Ha Giang

Located by the Lo River, Ha Giang town is the gateway to the little known province of Ha Giang. Being Vietnam’s northernmost region, it shows contrasts in topography, which includes grand massifs, rocky plateaus, rolling valleys and deep canyons. The region is also home to many ethnic minorities groups, all wearing their traditional and colourful attire. Lastly, visitors shall be introduced to extensive terraces and lively markets operated by local ethnic minorities.

Places of interest

There are some surrounding dynamic and spirited local markets operated by local minority groups which always welcome visitors.  Each market sets its own schedule and operates according to their local standards.  Aside the trading activities of home grown produces, local people also gather to socialize and better understand each other.

Many ethnic minority groups settle in Ha Giang. They live very separate lives relative to mainstream society and they practice very traditional views and customs.  In contrast to other ethnic minorities in Vietnam, Ha Giang’s local inhabits are very unique and zestful toward colourful clothes and elaborate jewellery.  These inhabitants are bilingual in both Vietnamese and their local tribal mother tongue.

The naturally appealing luscious green rice paddies in Ha Giang cannot be matched elsewhere.  They can be found throughout the entire region ranging from the low valleys to sky high regions.  Visitors wishing to enjoy a care and stress free environment should riding in and out of dense forests in the region with high visibility of valleys and rivers.  At times, only a few rural homes populate an area of 10-20km in diameter.  Try to arrange your visit during the local harvest time and you will be at awed at the luminous golden region.

The best site to enjoy a panoramic view of the valley beneath is to drive toward the pass peak named Cong Troi in the late afternoon where the beautiful sunset greets night time.

In early 20th century, Vuong Chinh Duc appeared as the king of the H’mong ethnic people in the province and ruled an area spanning Dong Van Plateau to Meo Vac Town.  At Vuong Place, visitors are presented with structures constructed from solid stone, fir wood and terra cotta tiles consistent to Chinese design from the Man Qing era.  Although the design appears to be misplaced, the palace is unique because of its numerous tombstones and interesting decorations.