Dong Van- Ha Giang travel experience: Schedule, Cost, Places to visit

12-Dec-2019

You are intending to travel to Dong Van Ha Giang but do not know how to go, what to eat, what to buy when you come there. Do not worry, the article below will summarize the useful tips for you to have more information needed for this trip!

1. Where is Dong Van- Ha Giang?

How many kilometers is Dong Van Ha Giang from Hanoi? This is probably a question many people would wonder when researching about this rocky plateau. Stretching over the area of ​​4 districts of Quan Ba District, Yen Minh District, Meo Vac District and Dong Van District, with the height of about 1000 - 1600m (compared to sea level), Dong Van plateau has long been a special destination, attracting a large number of visitors. The distance from Hanoi to Dong Van is about 320km. Only with a 7 to 8 -hour drive, you will arrive in this unique plateau, which preserves traces of history from ancient times.

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2. Instructions on how to go to Dong Van- Ha Giang

2.1. The way to Dong Van- Ha Giang

Besides the buckwheat flower which captivates people or one of the kind rock plateau, the roads of Ha Giang are also a specialty that many tourists enjoy. The road to Dong Van Ha Giang is divided into 2 routes. The first route is from Hanoi to Ha Giang. The second route is from Ha Giang to Dong Van.

The first one is relatively easy to go because the roads have now been upgraded and renovate. The second road from Ha Giang to Dong Van is only about 100 km but the road is much tougher because this road contains mainly steep cliffs and steep rugged passes.

2.2. How to move

Want to move to Dong Van- Ha Giang, you can go by private car or by bus. If you choose to travel by a bus, then you can rent a motorbike or car after you reach to Ha Giang to be more active.

Often visitors to Dong Van choose to travel by coach to Ha Giang and then rent a car to Dong Van. There are many Hanoi - Ha Giang buses departing from My Dinh bus stop with time frames like 20h30 - 21h - 22h for you to choose.

3. What does Dong Van- Ha Giang have?

3.1. Old Town of Dong Van

The 1km-long town was built in the early 20th century. A special feature of the street block is the houses built according to the ancient architecture of the Qing Dynasty.

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3.2. Dong Van Plateau

Dong Van- Ha Giang stone plateau is the most attractive destination in Ha Giang. The rock plateau has thousands of diverse shapes and limestone rocks that bring unique and impressive beauty to the region of the country.

3.3. Pho Bang Town

Pho Bang Town is an old town with ancient houses that fade in color, moss-covered green walls, wooden trusses in front of alleys, red couplets written in Chinese characters hanging on both sides of the house's walls. The beauty of Pho Bang is tranquility and peacefulness. If you are looking for a place to slow down and enjoy life, Pho Bang town is the right choice.

3.4. Cat King mansion

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Cat King mansion is more than hundred years old.

3.5. Lung Cu flagpole

Lung Cu flagpole is a tourist destination containing historical significance affirming the sovereignty of the nation. At an altitude of 1600m, from the flagpole, you can fully enjoy the majestic beauty of Ha Giang nature.

3.6. Milestone 428

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Milestone 428, a destination that many people want to conquer.

3.7. Sung La village

3.8. Buckwheat Flower Field

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3.9. Ma Pi Leng Pass

Ma Pi Leng is one of the most arduous passes in the Northwest. With a length of about 20 km, this pass is on one side of a steep cliff, on the other is an abyss. Today Ma Pi Leng has become a place of attraction to large numbers of tourists, especially young ones who like to explore. From the pass, you can capture the picture of majestic nature into your eyes.

3.10. Famous M pass in Meo Vac

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Experience the tough road that challenges the drivers

3.11. Yen Minh town

3.12. Sa Phin Fair

3.13. Gate of Heaven

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4. What to eat in Dong Van- Ha Giang

4.1. Thang Co

Thang Co is one of the specialties of Dong Van- Ha Giang with unique flavors that linger forever in the mind of tourists. This traditional dish is made from the meat and bones of buffaloes, cows and horses combined with spices like cardamom, anise, cinnamon, etc.

4.2. Buffalo meat jerky

Buffalo meat jerky is a familiar dish of Northwestern mountains. The special flavor of this dish is the combination of buffalo meat and kitchen smoke, mac khen spice and forest leaves.

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4.3. Dong Van steamed rice roll

Dong Van steamed rice roll is a breakfast dish that attracts customers. The rice roll is thin, soft, filled with meat and fungus. Unlike the downstream, Dong Van rolls are served with a broth of braised pork bone.

4.4. Caltrop porridge

Caltrop soup is a special dish only found in Ha Giang. Because it is cooked from caltrop roots, this kind of porridge has a fleshy, fatty and slightly bitter taste. However, this bitter taste blends with the sweetness of bone broth and the aroma of eggs creating a unique and strange flavor. Not only being a dish, caltrop porridge is also good for health and helps strengthen bones as well as improve sleeping.

4.5. Bac Me bamboo-tube Rice

Bac Me bamboo-tube rice is a simple dish of Ha Giang which is very popular with tourists. The special flavor of rice comes from the aroma of upland sticky rice mingled with the smell of dong and banana leaves. Often Dong Van people will eat Bac Me Lam rice with salt or peanuts or sesame salt and grilled stream fish.

4.6. Stone Moss

Moss is a special dish of the Tay people. Mosses are grown on rocks, located deep below the cool stream. From stone moss, people here turn it into a variety of dishes such as moss soup, grilled moss, moss salad, etc.

4.7. Thang Den

Thang Den is a harmonious dish between sweet sugar, some greasy coconut and a little spicy. In the midst of the chilly weather in the highlands, the warm taste of the Thang Den bowl helps dispel this freezing cold.

4.8. Chinese Sausage 

Chinese sausages are known as attractive specialties of the Northwest mountains. Chinese sausage is aromatic, greasy, blending the taste of mac khen, mac mat spices, ginger to bring its own flavor.

4.9. Five-color sticky rice

Five-colored sticky rice is a traditional dish of the Tay people often in festive days. This sticky rice has 5 colors: red, blue, white, purple and yellow symbolizing 5 factors in the universe.

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5. What to do in Dong Van- Ha Giang

Coming to Dong Van Ha Giang, visitors will discover the life and culture of ethnic minorities in highland areas of the country and have a chance to visit, shop and enjoy specialties at Dong Van night market.

Especially when coming to Dong Van, visitors will be able to admire the majestic natural scenery, conquer the rugged roads and hunt beautiful photos to preserve the memories of the journey.

If you have time or are planning to travel to Ha Giang this season, you can book short-term tours at Jtatours.com. Because you will not need to worry about anything about accommodation or guides. Just pack your backpack and travel through all the most beautiful places in Ha Giang safely, conveniently and economically.

6. Dong Van- Ha Giang travel tips

6.1. When to go to Dong Van?

Dong Van plateau is beautiful all year round. Each season has its own attractive beauty. Here is a summary of the best seasons of the year in Dong Van so that you can plan your schedule in accordance with your interests and time:

  • In January and February, Dong Van is very dreamy with plum blossoms blooming along with yellow mustard flowers.
  • In March and April, the rice flowers of the plateau are in bright red.
  • April and May is the pouring water season in the plateau.
  • September to October is the rice harvest season.
  • October to December is the most romantic time of the year when the Buckwheat flower blooms.

6.2. Experience in booking hotel rooms

In choosing a quality hotel room, the first tip is that you should book a hotel room as soon as possible because if going in the peak seasons, the hotel rooms in Dong Van are often fully-booked.

6.3. Going to Dong Van needs to prepare

When traveling to Dong Van, you need to remember to carefully prepare your identification documents, medicine, food, sun cream, etc. Dong Van is on high latitude so the weather here, especially in the winter, is very cold. That is why when you go, remember to prepare enough warm clothes to protect your health very well. Particularly for those who choose to go by motorbike, before the trip, you need to check your car carefully to ensure safety.

Above are the experiences when visiting Dong Van Ha Giang rock plateau. Hopefully, through this article, you have got the information you need to plan or book a tour with an attractive destination.

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