The gateway between North and West is Yen Bai Province (Tỉnh Yên Bái). I think you should know this province to know more About 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 (Trà Suối Giàng), Tu Le glutinous rice are special products. The province owns well-known stone-pit in Luc Yen, too.
A girl goes to harvest Suoi Giang Leaves
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.
Lake Thác Bà
Visitors are attracted to Đông Cuông 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.
Đông Cuông Temple
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).
Moreover, Sơn Trà is the specific tree that lives widely in Yen Bai. This tree is very useful, you can use its fruits, roots, leaves or flowers to treat the sickness.
To sum up, before planning to visit Vietnam, I suggest you should visit this menu to see more which interesting places you should go first. We still have many amazing places About Vietnam and will share as soon as possible. Hope you have an amazing trip in my beautiful country and Happy Lunar New Year.