LANG SON – Travel guide + Tips + Transport


Lang Son – Vietnam (Travel guide). Lang Son town and sightseeing hill near the town.

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Lang Son is an important strategic point on the border with China.

    • Lang Son province (Lạng Sơn) with its capital of the same name is located 140 km northeast of Hanoi. You can get there from Hanoi by bus or train. However, if you take the train, you will see more of the gorgeous mountain scenery. The history of the province is associated with the Bronze Age, when a trade route passed this city, that connected China (Guangzhou) with India. The economy is 80% dependent on agriculture and forestry, and also on mineral resources. An important spice that is grown is star anise having the aromatic lanceolate leaves.

Lang Son city is suitable only as a short stopover.

    • Just a short distance from Lang Son, it is possible to visit Tam Thanh Pagoda. Below this point is Nhi Tanh cave. A Spring Festival is held here every year on January 15. Games and religious ceremonies attract a lot of visitors and travellers. Nhi Tanh cave is 500 m long, it is a spectacular stalactite cave and it looks like the caves of Ha Long Bay. You can go in to the cave by stairs from the pagoda. Thanh nhà Mac is a hill, which also belongs to the historical west part of the town.

Thanh nhà Mac in Lang Son.

Lang Son has practically no visiting foreign tourists.

    • Above the town of Lang Son you will see the rock in the shape of a woman who holds a child – Vong Phu. According to legend, this woman is waiting for a man who went to war and waited so long she petrified to stone. Lang Son town has held Ky Lua market every 2nd and 7th day according to the lunar calendar, where you can meet many ethnic minority people of the Tay, Dao, Nung, and Hmong.

Dong Dang town is an historical monument at the border with China.

    • Dong Dang has a rich war history, and it is also known for its devastation. There is the Dong Dang border gate with China in Dong Dang town, also known as The Gateway of Friendship (Youyi Guan). Vietnamese and Chinese residents pass through the gate so they can sell food and items in another country.

Women from Red Dao – Lang Son (Photo „Red Dao“ from Wagner T. Cassimiro “Aranha“ licenced under CC BY 2.0.)

About 30 km from the town is the fascinating Mau Son mountain.

    • The highest point – Mau Son mountain is 1,600 meters above sea level and attracts lots of travellers. Mau Son mountain fascinates everyone, it’s one of the most beautiful places in Southeast Asia and Vietnam. You will see many stone houses from the time of French colonization in Vietnam. During the winter, this region can be covered with snow and it can be very cold. There will be a cable car build in 2017.

The old military base was built at Mau Son mountain.

    • A few years ago it was still closed for motorcycles, but it is now open for travellers and visitors. In this area you will see many stone villas from the period of French colonization, but some of these villas are closed for visitors. During the winter, this area may be covered with snow, and the roads can be difficult to pass. At the beginning of the 20th century a military base was built as protection from the enemy of China.

🏡 Accommodation in Lang Son (hotels)



The road to the Mau Son mountain in Lang Son province.

Do not forget to visit the valley and the agricultural area of Bac Son.

    • Another stunning place to visit is the valley of Bac Son, which is not far from Lang Son town, about 70 km. The whole valley is surrounded by mountains ranging in height from about 500-1,200 meters. The top of the mountains can be accessed from here, and you will be fascinated by the view of the whole area. The valley is covered by rice fields, flowing rivers and lakes. In Bac Son you can find some typical homestays of local residents. One of the most beutiful view to the area you will find on the Nà Lay peak and it is not so hard to climb there.

Bac Son Valley offers an amazing landscape views and typical homestays.

    • The second biggest ethnic group in Vietnam – the Tay, live in Bac Son district, but also in Lang Son province. The total area of the Bac Son valley is almost 700km² . There is a very fertile land suitable for agriculture, rice and sweet potatoes or corn are grown here. Agriculture is the main source of income for local residents. When to visit Bac Son? The best time to visit Bac Son is from August-September, rice fields are spectacular before the harvest season.

Bac Son valley in Lang Son province.

🚍  How to travel from Hanoi to Lang Son:

    • From Hanoi to Lang Son – there are direct buses + vans and trains from Hanoi to Lang Son town. Use a search engine of transport links Baolau, here you can buy train (hard or soft seat) and some bus tickets to Lang Son. Some buses and vans from Hanoi run to the Lang Son – Friendship Border Station (it is about 20 km from the town of Lang Son). It is also possible to arrive from the city of Cao Bang by local bus.
    • travel by train from Hanoi to Lang Son takes about 4 hours (train tickets costs about $3-4)
    • you can also travel by VIP car or Van (ticket costs only about $11, check Baolau and book tickets online)
    • bus tickets from Hanoi to Lang Son cost about $6-8 (eg. Hoang Long, bus tickets at
      icon-angle-double-rightbook and buy train and bus e-tickets from Hanoi to Lang Son on Baolau or

Soft seats and berth cabin in train (photo: Baolau).

🚍 How to travel from Hanoi to Bac Son:

    • There should be a direct bus from My Dinh bus station in Hanoi (20 Phạm Hùng, Mỹ Đình).
    • This bus is running probably only in the morning (You have to ask at the station for the exact time), but you need to verify this information before you leave Hanoi.
    • Bus tickets from Hanoi to Bac Son you can buy at the My Dinh bus station.

Weather in Lang Son:

    • The weather and temperature in Lang Son is almost the same like in Hanoi. Temperatures are a bit lower.
      Current weather in Lang Son

Accommodation in Lang Son:

Places of Interest in Lang Son:

    • Nhi Thanh cave
    • Tam Thanh pagoda, Bac Le Temple
    • The Fortress of the Mac Dynasty
    • To Thi Mountain and Phu Vong
    • Thành Nhà Mạc historical place
    • Ky Lua market and festival
    • Đông Kinh Market
    • Mau Son mountain and surrounding
    • Dong Dang city
    • Friendship gate in Dong Dang – Youyi Guan
    • Đền mẫu in Dong Dang
    • Bac Son valley (Nà Lay peak, homestays, villages…)
    • Chi Lang Border (Ải Chi Lăng)

 Lang Son – tourist map:

 Where to go from Lang Son:

You can continue to Cao Bang, Ha Long Bay, Hanoi.

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