Lang Son is a northern province of Vietnam. With two international border gates, Dong Dang and Huu Nghi, Lang Son holds an important position in Vietnam economy. In addition to the two gates, the province also possesses 7 markets along its border with China.
In general, about 80% of the province’s area is mountains. The lowest point in the province is 20m high; it is in the area of Huu Lung district. In contrast, with a height of 1541m, Mau Son Mountain is considered the highest peak in Lang Son. The most mountainous part of the province is Mau Son, which is 30km away to the East of Lang Son City.
There are 7 ethnic groups residing across different districts of the provinces. They include Nung, Tay, Kinh, Dao, Hoa, San Chay, and H’mong. Even though the populations of these groups are not the same, their deeply root cultures and traditions distinguish them clearly from one another.
Nowadays, Lang Son is considered one of the most potential provinces of Vietnam in term of agriculture development, natural resources, trading, and especially tourism. The province takes pride for its many natural and historical sites reflecting the diverse nature of its culture: the Bac Son Culture Site, the Mai Pha Culture Site, etc. Besides, it is hard to miss the province’s famous sights that have gone into Vietnamese literature and music such as Dong Dang, Ky Lua, To Thi, Tam Thanh.
Only 30km away from the center of Lang Son City, Mau Son Mountain is located in Loc Binh District, Lang Son Province. This natural wonder has an ability to mesmerize anyone who is strong and lucky enough to make it to its peak, from which they can witness one of the most magnificent sceneries of Southeast Asia.
The site was not open to tourists until January 1936 when Dr. O Pflot, a student of Dr. Alexandre Yersin visited Mau Son to collect some Vietnamese traditional medicinal herbs. Amazed by the artless beauty of Mau Son, he insisted the French governor on permitting tourism activities to develop in the region. He finally got accepted and started constructing the tourist villas in the same year. It took O Pflot about 7 years to finish his dream site and the result was rewarding. Nowadays, you can find many ancient stone villas on the side of the mountain.
The Fortress of the Mac Dynasty is located in Tam Thanh district of Lang Son Province. This used to be one of the most important military constructions in the feudal period of Vietnam history. Nowadays, it is ranked as a national site and is being renovated to welcome tourists from all over the country.
The most prominent part of this site is two long stone walls running between the cliffs of mountains. According to many researches of historians, the walls that we see nowadays are the vestiges of a vital military center standing between the northern part and the southern part of the country.
Standing on the peak of the fortress which lies between two spectacular cliffs, you can spread your view all over a natural, untouched yet mysterious area. You can also notice from the high walls many dangerous spike traps surrounding the fortress. All of these elements of the fortress enabled the Mac Dynasty to rule and keep the border safe for nearly one century.
There was once a Vietnamese traditional folksong praising the beauty of Lang Son:
“Dong Dang co pho Ky Lua
Co nang To Thi co chua Tam Thanh ”
Which can be translated as followed:
“Dong Dang has the Ky Lua Street
The lady called To Thi and the Tam Thanh Temple.”
This saying is often used by people all over Vietnam to refer to the most four famous places in Lang Son province. However, as the saying refer only to Tam Thanh Temple, people often fail to notice that there is not just a Tam Thanh Temple in Lang Son. In fact, the name also addresses a spectacular grotto! Located in Tam Thanh Ward of Lang Son City, the Tam Thanh Grotto is one of the most famous grottoes in the northern Vietnam. The 8m high entrance of the grotto is situated to the West of Ky Lua street. You can find there dense groves and a stone staircase. The steps as well as a poem of the mandarin poet Ngo Thi Si are carved into the mountain side.
The poet did quite a great job praising the magnificence of Tam Thanh Grotto. Just as the poem says, you can let yourself go in the murmuring sound of the water streams falling on giant blocks of rocks. Tam Thanh Grotto might not be as big as the caves in Quang Ninh, but it is surely a wonderful getaway if you want to try something new or just simply to get a few quite moments to reflect on your adventurous trip in Vietnam.
Our correspondent next to you
Best Time To Visit Vietnam
“when is the best time to visit Vietnam?”
If you’re not entirely sure about the time to go, let us clear your clouded thought by a fact that any time can be a good time to travel to Vietnam.
Why? The different weather patterns from the North to the South of Vietnam give each month in the year an advantage.
Visa on arrival in Vietnam
For our clients who need a visa to enter Vietnam
Agenda Tour Offir for all its customers the administrative costs of the prior approval of Visa on arrival in Vietnam. This means that customers can prepare only 25 usd / person for the printing costs of visa and 2 photos Identities…»en savoir plus
Vietjet will give away 400,000 promotional tickets, starting at zero dong, in a bid to meet passengers' surging demand for travel, the airline said.»en savoir plus