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Lang Son Travel Guide

Lang Son Travel GuideLang Son is a frontier mountainous province in the North-East of Vietnam. The province has potentiality of mineral, forestry, tourism and trading. Star aniseed (Hoa Hoi) is a specialty. The province is proud of many culture and historical vestiges. They are Rampart of Mac Dynasty, Doan Citadel Vestige, Chi Lang Defile, Ky Cung and Bac Le temples.

Lang Son is a city in far northern Vietnam, also  the capital of Lang Sơn province. It is easily accessible by road and rail from Hanoi.

With an area of 830.521 ha, Lang Son is one of the most important commercial port in the North, especially with China. Nowadays, Lang Son is an attractive tourist destination of the northernmost with many interesting things, from scenes, cuisines to people.

About the tourist sites, Lang Son boasts some prominent places that you can’t miss.

1. Nhi Thanh Cave, near Tam Thanh Cave and located in the Lang Son city, is a 500-meter-deep natural stone cave with colorful stalagmites.

2. Chi Lang Complex: a 20-km-long structure is created from a narrow valley between two mountains. This place is associated with a great victory of Vietnam in the past and considered as the strongest citadel at the time.

3. Mau Son Mountain: 30km from Lang Son City to the east, Mau Son Mountain is a 1541-meter-high mountain with cool weather. Mau Son Mountain is surrounded by several smaller mountains. The speciality of Mau Son Mountain is Mau Son Peach with sweet and unforgettable flavor.

4. Ky Lua Market: the most interesting and busiest place in Lang Son where one can buy anything in one place including traditional attires, foods, souvenirs and more. This place also gives visitors great chances to meet and talk with the locals.

You can visit some other places like Tam Thanh Caves and To Thi Mountain or just peek into a local house for a real experience.


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Chi Lang Defile

Chi Lang Defile, Lang Son TravelThe Chi Lang Border is located in Chi Lang District, Lang Son Province, and 110km from Hanoi and 60km from the Sino-Vietnamese border.

The mountains were opened in two locations to form two gates. The northern gate was named Quy Mon Quan, meaning "monster gate," after the Chinese invaders who entered Vietnam through this gate. The southern gate was called Ngo The, meaning "swearing gate." Vietnamese ancestors who swore to sacrifice their lives to protect their motherland and to prevent invaders from entering Vietnam via this defile built the gates.

In the past, in this area that King Le Hoan defeated the Chinese Sung troops in 981 and killed all the enemies. In 1076, Prince Consort Than Canh Phuc set a front line against 300,000 Sung enemies. Led by Quach Quy in 1285, Nguyen Dia Lo killed traitor Tran Kien in the second National Resistance against Yuan-Mongol invaders. In 1427, Lam Son righteous army killed invader leader Lieu Thang, caught Hoang Phuc, killed 10,000 Ming enemies and overthrew all their maneuvers.

Now Chi Lang Defile is considered a historical vestige with imposing landscape where visitors stop to enjoy the natural scenery.


Tam Thanh Grotto

Tam Thanh Grotto, Lang Son VietnamTam Thanh Grotto is one of the famous grottoes in Lang Son, lying west of Ky Lua Street. Its door is approximately 8m high, opening to a corridor with 30 stone steps carved into the mountain. There are dense groves hiding the grotto from the sun. Poet Ngo Thi Si (1726 - 1780) carved one of his texts on the grotto wall while he was a Mandarin guard in Lang Son.

The poem praises the magnificent natural beauty of the area, more specifically the sound of the water stream falling on hundreds of rocks, almost like a graceful murmur. Vong Phu Mountain, meaning "waiting for a husband," is located nearby. Here, one can explore a grotto with marvelous stalactites and a statue of Buddha.


Nhi Thanh Grotto

Nhi Thanh Grotto, Lang Son TravelNhi Thanh Grotto is 600 meters deep. On the cliffs at the entrance are 20 inscriptions that are precious historical and literary documents, including autographs of famous scholars. The statue of scholar Ngo Thi Sy on the cliff engraved in 1779 is a precious work of art. The grotto has numerous stalactites and stalagmites in different shapes.

Above the grotto is Tam Giao Pagoda, which was built in 1779. The pagoda is dedicated to Confucian, Buddha and Laotze.

Tam Giao Pagoda and Nhi Thanh Grotto is one of the eight sites that attract a large number of visitors in Lang Son.

Lang Son Transportation

Lang Son is 154km from Hanoi, 60km from Thai Nguyen, 48km from Quang Ninh, 55km from Cao Bang, 73km from Bac Kan.

Road: National highway routes on the territory of Lang Son province:
- No.1A: It departs from Huu Nghi Quan (Friendship Gate) and runs through Lang Son Province to Hanoi.
- No.1B: between Lang Son and Thai Nguyen.
- No.4A: between Lang Son and Cao Bang.
- No.4B: from Lang Son to Tien Yen Townlet of Quang Ninh Province.
- No.31: between Dinh Lap and Bac Giang
- No.279: Binh Gia of Lang Son Province to Bac Kan.

Train: Hanoi-China international railway line with over 100km runs through Lang Son.

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