Ha Giang – the most charming place in the Northern Vietnam

Ha Giang - the most charming place in the Northern Vietnam
Ha Giang province in northern Vietnam, where almost 90% of the population is ethnic minorities with their own unique cultures and lifestyles, is such a unique place untouched by mass tourism. During the last 20 years, Ha Giang seems to have stood still in time whilst other Vietnamese provinces and cities experienced economic development. The political situation and relations with China have been the main reasons for this. You can read more: Tours in Vietnam
Charming nature, beautiful mountains, authenticity with no tourist crowds
Dong Van Karst Global Geopark

Dong Van Karst Global Geopark- source: internet

Dong Van Karst Global Geopark is home to 17 ethnic minority groups Ethnic minorities create a rich and unique cultural heritage of this area. Diverse and interesting, traditional practices and habits of these ethnic groups attract a large number of travelers who have a chance to come to discover these unique aspects. The village of Lung Cu – the northern most place of Vietnam is which has the Vietnamese flag on Dragon Mountain, is famous for its many food and beverage specialties. You can taste Thang Co soup, which is cooked from all parts of the animal or the alcohol made from honey and corn. Take a motorbike and drive through the fantastic areas of Meo Vac
Ha Giang - the most charming place in the Northern Vietnam

Ha Giang – the most charming place in the Northern Vietnam- source: internet

From Dong Van town, you can go through the mountainous area at an altitude of 1,500 meters to reach Meo Vac town, which is one of the most spectacular area that you can visit in Ha Giang province. If you manage your time for a holiday in this city on Sunday, don’t miss a chance to go to the Sunday Market, which is held outside the city. Ethnic people come there from the surroundings to sell their produces, foods and animals. halong Dragon Pearl Junk Meo Vac market – place to meet these ethnic residents every Sunday morning
Meo Vac Market

Meo Vac Market- source: internet

Taking place every Sunday morning, Meo Vac market in Ha Giang is an ideal place to meet ethnic residents who sell mostly cattle as well as pigs, goats and dogs. Not just being the place where people go for selling goods, this market also plays an important part in maintaining the social relations of the ethnic people. Living in distant areas around the town of Meo Vac, ethnic residents (Mong, Tay) will gather together there. There are even some people with cattle covering typically 20 km overnight on foot. Starting from very early in the morning, this market is the busiest from 7 to 10 AM. Don’t miss to taste local food such as corn and rice alcohol. Ma Pi Leng Pass – The impressive pass going through the high mountains area Ma Pi Leng Pass presents right in front of your eyes after driving a few minutes from the city. This road probably one of the most stunning roads you can ride in Vietnam. The road’s modern history started in the period between 1959 and 1965, when thousands of young people from 17 ethnic groups built the road. It took them 11 months to finish the construction process. Initially, they only made use of the road for walking or horse teams, but gradually, it was extended to trucks and cars. Mountains and hills create splendid images but the roads there are really dangerous, cautiously ride on a motorcycle. Hoang Su Phi – a remote area with picturesque rice terraces -untouched nature, ethnic villages and cultural heritage
Hoang Su Phi

Hoang Su Phi- source: internet

In spite of the fact that Hoang Su Phi is an area less frequented by travelers, it does not mean that it is not pretty. Going through the entire area, you will pass huge areas of rice terraces, peaceful ethnic villages and unspoilt nature. If you have a few-day trip in Ha Giang, this place is undoubtedly worth a visit. Make sure to take at least two days. Although Hoang Su Phi is situated about 70 km from the city, it takes a lot of time to get there through the winding road. In Hoang Su Phi town, there are several cheap hotels, or you ask the people in the city to experience a homestay with local people. Hoang Su Phi is located at an altitude of about 1,000m, though the weather is about the same as in Sapa, it does have more limited services. See more:

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