Chay River originates from Mount Tay Con Linh (China) and in turn flow through the landmarks of Lao Cai, Yen Bai and has the confluence with the Lo River in Doan Hung (Phu Tho). With a length of 319 km, but the flow through Si Ma Cai - Bac Ha (Lao Cai) is the most romantic and beautiful so the local government has been exploiting into the unique tourism products.
With Chay River, visitors can start their journey from the Bao Nhai commune upwards to Coc Ly, or vice versa. Sitting on a boat, floating drift downstream, visitors can see all the beauty of exotic Bac Ha, then exclaim it is a "charming place with mountain and river". Chay has two seasons: the dry season and water. Each season, the river gives people the fun and unique beauty.
On water season, the river is immense and ferocious than ever, the water level reachs up to halfway of the caves, cliffs, the prow can touch to cave’s door or the stalactite so visitors can enjoy the fossil paintings of nature or touch on moss clumps, roots down from top of the mountain to enjoy the feeling of harmony with nature. Wider spatial location on the protruding forests two sides of river, banana flower blooming red glare, looking over the waves, the banana flowers are like the flame teased by thư wind, flirting, keep leaning sideways, staggered. Banana blossom season is also the season of the birds pull together back to enjoy nature's gifts, they just enjoy together and also build himself a beautiful house on the banana leaf or the small banana chamber to give birth for next generations of birds.
On dry season, the river became quiet, the lowest depth is only about 3m, the ferrymans have to take the boat skillfully maneuver through these shallow pools. End of the dry season is also the time of nature here dressing up a new cloth, boating on the river season on February, March, April, guests will find all the living there is surging.
On the river cruise, if a person who likes to discover the history, the boat can meet in the village of Trung Do, bringing tourists to visit and burn incense at Trung Do Temple - where the general Vu Van Mat, the hero was contributed against invaders, building a rich land, the name "Trung Do" also was derived from there. Trung Do means the central capital.
Passing through Trung Do, the boat will bring tourists to the Fairy Cave - where beauty is associated with the integration of the three fairies and the true story is a fairy region. Now they are telling each other the story happened a long time ago, so long that no one remembers the date anymore, but heard as if it has just happened yesterday. The story is about three beautiful fairies to visit the dusty land, seen here so charming she did not want to come back to heaven. The King of was very angry and sent thunderer to punish them. Three faires hidden in a cave higher above the water surface about 200 meters. The thunderer angrily treaded off a part of the mountain where three faires were hidding. Knowing not to escape from punishment they threw themselves into the river. Their bodies were swept away by the water flow to downstream – the current center Bao Nhai commune. the villagers saw that then picked them up and built a temple named Ba Co Temple. Fairy Cave today is also the paradise of forest bats, they seem to be born to reside, reproduce, stick with this place.
Through Fairy Cave the river is a narrow passage as the throat, the space is suddenly expanded as much as possible to the end of it. Chay River is a pristine world, there are not only captivating colors of nature, earth and sky, in which people is also gentle, simple and so beautiful as nature. It is at the intersection of the fatherland, sky and humans, this interaction makes each entity to become more beautiful and graceful. Along the waterfront are the small houses of the Mong, Tay, Dao, visitors can see the green color plots of maize, rice or yellow of the rice fields haven’t been harvested yet. Meeting the childs tending buffalo are frolic under the water, the couples of Hmong, Dao, Tay are painstaking on his fields, they are willing to raise their hands, speak up a sentence in their native language or speak Kinh language though it’s not good, even some Mong girls in sudden inspriration to toss skirts to greet funny, friendly visitors, and then suddenly bashful, blushing.
At the fair, visitors will be welcomed with a glass of wine by the Mong, Tay, etc. … distilled from native forest scent, sipping highland dishes to feel tipsy and then dream of highland water waves, to the flaming red flower boats etc., to remember this memory, forward seeing again!