The Mystery Of Ta Xua - Untold Stories For Years

Blessed by nature and located at one of the top ten highest mountains in Vietnam, Ta Xua in North country is regarded as a "miniature Sapa" - a fairy scene on earth. It is not only a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities but also a hidden gem for most of the foreign travellers as well as a mystery that challenges those who are passionate about exploring the new land.

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Where exactly is Ta Xua?

As the name suggests, Ta Xua is situated at Ta Xua Mountain, a highland commune belonging to Bac Yen district and adjacent to the two districts of Tram Tau (Yen Bai Province) and Bac Yen (Son La Province). This mountainous regions in North Vietnam are also home to a large number of H’mong ethnic people.

Ta Xua 1The majestic scenery of Ta Xua mountain in Son La province

Untold stories about Ta Xua

Ta Xua is at an altitude of 1,500 - 1,700m above sea level. On cloudy days, you can feel that the earth and sky are getting closer together while standing on high mountains in Ta Xua. On the other hand, Ta Xua appears as a majestic landscape with a deep blue colour typical of the mountains, plus white clouds looming on the clear blue sky on sunny days. It is compared with the fairyland with a story about a mighty creature. Can you guess what it is?

Ta Xua 2At an altitude of 2000m above sea level, this place is also known by the name Clouds Paradise

1.      Dinosaur Backbone - The Challenge Not For a Weak Heart

People here believe that Ta Xua mountain range, also known as Phu Sa Phin, was the embody of a giant dinosaur lying and hidden in the clouds. Three main peaks of the mountain formed the shape of the dinosaur's back and the small route running through the narrow ridge linking between the three summits is the backbone of the dinosaur.

Ta Xua 3Dinosaur backbone

With a rough pathway up to the mountain, extremely deep cliffs and steep slopes along the two sides of the mountain that covered in mist and wet drizzles, “Dinosaur backbone” is considered the desired destination and the real challenge for experienced motorbikers.

Ta Xua 4...Not for a weak heart

If you are not one of those experienced or daring bikers but still want to find strong emotions and overcome your limits, try to have thrilling trekking, instead. It is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking trekking trails in Vietnam. The scene from the dinosaur backbone is one-of-the-kind and will be your unforgettable experience.

2.       Cloud Hunting in Ta Xua

Thanks to its rugged terrain and untouched mountainous nature, Ta Xua is not only the land with awe-inspiring landscapes but also well- known as the floating ocean of clouds, a fairy scene on earth. Therefore, the “cloud hunt” journey in the highest Mountain Peak of Ta Xua is one of the best things must-do once you get here.

Ta Xua 5A female visitor is feeling excited at the scene majestic scenery of a cloudy valley in the sunset at Ta Xua nature reserve

Unlike clouds in Y Ty, Sapa, Sin Ho, Tam Dao ... Clouds in Ta Xua melts slower so you can enjoy the comfort and take photos from early morning to noon. The best time to encounter the cloud ocean is from December to March and the most cloudy time in Ta Xua is when it drizzles and has high humidity with a large difference in temperature between day and night.

Ta Xua 6View of Dinosaur backbone Ta Xua, Bac Yen, Son La, Vietnam

Especially from 5 to 7 a.m, the valley will appear as a vast sea of fluffy clouds right in front of your eyes. It will make you feel like the ocean of cloud is floating under your feet and the cloudy sky could be reached with just a gentle touch. The most beautiful hunting spots in Ta Xua include Ta Xua Mountain, Hang Dong Commune, Xim Vang Commune, Chuu Village, and the Dinosaur backbone...

How to get to Ta Xua?

The distance from Hanoi to Ta Xua is about 264km. You can travel to this wonderful land by coach or public long-haul bus. The bus starts from Yen Nghia Coach Station to Phu Yen and then you continue another ride to Bac Yen. Since this commune is in the mountainous area, the road is quite steep and narrow, you need to catch a local motorbike taxi for a distance of about 15km from there to Ta Xua.

Ta Xua 7A motorbike on the trail and below is a sea of clouds with the light of sunset in Ta Xua Commune, Son La Province, Vietnam

If you don't want to change the transport, the only way to get to Ta Xua is to go by motorcycle. You can reach it with a ride from Hanoi - Son Tay - Trung Ha Bridge - Thu Cuc (Highway 32) - Phu Yen - Bac Yen Town (Highway 37) - Ta Xua and return by two different roads, through Tram Tau or Bac Yen.

Homestay or camping in Ta Xua?

If you are adventurous travellers, camping at the foot of the mountain is not a bad idea. It is the best way to explore all the beauty of the surrounding areas in Ta Xua by yourself. However, make sure to bring enough cold weather gear as it's really cold at night in the mountains.

Ta Xua 8A group of young tourists camped on top of the mountain with the majestic scenery of a cloudy valley in the sunset at Ta Xua nature

If not, homestay is a perfect option for you. You can try some mountainous speciality or enjoy hot bathtubs mixed with herbs with a small fee. With the cold outside, the hot bath is definitely a real haven. Since Ta Xua is unaffected by any tourism initiative of the government or the locals, the service here is not as convenient as in other tourist attractions. Nevertheless, it is still an amazing place to experience local life.

Here are some local accommodations in Ta Xua for you to consider:

Ngong Ta Xua Hostel

  • Address: Bac Yen Town, Son La province
  • Tel: 098 455 19 38

Bac Yen Guesthouse

  • Address: Bac Yen Town, Son La province
  • Tel: 022 386 0304

Dong Tam Hotel

  • Address: Highway 37, Bac Yen Town
  • Tel: 022 3860 139

Thuy Lien Guesthouse

  • Address: Highway 37, Bac Yen Town
  • Tel: 022 3860 042

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