Bac Kan Town Vietnam

Bac Kan town offers beautiful off the beaten path cycling holidays in north East Vietnam. Best Bac Kan Vietnam cycle tours include Bac Kan bike adventures, Bac Kan cycling holidays, north Vietnam road cycling tours, biking northern Vietnam, and Bac Kan mountain biking trip.

Bac Kan town is a provincial capital of Bac Kan Province in the northeast region of Vietnam. It takes about 5-6 hours drive to get to Bac Kan town from Hanoi.

Bac Kan town Map

The town traces its origins to a fort established in 1880 and upgraded to city on 11 March 2015. It is divided into six wards including Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Duc Xuan, Song Cau, Phung Chi Kien, Huyen Tung, Xuan Hoa, and 2 communes are Duong Quang, and Nong Thuong.


Bac Kan was established as a fort in 1880 for troops of the Nguyen government during the 1878 revolt of Li Yung Choï coincident with the Black Flag Army. Following Li’s capture and decapitation, the remains of his group reformed under Liu Zhiping and with 5,000 men attacked the fort defended by 300 Annamite soldiers in 1881.

The town of Bac Kan was one of the early headquarters of the Viet Minh in the war against the French. Jean-Étienne Valluy aimed to surround the area and capture the town in Operation Léa between 7 October and 22 December 1947. A parachute drop caught the Viet Minh by surprise and seized letters left on the desk of Ho Chi Minh. Both Ho and Vo Nguyen Giap escaped only by hiding in camouflaged holes nearby.

Getting to Bac Kan town

There is neither train nor plane from Hanoi to Bac Kan town. The best way to get to Bac Kan town from Hanoi is to rent a car with driver. You will be picked up in Hanoi and brought to Bac Kan town Vietnam. Those who are on budget can take public bus. There are direct buses from My Dinh bus station to Bac Kan town. Booking a guided tour (with a tour guide) is highly recommended. An English-speaking guide is helpful in such off the beaten path place like Bac Kan town Vietnam.

Bac Kan City Weather

The climatic condition of Bac Kan city is typically tropical monsoonal, which exhibits two distinct seasons. The rainy season starts from May to October accounting for about 88-90% of the annual rainfall, Vietnam weather. The dry climatic conditions is between November and April. This results in water shortage conditions during the dry months in Bac Kan town Vietnam.

Cycling in Bac Kan town Vietnam

Cycling is a great way to discover one of best Vietnam’s hidden places. Bac Kan town has sealed, paved cycle routes, single dirt tracks, mountain bike trails, backroads cycling offering fantastic bike rides for enthusiastic mountain bikers. We have a range of road cycling trip and mountain bike tours around Bac Kan town and the Bac Kan region, providing options for both those who want some mountainous challenges and those who prefer long flat rides.

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Ba Kan Holiday Packages

Check out our best Bac Kan holiday packages including not only Vietnam family cycling tours, Bac Kan cycling trip, Bac Kan Vietnam cycling vacation, Bac Kan biking tour, but also other road trips, scooter, motorcycle tours are arranged in Bac Kan province, northern Vietnam. Join these tours to discover the province of Bac Kan as well as other non-touristy places in north east Vietnam.

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