Yen Bai

Area: 6,886.3 sq. km.
Population: 792.7 thousand habitants (2015).
Capital: Yen Bai City.
Administrative divisions:
- Town: Nghia Lo.
- Districts (7): Luc Yen, Van Yen, Mu Cang Chai, Tran Yen, Yen Binh, Van Chan, Tram Tau.
Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Tay, Dao, H'Mong...


Situated on the gateway to North-West Viet Nam, Yen Bai Province borders Lao Cai, Ha Giang provinces in the north, Son La Province in the west, Tuyen Quang Province in the east, and Phu Tho Province in the south.

Terrain includes mountain, hill and valley. The network of rivers is complex with many falls and waterfalls. Climate in lowland is different from highland. Annual average temperature is from 18oC to 28oC.



Yen Bai's large forest ranges supply valuable pomu, lat hoa, cho chi wood. Van Yen cinnamon, Suoi Giang tea, Tu Le glutinous rice are special products. The province owns well-known stone-pit in Luc Yen, too.


Yen Bai has artificial Thac Ba Lake, a scenic spot as well as a historical place. The lake consists of 1,331 hill-islands, varies vegetation cover and a diverse ecological setting. In the middle of the lake stands the Mong Son Grotto, home of the Yen Bai Party Committee during the anti-American resistance. Coming to there, tourists are able to relax in the lake, climb the mountain and explore the forests.


The province is also famous for Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields which recognized as National Landscape by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


Visitors are attracted to Dong Cuong and Dai Cai temples. Archaeologists have found many remains of the Son Vi culture in the Dong Cuong Temple area. Dai Cai Temple was built on a large area covered with many green trees and beautiful riverside roads.

Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields



Yen Bai City is 180km from Ha Noi. There are National Road No.32 linking Ha Noi and Lai Chau and National Road No.37 connecting Thai Binh and Son La via Yen Bai.


Bus:  Buses leave daily for Yen Bai Station (Group 7, Nguyen Thai Hoc St., Yen Bai City) from Ha Noi’s My Dinh, Giap Bat and Yen Nghia Bus Stations.


Train: The province is on the railway from Ha Noi to Yen Bai then Lao Cai.

Yen Bai Railway Station

218 Tran Hung Dao St., Yen Bai City

Nghia Lo Hotel

Add: 232 Dien Bien St., Nghia Lo Town

Tel: (84-216) 3870 106

Hong Nhung Hotel

Add: 4 Ngo Sy Lien St., Yen Bai City

Tel: (84-216) 3850 352

Hanh Hoa Vien Hotel

Add: Km 0, National Highway No. 70, Dai Dong Commune, Yen Binh Dist.

Tel: (84-216) 3885 244

Song Hong Hotel

Add: Hong Ha Ward, Yen Bai City

Tel: (84-216) 3862 255

Hao Gia Guest House

Add: Dong Tam Ward, Yen Bai City

Tel: (84-216) 3854 977

Son Thuy Restaurant

Add: 600 Dien Bien St., Yen Bai City

Tel: (84-216) 3852 695

Dai Hung Restaurant

Add: 60 Le Loi St., Yen Bai City

Tel: (84-216) 3856 066