Five interesting destinations not to be missed in Phu Tho
Despite not as bustling as other big cities, Phu Tho has a rich history and unique beauty. Here are 5 tourist destinations you should definitely visit when coming to this land.
The best time to travel to Phu Tho
Located 90km from Hanoi, Phu Tho is in the northeast of Vietnam and very famous for cultural festivals all year round such as Chu Hoa, Bach Hac and Danh Cac festival.
With the advantage of pleasant weather throughout the year, visitors can travel to Phu Tho at any time of the year. If you are a fan of spiritual exploration, the ideal time to come to Phu Tho is on Hung Kings Festival on March 10th of the lunar calendar (around the beginning of April in the solar calendar) with sunny weather, very convenient for travelling and discovering this land.
Phu Tho has always attracted many tourists due to its majestic beautiful nature and traditional cultural values. Photo: hutbephothanoi.net
If you want to “escape” from the hot weather of bustling cities, you should go to Phu Tho in the summer as the cool weather and rich nature will bring you interesting experiences.
Interesting destinations in Phu Tho not to be missed
Hung Kings Temple relic site
The first destination to visit in Phu Tho is the Hung Kings Temple relic site. Located on Nghia Linh mountain, about 7km from Viet Tri city center, Hung Temple is the place of worship for the Hung Kings and their families - which is associated with Hung Kings’ death anniversary (Hung Temple Festival) annually taking place on March 10th in the lunar calendar.
Hung Kings Temple relic site. Photo: vietdiamondtravel.vn
According to published scientific documents, Hung Temple was built from the reign of King Dinh Tien Hoang and completed with the present scale under Hau Le dynasty (15th century). Built on Nghia Linh mountain in Phong Chau of the ancient Van Lang country (Hy Cuong commune, Viet Tri city, Phu Tho province today), the temple is stretched from the foot to the top of the mountain with the height of 175m. According to Ngoc Pha Hung Vuong, Hung Kings built Kinh Thien Palace on this Nghia Linh mountain area.
Inside the Hung Kings Temple relic site. Photo: VOV
Visitors can visit Ha Temple - the place where Vietnamese ethnic ancestors were born; Trung Temple - where the Hung Kings discussed national matters; Thuong Temple - the place to hold heavenly rituals to worship the gods; Gieng Ngoc - where Princess Tien Dung and Ngoc Hoa often came to comb their hair, and many other relics. Besides witnessing national historical milestones, Hung Kings Temple relic site wins the hearts of visitors by its majestic and magnificent landscape.
- Address: Co Tich Village, Hy Cuong Commune, Viet Tri City, Phu Tho Province
- Ticket price: Free
Bach Hac - Ben Cat tourist area
Bach Hac - Ben Cat tourist area. Photo: mytour
If you love the poetic landscape, Bach Hac - Ben Cat Tourist Area is a must-visit destination. Visitors will be able to see rivers and mountains from the time of Van Lang - Au Lac. Bach Hac used to be a part of Tam Doi district. It is said that this is where Lac Long Quan established an altar to worship heaven, then a God appeared, sat on this rock and divided 100 children born by Au Co into two groups (according to legend, Lac Long Quan and Au Co are the ancestors of the Vietnamese people. They laid out 100 eggs becoming 100 children, but due to the differences in species, each person brought 50 children up the mountain and down to the sea). There are also many special traditional festivals such as concrete canoe, pounding sticky rice cake competition, etc., revealing the formation of the names of villages, rivers and traditional cultural activities of the local people associated with the Red River civilization and the wet rice civilization.
Ben Got has an area of 100ha and is divided into two parts on the North (the main part - belonging to Ben Got ward) and South banks of Lo river. With a harmony of hills, trees and rivers, this place becomes a charming destination. Bach Hac Temple is built in such a way that rises up to the sky, symbolizing the altar of heaven and enabling visitors to admire the distant landscape. There is a stele commemorating the 100 children of Lac Long Quan - Au Co, helping visitors to better understand the origin of Vietnamese ethnic groups.
- Address: Bach Hac Ward, Ben Got Ward, Viet Tri City, Phu Tho Province
- Ticket price: VND 50,000 - 100,000/person.
Ben Got has an area of 100ha. Photo: tripadvisor.com.vn
Thanh Thuy Hot Spring
Thanh Thuy hot spring is located in La Phu commune, Thanh Thuy district, Phu Tho province, about 65km northwest of the center of Hanoi capital. Endowed with hot mineral water from the ground, the spring here has a water temperature ranging from 45 - 60 degrees Celsius. Exploited from a height of nearly 100 meters, the water is very rich in minerals with healthy substances, which is very suitable for those who want to enjoy their vacation to relax and recharge. Visitors can experience hot mineral baths, mud baths, entertainment and so on.
Thanh Thuy hot spring. Photo: thanhlamhotspring
- Address: Thanh Thuy town, Thanh Thuy district, Phu Tho province.
- The price for mineral bath and mud bath: VND 80,000 - 250,000/person (in 2020).
Ngoc Xanh island
Ngoc Xanh Island is located in Thanh Thuy Town, Thanh Thuy District, 70 km northwest of Hanoi city center. This place not only has water parks and adventure games, but also campfire programs and evening performances based on visitors' needs. You can relax and enjoy a diversity of entertainment when coming here.
- Address: La Phu commune, Thanh Thuy district, Phu Tho province
- Ticket price: Children - VND 80,000/person. Adults - VND 150,000/person (2020)
Ngoc Xanh Island is a famous entertainment complex in Phu Tho. Photo: vietnamtiptoptravel.vn
Long Coc tea hill
Long Coc Tea Hill is located in Tan Son district, Phu Tho province, about 125km from Hanoi, and about 70 km from Viet Tri city center. The majesty, immensity, and vastly green colour are phrases to describe the beauty of Long Coc tea hill, which is regarded as "a giant bowl upside down on the fatherland" with an impressive naturally-created terrain.
Dawn is the best time to enjoy the beauty of the tea hill when the dew is “flying” and standing on the leaves, creating a dreamlike scene. When the weather turns from autumn to winter, the thick fog covers the hills of Long Coc, making it magical. Standing on the top of the high hill, you can admire the immense green of the tea leaves in a vast space. With an area of about a hectare for each tea hill, they look as if they are “connecting to the horizon”.
Long Coc tea hill is regarded as "a giant bowl upside down on the fatherland". Photo: Vnexpress
The Long Coc tea brand is famous for its traditional and high quality products such as Dinh Bat Tien tea or Shan Bat Tien.
Long Coc tea hills appear as a masterpiece of nature. Photo: vietnamnews.vn
Address: Hamlet 1, Long Coc commune, Tan Son district, Phu Tho province
Discover the culinary culture in Phu Tho
Not only is Phu Tho breathtakingly beautiful, it also wins the hearts of visitors with a diverse culinary culture. Visitors can remember some delicious dishes to enjoy when traveling in Phu Tho such as cassava vegetables, “ear” cake, braised palm, Thanh Son stone moss, sour meat, palm silkworm, etc. The most unique dish is the pickled cassava vegetables. Nobody knows when this dish appeared, but perhaps it stems from the years of poverty when so many people in Phu Tho had to use cassava vegetables in their daily meals.
Young cassava vegetables grown on the fence or the field bank are salted with about two or three big leaves of “banh te” (together with the fine layer of powder on the top of the leaves). After being processed, the vegetables will be put in ceramic jars with salt and boiled water (after being cooled down) and sealed. Although the way of making the dish is similar to the conventional method of pickling other vegetables in Vietnam, for cassava vegetables, it requires makers to be tactful to estimate the level of salt and water to make them delicious and quickly pickled. After five to seven days, you can enjoy the dish. Cassava vegetables can be served with rice or cooked with other ingredients such as fish, ham hock and meat, creating a pleasant sour taste.
Pickled cassava vegetables cooked with fish. Photo: cathinhbaquy
How to travel to Phu Tho?
Motorbike, train and coach are the three basic means you can use to travel to Phu Tho. Depending on your preferences and needs, you can choose one of those three types.
If you come to Phu Tho by motorbike, you can depart from Hanoi along Highway 32 or Highway 2. Otherwise, you can go to My Dinh station to take a coach to Phu Tho with an average price of about VND 125,000/person depending on your stop. Train to Phu Tho will depart from Hanoi Station to Viet Tri Station with the ticket prices depending on types of seat, ranging from VND 70,000 - 130,000/person/turn.
There are many ways for visitors to experience Phu Tho. Photo: vietnamnews.vn
Phu Tho not only has majestic nature with immense green tea hills and ecotourism areas, but it is also a place to learn about the ancestral land of the Vietnamese people through interesting stories about Hung Temple.