Tea plantations at Phu Tho

Phu Tho

Phu Tho Province is located in the North-West of Vietnam; bordered to the north-east by Tuyen Quang Province, to the east by Vinh Phuc Province, to the south-east by Ha Tay Province (Hanoi now), to the south by Hoa Binh Province, to the west by Son La Province and to the west and north-west by Yen Bai Province. The capital of Phu Tho Province is Viet Tri City, 80km north-west of Hanoi.

 

the Red River in Phu Tho Province
the Red River in Phu Tho Province

 

The Da River at Thanh Thuy
The Da River at Thanh Thuy

 

thanh thuy rice fields
Rice fields at Thanh Thuy
 Phu Tho has hilly terrains to the northern area of the province and some flat plains in the Red River Delta.
 
Mountains at Tan Son
Mountains at Tan Son

 

Deo Con (Con Pass) between Phu Tho and Son La Provinces
Deo Con (Con Pass) between Phu Tho and Son La Provinces

The province has a tropical monsoon climate with 4 seasons per year. The annual rainfall in the area is 1,600mm-1,800mm and the average humidity is 85-87%.

 
The Red River Delta in Phu Tho
The Red River Delta in Phu Tho
 
Tourist attractions
Phu Tho Province is not a well-known to most foreign travellers to Vietnam, though there are some attractions in the province that may well be worthwhile to visit for the off-the-beaten path travellers. Viet Tri City was the area of Phong Chau, the capital city of the ancient Van Lang Kingdom, the first Vietnamese-identity kingdom in history, which dates back to 2,879B.C. At Viet Tri, you can still visit the complex of temples dedicated to Hung Kings, the founder kings of Vietnam.
 
Hung Kings Temple at Viet Tri City
Hung Kings Temple at Viet Tri City
 
 
Thien Quang Pagoda in the complex of Hung Kings Temple
Thien Quang Pagoda in the complex of Hung Kings Temple

Further to the west of Phu Tho, near Son La Province and at the foot of the Hoang Lien Mountain Range (stretching from Lao Cai Province to Lai Chau, Yen Bai, Son La and Phu Tho Provinces), there's a system of primeval forest on karst mountains of Xuan Son National Park which is home to diverse floral and fauna systems. The national park of Xuan Son is 80km from Viet Tri City and 120km from Hanoi.

Xuan Son National Park
Xuan Son National Park

Phu Tho was where major divisions of Vietnam's army sought respite after battles during the wars. During the war against the French, Phu Tho was where Vietnam launched attacked into the Red River Delta. There are 2 sites which mark important battles that you may want to visit: Chan Mong – Tram Than where ambush against the French troops during Operation Lorraine and Tu Vu which was the site of a major battle during the Battle of Hoa Binh.

The riverside road to Tu Vu former BattlefieldThe riverside road to Tu Vu former Battlefield

 
 
A tank ruin at Tu Vu
A tank ruin at Tu Vu

Travel and tours
Paradissa offers trips to visit sites in Phu Tho from Hanoi. The trip to Hung Kings' Temple and the former ambush site of Chan Mong – Tram Than takes one full day. The trip to the former battlefield of Tu Vu – Nui Che takes half a day, the trip to Xuan Son National Park takes 2 days, 1 night.

 
Chan Mong Tram Than Memorial
Chan Mong Tram Than Memorial
 
 
 
The terrain of Chan Mong Tram Than
The terrain of Chan Mong Tram Than where the ambush took place

Besides, Paradissa offers a number of adventure tours to the North-West of Vietnam, and to Ha Giang and Tuyen Quang Provinces which pass our way through Phu Tho. In the case that you'd like to be the pioneer travellers to discover the far-flung area of Phu Tho, please contact our adventure travel expert.

Accommodation
There hotels of decent standard and guest houses in Viet Tri City and different towns in Phu Tho. Luxury hotels are not yet found in the province. Homestay with the Dao People is available at Xuan Son National Park.

How to get there
There 2 main routes to get to Phu Tho from Hanoi: via Route 32 and via Route 2. Viet Tri is the capital city of the province, 70km from Hanoi via Route 2.