Yen Bai


Yen Bai is 183km far from Hanoi, located at the northern part of northern – central Vietnam . Yen Bai is an agricultural – based province , the main economy of Yen Bai is forestry and farming. The location of Yen Bai makes this province plays an important part in the transportation to the Northwestern part of the country, as a transport hubs Yen Bai share the border with Lao Cai , Lai Chau , Son La , Tuyen Quang , Phu Tho. Yen Bai has an advantage to develop tourism for both international and domestic tourists.
Yen Bai

Yen Bai is a hilly province cover with forest, and 2 big rivers go along Hong river and Chay river . So the province famous for The Thac Ba Hydropower Plant, it is a major hydropower project located within the province on the Chay river, built between 1964 and 1971 with assistance from the Soviet Union. The Thac Ba lake becomes the important destination of tourism of the province, one of three largest man-made lakes in Vietnam. Every year, the Yen Bai Provincial People’s Committee arrange the Thac Ba Discovery Festival, supported by Lao Cai, Phu Tho and Yen Bai provinces. It is held in the vicinity of the Thac Ba Hydroelectric Power Plant. Participants in the festival typically visit the lake and take part in a boat race that is held there. A village festival showcasing ethnic minorities, a trade fair, a costume show, sports and traditional art competitions are also held.

Area: 6,899.5 sq. km.

Population: 740.7 habitants (2006)

Capital: Yen Bai City.

Administrative divisions:

– Town: Nghia Lo

– Districts: Luc Yen, Van Yen, Mu Cang Chai, Tran Yen, Yen Binh, Van Chan, Tram Tau.

Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Tay, Dao, H?Mong…

Geography

Situated on the gateway to North-West Vietnam, Yen Bai Province borders Lao Cai, Ha Giang in the north, Son La Province in the west, Tuyen Quang in the east, and Phu Tho in the south.

Terrain includes mountain, hill and valley. The network of rivers is complex with many falls and waterfalls. Climate in lowland is different from highland. Annual average temperature is from 18ºC to 28ºC.

 

Tourism and Economy

Yen Bai’s large forest ranges supply valuable pomu, lat hoa, cho chi wood. Van Yen cinnamon, Suoi Giang tea, Tu Le glutinous rice are special products. The province owns well-known stone-pit in Luc Yen, too.

Yen Bai has artificial Thac Ba Lake, a scenic spot as well as a historical place. The lake consists of 1,331 hill-islands, varies vegetation cover and a diverse ecological setting. In the middle of the lake stands the Mong Son Grotto, home of the Yen Bai Party Committee during the anti-American resistance. Coming to there, tourists are able to relax in the lake, climb the mountain and explore the forests.

Visitors are attracted to Dong Cuong and Dai Cai temples. Archaeologists have found many remains of the Son Vi culture in the Dong Cuong Temple area. Dai Cai Temple was built on a large area covered with many green trees and beautiful riverside roads.

 

Transportation
Yen Bai City is 180km from Hanoi. The province is on the railway from Hanoi to Yen Bai then Lao Cai. There is National Highway No.32 linking to Lao Cai and National Highway No.37 connecting to Tuyen Quang. Buses leave daily for Yen Bai from My Dinh Bus Station (Hanoi).

 

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