The land of the yellow-bark tree
As a legend of the local La Chi people has it, Hoang Su Phi owes its unforgettable scenery to the yellow-bark tree. To quote the La Chi elders, during the Great Flood, all the trees under heaven were submerged under a deluge. Only one massive yellow tree remained, in which the humans sought shelter. After the flood receded, some people cut down the tree to make their own houses. The trunk and leaves of the tree fell across Hoang Su Phi and turned into the district’s craggy mountains and canyons. Ever since, Hoang Su Phi is called “the land of the yellow-bark tree”.
Where to go
Hoang Su Phi’s Terraced Fields
Generations of Hoang Su Phi people sculpted these terraced fields into our steep mountain slopes, which now overlook stunning valleys. They are quite wondrous to behold, especially during May (the monsoon season) and September (the harvest season). If you love to take beautiful photos, you don’t want to miss coming to Hoang Su Phi during these seasons!
Tay Con Linh mountain range
Spanning the Hoang Su Phi and Vi Xuyen district, the Tay Con Linh mountain range is considered sacred by the La Chi people. Here, you can attempt to conquer the Tay Con Linh summit, the highest mountain in Northeastern Vietnam!
Things to do
Experience the secret herbal bath recipe of the Dao people
The Dao people are famed for their secret herbal bath recipes. Soak your trek away with a meltingly hot bath made from the mountain herbs!
Where to stay
Stay in the midst of nature
Tucked into the mountains by the Upper Chay River, Pan Hou Village is a nice lodge and trekking base in Hoang Su Phi. The lodge is very eco-friendly, utilizing solar-panel-powered fans and hot water.