Northern Vietnam always offers challenging experience for those who is enthusiastic to explore. If you’ve heard of the two sites of Ta Xua and Binh Lieu which enchant backpackers in Vietnam, you probably also know the majestic “dinosaur’s spine” which is both beautiful and dangerous.
1. North-western: Ta Xua, Son La
Located in Bac Yen District, Son La Province, Ta Xua Mountains create a natural boundary between Yen Bai and Son La, with three peaks constituting an extremely majestic wonders.
Majestic Ta Xua Mount is composed by three peaks characterized as “tortoise” and “dinosaur’s spine” with starting point in Cong village, Tram Tau district, Yen Bai province. The highest peak of 2.865m is ranked 10th highest mountain in Vietnam. To conquer the mountain, a climber with a fine physical condition needs 3 days and 2 nights and, an experienced one with good physical health needs 2 days and 1 night.
It attracts many young people who are passionate about conquering adventurous heights. However, not everyone is lucky enough to catch the moment of clouds stretching under the foot. Appropriate time to hunt cloudy scenery in Ta Xua is in the winter from December to March every year when you have more chance to see a cloud valley easily.
Also, on your discovery, you can also enjoy wild flowers growing like beds covering the walkway. Wild flowers without name of the forest also contribute to the poetic, haunting and amazing beauuty of the magnificent mountain.
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2. North-eastern: Binh Lieu, Quang Ninh
Located about 100 kilometres to the northeast of Ha Long city center, Binh Lieu is a mountainous district near the border. Binh Lieu is considered a Sapa in miniature as you can learn about many ethnic minorities such as Dao, Tay and San Chi, … living here. It also offers excellent views of the vast mountains and you can also breathe the cinnamon, sweet fennel flavor and hear the rattling sound of a thousand streams.
With varied terrain structures of the high mountains of Dong Trieu – Mong Cai, Binh Lieu is endowed with many beautiful landscapes. Binh Lieu is always beautiful around the year, so just arrange your schedule, hit the road and explore it. Binh Lieu has different beauties in every season.
From the town of Binh Lieu, you can drive toward Hoanh Mo on 8C Highway then turn right into the Ngan Chuong village, you can get to the famous border line 1302 and 1305. From the border line 1302, continue to drive 9 km more, you will come to two famous sites in this trip: the dinosaur’s spine and border line 1305. On the way, you will admire border roads with specific characteristics of the topography.
There’s no stair to the 1305, so you have to trek across the dinosaur’s spine. Fastest time for this trekking is over 2 hours in nice weather. This is the border between Vietnam and China, so sometimes you can see Chinese soldiers patrolling.
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