Dong Van Karst PlateauFind all information you may need for your vacation travel in Ha Giang Vietnam. Our articles are to help you with travel information such as what to see and things to do, weather and climate...in Ha Giang. There is in-depth information of the Karst Plateau of Dong Van as well as tourist attractions in the area.

Photographers will find useful tips regarding photo tour itineraries and adventure travelers will find practical information as to the bike routes and treks. Apart from the various guides, you will surely be inspired to follow Paradissa's team in exploring this land of adventures!

  • It was a Friday in late spring, and the air in Hanoi was just fresh and chilly in the morning still. The rain in the earlier night made the trees so green all around. I had finished my coffee and was just ready to leave for the land of my dream: the fabled world of Dong Van Karst Plateau in Ha Giang Province, in the far-north of Vietnam. 

  • Dong Van Rock Plateau (or Dong Van Karst Plateau) is the highland in the most extreme north of Vietnam with majority of the terrain at 1,400-1.600m above sea level and with over 80% of the surface covered by just rocks and with high concentration of rocky peaks of over 2,000m above sea level. The rocks of Dong Van are said to contain fossils of 400million-600million years ago. The Rock Plateau of Dong Van was admitted to the member of UNESCO Global Geoparks Network on 3-October-2010.
  • Dong Van Market is in session every Sunday from 06:30 A.M to 10:00 A.M where ethnic people from the whole district of Dong Van would gather for trading.

  • Dong Van Town is nestled in a valley in the heart of the Rock Plateau of Dong Van in Ha Giang Province. The town has a cluster of houses that line the street that one end leads to the road to Yen Minh Town and the other end takes you to the sublime beauty of Ma Pi Leng Pass and Meo Vac Town. Dong Van Town is surrounded by rock mountains with a sheer color of gray all year round.

  • Ha Giang, the northernmost land of Vietnam, is characterized by fabled limestone mountains with karst formations and colorful ethnic minorities with untouched lifestyle and culture. Ha Giang is much shrouded in legend and is not touched by mass tourism.

  • Ha Giang is the northernmost province of Vietnam. The capital city is Ha Giang City, 312km from Hanoi. Due to poor roads and tightening security conditions in the past, Ha Giang was not open to foreign tourists until recently. Ha Giang is among the few places in Vietnam that are untouched by mass tourism. In fact, the area is not on the itinerary of most travellers (including the adventure travellers) to Vietnam. And Ha Giang is not visited frequently by Vietnamese tourists either.

  • Hoang Su Phi is among the most untouched areas of Ha Giang Province of Vietnam. The district was separated from the mainstream society until very recently. The capital town of Hoang Su Phi District is Vinh Quang Township, 60km from Tan Quang Town and 100km from Ha Giang provincial capital.

  • Descending the flag tower of Lung Cu, I traveled to Pho Bang Town, home to a little Chinese community in Dong Van. It was late in the morning. It seemed to me that it got colder now than earlier in the morning. The back road went via Lung Tao Commune. Except for a few kids and ladies bringing firewood home, I did not see anyone else. The landscape was mesmerizing and I couldn't help but stopped every now and again for adoring the unreal beautiful nature.

  • Ma Le Market is about 10km north-west of Dong Van Town, on the way to Lung Cu Flag Tower. Ma Le is not as famous as Dong Van Market and people come here are mostly from local ethnic communities. The market is on every Saturday morning, but some restaurants start selling from Friday late afternoon. Local boys and girls also come early for a drink and for socializing.

  • Ma Pi Leng Pass is among  the most beautiful mountain passes in Vietnam. The pass is nearly 2,000m in elevation and the length is about 20km between Dong Van Town and Meo Vac Town, in Ha Giang Province. The mountain peaks around the pass are over 2,000m above sea level and covered in cloud most of the time. Deep down the base of the pass is the Nho Que River which looks like a thin thread from above. Visiting Ma Pi Leng on a clear day, you'll be charmed by the sublime landscape with myriad mountain peaks all around and deep ravines right by your side...

  • Meo Vac District of Ha Giang is 150km from the provincial capital town of Ha Giang Province. Meo Vac shares the border with Dong Van District of Ha Giang Province and Bao Lam District of Cao Bang Province. Meo Vac has most of the terrain in the Rock Plateau of Dong Van and above 1000m above sea level. The road from Meo Vac Town to Dong Van Town is 23km which is via the sublime beauty of Ma Pi Leng Pass. Meo Vac has a harsh climate in the winter which is from November to April with dry and freezing cold weather.

  • Quan Ba is a district of Ha Giang Province to the far-north of Vietnam. The capital town of Quan Ba is Tam Son, 50km north of Ha Giang provincial capital. The land is part of the famed Dong Van Plateau which is listed to the Global Geoparks Network by the UNESCO. Quan Ba shares a border of 54km with China to the north and west.

  • I got up at 0600 in the morning and had noodle soup for breakfast, then my hot coffee. I loved contemplating over the steamy hot coffee in the early morning when the street was still quiet. It was a dry and pleasantly cold day. It made everything just clean and fresh. It was Saturday and the market gathering was on Sunday only. There were some vegetable and meat stalls in the market though. Some old ladies with big basket on the back were going to work. Walking on the narrow streets with shop houses on the side, it was so calm an atmosphere...

  • Dong Van Karst Plateau with sheer rock surface and numerous high mountain peaks is certainly an ideal place for travelers who visit Vietnam on a photography tour.

  • Ha Giang perched to the top northern territory of Vietnam is an amazing place. Dong Van Karst Plateau possesses an unreal beauty that is not seen elsewhere. But in this article Paradissa would like to embark you on a photographic journey to discover a little secret of Ha Giang: the captivating rice terraces at Hoang Su Phi.

  • After Yen Minh, the road branched into two smaller roads: one led to Dong Van and the other to Meo Vac;  I took the former one with an ascent on a very steep gradient. The landscape changed suddenly into a sweeping view of serrated ridges which looked so unreal!

  • Vuong Family was considered the King of the Hmong People in Dong Van, Ha Giang in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The residence with Chinese architecture was built in the scenic valley of Sa Phin, 20km from Dong Van Town.

  • Xin Man District of Ha Giang Province is 150km from Ha Giang Provincial Capital Town, 40km from Hoang Su Phi District of Ha Giang Province and 60km from Bac Ha Town of Lao Cai Province. Xin Man is right on the border between Vietnam and China.

  • Yen Minh is a district of Ha Giang Province, 100km north-east of Ha Giang City. Yen Minh is part of Dong Van Karst Plateau – a member of the Global Geopark Network, bordered to the north-west by China, to the west by Quan Ba District, to the south-west by Vi Xuyen, to the south by Bac Me, to the south-east by Cao Bang Province, to the east by Meo Vac and Dong Van Districts.