Following 4C Highway from Ha Giang City to Dong Van District, make sure you have time for the charming Pho Bang Town. In the morning mist, the town appears as fairy as the one in the fables. The first time you visit this off-the-beaten-track destination, it feels like you’re discovering the fairyland which is beautiful, quiet, and historical.
The Serene Pho Bang Town in Ha Giang Province
Unlike the dynamic and bustling atmosphere in the cities where business gets started from the early morning, life in the little serene Pho Bang Town in Dong Van Ha Giang remains peaceful and quiet in a surprising way though it’s 9:00 AM. Houses in the town are kept in the traditional architecture, with the wooden pillars, the double tile roofs, the moss-covered and mortar wall, etc. Walking around the town delivers numerous photography opportunities. Also, the villagers are so friendly that welcome guests with the nice smiles.
Amid the sharp “cat ear” cliffs, the residents of Pho Bang prefer the peaceful life, predominantly on the buckwheat paddies. Located nearby the China – Vietnam border, Pho Bang Town is mainly inhabited by the Chinese, the Hmong people, and some Vietnamese whose income is from farming and small trading. Also, the local women weave and tailor their traditional costumes and casual clothing. Girls are taught how to needle from the young ages and this tradition is passed from generation to generation. In particular, the Chinese residents in this town hold the secret to make the yummy dumplings. Visitors call Pho Bang as the sleepy town or the forgotten town as it owns the surprising serenity that calms their minds and gives them the opportunity to savor the slow-paced life.
The border town has long been famous for the matchless peace that is ideal for those that wants the true retreats. Some guests even say this town is similar to “the young women sleeping amid the mountains.” Around 20km from Dong Van District, Pho Bang Town offers the tranquil ambiance to steer clear of the city madness and the spectacular landscape for happy sightseeing. Furthermore, the ancient house architecture, textile trading, Ha Giang food, etc., in this unspoiled destination are all enjoyable.
The Dynamic Hill-tribe Market in Pho Bang Town
Together with the serene corners, Pho Bang Town of Ha Giang has areas for the hill-tribe market gathering which is dynamic, exciting, and crowded. The market gathers once a week, based on the “back schedule” (if the market is held on this Saturday, then the next gathering will be on Friday). The Pho Bang hill-tribe market is the day when the whole town is most exciting, with lots of merchants and shoppers who are wearing the brightly colored costumes. Also, in some corners are the foreign guests who love nature and ethnic culture in the north of Vietnam. Like Dong Van Sunday Market, the Pho Bang market is filled with many kinds of goods such as the agricultural products, handicrafts, fabrics, local food, Ha Giang corn wine, etc.
While Pho Bang Town is peaceful and enthralling with ancient houses, intact Nature, and traditional ethnic lifestyle, the hill-tribe market in this area provides the memorable adventure to all visitors. People can try mingling with the minorities, buy their products, and taste the local food as well as the Ha Giang corn wine. In some moments, you can even recognize the scent of the corn wine mixed with the wind. So, getting to Pho Bang Town Dong Van is a fantastic idea for culture and nature lovers who want the once-in-a-lifetime journey to the marvelous valley where hosts the serene town and the ethnic minorities.
Video Clip on Pho Bang Market in Ha Giang Province
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