Tours On Offer

Ba Vi National Park

Topography and hydrology

Ba Vi National Park is centred on Mount Ba Vi, a mountain isolate situated about 50 km west of Hanoi. The mountain rises steeply out of a plain that rarely exceeds 30 m in elevation. In general, slopes on the western side of Ba Vi mountain, at an average of 25°, are steeper than those on the east. Above 400 m, the slopes on the western side may reach a gradient of 35° and rocky cliffs are present. Mount Ba Vi has three peaks: the highest is Dinh Vua at 1, 296 m, followed by Tan Vien at 1, 226 m and Ngoc Hoa at 1, 120 m. Because of the mountainous topography, the climate at Ba Vi varies with altitude. Above 500 m, fog enshrouds the top of the mountain on most days.

Except for the Da River on the western side of the national park, Ba Vi has no large, permanent water bodies. Streams in the national park are small, steep sided and fast flowing. In the rainy season, the volume of water flowing through these small watercourses and over the surface of the ground is sometimes sufficient to cause landslides. In the dry season, however, many of the streams are dry.

Biodiversity values

At Ba Vi National Park, natural forest is mainly distributed at elevations above 600 m. The natural forest types at Ba Vi are lowland evergreen forest, lower montane evergreen forest and lower montane mixed coniferous and broadleaf forest. In 1998, the national park supported 4, 701 ha of forest, comprising 1, 710 ha of natural forest and 2, 991 ha of plantation forest. The plantation forest is still, however, in the early stages of development, with only small trees present.

Ba Vi supports 812 species of vascular plant, of which several species were described for the first time from the site, for example Ixora balansae, Litsea baviensis and Lasianthus langkokensis. Also according to the investment plan, Ba Vi supports 44 mammal species, 114 bird species, 15 reptile species and nine amphibian species.

Other documented values

The forest at Ba Vi National Park is an important source of forest products for local communities. For example, medicinal plant collection is a major economic activity in the area. Between 1997 and 1998, an estimated 250 tonnes of medicinal plants were extracted from the national park. It has been estimated that 80% of the Dao ethnic group in Ba Vi commune extract medicinal plants, which is their second most important source of income.

During the French colonial period, Ba Vi was developed as a hill station, and around 200 villas were constructed on the mountain. In addition, a road was built up the mountain to an elevation of 1, 100 m. With a relatively favourable climate, good infrastructure and close proximity to Hanoi, Ba Vi already attracts large numbers of visitors. Several tourism companies have developed resorts and visitor attractions in and around the national park. Ba Vi National Park is also an important site for education and scientific research. Further major tourism resorts are planned in and around the national park.
 

Ba Vi National Park - Vietnam Travel Guide - Vietnam Travel Informaion

See Also

Ba Be Ntion Park
Nam Cat Tien Nation Park
Phong Nha, Ke Bang Nation Park
$139 - Halong Paloma Cruise
Paloma Cruise
Halong Paloma Cruise is a brand new Chinese wooden junk crewed by a professional...
$350 - Halong Emeraude Cruise
Paloma Cruise
Emeraude Cruises launched the Emeraude on December 16, 2003, the first ever luxury cruise...
$220 - Halong Spice Cruise
Paloma Cruise
Discover the splendors of Halong Bay aboard the Spice Cruise, a wooden junk that combines classic beauty...
$260 - Mekong Bassac Cruise
Paloma Cruise
Cruise along one of the world's mightiest rivers - the Mekong and enjoy a tapestry of sights and sounds...
$1,220 - Mekong Toum Tiou Cruise
Paloma Cruise
The Toum Tiou derives its name from a traditional Khmer tale of star-crossed lovers...
$310 - Mekong Song Xanh Cruise
Paloma Cruise
The built unique sampans, all stylishly designed and inspired by ancient authentic traditional indochinese river boats...