The rugged beauty of Dong Van Karst Plateau (Ha Giang)
Update: May 20, 2024
Located in the northernmost province of Ha Giang, the Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark is a celebrated destination that beckons adventurers from far and wide. Approximately 300 kilometers from Ha Noi, the plateau offers a challenging journey for backpackers with its sharp, winding turns and perilous passes that extend up to 20 kilometers.

A breathtaking view of the UNESCO-recognized Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark in Ha Giang Province. Photos: Hieu Truong

The landscape is dotted with houses built on the rugged terrain, surrounded by majestic forests and mountains. The stark gray of the rocky plateau contrasts beautifully with the bright green hues of the corn and paddy fields, symbolizing the resilience of the local people.

Visitors to the Dong Van rocky plateau are treated to a blend of wild and majestic scenery that inspires all who traverse this remarkable land, promising an unforgettable experience.

Tourists experience the thrilling passes of the plateau

Groups often pause during their journey to capture the stunning natural surroundings

An ethnic child at work on the plateau

Traditional houses spotted across the plateau’s landscape

The Hmong ethnic group cultivates rice, corn, and other crops on the rocky terrain

Corn stalks rise from the rocky ground

Locally built houses cling to the rugged mountain sides

Narrow, precarious roads snake through sparsely populated areas

Homes perch precariously on steep slopes, showcasing unique architectural adaptation

A panoramic view of a valley adorned with terraced fields

Tourists celebrate reaching the summit of Ma Pi Leng Pass

The famous Nho Que River seen from the peak provides a spectacular vista

The challenging path that leads adventurers to the river

A serene boat ride on the Nho Que River offers a different perspective of the plateau

By Hieu Truong

Saigon Times - - May 19, 2024