how to go trekking from Sapa independently. ...
Tatiana185 26 November, 2019
Good day! Located in Vietnam with the winter!
Read your website - thank you for your work!!!
Wanted to follow the link from the last comment about self-journey, but the link is not working.
If replace , would be great!:) ...
admin November 26, 2019

This is probably about the tracking, I hope correctly understood. Yes, the link was wrong. That's about the tracking details ...