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Journey to Ha Giang - great adventure !

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Post on: 09/09/2013 07:20 PM
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Ha Giang is the final frontier in nothern Viet Nam , a lunar landscape of limestone pinnacles and granite outcrops . The far norht of the province has some of the most spectacular scenery in the country , and the trip betwen Dong Van and Meo Vac is quite mind-blowing . Ha Giang should be one of the most popular destination in this region , but its proximity to the Chinese boder still requires a travel permit , and the bureaucratic baloney keeps most at bay . However , roads are slowly improving , and the slight hassles of scoring a permit are effortlessly offset by some of Indochina's most jaw-dropping scenery .

Just one kilometer made Dong Van famous. A border district in Ha Giang province, Dong Van will become a tourist destination for a short street called Dong Van Old Street, which stands at the foot of Pu Lo Mountain. In April of 2006, a conference was organized to preserve this area’s heritage. The provincial government of Ha Giang plans to restore the old street in Dong Van, hoping for an influx of tourism. Dong Van used to be a small hamlet named Nghien village after nearby Nghien Forest. A natural spring flowed year0round from the rocky mountain, which is why the area was settled.
Today all that remains of the ancient village is Dong Van Old Street. Yin Yang tiles, now ebony black with age, can be found on every house on this small street. It’s said that the old street has maintained its rustic character because of poverty, that the people don’t have enough money enough to build new houses. Dong Van is 139 km away from Ha Giang’s center. The trip is long. Pass over Pac Sum mountain pass through Cong Troi and Quan Ba, and down Trang Kin slope. Yen Minh (Yen Minh district’s temperature is the highest in Ha Giang), past Van Chai and head beyond Lung Cam and Pho Cao, a Hmong village. Trek up the road to Tham Ma, past Lan Xin (the coldest region in Ha Giang) and climb over the fantastic “9-corner slope), a zigzag of switchbacks with extreme sloping corners. On the right sits the fortress, the former home of the Hmong King Vuong Chi Sinh. The fortress is now nationally acclaimed cultural and historic heritage site.
It may take a whole day to pass the 139 km from Ha Giang to Dong Van’s old road. The road is called Happy Road. Minister Phan Trong Tue ordered to pave Happy Road on September 4th, 1959. The project was finished 3 years later. After some repairment, it’s now a large and totally safe road.
The journey to Dong Van can be as satisfying as the destination, presenting tourists with mountain passes and markets and, of course, the people. Lo Lo Chai village is the only village with hundreds of ethnic Lo Lo Den People. It’s regarded as the origin of the Lo Lo ethnicity in Vietnam. Ma Pi Leng peak, which also lies between Ha Giang center and Dong Van, is a 10-kilometer hike with sweeping vistas of the Nho Que river in the valley.
The Dong Van Committee organized the celebration of the “Dong Van Night Festival” from August every year. The festival presented special cuisine, turning it into an annual fair. Fai Fo people gave dong Van several red chandeliers on the first day of festival for good luck. Although a small tourist sight, Dong Van is marvelous and worth a visit.
                                                                                                                                                               ( sources : Heritage and Lonely Planet  )

Post on: 09/09/2013 08:16 PM Register: 09-08-2013
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Is there a bus from centre of Ha Giang to Dong Van or Meo Vac ?
Post on: 09/09/2013 08:34 PM Register: 09-08-2013
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Ha Giang 's new bus station is on the northern edge of town near the 3 February Bridge . See table for bus connections and note that no buses run direct to Bac Ha from Ha Giang . The route is very beautiful , but you'll need to transit through Xin Man or Bac Ngam .
An alternative option for getting to Dong Van and Meo Vac is the minibus service operated by Karst Plateau Travel .:)
Post on: 09/11/2013 08:42 PM Register: 09-08-2013
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Can you recommend some good hotel in Ha Giang for me ? Not too expensive ! Just reasonable , Pls ! Thank  a lot !:D
Post on: 09/12/2013 01:49 AM Register: 09-10-2013
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Truong Xuan Resort is a good choice ! the price about 15 - 25 $ ( up to level ) .  I spent here 2 night and feel very good ! It has beautifull view and good service . The view from the balcony was fabulous. It overlooked the river and mountains behind it . the bathroom's very clean . The staff is very helpful but the big problem is no wifi in the cottage . I had to walk to reception area to connect it ! :(
Post on: 09/12/2013 09:57 PM Register: 09-08-2013
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Such an beautiful picture , Mr Pillow !!! What's flower on your picture ????
Post on: 09/13/2013 01:48 AM Register: 09-08-2013
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It is a plant cultivated for its grain-like seeds, and also used as a cover crop . Despite the name, buckwheat is not related to wheat, as it is not a grass ; instead, buckwheat is related to sorrel  , knotweed and rhubarb . It's very popular flower in the Vietnam north-west moutains  . The buckwheat blooming season is from Octorber to November .It's so fantastic when flower color covering all the terrace .
You can also find the buckwheat flower at Lao Cai , Cao Bang but Ha Giang is the most ! One of the good place to see and take some photos is Phan Theng , Xbin Man , Ha Giang. You can see a wonderful  buckwheat field flower that can make you never forget !
They can make many kind of foods from buckwheat !
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