Bac Kan City

Bac Kan city is the capital of Bac Kan Province, Vietnam. The town, bordered by Bach Thong and Cho Moi District does not offer much trekking, hiking tours within the town itself. If you look for Bac Kan treks, Bac Kan hikes, hiking around Bac Kan, Bac Kan trekking tours, Bac Kan trekking homestay you should travel further north to Ba Be district.

Bac Kan City 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: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Duc Xuan, Song Cau, Phung Chi Kien, Huyen Tung, Xuan Hoa, and 2 communes: Duong Quang, 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.

Bac Kan weather

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

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Bac Kan Tour Packages

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