Khau Pha Pass, Yen Bai
Khau Pha Pass – a mountain pass with the most rugged terrain in northwest Vietnam

Yen Bai is a mountainous province, a transitional zone between the northwestern and northern midland region. The province is in the gateway to the northwestern region. With numerous groups of ethnic minority people and natural terrain of many rivers and mountains, Yen Bai is known for its many tourist products of humanities, including  traditional festivals of the ethnic groups and historical and cultural relics.

Yen Bai city and localities along the Red river have many spiritual and religious festivals: Dong Cuong Temple festival, Nam Cuong Temple, Tuan Quan Temple, Nhuoc Son Temple, Am Pagoda… , which are held annually and attract both local people and tourists. During the festivals, visitors can see and take part in folk games and many activities of traditional culture of ethnic minority people. The area for the Chay River culture will be attractive for tourists with many historical and cultural relics of the province. On the highlight is the site of archeology Hac Y-Dai Cai (in Luc Yen), where reserves cultural values of the Tran dynasty. There are many traditional fine art products and gemstone one with great archeological values.

Dong Cuong Temple festival
Dong Cuong Temple festival
Tuan Quan Temple
Tuan Quan Temple

Muong Lo has quintessence cultural identity of Yen Bai province with cultures of the Thai, Tay, Mong, Muong, Kho Mu ethnic minority people. Visitors can enjoy the special dishes of the localities and see local rituals, customs, folk songs and dances of ethnic minority groups in the locality. Melody of the Mong people’s panpipe, umbrella dance of the Thai people and bamboo-pole dance of the northwester region will be great attractions to visitors. They can also take part in folk festivals and enjoy the five-color sticky rice, Tu Le sticky rice, grilled fish from Thia canal, dishes with materials from Thac Ba Lake and forests. They can also discover Mu Cang Chai with terraced fields or “heaven on earth” in Vietnam.

Harvest time in Tu Le, Mu Cang Chai
Harvest time in Tu Le, Mu Cang Chai
Thai ethnic people in Yen Bai
Thai ethnic people in Yen Bai
Five-color sticky rice
Five-color sticky rice
Thac Ba Lake
Thac Ba Lake
Mu Cang Chai
Mu Cang Chai