Ma Pi Leng Pass, Ha Giang
Ma Pi Leng Pass, Ha Giang

Ma Pi Leng Pass, Ha Giang

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...

Road to Ma Pi Leng Pass from Dong Van Town
Road to Ma Pi Leng Pass from Dong Van Town

The Road of Happiness on Ma Pi Leng is a marvel of man's works. It was made by workers from 16 ethnic groups in northern Vietnam in 6 years from 1959 to 1965. During the time, a suicide team of 17 volunteers had to hang themselves on vertical cliffs for 11 months to carve into the rock to form a path which was later expanded into the road nowadays.

Mountain peaks in thick fog at Ma Pi Leng
Mountain peaks in thick fog at Ma Pi Leng

On our trips, Paradissa normally allows for a couple of hours so that you have enough time to take in the beauty of Ma Pi Leng. The time of the visit should be late in the morning or early in the afternoon. It is often foggy on the pass early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Sublime nature at Ma Pi Leng
Sublime nature at Ma Pi Leng

 

The Nho Que River down below Ma Pi Leng
The Nho Que River down below Ma Pi Leng

 

The road at Ma Pi Leng runs on the mountain side
The road at Ma Pi Leng runs on the mountain side

 

The road of Happiness at Ma Pi Leng
The Road of Happiness at Ma Pi Leng