Now here’s a plain that’s far from plain. Located 700m above sea level, Khai Trung plain is surrounded by ranges of high rocky mountains and primeval forests and is an ideal place for tourists
to relax amidst the cool climate and beautiful flowers.
|Khai Trung plain attracts visitors because of its climate and beautiful scenery all year round. — Photo vov.vn|
The plain is about 20km from the centre of Luc Yen District, Yen Bai Province.
After crossing Ben Lan Bridge, the concrete path to Khai Trung slants towards the sky, allowing the plain to gradually appear.
The gates of mountain villages in Khai Trung are arched like rainbows turned up at the top of slope. From here, a road slopes gently to the plain land and then is lost in the green of fields, trees, sky and mountains.
The first thing visitors notice is the climate. The wind doesn’t blow directly into Khai Trung as it mixes with the mountain air, giving the area cool climate.
According to Hoang Thi Toi, a Luc Yen District cultural worker, visiting Khai Trung which has a total area of 25ha, in any season is fine, but tourists should come in spring or autumn as the weather and flowers are at their best.
|Tourists will be sunk in the scent and colours of various types of flowers in Khai Trung Plain. — Photo courtesy of Dinh Van An|
Toi said a single ticket to visit the flower fields costs a mere VND30,000 (US$1.3).
The cosmos flower field is a particularly popular spot for sightseeing and photography.
Tourist Nguyen Thi Hoai, who lives in Ha Giang Province, said she has visited many places but the beauty of flowers attracted her much.
“As a woman, I like flowers very much and I found many kinds of flowers here. It is an ideal place to take beautiful photos,” said Hoai.
“I saw that Khai Trung plain was very cool and fresh so I had an idea to plant various flowers to serve tourists and create jobs for locals,” said Dinh Van An, head of Dai An Co-operative.
Khai Trung Commune’s People’s Committee is working with Dai An Co-operative to built restaurants, a swimming pool and areas to take wedding photos and hold outdoor activities.
“In the future, I will build more entertainment places and food stalls to introduce local specialities to visitors,” An added.
Khai Trung is not only beautiful and charming above ground, but is also known for its stunning caves hidden deep in the limestone mountains like Thien Cung, Doi and Tac En caves.
Two kilometres from the flower valley, there is Thien Cung (also known as Giap Luong) cave in Giap Luong Hamlet.
Tourists will be sunk in the scent and colours of various types of flowers in Khai Trung Plain. — Photo courtesy of Dinh Van An
Tourists visit Thien Cung Cave. — Photo courtesy of Dinh Van An
Besides visiting the flower valley and caves, visitors can see the daily life of the area’s indigenous peoples thanks to cultural practices from the Tay and Dao ethnic groups.
There are 20 homestays in Khai Trung now. So If you are exhausted, you can stop at the stilt houses in the commune to enjoy the special regional dishes such as Lam Thuong duck, Bong fish (a kind of carp) or simple dishes of wild vegetables and maize wine.
One thing’s for sure, a trip to Khai Trung will create lasting memories for anyone lucky enough to visit. VNS
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