Though located in the far north of Vietnam, Ha Giang has always been among the most charming tourist destinations for tourists who love the pure loveliness of nature and people. The breathtaking scenarios are pictured with green mountains, pure rivers, flowery valleys, and winding roads. Besides, Ha Giang ethnic groups being famous for their simplicity and friendliness are always willing to invite visitors to experience its beauty. Along the way you explore this province, don’t miss Dong Van Market, a real cultural signal of this mountainous area.
Basic of Ha Giang to Keep In Mind
Geographically, Ha Giang is considered the final frontier of Vietnam, within 320km away from Hanoi. Besides, it is bounded by Cao Bang, Tuyen Quang, Lao Cai, and Yen Bai provinces associated with an international border with China in the north. With such geographical features, Ha Giang tourist destination has numerous high rocky mountains (limestone formations), and two major rivers including Lo River and Mien River. The central plateau is ideal for growing peaches, plums, and persimmons that make up very nice background. Luckily, the province’s infrastructure has now been improved a lot that makes its tourism engaging and fresh. It’s worth pointing out that Ha Giang tea is popular in both domestic and international markets, so if you set foot in this site, savor the tea well. Also know that the majority of inhabitants in this mountainous destination are ethnic Vietnamese while the rest are Hmong, Tho, Tay, Dao, Nung, Giay, and Lo Lo.
Tourist Attractions In Ha Giang to Take Delight In
First, Quan Ba Valley (locally called the “Heaven’s Gate”) ranks among the greatest destinations that offers heavenly awesome views from the summit. The valley is well-known for its forested hill, meadows, secretive grottoes and caves, colorful plants and many others. Along with that, the town of Dong Van is very good spot to contemplate multistoried buildings created with clay bricks and tiled roofs. The market is held weekly in which the large number of Tay and Hmong ethnic groups come to trade various goods and beautiful hand woven cloth.
Next, Phuong Thien Cave offers the wonderful sight featured with plums, pears, oranges, and apples. The cave has Tien Cave (Fairy Cave) that is extremely beautiful while its water is used by the local population to pray for good luck and fortune in the New Year. Plus, explore Meo Vac mountainous pass and photograph along the route. Exclusively, Khau Vai Love Market Festival is celebrated annually where ethnic people come in search of their partners or ex-lovers. The unique event is held on the 27th day of the 3rd Lunar Month. Join the festival on time if you schedule to have day tour to Ha Giang Province in general and Khau Vai Love Market in focus.
Furthermore, Ha Giang Museum has an array of display of archaeological excavations, historical artefacts, bronze drum, and the local ethnic clans’ costumes. In an eye-catching appearance, the Museum has shape of a big lotus opening up its petals which are in red and white. Your Ha Giang Tour Packages never stop at that. Also visit Vuong Family Mansion, an architectural heritage landmark in Dong Van District if possible.
Meanwhile, there stands magnificent Dong Van Rocky Plateau spreading over 4 districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, and Meo Vac of Ha Giang Province. In October 3, 2010, the “Dong Van Rocky Plateau Geopark” was approved by Global Geoparks Network (GGN) of UNESCO which officially recognized it as a Global Geopark. It is the only title in Vietnam and the second one in Southeast Asia. So, whenever you plan to explore Dong Van Geopark, bear in mind the fact that this tourist site is a member of UNESCO-supported GNN!
Read also the full travel guide of Ha Giang here !