Dong Van Karst Plateau
Dong Van Karst Plateau

Dong Van District, Ha Giang

Dong Van District is the northern most area of Ha Giang Province and Vietnam. The district is bordered to the west, north and northeast by China, to the east by Meo Vac District, to the south by Yen Minh. The district shares a national border with China with the total length of 52.5 km.

 The total area of Dong Van District is 44.67 hectares of which 11.84 is land for agriculture. The surface area covered in rock accounts for 73.5%. The terrain is dissected into high rugged mountains and steep valley: Lung Tao Peak at 1,911m above sea level,… The averaged altitude is 1,200m above sea level. The terrain altitude is higher to the west and lower to the east.

An amazing road snaking amid limestone mountains at Thai Phin Tung, Dong Van, Ha Giang
An amazing road snaking amid limestone mountains at Thai Phin Tung, Dong Van, Ha Giang

Dong Van District has a temperate climate: rainy season from May through October which is also the time of the humid Southeasterly Monsoon; dry season from November through next April which is often characterized by dry, foggy atmosphere and frosts. The averaged annual rainfall is 1,600-2,000mm. The lowest temperatures in Dong Van could get below freezing point in the winter (mostly in December-January).

Dong Van Old Quarter, Dong Van District, Ha Giang
Dong Van Old Quarter, Dong Van District, Ha Giang

There are 16 ethnic groups in Dong Van District: Hmong, Dao, Giay, Co Lao, Pu Peo, Lo Lo, Tay, Kinh, Hoa… of which the Hmong accounts for 88%. The multi-ethnic population makes the daily life and traditional culture at Dong Van highlights of a visit to the area.

Dong Van District is an important part of the Dong Van Karst Plateau. The district is home to several highlights of the plateau including: The Vuong Family Residence and the Sa Phin Valley, the Dong Van Old Quarter, Dong Van Market, Ma Le Market, Lung Tao, Pho Bang, Pho Cao, Sung La,...