Ha Giang Vietnam - 320 kilometers to the north of Hanoi, accessible only by roads, the remote province of Ha Giang is one of the most underrated destinations in Vietnam, especially when compared to another popular mountain destination in Northern Vietnam, Sapa. But that only makes Ha Giang more attractive to travelers to Vietnam.
The vast land area of Ha Giang is mostly high karst plateau, sometimes divided by imposing tall mountains and passes. The mountainous province is also home to Ma Pi Leng Pass, widely considered as the King of Passes in Vietnam. The spectacular karst plateau formation of Ha Giang covers more than 4 districts and has an average height of more than 1.500 meters. Thanks to its high value of geomorphology as well as breathtaking sceneries, the plateau of Ha Giang Province is recognized by UNESCO as the first Geopark in Vietnam.
Authentic ethnic life
The highlands of Ha Giang are home to several different ethnic groups in Vietnam, such as Tay, H’Mong, Dao and Nung. One big difference of Ha Giang and Sapa is the fact that the daily lives of the locals in Ha Giang has yet to be influenced by the general modernization of the whole country. The best way for travelers to explore this distinctive culture is visiting Dong Van Market where lots of local goods are put on sales such as seedless peach and plum, anise and cinnamon. But the market is not the only reason that makes you stay at the town of Dong Van. Scattered over the town are the unique Chinese-style houses. The most famous of which has to be the house of “Cat King”, who once reigned over the area. Some typical Chinese characteristics can be easily found here such as the red lanterns or the yin yang roofs.
If you love photography and want to be off-the-beaten-path in Vietnam, the northernmost province of Ha Giang is not to be missed.