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Tay Yen Tu: a burgeoning tourist magnet in northern Vietnam

Saturday, February 18, 2023, 09:59 GMT+7
Tay Yen Tu: a burgeoning tourist magnet in northern Vietnam
The ancient-style works at the Tay Yen Tu Spiritual-Ecological Tourist Area in Tay Yen Tu Town, Son Dong District, Bac Giang Province. Photo: Uyen / Tuoi Tre News

About 130km from Hanoi, the Tay Yen Tu Spiritual-Ecological Tourist Area in the Bac Giang Province has recently become a tourist hotspot thanks to its stunning natural beauty and magnificent ancient forests.

How to get there

The Tay Yen Tu Spiritual-Ecological Tourist Area can be reached by motorbike or private car. From Hanoi, tourists just head towards Bac Giang on Provincial Road 293 straight to Tay Yen Tu Spiritual-Ecological Tourist Area in Bac Giang’s Son Dong District.

With clear signage spanning the route, traveling to the tourist area is relatively easy.

Visitors can also choose to take a bus from Hanoi to Bac Giang and then transfer to a separate bus that stops at the site.

Tickets for these busses range from VND50,000 (US$2.12) to 200,000 ($8.49).

Tay Yen Tu Square at the Tay Yen Tu Spiritual-Ecological Tourist Area in Bac Giang Province. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre News
Tay Yen Tu Square at the Tay Yen Tu Spiritual-Ecological Tourist Area in Bac Giang Province. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre News

When to visit

The best time to visit the Tay Yen Tu Spiritual-Ecological Tourist Area is spring and summer, when the weather is warm and the forest comes alive.

During spring, the mountain transforms into a sea of green as the area’s flora springs to life. In summer, flowers bloom across the mountains.

A day trip to Tay Yen Tu

At times, the tranquility of Tay Yen Tu can be overwhelming, but the beauty of the natural greenery interspersed with palatial-buildings are a unique characteristic of the area.

The Tay Yen Tu Spiritual-Ecological Tourist Area consists of three sections: the Ha (Low) Pagoda, the Trung (Middle) Pagoda, and the Thuong (High) Pagoda.

The Thuong Pagoda is reachable by cable car, with round-trip and one-way tickets costing VND260,000 (US$11.03) and 150,000 ($6.37), respectively.

The cable car system at the Tay Yen Tu Spiritual-Ecological Tourist Area in Tay Yen Tu Town, Son Dong District, Bac Giang Province. Photo: Uyen/ Tuoi Tre News
The cable car system at the Tay Yen Tu Spiritual-Ecological Tourist Area in Tay Yen Tu Town, Son Dong District, Bac Giang Province. Photo: Uyen / Tuoi Tre News

From the Thuong Pagoda, it is a 30 minute walk to Dong Yen Tu Pagoda, which sits in the neighboring Quang Ninh Province and features a panoramic view of Tay Yen Tu against a backdrop of towering mountains.

Those who love to trek can skip the cable car and opt for a trail used by local residents to pick medical herbs.

The 4km trek typically takes three to four hours.

Visitors are advised to bring food and drinks with them, as there are only a few F&B options at Tay Yen Tu.

Other attractions in Bac Giang Province inlude Khe Ro waterfall, Mo stream, and the Dong Cao plateau.

Tourists pose for a photo at the tourist site. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre News
Tourists pose for a photo at the tourist site. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre News

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