Time Required : 1 - 2 days
Entry Fee : Entry Fee: VND 15,000 (Vehicle charges extra)
Timings : 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Nestled at the centre of three mountains summits, the Ba Vi National Park lies about 63 km away from Hanoi and can be reached by public as well as private transport. So stunning is the beauty of this place that it was used as a hill station by the French. Some of those resort ruins can still be seen scattered across its landscape.The park offers many hiking opportunities, especially one up the Tan Vien peak where tourists and pilgrims go to visit the Mountain God shrine. There is also a bird and an orchid garden for visitors to see.
Apart from the Tan Vien Peak, the other two peaks are called Dinh Vua which is the tallest and Nguc Hoa. However, Tan Vien remains the most popular trekking trail, due to the 11th- Century Temple of the Mountain God, frequented by pilgrims and adventure lovers alike. The national park is best known for the treasure trove of medicinal plants that it offers. These are especially loved and preferred by the Dao - An Ethnic Group in Vietnam.
The main attraction, at this National Park, is the view from the mountain peaks. It may be a difficult climb, but at the top, you're rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the Vietnam panorama and the Red River Valley below.
Ba Vi National Park is easily accessible by road. It would take you around two hours to reach from Hanoi, but keep in mind that it can be a bumpy ride due to the road's condition. In the monsoon months, the roads can be dangerously slippery.
To reach Ba Vi from Hanoi, you'll need to cross to Tran Duy Hung which, once you are past city limits, becomes Duong Lang-Hoa Lac. After some hairpins turns and an hour and a half's drive, you'll be close to Son Tay village. We wouldn't recommend leaving Hanoi through Qaun Cau Giay as the roads are not in the best condition. On reaching the park, don't forget to take a picture of the map at the entrance as the park's markings are mostly labelled in Vietnamese.
If travelling by bus, you can catch Bus Route 214 from Yen Nghia Bus Station in Hanoi to Xuan Khanh. An alternate route is taking Bus Route 71 or 74 from My Dinh Bus Station in Hanoi to Xuan Khanh. From the final destination of Xuan Khanh of either route, Ba Vi is just 5km away. You can hire a motorbike here for the rest of your trip or alternatively hire a taxi to the national park.
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