Yen Minh - Ha Giang
Yen Minh - Ha Giang

Yen Minh - Ha Giang

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.

 Yen Minh, Ha Giang, Vietnam
Yen Minh is sparsely populated by ethnic people

The terrains of Yen Minh are mostly composed of steep dirt and karst mountains. Due to steep terrains and little amount of annual rainfall, the soil is especially dry and unproductive in Yen Minh. The local ethnic people grow some corn and rice on terraces, but much depends on the weather and they are in constant lack of food.

Yen Minh, Ha Giang, Vietnam
The roads at Yen Minh offer scenic mountain views

From Ha Giang, you travel to Yen Minh by passing on a steep and meandering road via Quan Ba. When the landscape changes from gray rocky mountains into barren hills, then you are in Yen Minh. The town of Yen Minh is located in the center of the district. If you travel from Quan Ba, then continue through Yen Minh Town, and the road forks into one narrow route to Dong Van and the other to Meo Vac.

Yen Minh, Ha Giang, Vietnam
There are only a few patches of forests, while basically the mountains are barren

Most travellers would make their trip through to Dong Van from Ha Giang, but some stay in Yen Minh and go exploring around the sublime barren hills around the town. There are plenty of opportunities for exotic photos at Yen Minh. There are hotels with basic facilities and restaurants in the town of Yen Minh.

Yen Minh, Ha Giang, Vietnam
There are some green rice terraces, but all looks dry

 

Yen Minh, Ha Giang, Vietnam
The mountain slopes are steep and soil is washed away easily when it rains

 

Yen Minh, Ha Giang, Vietnam
All looks dry even at the beginning of the normal rainy season

 

Yen Minh, Ha Giang, Vietnam
Only a few patches filled with water

 

Yen Minh, Ha Giang, Vietnam
All others have none

 

Yen Minh, Ha Giang, Vietnam
The town of Yen Minh is where you decide to go to Meo Vac or Dong Van

 

Du Gia Valley, Yen Minh, Ha Giang
Du Gia Valley, Yen Minh, Ha Giang

 

Splendid mountains at Du Tien, Yen Minh, Ha Giang
Splendid mountains at Du Tien, Yen Minh, Ha Giang

 

Mountainscape at Lung Ho, Yen Minh, Ha Giang
Mountainscape at Lung Ho, Yen Minh, Ha Giang