Four must-visit destinations in Ba Vi National Park
Possessing both a majestic and a romantic nature, Ba Vi National Park has become one of the most interesting destinations in Ba Vi district as well as Hanoi city. If you are looking for an ideal stopover to enjoy some peace and tranquillity, don't ignore this park.
Ba Vi National Park is located on the Ba Vi mountain range in the territory of Ba Vi district (Hanoi city) and two other districts of Luong Son and Ky Son (Hoa Binh province). This national park has an area of about 10,000 hectares, located on a high mountain range running along the northeast - southwest direction with the three highest peaks being Vua Peak (1,296m high), Tan Vien Peak (1,227m high) and Ngoc Hoa peak (1.131m high).
The nature in Ba Vi National Park. Photo: quantri123
The national park is famous for its cool fresh air and diverse ecosystems with 1,209 plant species, among which 21 rare and precious ones are recorded in the Vietnam Red Book such as Tien flowers, Kim Tuyen, Chinese incense-cedar and cowtail pine. The fauna has 63 species with rarities such as white pheasant, iguana, water boatman and spotted linsang.
The map of tourist attractions in Ba Vi National Park. Photo: blog.traveloka
Here are some places that should not be missed when you come to Ba Vi National Park:
The cactus greenhouse in Ba Vi national park. Photo: travelmag
From the gate of Ba Vi National Park, you only need to travel a distance of 1km to reach the cactus greenhouse, which is known as the largest cactus garden in Southeast Asia with thousands of different types of cacti from common to rare species.
Thousands of different types of cacti from common to rare species. Photo: travelmag
When coming here, not only will you be impressed with the natural beauty of the thorny cactus with different sizes and shapes, you will also be amazed at the dome architecture that allows for the plant species within to receive sunlight and thrive.. The large and peaceful space of this garden has captivated many visitors at first sight.
The greenhouse has a wide variety of cacti. Photo: dantri
The entrance ticket to the cactus greenhouse is VND 10,000/person (2020).
Ba Vi pine forest
Ba Vi pine forest. Photo: Truyenhinhdulich
The next attraction in Ba Vi National Park is the pine forest at “Landmark 400m”. Regardless of its limited area, this forest is beautiful enough to "steal the heart" of tourists at first sight.
When stepping into the forest, you will feel like you are lost in “another world” with pines “swaying” in the wind and birds chirping. On sunny days, the bright yellow rays of sunlight through the leaves make the forest sparkle with an array of colour. If you walk through the pine forest in the autumn, you will be able to admire the poetic beauty of the yellow falling leaves.
Ba Vi pine forest is picturesque in the sun. Photo: dulichbavi
The old French church
The old French church in Ba Vi National Park is located at an altitude of 800m above sea level among old trees. “Quiet”, “ancient” and “mysterious” are the adjectives that best describe this church. Despite being seriously damaged, the church still retains the basic French architecture. While the walls are covered with moss, the branches of ferns and weeds growing around the church become the highlight of this mysterious and beautiful piece of work. It is this wild feature that has made this place an attractive tourist destination for both those who are passionate about discovering mysterious things and photographers.
The ancient and mysterious look of the old French church. Photo: msquare.net
The entrance to Thuong Temple. Photo: dulichbavi
Another place not to be missed in Ba Vi National Park is Thuong Temple, which is located at the peak of Tan Vien mountain at an altitude of 1,227m. Also known as “Chinh Cung Than Dien”, the place worships Tan Vien Son God (one of the Four Immortals in traditional Vietnamese mythology). Legend has it that Thuong Temple was built during the reign of An Duong Vuong, but then was reconstructed on a larger scale under the reign of King Ly Nhan Tong. To build the temple, the feudal states had to mobilise huge amounts of human resources on both sides of the Da River to transfer materials to the peak of Tan mountain. Due to the impacts of wars, it was degraded and in 1993 was restored into a small temple leaning on a cliff. To get here, you must climb up 500 steps to the top of the mountain.
Thuong Temple after being rebuilt. Photo: vuonquocgiabavi
Regardless of its small scale, Thuong Temple was solidly constructed, consisting of the Main Hall, the Thu Tu House (the house for those who take care of the temple), the Ceremony Hall, the Nghi Mon, the Am Hoa Vang (the place to burn joss paper) and the Harem. Notably, the Harem is the sacred ‘That Co Bong’ cliff which dates back thousands of years. On the stone roof are mossy Chinese incense-cedar trees hundreds of years old. Inside the temple, there is a statue of Duc Thanh Tan sitting on a golden throne in the middle; on the left is a statute of Duc Thanh Tran (Hung Dao Dai Vuong), while on the right is an altar to worship Tam Toa Thanh Mau (the Mother Goddess of Mountains and Forests).
The view from the top of the mountain at Thuong Temple. Photo: yeudulich.vn
Standing at the temple, you can admire the natural scenery with the green of the mountains and forests, as well as the clear blue of the sky, rivers and lakes. At the same time, you can enjoy the fresh air along with the “natural scent'' of the trees and the sound of birds singing.
Coming to Ba Vi National Park
Ba Vi National Park is about 50km to the west of Hanoi city center, so motorbikes are the most suitable means of transport for you to get to this destination. It is advised that you should prioritise the manual transmission motorcycle to ensure convenient travel as the terrain from the National Park entrance to the tourist attractions is relatively steep.
The best time to visit
Ba Vi National Park is beautiful all year round with its poetic beauty and lively nature,, however, the period from April to October is the best time to explore this place due to the warm, cool and fresh weather. You can also come here in October and November when wild sunflowers bloom gorgeously. The remaining months are cold and foggy, so it may be difficult for you to fully enjoy what the park has to offer.
Wild sunflowers bloom around October - November in the national park. Photo: vnexpress
The ticket price to Ba Vi National Park
Ba Vi National Park charges a fee for tourists with the specific prices as follows (in 2020):
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- Adult ticket price: VND 60,000/person.
- College student ticket price: VND 20,000/person (showing student card when buying).
- Student ticket price: VND 10,000/person (showing student card when buying).
- Ticket price for the elderly and disabled: VND 30,000/person.
Ba Vi National Park is the ideal place for those wanting to experience and explore unspoiled natural beauty. When coming here, you will be able to enjoy the fresh air, relax amongst the mountains, and finally, visit the old church or the sacred Thuong Temple.