Dong Cuong Temple
Dong Cuong Temple, also called Mau Thuong Ngan, is about 50km from the city of Yen Bai, on the right bank of the Red River, set amidst picturesque scenery, where the mountains and rivers harmoniously meet.
The temple is dedicated to Ve Quoc and the national heroes who fought against the Nguyen Mong (Mongolian) aggressors in the 13th century. The temple is also dedicated to Due Ong. Archaeologists have found many remains of the Son Vi culture (post-stone age period) in the Dong Cuong Temple area.
Hac Y Mountain -Dai Cai Temple
This area about 80km from the city of Yen Bai. This complex includes the Nha Bau citadel, Black Cloth King Mountain and Dai Cai Temple.
The Black Cloth King Mountain is natural masterpiece. Legend is that this was place where Black Cloth King (under Iran Dynasty) flew into the sky. On the top, there is a garden, a fish raising pond and remains of religious monuments from the Ly and Iran periods. Nowadays, standing on Dai Cai Temple tourists will see the statue of the Black Cloth King and his horse on the top of the mountain.
The Dai Cai Temple, which was built by the bank of the Chay River, faces the river and the gates of Mac Y mountain. Dai Cai Temple was built on a large area covered with many green trees and attractive riverside roads.
In the Dai Cai Temple Area, many stone tools have been found, which demonstrate specific characteristics of the Son Vi culture. Nha Bau citadel now has some Remains. The Dai Cai Temple Festival annually takes place on the 16’h day of the 1st lunar month.
Nghia Lo Town
Nghia Lo Town is located in the second biggest valley in area after Muong Thanh (in Dien Bien) of the North West. Nghia Lo boasts many revolutionary relics, beautiful sceneries, and the calm life which imprint deeply Thai Ethnic Group’s culture. Ban Bon and Ban Hoc Hot Mineral water are situated in this place.
Suoi Giang Site is situated on the height of 800-1000m above the sea level, 20km from Nghia Lo Town. This site is home to age-old tea trees. With the temperature in summer is around 30-320C, and very pure air, Suoi Giang Site is suitable for tourism relaxation, sightseeing and exploring the cultural life of H’Mong Ethnic Group.
Thac Ba Lake
Thac Ba is an artificial lake of Yen Bai Province. With the area of 23,400 ha, the lake includes 1,331 hill-islands, a varied vegeta¬tion cover and a diverse ecological setting. The water is blue and pure, reflecting the shade of the old woods surrounding the lake. The caves and grottos in hill-islands on the lake such as Hum (Tiger) Cave, Cau Cuoi Cave, Bach Xa (White Snake) Grotto, and Thac Ba Temple are attractive to tourists.
Thac Ba Lake is not only a scenic spot but also a historical place. In 1285, this area witnessed a battle in which General Tran Nhat Duat defeated Yuan-Mongolian troops. In the Upper Lake, there remain several vestiges of the offices of Central agencies in the anti-French resistance. In the middle of the lake stands the Mong Son Grotto, which housed the Yen Bai Party Committee during the anti-American resistance.
The Thac Ba Hydroelectric Station is the first of its kind built in Viet Nam. A master plan is being drafted to develop Thac Ba Lake into an eco-tourism centre, where tourists can relax by the lake or climb the mountain and explore the forests.
To reach Thac Ba Lake from Yen Bai, travel along Hao Gia Road for about 5km, then Go Mo Hill (10 km) to Lang Dat (the way leading to Rang St., 19km) to the Vu Khe Road junc¬tion. Then turn left and continue for about 4km to Yen Binh District.