Ba Be Lake at dusk

Bac Kan

Bac Kan Province is situated in the North-East of Vietnam, bordered to the north and north-east by Cao Bang Province, to the east by Lang Son Province, to the south by Thai Nguyen Province and to the west by Tuyen Quang Province. Bac Kan Town, the provincial capital of Bac Kan Province, is 168km from Hanoi.

Bac Kan Vietnam
A house on stilts of the Nung People at Bac Kan Vietnam

Bac Kan has mountainous terrain of which most of the surface is forested. Some areas of the province have typical karst terrain. The land is home to a rich system of flora and fauna including many endangered species such as the white-cheeked monkeys and the special pine family (Thiet San Gia or Thong Da in Vietnamese). The rich diversity of the flora and fauna systems can be found at the Ba Be National Park and Kim Hy Nature Reserve. The exploitation of local mineral resources has put a serious threat to the ecosystem of the province.

The green countryside of Bac Kan Vietnam
The green countryside of Bac Kan Vietnam

Bac Kan has a tropical monsoon climate with four seasons per annum. The average temperatures range from 20-25 Degrees Celsius and the average rainfall in Bac Kan is 1400mm-1600mm per annum.

The 5 big rivers in the province are the Lo River, the Bang River, the Gam River, the Ky Cung River and the Cau River. Besides, the province has the Ba Be Lake which is a huge lake in the mountains.

Mountains at Cho Don, Bac Kan
Mountains at Cho Don, Bac Kan

Bac Kan has a tropical monsoon climate with four seasons per annum. The average temperatures range from 20-25 Degrees Celsius and the average rainfall in Bac Kan is 1400mm-1600mm per annum.

Bac Kan is home to 5 big rivers which are the Lo River, the Bang River, the Gam River, the Ky Cung River and the Cau River. Besides, the province has the Ba Be Lake which is a huge lake in the mountain.

A valley at Cho Don, Bac Kan
A scenic valley at Cho Don, Bac Kan

The local population includes 7 ethnic groups: the Kinh, Tay, Nung, H'mong, Dao, Hoa and San Chay.  Most of the population lives on agriculture and forestry.  Though each ethnic group has their own culture and language, there are many common cultural practices and traditions among the groups.

Tours and holidays in Bac Kan

Bac Kan has great potential for tourism, especially for adventure travel and eco-tourism. Paradissa Travel offers trekking tours at Ba Be National Park; eco-tours at Ba Be National Park and Kim Hy Nature Reserve; biking and motorbiking tours through Bac Kan and neighboring provinces. Currently, infrastructure for tourism at Bac Kan is still in lack and luxury travel is not expected in the province any time soon.