Natural splendor gets intense at Na Hang lake

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The Na Hang Lake is often described as a miniature version of Ha Long Bay but photographer Le Cao Hai shows its beauty can stand on its own without comparison.

Na Hang lake is located in the centre of Na Hang District, more than 100 kilometres from Tuyen Quang city to the north. With more than 8,000 hectares of water surface, the lake is surrounded by poetic and majestic landscapes, making it an attractive tourist attraction for visitors from both home and abroad.

Taking a boat trip on the lake at any time of the day, from early dawn to sun set, visitors can breathe in the pure atmosphere and admire the pristine and mysterious beauty.

Blue sky and hundreds of surrounding mountains cast their reflections on the smooth water surface of the lake, creating a picturesque and tranquil panorama which can leave a strong impression on first-time visitors.

In early morning, the lake is shrouded in a thick blanket of fog, the clouds seem to linger on one side of the mountains, while a flock of white storks hover in the sky, making the landscape look more surreal like the setting of a movie.

When the sun comes out, the scene appears more clearly, with the crystal clear blue sky and mirror-like water surface.

Na Hang Lake is the confluence of Gam and Nang rivers. The meeting venue of the two rivers is Pac Ta mountain, the highest mountain in the district. At the foot of the mountain stands Pac Ta temple, which worships a concubine of General Tran Nhat Duat from the 13th century.

Following Gam river upstream visitors can drop by Pac Vang temple.

Travellers who love adventurous experiences can take a trek to Mo, Cay Dai and Cay Sung waterfalls, which are located inside the Na Hang Natural Reserve. Lying amid a remote jungle along the banks of Gam and Nang rivers, the reserve is renowned for its magnificent caves and a diverse ecosystem with many endangered flora and fauna species.

One of the most spectacular waterfalls in the area is Khuoi Nhi, which is akin to white silk across the cliff as it is seen from afar.

There are also many other fascinating spots to visit including Khuay Sung and Khuay Me waterfalls, Phia Vai cave, and Xa Ta mountain.

Chan, a local rower said that it might take visitors three or four days to finish a full tour of Na Hang lake, or they can spend at least four hours to tour the highlighted attractions around the lake.

Natural splendor gets intense at Na Hang lake

The lake lies at the confluence of the Gam and Nang rivers in the northern Tuyen Quang Province and spreads over 80 square kilometers.

Hai made a trip to Tuyen Quang in April and captured the stunningly pristine beauty of the lake, enabled by the fact that it remains off the beaten track on tourism maps. 

Natural splendor gets intense at Na Hang lake

Located at an altitude of over 1,000 m above sea level, Na Hang is always shrouded with fog early morning, especially in the winter, from November to January. 

Natural splendor gets intense at Na Hang lake

Local legend has it that Na Hang marks the place where a gigantic phoenix landed, leaving behind a footmark comprising 99 mountains.

Natural splendor gets intense at Na Hang lake

Sunrays add shine to greenery on a hill that rises out of turquoise waters on which a man rows his boat. 

Hai said visitors can rent a boat to travel around the lake and reach limestone mountains like Pac Ta and the famous Coc Vai Pha.

Natural splendor gets intense at Na Hang lake

Sunrays add shine to greenery on a hill that rises out of turquoise waters on which a man rows his boat. 

Hai said visitors can rent a boat to travel around the lake and reach limestone mountains like Pac Ta and the famous Coc Vai Pha.

Natural splendor gets intense at Na Hang lake

An aerial view explains the repeated comparison of Na Hang Lake with Ha Long Bay. 

The most ideal time to visit Na Hang is from May to September, when the weather is cool and calm. 

Natural splendor gets intense at Na Hang lake

On small green islets, people build houses and make rafts to catch fish and shrimp.

Natural splendor gets intense at Na Hang lake

A boatman carries a tourist to visit Na Hang Lake at sunset. 

Natural splendor gets intense at Na Hang lake

There are no accommodation and tourism services around the lake. 

Visitors can stay at ethnic stilt-house homestays in Nam Dip Village in Lam Binh District. They can try some unique ethnic dishes made from mountainous pigs or Na Hang Lake fish and enjoy music performances.

By Huynh Phuong, Le Cao Hai for E.VnExpress.net

Our sources for our articles are from Must See in Vietnam Reporters, Local-Insider , Vietnam ExpressThe Crazy TouristsRoad Affairs , Vietnam PlusThe TravelVietnam Discovery and What about Vietnamthe No 1 Vietnam Travellers Podcast website

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