Dong Van Karst Plateau
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Dong Van Karst Plateau

Dong Van Karst Plateau is a great destination for a trip to Ha Giang, it attracts most tourists because of its wild and majestic beauty. Exploring this area is not only about understanding history but also an opportunity for you to experience the daily lifestyle of indigenous people. Let’s learn more about this beautiful land with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Dong Van Karst Plateau?

Dong Van Stone Plateau is located in all four districts of Ha Giang province: Dong Van, Yen Minh, Quan Ba and Meo Vac. About 130 km northeast of Ha Giang city and about 430 km north of Hanoi capital.

Dong Van Karst Plateau

2. How is Dong Van Karst Plateau?

This place is extremely large, with an area of about 2500km2. This land offers a unique travel experience, with towering, rugged rocky mountains shaped like gray cat ears, creating a mysterious scene that captivates visitors. The limestone mountains here reach an average height of more than 1000m above sea level. That’s why when standing from above you will admire the majestic natural panorama.

In particular, up to 80% of the area of Dong Van Stone Plateau is limestone. In addition, this land also stores many fossil samples spanning many years of geological tectonics from 400 – 600 million years ago.

Dong Van Stone Plateau with its geological, natural and cultural diversity has attracted many tourists to visit. This place has been recognized by UNESCO as a Global Geopark since 2010. This is a testament to the international value and uniqueness of this place in the sustainable tourism development of Ha Giang province.

Passing over 100km of pass on zigzag road. One side is limestone mountain and the other side is a beautiful valley. The wild and majestic scenery of the Dong Van Plateau appears dim. The smoke clouds will make visitors really overwhelmed.

Standing on the top of Ma Pi Leng pass. It’s one of the four most beautiful passes in Vietnam. The Nho Que River is blue as a strip of silk crossing the mountains. It’s making the landscape of this land so lively and poetic. Dong Van karst plateau is beautiful to the surprise from the cliff houses on the rocky mountains of the H’Mong people to the terraced fields stretching along the mountain slopes.

Dong Van Karst Plateau currently has more than 250,000 people living with 17 ethnic backgrounds. It accounts for 90% of the population in the region, of which the H’Mong population accounts for 70% of the population, up to 230,000 people. This is the largest concentration of H’Mong people in the country.

Traveling to Dong Van karst plateau is a great tour in Ha Giang to escape the bustling city life. Where visitors can connect between nature & culture.

3. When is the best time to visit Dong Van Karst Plateau?

Each season on the Dong Van Karst Plateau puts on a different beauty, surprising all visitors, creating a majestic picture of nature and the beauty of traditional national culture.

3.1 Spring

Dong Van Stone Plateau has a poetic beauty with the blooming forests of peach blossoms, plum blossoms, and pear blossoms, adorning the land with lyricism. Traditional houses built by indigenous people in the unique architectural style of traditional houses of ethnic minorities such as H’Mong, Dao, Lo Lo,… stand out in front of the white and pink picture of flowers. flowers are blooming.

3.2 Summer

Summer is loved by many tourists because this is the time when Ha Giang turns lush green, sprouting buds, bringing a cool, fresh atmosphere. The gray color of the rocky plateau is replaced by the green color of summer in Ha Giang, bringing a new beauty.

3.3 Autumn

It can be said that autumn is one of the seasons most loved by many tourists with fields of buckwheat flowers blooming, turning Dong Van Karst Plateau into a bright pink picture, stunningly beautiful in front of the mountains and hills. Nho Que River has a jade green color flowing through the valley, creating a wonderful romantic scene. Tourists have the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful scenery by boat or kayak, and at the same time admire the beauty of Tu San canyon – one of the most famous spots of Dong Van stone plateau, this is a certain place. you must come even once.

3.4 Winter

Bringing the bitter cold of Northern Vietnam’s winter, the Dong Van stone plateau is engulfed in cold frost. Wildly growing fields of buckwheat flowers create a quiet space. This is also the season to harvest flax, an important raw material for weaving for the H’Mong people. Along with an extremely unique culture of the people, it is very suitable for those who like to experience.

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4. How to get to Dong Van Karst Plateau?

To get to Dong Van Karst Plateau starting from Hanoi, visitors have many different means of transportation to choose for their trip such as: motorbike, passenger car, renting a tourist car.

4.1 Traveling by public transport

One of the most popular options that are chosen by many today is the passenger car. At My Dinh bus station, there are many different bus companies. You can take a sleeper bus or a cabin to travel to Ha Giang city. From Ha Giang, visitors begin to experience exploring the Dong Van Karst Plateau by renting a motorbike, taking a taxi or taking the intra-province bus route.

4.2 Traveling by personal vehicle

In addition, visitors can also choose personal vehicles such as cars or motorbikes. However, this is often suitable for travelers who love speed and are passionate about exploration. The journey from Ha Giang city to Dong Van Karst Plateau is about 130 km, takes about 3-4 hours to travel by car or motorbike along National Highway 4C. Furthermore, the pass road is extremely zigzag and winding, surrounded by mountains and hills, so it requires a very steady driver.

By choosing to travel by motorbike, you not only have the opportunity to enjoy the entire beauty of Ha Giang but also experience breathtaking mountain passes and unforgettable bends. On the way, you also have the opportunity to stop to capture unique moments at Dong Van stone plateau. Conquering these passes will fascinate and captivate you in the wonderful concert of Ha Giang mountains and forests.

5. Sightseeings in Dong Van Stone Plateau

5.1 Lung Cu flagpole

Lung Cu flagpole is a destination that many tourists must have heard of. This flagpole located in Lung Cu commune, Dong Van district, Ha Giang province, with an altitude of 1600m is not only a famous tourist destination but also a symbol of Ha Giang. Built in a strategic location, convenient for moving between other locations, this flagpole also symbolizes the solidarity of the Vietnamese peoples and territorial integrity.

The special feature of Lung Cu Flagpole is not only its location on the majestic Dong Van stone plateau but also its historical significance and the rich traditional culture of the mountain people. Visitors coming here not only have the opportunity to see the majestic panorama of the rocky plateau, but also have the opportunity to participate in conquering the winding pass. Every morning when dawn begins to rise is the ideal time to enjoy the mysterious scenery and explore the mountain scenery.

In addition to admiring the beautiful scenery, visitors can also participate in many interesting activities such as taking selfies, enjoying local cuisine and enjoying the cool and fresh air of the Dong Van Stone Plateau. However, to get to Lung Cu Flagpole Road requires you to have a good driver and drive many mountain roads to be able to conquer this winding road.

The Lung Cu flagpole is not only an attractive stop for tourists but also a symbol of the patriotism and resilient spirit of the Vietnamese people, always proud to be Vietnamese.

5.2 Conquering Ma Pi Leng Pass

Ma Pi Leng Pass is known as one of the most dangerous and beautiful passes in Vietnam, located on National Highway 4C. This is part of the exploration journey of Dong Van stone plateau. Ma Pi Leng Pass is considered the “heaven’s gate” of the rocky plateau, bringing a surprising beauty of scenery. This place is not only a challenge for travel enthusiasts who like to conquer adventure but also the place brings many surprises with majestic natural scenery.

Ma Pi Leng Pass is located at an altitude of about 1,500 meters above sea level. It’s an ideal height to admire the natural scenery. Ma Pi Leng Pass is a challenging road journey for those who are passionate about exploring and conquering difficult roads. The journey through this pass is not only a challenge in terms of height and slope but also an opportunity for visitors to admire the winding road like an island silk ribbon or majestic waterfall.

5.3 Sung La Valley

Sung Valley is a hidden gem on the Dong Van Stone Plateau. It’s taking visitors on a journey to discover the mountains, forests and also the lives of the indigenous people here. This village, located in the middle of a lush green mountain range. It’s an ideal destination for those who want to find a peaceful place. Sung La Valley is not only a famous place with brilliant fields of buckwheat flowers. But also a meeting point for cultural exchange of the H’Mong people in Dong Van.

Sung La Valley is a vivid and attractive picture of the interaction between people and nature in the beautiful land of Ha Giang. Under the gentle golden sunlight of dawn every morning, illuminating the poetic scenery of Sung La valley, captivating many tourists. This scene has also attracted many visitors.

Hmong in Dong Van Karst Plateau

6. Specialties when traveling to Dong Van Stone Plateau

Ha Giang is not only famous for its beautiful natural scenery. But it also has an extremely rich and unique cuisine that makes it different from other places. Stopping in the Dong Van Karst Plateau area, you have the opportunity to experience many other special dishes, imbued with the unique flavors of the northern mountainous people, an unforgettable taste.

  • Thang co: One of the extremely unique and attractive dishes for tourists coming to beautiful Ha Giang, this is a famous dish for people in the northern mountainous region of Vietnam, bringing great flavor. special. Thang Co dish is specially prepared according to a unique recipe of the people here. It’s made mainly from cattle meat, especially horse meat. When enjoying thang co, you can eat it with a bowl of special dipping sauce made by the people with the flavor of the mountains and forests of Northeast Vietnam. You will definitely remember this flavor.
  • Smoked meat: Surely this is a dish that many tourists have heard about and enjoyed in many places. But smoked meat in Ha Giang will bring you a new flavor. The way of processing is different from other regions, the pieces of pork are carefully selected by local people, have a delicious flavor and are marinated with rich spices, then hung up in the kitchen and the meat is cooked. dry from kitchen smoke. This is also one of the dishes that many tourists buy to make for relatives and friends every time they come to Ha Giang.
  • Men men: This is one of the dishes that is only popular in the North of Vietnam. Men men dish is mainly made from pureed corn, which is a dish that you need to eat with bone broth to enjoy. For first-time visitors, it will be a bit difficult to eat, but once you get used to it, you will definitely find it very interesting.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Dong Van Karst Plateau

When traveling to Dong Van Karst Plateau, visitors do not have to worry about accommodation facilities here. Because there are many famous destinations within the Dong Van Karst Plateau, the accommodation facilities are very rich and diverse. You can refer to some of the accommodation facilities below:

7.1 Hotels:

  • Dong Van Hotel. Address: 127 3/2 Street, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Tam Giac Mach Hotel. Address: Group 7, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Bao Minh Hotel. Address: Old Quarter Junction, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Hoang Ngoc Hotel. Address: Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Lam Tung Hotel. Address: Group 3, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.

7.2 Guesthouses:

  • Hien Hoa Guesthouse. Address: Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Van Hoa Guesthouse. Address: Pho Bang Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Minh Chi Guesthouse. Address: No. 10 Group 2, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Phuong Ha Guesthouse. Address: Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Tuan Cuong Guesthouse. Address: House number 76 Group 7, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.

7.3 Homestays:

  • Vu Hai Homestay. Address: Group 3, Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Homestay Hai An. Address: Group 1, Dong Van Town (200m from the bus station), Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Lo Lo Homestay. Address: Lung Cu, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Homestay Anh Mua. Address: Sung La, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Mrs. Phien Homestay. Address: Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.
  • Dong Van H’Mong Homestay. Address: Dong Van Town, Dong Van, Ha Giang.

8. Some important notes when traveling to Dong Van Karst Plateau

To make the trip to Dong Van Karst Plateau complete, visitors should refer to the following notes:

  • The roads in Ha Giang are all winding mountain passes, that many tourists choose motorbikes. So make sure you are a safe driver or have a driver with experience on mountain roads.
  • Prepare clothes suitable for the weather conditions and bring enough warm clothes if you come in winter. In the summer, you need to bring light, sweat-absorbent clothes. Also long-sleeved shirts are a good choice to protect your skin from the sun and wind.
  • You should bring some cash, bottled water and some snacks. Because on the journey you need to replenish energy but there will not be many shops selling them.
  • Before starting your journey, check your vehicle carefully and fill the gas tank. In addition, check road conditions and update information on traffic and weather conditions to have the safest journey.
  • Dong Van Karst Plateau has wild and majestic beauty. But also requires mental preparation to face difficult passes and weather that changes erratically with altitude.

The natural masterpiece of Dong Van Karst Plateau has been receiving proper attention from local authorities to become an attractive tourist destination for tourists from all over the world. You will feel the wild and majestic beauty of the “gray paradise” of Dong Van karst plateau, along with the warm and hospitable feelings of Ha Giang people when coming to this stone plateau. It promises to bring you a trip to explore the wonderful land of Vietnam with unforgettable experiences.

If you are planning your trip to Dong Van Karst Plateau, please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional Ha Giang tour operator. With a team of consultants, tour operators and experienced and dedicated local guides, we will support you to make your tours to Ha Giang – the land of “rocks also bloom” successful, much more complete and memorable.

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