Yen Minh
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Yen Minh

Exploring Ha Giang always brings many extremely interesting experiences. This place not only impresses with the breathtaking natural scenery of cat-ear cliffs stretching across the hillside, enchanting winding roads, many colorful flowers blooming, captivating people’s hearts, yellow mustard flowers, rice flowers, buckwheat flowers…

Ha Giang also captures the hearts of tourists with countless beautiful landscapes such as Quan Ba Heaven Gate, Quan Ba Twin Mountains, Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark… Of which, Yen Minh is the highlight. The stop has captivated many travelers on their journey to explore this land at the heart of the Fatherland in recent years.

IMG Du Gia Village Yen Minh 7

1. Where is Yen Minh?

Yen Minh is a small border district located in the NorthEast of Ha Giang province. Bordering Yunnan district (China) to the North, Meo Vac district to the East, Quan Ba district to the West and Bac Me district to the South. Yen Minh Ha Giang is located on Highway 4C, about 98 km northeast of Ha Giang city. The entire area covers an area of 783.65 square kilometers and is divided into 16 communities.

2. What is unique about Yen Minh?

Every time Yen Minh town is mentioned, many tourists will admire the picture of peaceful, dreamy nature with terraced fields stretching as far as the eye can see, endless green pine forests and tropical primeval forests. The region is surrounded by majestic mountain ranges. In particular, according to Origin Vietnam’s experience traveling to Yen Minh, the climate here is cool and gentle all year round, suitable for those who are looking for comfort and peace of mind. This is also the plus point that creates the attraction of this land.

The entire Yen Minh district has an area of 783.65 km2, divided into 15 communes and 16 ethnic minorities living here, including Mong, Dao, Tay, Nung, Pu Peo… creating interference between customs and culture of highland people.

3. How to get to Yen Minh?

About 98 km from Northeast of Ha Giang city center and about 390 km far from Ha Noi, it will take visitors about 4 to 5 hours to travel, while resting and admiring the scenery on both sides of the road. Currently, there are still no bus or passenger car routes running from Ha Giang to Yen Minh district, so motorbikes or personal cars are popular means of transport. In particular, according to experience traveling to Yen Minh – Ha Giang, the road to here is probably reserved for backpackers, because of the challenge of a series of slopes and winding bends. mountainside.

3.1. Traveling by motorbike

You start from Hanoi City Center, transfer to Thang Long bridge or Nhat Tan bridge to join Hanoi – Lao Cai highway. Through the toll booth of Binh Xuyen – Vinh Phuc district, Phat goes to DT 302 and then DT 310, go straight to the right fork into National Highway 2C, new Cau Lien section, continue until Doi Can T-junction and then Can Continue onto National Highway 2, keep going on National Highway 2 until Ha Giang city.

Starting from Ha Giang city, everyone ran all the way to Nguyen Trai – Nguyen Van Linh. After that, you continue to run through Highway 4C to pass Quan Ba Heaven Gate and Co Tien Mountain for about 30 km and you will reach Yen Minh district.

Currently in the center of Ha Giang city, there are many shops that offer car rental services and bring cars to the hotel you are staying at. You just need to contact the car shop owners in advance, inform them of the car pick-up date and hotel address, and they will bring the car to your door. Isn’t that convenient?

Note that if you intend to explore Ha Giang toop tour by motorbike, you should prepare identification documents in advance such as ID card / Citizen identification card, driver’s license. In addition, during the operation, you must be extremely careful, adding traffic signals because the roads in Ha Giang are difficult to win with winding roads.

3.2. Traveling by car

You just go to My Dinh and Giap Bat bus stations and take a bus going to Yen Minh, there are many bus companies travelling to Ha Giang, the travel time is about 8-9 hours and the buses usually leave in the evening, you can rest on the bus. Early the next morning you arrived at Yen Minh to immediately start the sightseeing journey.

3.3. Traveling by plane

For customers in the Central or Southern region of Vietnam, transferring by plane to Hanoi is a suitable choice because you will save a lot of time for a useful sightseeing trip. When you arrive at Noi Bai airport – Hanoi, you can take a taxi, rent a private car or join a tour company group to travel to Yen Minh – Ha Giang.

4. When is the best time to travel to Yen Minh?

Visitors can visit Yen Minh at any time of the year thanks to the always cool and pleasant atmosphere. However, according to Origin Vietnam’s experience traveling to Yen Minh, late autumn, from October to April next year is the best time to visit, the weather at this time is really pleasant and mild.

That’s also the time for photography enthusiasts to pick up their backpacks and check-in at these coordinates. Because this is the time when the “specialty” of the border land, buckwheat flowers bloom. All over Yen Minh, it’s like wearing a new shirt, woven with charming purple, pink, and white colors, with vast carpets of buckwheat flowers winding along the hills, creating a scene that is both majestic and poetic. Romantic like a fairy tale.

5. Top sightseeing & things to do in Yen Minh

5.1. Na Luong Cave

Na Luong Cave is about 25 km from the center of Yen Minh Ha Giang in Mau Long commune. The cave was discovered in 2010 and is considered the most beautiful cave in Ha Giang. The cave entrance is very wide, about 30m wide, with many precious woods. Such as nails, slices, grinds… In the cave there are many continuous partitions and many stalactite columns, the colors and shapes are very beautiful and interesting.

5.2. En Cave

En Cave is located deep in a rocky cliff, so it is very mysterious, making visitors always want to visit and explore. The cave’s ceiling is high and wide, able to welcome many visitors at the same time. In the cave there is a small lake, the water in the lake is so clear that you can see the bottom of the lake. Amidst beautiful nature, En Yen Minh cave is also an ideal camping location, giving visitors the most wonderful feeling.

5.3. Yen Minh pine forest

Yen Minh pine forest in Ha Giang is located about 100 km northeast of the city center along Highway No. 4. Yen Minh pine forest is considered a “Miniature Da Lat” here, so it attracts many tourists to Yen. Minh, especially young people who love backpacking. Because it is very suitable for camping, socializing and experiencing outdoor activities.

Walking deep into the forest, there are straight rows of green pine trees, green needle leaves, and towering pine tops stretching endlessly. Looking down from the pine forest in the distance are the traditional houses of the Mong and Tay people, adding to the beautiful picture here. Amidst the poetic space of the mountains and forests, visitors can easily see images of highland children with clear eyes, innocently playing on the green grass; Hmong boys and girls next to cows and goats leisurely grazing

5.4. Du Gia village

IMG Du Gia Village Yen Minh 9

After exploring Yen Minh pine forest, visitors can move to explore Du Gia village. Du Gia is a commune in Yen Minh district, more than 110 km from Ha Giang city. Du Gia village is famous for its peaceful beauty, wild and majestic natural landscape with rivers, streams, winding clouds and passes. Currently, to get to Du Gia village, tourists are forced to travel by motorbike because there is no public transport to get there.

Du Gia is also famous for its clear, majestic waterfalls. If you stop by Du Gia on a hot day. Take a break at a waterfall in the forest, the cool nature will gently fan into your soul the love song of Du Gia mountains and forests.

5.5. Pho Bang

Pho Bang is home to ancient houses with unique architecture. In Pho Bang, the fields on both sides of the road are filled with buckwheat flowers. On the way to Pho Bang, you will pass through the rose valley and a large buckwheat field. From Pho Bang, you will head to Lung Cam, where the peaceful and beautiful Sung La valley is located.

5.6. Tham Ma Slope (the slope of the horse)

IMG Tham Ma Slope 1

According to the people here, in the past, if they could keep the strongest horses, people would use them to carry goods to the market, from the foot of the slope to the top of the mountain. That’s why this slope is called Tham Ma slope, and this is the slope that tourists must overcome when backpacking. After passing the Tham Ma slope, the next destination is Pho Cao. You will see that Yen Minh is very close to other tourist attractions, easy to explore.

5.7. Mau Long commune

Since 2010, Yen Minh people have discovered a cave in a pristine state and has never been affected by humans. The cave is about 15m high, 30m wide, has many branches deep into the mountain, and has many stalactites of various shapes, evoking many visitors’ imaginations.

Here thousands of bats live in colonies for many years. According to local people, this place has 7 independent caves, independent of each other, forming an ecological cave complex.

5.8. Artistic architecture of the French station

At the end of the war, the French city walls and posts became historical relics and were listed by our province as provincial-level cultural relics in need of protection. Because this is historical evidence of the period when our people resisted the French, so that future generations will remember the losses, pain, and heroic victories that the country had to endure to achieve peace today. .

5.9 Yen Minh market fair

Yen Minh Market only opens every Sunday, so when it is not yet clear, people from the Tay, Nung, Dao, Mong… ethnic groups wear traditional costumes from all over the streets. gather at the market to exchange and buy and sell food.

In particular, almost everyone brings some specialties of their people to the market such as: vegetables, fruits, agricultural tools, household appliances, fine arts products, livestock, poultry…

The dining spots are also crowded with people, selling many dishes such as: thang co, noodle shop, pho… In addition, the Mong bird selling area is also a place that attracts a lot of attention. Occasionally, there are a few young Mong people who sell birds, play the flute and the trumpet to attract people to visit.

6. Specialties in Yen Minh

6.1. Men Men dish

It is not a delicacy, but Men Men makes it difficult for many people to forget when they taste it once. The dish made from local corn kernels is the daily food of the Mong people. After each harvest season, the Mong people dry corn on the porches or kitchens, waiting until it is completely dry before using it to make mene. However, to get a delicious finished bowl, you have to go through many steps and time.

6.2. Au Tau Porridge

IMG Au Tau Porridge 4

Coming to Ha Giang and not eating Au Tau porridge is considered not having eaten all Ha Giang cuisine. This is porridge made from Au tubers. Au Tau tubers are often found in high mountains and cold climates. In addition to contributing to delicious dishes, they are also medicinal. According to medicine, au tau has a spicy taste, a hot nature, and has very good medicinal effects. Since ancient times, Mong people have used guava root soaked in wine to massage and treat pain and colds. Also used to make porridge to relieve colds. Later, the Kinh people added spices, meat, and eggs to create a unique dish.

6.3. Buckwheat cake

Every flowering season, people here harvest buckwheat seeds to dry. Then grind it into powder to make cakes. To make such a delicious cake, people have to go through many steps. First, buckwheat seeds must be dried enough and then ground by hand.

6.4. Thang Co

Thang Co is a specialty that can only be found in mountainous areas, so many tourists from the bottom up enjoy it, a rustic dish that has a strange appeal. According to the Mong village elders, Thang Co is a transliteration of the name “Thang Co”, meaning bone soup. In the Thang Co pot there are mainly bones, cattle meat and internal organs, mainly horse meat.

6.5 Yen Minh rice rolls

Banh Cuon is a dish that is no longer unfamiliar to each of us, however, if you once taste the taste of Yen Minh Banh Cuon, it will definitely make you feel surprised by its taste and texture.

Yen Minh Banh Cuon is special in that it is eaten with sausage and broth simmered from bones, creating a novelty but also very attractive, and is a favorite dish of many diners when they have the opportunity to visit here.

7. Accommodations in Yen Minh

Yen Minh is a place that can be considered a resting place on the journey from Ha Giang City to Dong Van stone plateau with a distance of 100km. Usually this will be the place for tourists to stop before continuing with their journey. Compiled a list of hotels and motels in Yen Minh, Ha Giang for those who love to travel. The information in this article is for reference only, please contact Origin Vietnam to get accurate information.

7.1. Homestay Du Gia

Homestay Du Gia is a complex of traditional houses, about 50 years old, of the Tay people. Located in the middle of vast rice fields, the space here is extremely poetic, peaceful, with fresh air, suitable for escapes from the bustling city.

Tourists staying here will be taken by tour guides to experience cultural features such as cuisine and music in some ethnic minority villages.

7.2. 2A Homestay and Coffee

Located in Yen Minh in the Ha Giang region, 2A Homestay and Coffee offers accommodations with free WiFi.

Some rooms here have a terrace and/or balcony. An Asian, vegetarian or vegan breakfast without eggs or dairy is served daily at this property. Guests can also relax in the garden.

7.3. Eco Homestay

Located in Yen Minh in the Ha Giang region, Eco Homestay offers accommodations with free WiFi and free private parking. All rooms here are equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Click here for details recommendation list of Hotel in Ha Giang.

8. Some important notes when traveling to Yen Minh

“Pick up” Origin Vietnam’s Yen Minh travel experiences so you can be fully prepared:

You should wear low-soled shoes or sports shoes, which are convenient for moving and participating in activities.

When coming to Yen Minh in winter and at night, the air is quite cold, so remember to bring warm clothes and scarves to ensure your health. If you come here during the rainy season, you should bring an umbrella and raincoat.

If you intend to organize a picnic in the pine forest, limit the use of fire, maintain general hygiene, and do not throw trash indiscriminately.

It’s worth a visit Yen Minh

Above is the entire experience of traveling to Yen Minh Ha Giang that Origin Vietnam has compiled. We hope the information we have provided in this article will be useful for your upcoming trip to Yen Minh.

Besides, Origin Vietnam is offering many incentive programs for tourists book Ha Giang trekking tour packages. If you are planning to travel to Yen Minh – Ha Giang, please immediately contact Origin travel team- a reputable tour organizer and operator. With a team of professional and dedicated consultants and guides, we will take you on a journey to discover Yen Minh – Ha Giang with unforgettable memories.

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