Exploring Ha Giang – Moutain and Valley

Exploring Ha Giang

By Duc Nguyen

Exploring Ha Giang – September 6th, 2016 – After a long week of making plans with my friend – Emily, we finally got on the bus to Ha Giang. Ha Giang is a province located in the Northeast of Vietnam. The area was covered with endless rice terrace hills and deep valleys between high mountains with the mystic foggy look. We were amazed by every mile driving while the air freshened me up from the polluted air in Hanoi.



Exploring Ha Giang

The bus left My Dinh bus station at 9 pm and arrived at Ha Giang bus station at 3 am on the next morning. Emily and me with two French girls, who we met on the bus, took a cab to Bong hostel, which my friend – Craig – had put me in contact with. It was raining badly by the time we arrived. We waited in the coffee shop of the hostel over the night as we planned. We had a short nap on the couch of the cafe but were woken up several times due to the noise from the traffic and lightning. The night was very uncomfortable but things got better when the sun went up and it calmed my tits down. The rain stopped and a hot – shirtless white dude opened the door and walked in in his underwear. That woke me up completely. Other backpackers showed up one by another. The cafe got full quickly with the smell of banana pancakes and café.

 

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Exploring Ha Giang

A pretty Vietnamese girl name Dung – walked in with a big smile on her face. She greeted to everybody in the room, one by another. After 10 minutes talking to her, I found out she was the owner of the hostel. I received some useful information from her which fulfilled my plan. I got the bike from the hostel for $15/day. The bike was in a very good condition (not like the ones in my previous article about Pu Luong). That made me feel confident for whatever might come on the way. Said goodbye to the two Frenchies, we left the hostel at 9 am and teamed up with two funny guys from Uruguay – Fede and Ignacio and one guy from Chile – Rodrigo.

 

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Exploring Ha Giang

We left the town quickly and right away got lost into the passes covered in fog. The road was dirty and wet due to the big night rain. Big trucks showed up from nowhere and scared the shit out of me sometimes but I had no trouble avoiding them. The truck drivers were always willing to let you pass once you gave a signal. We went up and down, along so many huge mountains and valleys. It rained lightly sometimes but we were fine staying up the cloud. We got lucky as the sun showed up when we arrived at the Gate to Heaven.

 

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Exploring Ha Giang FoodMann Travel Blog Duc Nguyen

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Exploring Ha Giang FoodMann Travel Blog Duc Nguyen

Exploring Ha Giang FoodMann Travel Blog Duc Nguyen



Exploring Ha Giang

We arrived in Yen Minh at 12 pm. It was hot and sunny so we agreed to continue our destination and have a late lunch when we get to Dong Van but we ran out of gasoline when we were not too far from the town so we had to turn around for the gas and also for the lunch.

We checked every restaurant carefully then decided to stop at a fast food restaurant (It’s all because of the “fast food” words on the banner) where some people that I met at the hostel were eating. We had no idea that we just walked in the extremely-super-slow restaurant in the world with hilarious English translation. We ordered 1 dish of fried rice with fried chicken leg and 1 dish of corn then waited in happiness : )

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Exploring Ha Giang – The menu at the fast food restaurant

Exploring Ha Giang

We waited for 30 minutes after everybody had left to continue their destination but the food was still not ready. All of a sudden, it rained heavily outside. “fuck damn…” was exactly what I wanted to say and continued to wait for the food but still, we both hoped the rain would stop within 15 minutes. The food arrived in the next 30 minutes and it was the worst fried rice we ever had. So it took us more than one hour just for the lunch though we planned to spend only about 20 minutes for it. The rain was still on when we finished the meal so we had no choice but to continue our destination.

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Exploring Ha Giang

We drove along the highway and got to Dong Van at around 6 pm. It was raining lightly. We came to a hostel recommended by the staff of the Bong hostel. The price was not cheap. It was $15 (300.000vnd) for a double room but we were too tired to do anything so we checked in, took a shower then headed to the bar next to the hotel to join with the guys from the hostel that we met in the morning. Here, I met the guy who had lunch at the fast food restaurant with us. His name is Itay from Israel. The night passed shortly when everybody got tired.



Exploring Ha Giang

We woke up at 9 am by the noise from ladies at the local market right in front of the hotel. It was an amazing feeling to wake up in such a scene where has huge mountains, cloud and fresh air and is not be surrounded by tall buildings with traffic jam. We quickly packed then checked out at 10 am. We drove back to the main road and went to a gasoline station nearby to fill the tank up and took a quick breakfast with stick bread – Vietnamese bread with paté, sausage and chilli sauce. Emily and I agreed to drive back a bit to visit the Royal palace of Meo’s king and the Flag Tower in Lung Cu but the rain started by the time we get to the stone terraces close to the Royal Palace. Both of us were sick of the rain so we decided not to bother with it and get back to the town to go to the Ma Pi Leng pass. From this very moment, we were amazed by the endless epic scene of nature. We spent the whole afternoon at the pass before going to the next town – Meo Vac.

 

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Exploring Ha Giang

We arrived at Meo Vac at 3:30 pm. We said farewell to the guys here as they continued their journey to Bao Lac district which is around 30 km away to the East. The locals said it’s the place where the big rivers in the area meet. Emily and I went to check the hostel name Auberge de Meo Vac recommended by my best friend – Dung. The hostel was quiet and beautiful with old ethnic style but the price was pretty expensive, $15/night for one person was a bit overpriced to sleep on the floor in a dorm so Emily wanted to look for a cheaper one. We decided to leave. Emily told me about a hotel nearby which she saw when we were asking the locals for Auberge de Meo Vac so we went to check it out. It was a 3-star hotel. We got a private double bedroom for $20/night (so only $10/person). The room was nice. The bed was really comfortable so we decided to stay in the room to rest a bit but then we became lazy and stayed in for the rest of the day. It rained again at night. One more time, I was depressed by the beautiful experience story from Dung about the clear sky with full of star.

We left Meo Vac at 10 am in the morning on the next day to drive back to Ha Giang in order to catch the bus at 7 pm to go back to Hanoi. The whole trip (3 days and 2 nights) took me around $50, not including food. Now I’ll let the picture tell you the rest of the story.



 Exploring Ha Giang FoodMann Travel Blog Duc Nguyen

 Exploring Ha Giang FoodMann Travel Blog Duc Nguyen

 Exploring Ha Giang FoodMann Travel Blog Duc Nguyen

 Exploring Ha Giang FoodMann Travel Blog Duc Nguyen

 Exploring Ha Giang FoodMann Travel Blog Duc Nguyen

Exploring Ha Giang FoodMann Travel Blog Duc Nguyen

 Exploring Ha Giang FoodMann Travel Blog Duc Nguyen



 

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