Ha Giang Review –
Conquering the spectacular landscapes of Vietnam Highland
Read on to see
what to explore in one of the most favorite Vietnam tailor-made tours – Ha Giang, the hometown of perfect
mountainous landscapes and diversified cultures of tribal groups.
In addition to the unique culture of
ethnic minorities, Ha Giang’s majestic beauty of mountain is such a hit with
both local and foreign tourists. With its untouched scenery, Ha Giang is one of
the most-recommended tourist attractions in Vietnam, especially for those
wishing to get closer to Vietnam countryside.
This is ideal for backpackers and
those wishing to conquer new lands and challenge themselves. The mountain
ranges soaring up will give a breathtaking view when we are on mountain
summits. The deep valleys, dense forests together with amazing waterfalls
create a majestic scenery that can satisfy all visitors. In late spring and
early autumn, the region looks colorful with rice terraces, while in the
winter, the mountains are even covered with snow. Especially, Ma Pi Leng Pass
and Happiness Road in Ha Giang are the favorite spots of adventurous trekkers.
Sung La valley
Sung La is known as one of Ha Giang’s
highlight tourist spots with the heaven of flowers. The valley is regarded as
the beautiful flower in the middle of the plateau. Sung La attracts tourists by
the rustic beauty, the tranquility of the small plants, the green blossoms and
buckwheat. The scenery of Sung La brings characteristics of the mountainous
region. When coming to Sung La, we can pay a visit to Lung Cam village, which
remains almost intact.
Lung Cam is home to 60 people, mainly Lo
Lo, Mong and Chinese. In particular, Lo Lo is a more rustic than the others. Lo
Lo is also famous for 100-year-old house in “Pao’s Story” movie. The
house has gone through so much of the time and has just been remodeled.
However, the hundred-year-old house of Lo Lo still retains the rustic beauty of
the people here. Coming to Lo Lo, and the “house of Pao”, tourists will
go through a long stretch of buckwheat, and peach blossom or pear flowers
surrounding in January and February. There
is also a rose valley along the entrance of “Pao’s house” with a lot of rare
and brilliantly-colored roses.
The mansion of Vuong family
This architecture appeals tourist by
its ancient and mysterious beauty. The mansion of Vuong family is located on
the top of a small hill, where the entrance has rows of samu trees. This is Meo
King’s Palace, one of the richest families in the region by selling opium in
the past. The architecture is unique, influenced by three architectures: China,
Mong people and France. This mansion was recognized by the State as National
Monument in 1993. In 2004, the family decided to devote the palace to the State
for conservation. Standing on the mansion overlooking the solitary valley
below, we can feel the grandeur of this mansion.
Tickets to visit the royal palace:
Lung Cu Flag Tower
Coming to Lung Cu in Dong Van
District, visitors will be amazed by stunning mountains hiding in the cloud,
Lung Cu Flag Tower, Lo Lo Lake and terraces of the locals. From the mansion of
Vuong family, you go back to crossroads, pass Pho La and Ma Le to arrive in
Lung Cu Flag Tower, where you will find the first point on the S-shaped map.
Right on the way from Ma Le to Lung
Cu, we can admire a huge buckwheat field on the hillside. Lung Cu is at the height
of 2000 m above sea level, Lung Cu is the only place where Lo Lo people live.
Standing on Lung Cu Flag Tower, looking at the flag flying in the wind, and
seeing the first point on the S-shaped map we can feel the national pride and
the love of the country overflowing. Standing on the Lung Cu Flag Tower,
enjoying the sunset and then turning down Dong Van town to stay overnight. It
is said that visiting Ha Giang without sleeping in Dong Van is regarded as not
coming to this land.
Ma Pi Leng Pass
Going about 20 km from Dong Van to Meo Vac, we will pass through
the Happiness Road (Ma Phi Leng Pass) connecting Dong Van Plateau and Meo Vac.
This is known as the most beautiful arc of the rocky plateau. If you go to Ha
Giang once, let’s try to drive the car on the side of the rocky sky, and the
other of the deep chasm as well as watch Nho Que river as a strip, visitors
will enjoy different wonderful emotions.
It’s such a big challenge for the adventurous. Standing high on
the far view, a thousand layers of gray mountains, fantasy white of the clouds
and deep penetration of the yawning chasm will on our eyes. Especially the
rocky outcropping over the Ma Phi Leng Pass will bring the immense grandeur of
the mountains and forests of the north. You will find yourself so small and
feel the innermost beauty of the country.
Lui market (Ha Giang)
Lui Market plays a vital role in maintaining the national identity
in Ha Giang. Participating in the market, visitors will feel the breath and
soul of the ethnic people here. You can visit Pho Cao market, Sa Phin market, Lung
Phin market. The markets take place in the morning, brocade dress, vegetables,
drugs, food, shoes, armpit pigs or Hmong dogs are available.
There is also Dong Van Market in Dong Van Town, which takes place
every Sunday. Dong Van Market was built in stone in the 1920s so far has
brought many old, ancient features contributing to the rustic beauty of the
ancient town. The market also sells items such as: cloth, towel of the Mong,
the vestiges of Tay people, cinnamon, sandals, shoes, vegetables and fruits,
food such as Thang Co, five-color sticky rice, buckwheat cakes, corn cakes, and
especially corn wine.
The love market called Khau Vai in Meo Vac is another must-join
activity in Dong Van on March 27 according to lunar year.
Dong Van Rocky Plateau
Dong Van Plateau (or Dong Van Plain) is a rocky plateau spreading
over four districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van and Meo Vac in Ha Giang
Province, Vietnam. On October 3, 2010, the “Geological Park of the Dong
Van Plateau” has been officially recognized by the UNESCO Global GeoParks
Network (GGN) Advisory Board as Global Geopark. This is the only title in
Vietnam and second in Southeast Asia.
Scenic mountainous landscapes and diversified cultures of ethnic
minority groups are what remind visitors when thinking about Ha Giang. There are
numerous Vietnam tour packages and Vietnam tailor-made tours available,
and you should consider carefully. Let’s pack your luggage to challenge
yourself and get closer to a new land and a new culture. I do hope that you
will have the best tour in Vietnam.