5 Tourist Attractions in Bat Xat
Bat Xat (Lao Cai province) attracts tourists with its majestic nature and unique culture of ethnic groups. There are five destinations in Bat Xat that tourists should visit.
1. Muong Hum Market
Muong Hum market is about 44 km from Bat Xat town, located next to Muong Hum stream, which is one of the largest markets in the Northwest, which takes place every Sunday.
The market is a gathering point for the people of Ha Nhi, Mong, Hoa, Giay, Red Dao, Dao Tuyen, Han ethnic groups to exchange, buy and sell their products. Muong Hum market is also a place for couples to date and have fun.
|Muong Hum market from above. Photo: Petroltimes|
According to Asiatours, the Muong Hum market is organized on an open flat area at the bottom of a large & scenic valley by a small river and surrounded by the rice terraces.
The journey to this market has nice landscapes of stunning mountains and beautiful valleys.
This market is less touristic and more authentic, so is a good option for your trip.
2. Ky Quan San
Ky Quan San Peak is located in the nature reserve of Bat Xat district, an ideal spot for seeing clouds. At an altitude of 3,046m, you can see the villages among the mountains from the top of Ky Quan San.
The beautiful scenery, and a sea of clouds have inspired many travellers to conquer Ky Quan San. To reach the top, visitors have to climb a distance of about 30 km, through many different terrains such as bare hills, bamboo forests, large wooden forests, dwarf bamboo forests and moss-covered cliffs.
|Sunrise on Ky Quan San. Photo: Petroltimes|
Ky Quan San is the name of a village at the foot of the mountain, located between the two provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau. Vietnam’s fourth highest mountain with rugged terrain has attracted the attention of adventurers and explorers in recent years due to its beautiful and unspoiled landscape.
3. Ai Thau Thuong
Ai Thau Thuong, a small village of Bat Xat district, the northern Lao Cai province, is located at 2,300m above the sea level on the cloudy Ma Cha Va peak and is the highest village in Vietnam.
The local people are proud that Ai Thau Thuong has the most beautiful terrace fields and the best spot for seeing clouds and snow.
It takes nearly three hours driving from the district's centre to the village, which is home to Mong ethnic minority group.
Ai Thau, which means “rock peak” in the Mong language, has a lower temperature compared to surrounding areas due to the high altitude.
During the rice harvest season, ripe rice in Thien Sinh valley and the massive Then Pa terraced fields of Ha Nhi people and Mong people seems to overlay the mountain slopes and valleys with a layer of gold.
A concrete road leads to the mountainous village shrouded by clouds. Previously, the village used to be an isolated and mysterious area, as only strong young Mong men with excellent driving skills could reach the village with motorbikes, and villagers did not have access to power or telecommunications services.
4. Y Ty
Y Ty is about 70km away from Sa Pa. This mountainous commune is located at an altitude of 2,000m above sea level and covered with green forest. Therefore, Y Ty is cool all year round.
|A golden carpet in harvest season. Photo: Nhandan|
The commune is home to Mông, Dao, Giáy and Hà Nhì ethnic minority groups. Coming to Y Ty, visitors can also discover the culture of local people, experiencing a different lifestyle along with sightseeing.
|Y Ty in snow. Photo: VnExpress|
It is recommended to travel to Y Ty by motorbike due to the challenging mountainous routes in this area. Travelers can stay in many homestays in the commune with reasonable prices and good services.
5. Dragon Waterfall
Dragon Waterfall is located in the area between Trung Ho village and Po Ho Low village, about 50km from Sapa town.
The waterfall is very high and looks like a white dragon in the middle of the rocky mountain, so the waterfall is also known as Bach Long (white dragon). You need to go over a rocky hilly road to get here.
|Dragon Waterfall. Photo: Dalatcity|
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