Nho Que River
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Nho Que River

Nho Que River is regarded as one of the most beautiful rivers in the flower country. It’s becoming legendary into poetry and a beautiful symbol of Ha Giang tourism.

Ha Giang is a leading tourist destination in the Northeast of Vietnam, conquering many tourists thanks to its wild, natural beauty. There are many breathtakingly beautiful places here that you should not miss, such as Quan Ba Heaven Gate, Quan Ba Twin Mountains, Ma Pi Leng Pass, Tu San Canyon, Lung Cu Flagpole, Global Geopark Dong Van Stone Plateau,…

Although it has only recently been put into operation, the journey to explore the Nho Que River by boat has quickly attracted visitors. From the Nho Que river wharf, you will take turns admiring the famous landscapes in the Dong Van Stone Plateau. At the same time, this activity also enriches visitors’ experience options during their trip to Ha Giang.

1. Where is Nho Que River?

Nho Que River flows from Seo Lung village, Lung Cu commune, Dong Van district, Ha Giang province, through Tu San Canyon, following Ma Pi Leng pass and then to Meo Vac. About 160 km northeast of Ha Giang city and about 450 km north of Hanoi capital.

Nho Que River

2. How is Nho Que River unique?

Nho Que River is located at an altitude of more than 1,500 m, originating from the Nghiem Son mountain area, in Yunnan province, China and the total length of the river is 192 km, of which 46 km is on the Vietnamese side. Nho Que River flows from Seo Lung village, Lung Cu commune, Dong Van district through Tu San Canyon, following Ma Pi Leng pass to Meo Vac. From Meo Vac, the water stream splits into two, flowing East and Southeast, through Cao Bang province before flowing into the Gam River.

Nho Que River has a dreamy beauty, with emerald green water, and is an attractive destination on Ha Giang tours. Normally, Nho Que River – Tu San Canyon tours depart from the Nho Que River wharf. It’s a great for Vietnam river tours loved one. During the scenic boat trip, visitors will admire the poetic and lyrical scenery of the mountains and forests of Northeast Vietnam, and be amazed by the scenic spots of the Dong Van Karst Plateau.

3. When is the best time to visit the Nho Que River?

Visitors can visit the romantic Nho Que river at any time of the year, but the most beautiful time is still around November. At this time, the weather begins to turn cold, the rocky cliffs become even more wild. and mysterious, urging tourists to conquer.

In particular, November is also the buckwheat flower season in Ha Giang. Taking a boat trip on the river, visitors will fully feel the charming scent of heaven and earth here. Which makes visitors travel to Ha Giang do not want to leave when they are here.

4. How to get to Nho Que River?

4.1 From Hanoi to Ha Giang city

Traveling by your own car or personal motorbike

The distance between Hanoi and Ha Giang is nearly 300 km, the road has many steep passes and narrow turns. Travel time between the two locations is about 5 – 6 hours, requiring the driver to have strong steering wheels.

Traveling by bus

Tourists who want to go to Ha Giang city can choose a bus as their means of transportation. Passenger buses from Hanoi to Ha Giang will depart at My Dinh bus station. There are many bus companies to Ha Giang city with different departure times, making it easy for tourists to choose. To save time, visitors should choose night buses to reach Ha Giang city early in the morning and you can start your sightseeing journey right away.

Traveling by plane

For tourists in remote provinces such as the Central or Southern regions of Vietnam, if you want to go to Ha Giang city, you must take a flight to Hanoi city first, then you will choose a motorbike, car or Passenger car to continue moving to Ha Giang.

4.2 Moving to Nho Que river wharf

For those who come to Nho Que River for the first time, boating is an interesting experience, helping you fully feel the beauty of this scenic spot. There are 2 Nho Que river wharves for you to choose from: Ta Lang and Xin Cai. If departing from Dong Van town, visitors should choose to get off at Ta Lang wharf for convenient travel. On the contrary, if your route stretches along to the top of Ma Pi Leng pass, get off at Xin Cai station.

Ta Lang wharf

From Dong Van, if you want to get to Ben Ta Lang, you have to go towards Ma Pi Leng pass to the area of Pai Lung commune, Meo Vac district. From here, you will see a sign pointing the way down to the marina. This road has many steep slopes and dangerous turns, so you should check your vehicle before starting. If you go by car, you have to park at the beginning of the road to the wharf, near Trang Huong bridge and then hire people to take you down.

Xin Cai wharf

Xin Cai commune belongs to Meo Vac district, the road to the commune runs along the Nho Que river. Moving to the end of Ma Pi Leng street, you will see a sign pointing the way down to Nho Que river at Xin Cai port. The distance from the sign to the boat dock is about 5 km. Once there, you have to continue walking about 2 km to get to the boat mooring point.

Ha Giang - Nho Que river

5. Activities and experiences at Nho Que River

The dreamy Nho Que River is an attractive destination in the journey to explore Ha Giang. Coming to this place, visitors will have the opportunity to experience the wonderful things below.

5.1 Admiring the heavenly beauty of the Nho Que river

Nho Que River has a poetic beauty, the emerald green water combined with the green of the mountains and vegetation in Tu San Canyon. From the top of Ma Pi Leng Pass, visitors are amazed by the winding green river, stretching endlessly. However, if you want to feel all the beauty of this scenic spot, you must choose boat tours.

The boat departs from the Nho Que river wharf, slowly moving down the water, taking tourists to explore the scenery of Ha Giang. The steep cliffs, clear blue sky and the sound of nature, mountains and forests promise to leave you with many unforgettable memories.

5.2 Getting away from the noisy and dusty city, enjoying the fresh and quiet atmosphere

If you are fed up with the noise and dust of the city, Nho Que River is the ideal stop for you. Coming here, you will be immersed in the space of trees, flowers, hear the sounds of birds, and the gurgling water on both banks. All blend together to form a symphony of mountains and forests, making everyone fall in love.

5.3 Visiting Tu San Canyon – “the most majestic”

From the Nho Que river wharf, visitors will be able to take a boat to the “first majestic” Tu San Canyon – the pride of Ha Giang tourism. On both sides of the canyon are giant cat-ear stone walls with unique geological structures, below is the clear blue water of the Nho Que river, majestic but equally dreamy. In that overwhelming space, people seem to be lost in nature, becoming smaller than ever.

5.4 Experiencing kayaking to see Nho Que river

The Kayaking service has only recently been put into operation but has quickly attracted young people to participate in the experience. Sitting on a kayak down the water, visitors will be able to see the Nho Que River and Tu San Canyon at the closest distance. Not only immersing yourself in nature, this activity also gives you unique “virtual living” photography angles.

Want to escape the bustling city? Let see truly Ha Giang here.

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6. Price of boat service to visit Nho Que river

Currently, tourists have 3 options for vehicles to visit Nho Que River, each type of boat will have a different price.

6.1 Motor boats

The motorboat is equipped with seats, suitable for tourists who are tour groups, saving energy while admiring the beautiful scenery. In particular, the boat also allows combining passengers to save costs, so the price will be cheaper than other types of boats. Motorboat tickets range from 100,000 – 150,000 VND/person, the price for renting a whole boat will be more favorable.

6.2 Self-rowing boat

Self-rowing boats come in two forms: wooden boats and iron boats, suitable for small groups of guests. The price for sailing on Nho Que river by self-rowing boat is from 100,000 – 150,000 VND/person. If you do not have experience rowing, you can hire additional rowers.

6.3 Kayaks

Kayaking to see the Nho Que River is an attractive experience, especially for young tourists. Kayaks are lightweight and easy to control, rental prices start at only 50,000 VND/person.

7. Specialties when traveling to Nho Que River

Coming to Nho Que River in Ha Giang, besides interesting experiential activities, people cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy the food. In Ha Giang there are many specialties such as:

  • Au tau porridge: Au tau porridge is a porridge dish cooked from au tau roots. When enjoyed, porridge has the aroma of sticky rice and the fleshy taste of au tau root, and the sweetness of stewed pork leg meat is very nutritious.
  • Ha Giang buckwheat cake: This is a very famous cake. If you have the opportunity to travel to Ha Giang, don’t miss this typical cake!
  • Thang Co: Thang Co is a unique and strange dish, but it is a traditional dish of the H’Mong people. This dish is made from horse internal organs simmered with cardamom, so it is very sweet and fragrant.

8. Accommodation when traveling to Nho Que River

Visitors to Nho Que River often choose to stay in Meo Vac or Dong Van districts. Resort forms here are relatively diverse, including hotels, motels and homestays.

8.1 Hotels:

  • Tien Tai Hotel. Address: Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Huyen Loi Hotel. Address: Group 2, Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Hoa Cuong Hotel. Address: Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Ong Vang Meo Vac Hotel. Address: Chung Pua Village, Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Meo Vac Hotel. Address: Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.

8.2 Guesthouses:

  • Thu Vinh Guesthouse. Address: Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Thao Linh Guesthouse. Address: Group 3 Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Guest house of the District People’s Committee. Address: Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Giac Xua Guesthouse. Address: House number 28, Group 1 Tran Phu Street, Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Mai Dao Guesthouse. Address: Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Hoang Anh Guesthouse. Address: Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.

8.3 Homestays:

  • ViVi Homestay Meo Vac. Address: Pa Vi Ha Village, Pa Vi, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Mr Hung Guesthouse Meo Vac. Address: 42 Group 1, Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Chi Lac Guesthouse. Address: Group 3, Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • A Sen Homestay. Address: Pa Vi, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Little Yen’s Homestay. Address: Lo Lo Village, Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Lo Lo Homestay. Address: Lo Lo Village, Meo Vac Town, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.
  • Ma Pi Leng homestay. Address: Ma Pi Leng Village, Pai Lung, Meo Vac, Ha Giang.

9. Some important notes when traveling to Nho Que River

To have a complete trip to Nho Que River, visitors should refer to the following notes:

  • If staying at Nho Que River until late afternoon, visitors should stay in Meo Vac town to save travel time.
  • If you walk down to the marina, you should prepare enough drinking water, clothes and protective shoes.
  • Moving to Nho Que River is not difficult, but the road is quite dangerous. You should choose a driver with a steady steering wheel.
  • Motorbike taxis taking passengers to the wharf cost about 150,000 VND/round trip, visitors should pay the price before boarding.
  • Tourists should contact the travel company in advance if renting a kayak.
  • Groups of 1 – 2 people should take a group boat or rent a kayak to minimize costs.
  • Maintain general hygiene, do not litter into the Nho Que river.
  • Do not play or push while sitting on the boat.

Exploring the Nho Que River by boat is an experience worth trying during your tours in Ha Giang. Hopefully the information shared in the article will help you when learning about Nho Que River.

If you are planning your trip to Nho Que River, please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional Ha Giang tour operator. Your job is to just experience the beautiful scenery at Nho Que River, let us take care of all the remaining service arrangements. We are also committed to bringing visitors interesting experiences and unforgettable memories during their journey to discover the beauty of Ha Giang.

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