Ba Be National Park
Ba Be National Park

Bac Kan Travel Guide

Bac Kan Province is located the north-eastern region of Vietnam, the eponymous provincial capital is 170km from Ha Noi via National Road No. 3. The draw-card of tourism in Bac Kan is Ba Be National Park, 100km from Bac Kan Town.

How to Get There, Adventure Travel & Ecotourism, Things To Do and Tourist Attractions in Bac Kan

1/Ba Be National Park includes a system of rivers, lakes, caves and primeval forests. The park is inhabited by different ethnic groups such as Tay, Dzao, Hmong, Nung, Kinh. At Ba Be, you can have a relaxing cruise on the lake which is listed in UNESCO World Ramsar Site, or you can have specialist tour researching the fauna and flora, or you can take part in 2-3 night adventure tours trekking amid the breathtaking landscapes.

Accommodations at Ba Be National Park include the park simple guest house and homestay at the ethnic villages. There are standard hotels and 3* hotels in Bac Kan Town.

 Ba Be Lake
Ba Be Lake

 

The Puong Cave at Ba Be National Park
The Puong Cave at Ba Be National Park

 

Ba Be National Park Bac Kan Vietnam
The wild mountains of the Ba Be National Park Bac Kan Vietnam

2/Bac Kan can be visited from Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Cao Bang and Tuyen Quang. The route to Bac Kan from Thai Nguyen is used by most travelers who start the journey from Hanoi.

Road at Bac Kan
Road at Bac Kan, the way to Thai Nguyen

There are 3 roads between Thai Nguyen and Bac Kan: 2 roads linking Thai Nguyen City and Bac Kan City and 1 road linking Thai Nguyen City and Ba Be National Park. The roads are quite flat, in good conditions and there are scenic mountains all the way.

The 2 roads linking Thai Nguyen City and Bac Kan City run in parallel, one is just newly made to avoid most residential areas and cut short the journey. The traffic on the new route is less busy than the other route which is used mostly by locals.

New road from Bac Kan to Thai Nguyen
New road from Bac Kan to Thai Nguyen

The road linking Thai Nguyen City and Ba Be National Park is more of a country backroad with spectacular scenery. The traffic is quiet and there are quite a few spots on the way that are worth a stop for photography. This route is used a lot by AdventureGreen on our adventure tours, motorbike tours and bike tours to Ba Be National Park.

Mountains at Cho Don on the way from Thai Nguyen to Ba Be National Park
Mountains at Cho Don, on the way from Thai Nguyen to Ba Be National Park

 

A scenic valley at Phuong Vien, Cho Don
A scenic valley on a cycling route at Phuong Vien, Cho Don

 3/There are 2 routes from Cao Bang to Bac Kan: Road 3 from Cao Bang City to Bac Kan City is very hilly and scenic and in very good conditions. The journey from Cao Bang to Na Phac offers plenty of photograph opportunities of the mountains and villages. There is a chance for hiking amid wild nature at the Windy Pass near Na Phac. It is quite flat from Na Phac to Bac Kan City and there are lovely rice fields with mountains in the backdrop.

Pristine mountains at Ngan Son (Bac Kan) on the way from Cao Bang to Bac Kan City
Pristine mountains at Ngan Son (Bac Kan) on the way from Cao Bang to Bac Kan City

 

Ricefields at Bac Kan
Ricefields at Bac Kan

The other road from Cao Bang to Bac Kan is actually from Tinh Tuc to Ba Be National Park. This is actually a deserted road and the road conditions are not so good. But the wild and sublime landscape on this route is unbelievable. Also, there is a chance for you to visit Phia Den, a deserted hill station amid wilderness and with cool climate all year round. This route is ideal for a mountain bike adventure.

Mountains at Bac Kan
Mountains at Bac Kan, on the way to Cao Bang

4/From Tuyen Quang to Bac Kan, you’ll have to take the painful Route 279 from Na Hang (Tuyen Quang) to Ba Be National Park (Bac Kan) which is mostly in bad conditions and worse during the rainy season. But the reward is spectacular mountainous landscape as you’ll be on a high mountain road looking down at the surrounding wild nature. Be prepared with enough petrol as you may be desperately in need of as you climb the endless mountain pass. Exercise caution as accidents are reported often.

A breathtaking mountain view from Cao Thuong (Ba Be) to Tuyen Quang
A breathtaking mountain view from Cao Thuong (Ba Be) to Tuyen Quang

5/ From Lang Son to Bac Kan, you’ll take Road 1B, Road 279 and Road 3B. Road 279 is in horrendous conditions, the scenery is beautiful and the traffic is quiet.

Road at Binh Gia, Lang Son
Road 279 at Binh Gia, Lang Son where you turn into Road 279 for Bac Kan

 AdventureGreen organizes motorbike tours, mountain bike tours, trekking adventures with homestay and nature tours in Bac Kan Province. Bac Kan is also on our adventure tours of the North-East Loop of Vietnam by four-wheel drive or by motorbike, which visit attractions in Bac Kan, Cao Bang, and Lang Son Provinces on the itinerary. AdventureGreen also hosts trips which follow the less-beaten track from Bac Kan through Cao Bang into Ha Giang.