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Bac Giang Guide

Bac Giang Province is bordered to the north and north-east by Lang Son, to the east and south-east by Quang Ninh, to the south by Hai Duong and Bac Ninh, to the south-west by Hanoi and to the west by Thai Nguyen. Bac Giang is not much known to the travelers to Vietnam. There is not really good infrastructure for tourism in the province yet.

Son Dong, Bac Giang
Son Dong, Bac Giang

Geography of Bac Giang
The terrain of Bac Giang includes mountainous areas (72%) and low-hill areas (28%) with small plains in between. There are patches of primeval forest in the mountainous areas while the hilly areas are covered with litchi plantations.

There are three main rivers in Bac Giang: Cau, Thuong and Luc Nam. These rivers discharge the water into the Red River and the Thai Binh River. The Cau River forms a natural border between Bac Ninh and Bac Giang running northwest-southeast. The Thuong River starts its course from the north of the province running north-south. The Luc Nam River starts from the mountains of Yen Tu running northeast-southwest and then north-south.

Bac Giang shares the weather pattern with those provinces in the Northeast of Vietnam. The province has a tropical monsoon climate with dry winter from late November through February, spring from late February through April, summer from May through late August, autumn from late August to early November. The temperatures in Bac Giang are lower than the Red River Delta while slightly higher than the other provinces in the Northeast of Vietnam. The average annual rainfall is 1,533mm.

During the summer – autumn months, Bac Giang may be hit by tropical storms which are often much weakened thanks to the high mountain range of Yen Tu – Dong Trieu, hence less destructive power.

Dong Cao, Son Dong, Bac Giang
Dong Cao, Son Dong, Bac Giang

Tourist attractions in Bac Giang
1/ The province has a few ancient villages and Buddhist pagodas, of which Tho Ha is visited more on a day trip from Hanoi by those who love the feel of ordinary life in a Vietnamese old village. Photographers may like to contact Paradissa for a photography tour to this amazing village which bears vivid vestige of time and history of the village.

2/ Nature lovers will have a great time soaking in the wild and sublime beauty of Dong Cao Prairie with elevation of 600m above sea level. You can go hiking and camping here and leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind. Expect to have unbelievable photographs of the captivating mountains at sunrise and sunset.

3/ Besides, there is a patch of primeval forest of Khe Ro at Son Dong District which belongs to Tay Yen Tu Nature Reserve and which is inhabited by Tay, San Chi, Cao Lan, and Dao ethnic minorities.

4/ There is a sustainable tourism project at Khe Ro trying to attract adventure travelers with the breathtaking natural beauty and untouched culture. A trip to Khe Ro forest could be combined with a trip to Halong Bay and Yen Tu Pagoda in Quang Ninh Province. Activities at Khe Ro include trekking, hiking, homestaying,... A trip to Khe Ro from Hanoi may take 2-3 days depending on individual interests. Homestay at a local ethnic family is the only choice for those who take a tour to Khe Ro.

5/ A specialty of Bac Giang for classical music lovers can be found at the Then Village of which the villagers play the violin/viola. Visiting the village, you’ll be lost in amazing tunes by local farmers in the settings of vast green fields...The village is in Thai Dao, Lang Giang, Bac Giang – 70km northeast of Hanoi.

Sunrise over Dong Cao, Son Dong, Bac Giang
Sunrise over Dong Cao, Son Dong, Bac Giang

Travel and tours in Bac Giang
Paradissa operates photography tours, nature tours, hiking tours to different destinations in Bac Giang Province. The tours range from 1 day to 3 days from Hanoi. Please contact our specialists for further details.

How to get there and away
The provincial capital of Bac Giang is Bac Giang City, 50km north of Hanoi. There are daily trains, buses between these two cities.