Picking tea leaves at Khuon Tat
Picking tea leaves at Khuon Tat

ATK Dinh Hoa, Thai Nguyen

 Dinh Hoa is a valley surrounded by high mountains. In the valleys, there are hills and mountains of various heights. The area housed the seat of the Viet Minh's government during the Franco-Viet Minh War (1947-1954). Visiting Dinh Hoa, you'll travel back in time to learn about a very important period in the modern history of Vietnam.

Rice fields at ATK Dinh Hoa, Thai Nguyen
Rice fields at ATK Dinh Hoa, Thai Nguyen

In 1945, the Japanese surrendered in the World War II and Viet Minh led by Ho Chi Minh, representative of the majority of the Vietnamese people, took a revolt, seized the political power and proclaimed the People's Democratic Republic of Vietnam as an independent country on 2nd September, 1945.

But then the Allies came in and agreements were made among the Big Powers that the French was the rightful owner of Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos) and was to have sovereignty over Indochina again. British troops were installed to help the weakening French to gain back political and military control over southern Vietnam. In the North, Chiang Kai-shek troops poured in. Along with bringing in the so-called “Vietnam Nationalist Party” whose members didn't even speak Vietnamese properly, these troops also brought in a disaster of louses due to filthy condition of living. Vietnam quickly fell into a turmoil occupied by different troops.

Khau Ty Hill
Khau Ty Hill where Ho Chi Minh stayed when arriving at Dinh Hoa

 

Ho Chi Minh's house on Khau Ty Hill
Ho Chi Minh's house on Khau Ty Hill

 On the night of December, 19th 1946 President Ho Chi Minh delivered the Declaration of War on the French after successive efforts for peaceful resolutions to maintain that Vietnam has its own sovereignty and independence. The Government of the People's Democratic Republic of Vietnam would take to the jungles and mountains of Dinh Hoa to conduct the war against the French. Dinh Hoa was the Capital of the Resistance War of Vietnam then.

Ho Chi Minh's house at Khuon Tat
Ho Chi Minh's house at Khuon Tat

 ATK is the acronym for “An Toan Khu” in Vietnamese which means “The Safe Zone”. Joining a tour to ATK Dinh Hoa with Paradissa, you'll get an in-depth analysis and informative facts by our travel expert as to the strategical importance of the area, the military operations here, the major decisions on the fate of Vietnam made here...

Tunnel at Khuon Tat
Tunnel at Khuon Tat

 

Khuon Tat Waterfall
Khuon Tat Waterfall where Ho Chi Minh did the washing

Tourist attractions
The tourist attractions in ATK Dinh Hoa includes different hills and villages where various departments of the Viet Minh's government were located. Khau Ty, Tin Keo and Khuon Tat Hills were where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked.

Besides, you can visit different Tay ethnic villages in the region by hiking through scenic trails in the forest or amid tea plantations.

Meeting hut on Tin Keo Hill
Meeting hut on Tin Keo Hill

Travel & tourism
ATK Dinh Hoa is mostly visited by Vietnamese tourists on historical tours and rarely visited by foreign travelers.

Paradissa organizes historical tours and adventure tours by bike to ATK Dinh Hoa for 1 day or 2 days. These tours include some hike amid idyllic nature.

Ho Chi Minh's house on Tin Keo
Ho Chi Minh's house on Tin Keo

 

Hill for general promotion
The hill where General Giap was promoted to be the first general in the Viet Minh's Army

Accommodation
Accommodation at ATK Dinh Hoa is in poor condition. Guests stay in Tay traditional houses on stilts with little comfort and ambiance.

How to get there
ATK Dinh Hoa is 130km from Hanoi. Route 3 between Hanoi and Thai Nguyen City takes about an hour and the second leg of the journey is via small provincial road with breathtaking landscape.