Generally, there are two versions of this story. One said that at last they got married and then moved onto a mountain to live. Unfortunately, when Biang caught a critical illness, K’Lang had to come back to the tribe to ask for help and the people there shot him with a poisonous arrow. However instead of K'Lang, it was Ho Biang to be shot since she had shielded her husband. K'Lang could not suffer such loss and as he cried, his tears made up a big stream which is now called Dankia (the Golden Stream).
The second version said that the couple committed suicide together since they couldn’t get married.
In both versions, Ho Biang's father was so repentant of his daughter’s death that he unified the tribes into one called K'Ho and allowed boys and girls in the tribe to get married to each other. Their graves then grew into the two giant mountains and in order to memorize the couple with profound love, the mountain range was renamed into what we call it today: Lang Biang.
As shown in the map on the left side, the paved road starts at the entry gate and continues the way up to the radar base (grey route). Jeeps will take this route up to peak (1) with tourists. An entrance fee of 40.000VND has to be paid at the park entrance. Afterwards visitors are divided onto the jeeps for the short ride up the mountain.
- Lang Biang Peak (2,167m)The actual Lang Biang Peak can be reached via hiking trails starting right hand side of the entrance gate (red route). It is not needed to pay the park fee of 40.000VND as there will be another hut closer to the main peak which will charge 20.000VND.
The trail starts right next to the park entrance (right side) on a side street passing a few houses/huts. After about 5 minutes the trail will continue upwards between coffee plantations. Follow this trail for around 20 minutes till you end up at the beginning of a pine forest. From this point, the trail will be a bit steeper and continue through the pine forest till the actual paved road (the once that jeeps will take as well). The plantation and pine forest trail is quite easy to follow (see pictures for further guidance). After reaching the paved road turn right and you should see the hut that charges 20.000VND for the peak. Once paid, the trail continues upwards. Again, it shouldn't be very difficult to follow as the trail is used quite often and hence easy to follow. The wider path, still going mostly through pine forest, will get more and more narrow the closer you get to the actual peak ascent route which starts about at where pine forest is replaced by a more jungle type vegetation. At that point the trail will get steeper and steeper, whereas the difficult level is still manageable for normal hikers. Again, the trail will be easy to follow and has distance markers from time to time. The same trail can be used for the descent.
In total, the ascent and descent takes around 3 - 4 hours depending on hiking speed.
Below section willbe divided into country and Lang Biang red tape sections.
Vietnam still requires visas forselective countries (detailed list please refer to link in external links).Most European countries (i.e. Germany, France, Finland, UK) get a 15-day visaexemption as do ASEAN member states with their 30-day visa exemption. For othercountries, visa on arrival with a pre-arrival visa letter (can be obtainedonline) is an option. The visa letter and respective documents (passport,pictures etc.) need to be shown at the visa on arrival office at the port ofarrival (i.e. Hanoi or HCMC).
Lang Biang mountain is in a national park hence entry fees are required (US$2). Further fees might be applicable if you hire a guide or need to pay some "coffee money".