A Pa Chai Travel Guide

Located 250km from provincial capital of Dien Bien Phu, A Pa Chai  is the first point to put the pen when drawing map of Vietnam country with rolling green beauties of northwestern mountains, with villages of Ha Nhi ethnic located in the jungle canopy,… or the cultural unique space of the highland expressed through costumes, cuisine, lifestyle… Visiting A Pa Chai will be an interesting experience for those who love to explore, conquer and want to try to overcome their own fears by the journey full of difficulties, but also  full of interesting things.

A Pa Chai Dien Bien Phu travel guide

Appropriate time to visit A Pa Chai

To make your trip to conquer your A Pa Chai favorable and nice, the best time you should go to A Pa Chai is from November to April. At this time, it is the dry season, so the roads are easier to move, not eroded or slippery …

In addition, you should avoid going to A Pa Chai on the holidays of 30/4 or 2/9, because at this point, there are many people coming here, so it will not facilitate the accommodation or your lodging.

Transportation to A Pa Chai

You can choose for yourselves the suitable transport among many different ways of moving, depending on the preferences and your financial ability:

By road: You can take a bus or motorcycle from Hanoi to Dien Bien. With the road of about 500 km long, it will take you a whole day to travel from Hanoi to Dien Bien.

A Pa Chai Dien Bien Phu travel guide

By air: Currently, Vietnam Airlines provides the direct flights from Hanoi to Dien Bien, so you will save travel time compared to other ways.

Arriving to Dien Bien city, along Highway 12 approximately 280km by car or motorcycle, you will reach the center of Sin Thau Commune, the starting point for the journey to conquer A Pa Chai.

Conquering A Pa Chai

A Pa Chai is a place associated with the 0 marker, which coordinates 22 ° 23’53 “N – 102 ° 8’51” E, located on the top of Khoang La San mountain, from Dien Bien; there are many ways to reach A Pa Chai, but the road which are chosen by many backpackers is to pass Muong Cha – Muong Nhe – Chung Chai – Leng Su Sin 405 Frontier Station – Ta Kho Nhu – A Pa Chai 317A Frontier Station.

From 317 Frontier Station, you can travel by your vehicles to the foot of Khoang La San mountain, leave your motorbikes at the foot of the mountain and begin your conquering journey.

Passing roads of rocks and dirt, through grassy hills with nearly vertical slope, going through the green jungles with damp forest canopy, vast thorns … the fatigue beginning to spread, the cold of the mountains in the northwest gradually appearing, or the fall and stumble truth hurts will make you disappointed if you do not have a standard resilience and powerful determination to conquer.

And then, the will to conquer flares up again, just need to pass a little more difficult, you get to the extreme western part of the country, get to the sacred and heroic A Pa Chai

A few sips of sweet spring water on the way, or the funny stories and witty storytellers will make you forget about fatigues. Obviously, after the period climbing over the mountain passes, you have to be the landmark of A Pa Chai. The joy bursts, the pride bursts when you can hold the national flag of Vietnam flying in the wind, or touch on the milestones of the country, … there will be memorable moments which will live forever in the heart of each people arriving here.

A Pa Chai Dien Bien Phu travel guide

Eating, resting on A Pa Chai

Houses of local people in Sin Thau Commune or 317 Frontier Station will be places where you can eat and rest when you come to this place. Or, you can choose Muong Nhe to be a stop to rest and eat.

The people here are very hospitable, so you can rest without worrying about anything.

Procedures to ask for permission when visiting A Pa Chai

To be able to visit A Pa Chai, you need a referral from the local residence or your work to ask for permission from Dien Bien Border Command. Then, Dien Bien Border Guard Command will give you a referral to the Frontier Station and the local government where you go (they are compulsory procedures).

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