Ha Giang’s highlight – Dong Van Karst Plateau


About 320 kilometers from the capital of Vietnam – Hanoi – is Ha Giang Province. Ha Giang is Vietnam’s northernmost province. It is one of the must-visit locations for international people trekking in Vietnam.

This mountainous area has so much to offer that you might just want to spend more than a few days here.

Here in Ha Giang, Dong Van Karst Plateau is among the best destinations for your Vietnam trekking tours.


Dong Van Karst Plateau from above

Dong Van Karst Plateau is about 140 kilometers from the center of Ha Giang city.

The plateau is now an UNESCO-recognized heritage. In 2010, Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark became a member of the Global Geoparks Network. This marks its appearance as the first Global Geopark in Vietnam. It is also the second geopark in Southeast Asia that is officially recognized.

Located in Ha Giang Province, Dong Van Karst Plateau lies across the four districts: Meo Vac, Dong Van, Yen Minh and Quan Ba. It covers an area of 2350 km­­2.

Its surface is mostly covered by limestone with the spectacular landscape of high mountains and deep canyons. Its peak is Mieu Vac Mount, reaching 1971 meters above sea level. Its deepest canyon is Tu San, with a depth of approximate 700-800 meters.

It is also home to Vietnam’s 17 ethnic groups. This is what gives Dong Van Karst Plateau its rich and unique cultural characteristic.

So here are a few things to consider if you are planning a trip to Dong Van.

When is the best time to visit Dong Van?

For not just Dong Van but Ha Giang province as a whole, visitors are always welcome. The seasonal beauty is different and appealing to its visitors so any time during the year is suitable to visit the place.

However, if you are visiting on a Sunday, you have a chance to participate in Dong Van’s market.


The natural beauty of Sung La Valley

Also, During November and December, you have the chance to see endless fields of buckwheat flowers in Dong Van.

What are the places to visit?

On your trip to Dong Van Karst Plateau, these are the must-visit sites like communes along 4C Road: Pho Cao, Sung La, Sa Phin and Thai Phin Tung. Many claims that Sung La valley is the absolute highlight of Pao’s house and many other houses of Lo Lo and Mong people.


The famous Pao’s house of Dong Van

There are also other destinations near the place that you should visit. Here is a list:

  • Sa Phin Sky Gate (15 kilometers from Dong Van)
  • Lung Cu Flag Tower (26 kilometers from Sa Phin)
  • Lo Lo Cultural Village (at the bottom of Lung Cu Flag Tower)
  • Pho Bang Border Gate (9 kilometers from Sa Phin)


Lung Cu Flag Tower from afar

And if you are visiting on a Sunday morning, remember to visit Dong Van market!

What to pack?

Just like any other trip to Vietnam’s remote areas, wear light-weighted and comfortable clothes. Make sure that they are warm enough as it might get pretty cold during the night.

Remember to wear your training shoes as you will have to walk a lot.

Bring your essentials. Pack some snacks and water for the long road trips.

Now you are good to go!

If you are in love with those trekking tours in Vietnam, why not book one and visit Dong Van?


According to experienced local travelers, the safest and most common route, starting from Hanoi, is Ha Noi – Vinh Yen – Viet Tri – Doan Hung – Phu Tho – Tuyen Quang – Ha Giang.

Due to the hilly terrain, we do not recommend you to travel by yourself if you are not an experienced driver. In Vietnam’s remote areas, the directions on the road may be unclear and hard to follow. Plus, it is hard to get help in case of trouble.

That is why we recommend that you book your Vietnam tours through a travel agency. To have a hassle-free experience while traveling, it is always better to have a local guide with you.

So are you ready for these Vietnam trekking tours?

Author Since: Jan 23, 2019

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