The Hmong king’s palace in Ha Giang

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On a tour of Ha Giang Province we visited Dong Van Plateau and decided to take a day to see the palace where the king of the Hmong people lived early last century. The palace of Vua Meo, where the king of H'Mong lived last century in Dong Van Plateau, Ha Giang Province - Photo: Lam Van Son … [Read more...]

Australian ambassador inspires people to visit Ha Giang

The Hanoitimes - Australian Ambassador Hugh Borrowman has visited almost all provinces and cities across Vietnam during his four-year working term in Vietnam. He is most impressed with the northern mountainous region, particularly Ha Giang province. He visited Ha Giang last year and was overwhelmed by its imposing scenery and cultural identities. He also understood difficulties that people in one of the country’s poorest provinces are facing. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the ambassador approved the implementation of 13 projects in the framework of the Direct Aid Program (DAP) in Ha Giang province. Last week, together with his wife and son, he paid an on-site visit to five out of the total 13 projects implemented in Ha Giang province and experienced a homestay in Lung Cu commune, Meo Vac district. The ambassador said for him, Ha Giang is the most attractive place in Vietnam. Everyone should visit Ha Giang one time in their life. During his stay in Ha Giang, he presented … [Read more...]

Australian ambassador encourages people to visit Ha Giang

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Australian Ambassador Hugh Borrowman has visited almost all provinces and cities across Vietnam during his four-year working term in Vietnam. He is most impressed with the northern mountainous region, particularly Ha Giang province. He visited Ha Giang last year and was overwhelmed by its imposing scenery and cultural identities. He also understood difficulties that people in one of the country’s poorest provinces are facing. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the ambassador approved the implementation of 13 projects in the framework of the Direct Aid Program (DAP) in Ha Giang province. Last week, together with his wife and son, he paid an on-site visit to five out of the total 13 projects implemented in Ha Giang province and experienced a homestay in Lung Cu commune, Meo Vac district. The ambassador said for him, Ha Giang is the most attractive place in Vietnam. Everyone should visit Ha Giang one time in their life. During his stay in Ha Giang, he presented more than 1,000 … [Read more...]

Vietnam eyes UNESCO recognition for 2 coastal areas

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Basalt rocks along the coast of Binh Chau Commune, the central province of Quang Ngai. Photo credit: Minh Hoang/Zing.vn Scientists have urged local authorities to seek UNESCO recognition as global geoparks for two coastal areas in the central province of Quang Ngai. They made the proposal at a recent meeting with Quang Ngai authorities after carrying out field trips with foreign scientists to the eastern commune of Binh Chau and Ly Son Island, according to Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper. Tran Tan Van, chief of the Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, was quoted as saying the areas boast a diversity of geographical layers representing many changes in the Earth's crust, including basalt layers formed from a 10-million-year-old volcano. Nguyen Hoang, an expert at the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, said Ly Son, in particular, is like a "natural museum" of volcanoes, given that 70 percent of its area carries volcanic features. "It deserves to be named a global … [Read more...]

Ha Giang hosts second National Mong Festival

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The second National Mong Festival will be held in Dong Van District in the mountainous northern Ha Giang Province. Khen dancing of the Mong people. Photo dienbientv.vn The festival will include Mông traditional, cultural and sports activities. There will be a costume show, folk singing, and a cooking contest, where Mông culinary specialties will be introduced. The Mông festival aims to introduce the traditional values and culture of Vietnamese ethnic minority groups of the mountainous areas to tourists, contributing to the preservation of their unique culture. At the festival's opening ceremony, an announcement will be made about the cultural heritage of the Môngs being recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage. The second National Mông Festival will be held in October. It will coincide with the Tam Giác Mạch Flower Festival in Hà Giang Province. The Khèn Mông Festival will be a highlight of the National Mông Festival. This is a Hà Giang Province annual venue for … [Read more...]

Ha Giang to host Mong ethnic cultural festival in October

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The second Mong (H'mong) Ethnic Culture Festival will take place in Dong Van District, in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang next October, highlighting the traditional ethnic culture of Mong people across the nation. The event will be held by the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with 17 localities with Mong ethnic communities. With the theme, ‘Preserving and promoting cultural identity of Mong people’, the festival features a range of cultural activities, including a pan-pipe festival, a display of Mong traditional costumes, Mong folk song performances, and Mong ethnic cuisine. Traditional cultural rituals will also be enacted during the festival, in addition to introduction of distinctive Mong handicrafts and traditional folk games. At the opening of the festival, the organisers will announce the decision to recognise several heritages of Mong communities as national cultural intangible heritages. The event will … [Read more...]

This small village has the best chicken pho in Vietnam

"Pho Trang Kim" is served with chicken that has been boiled with turmeric. The ingredient gives the chicken a mouthwatering golden color, even though the taste could be quite exotic for some.

Locally known as "pho Trang Kim," the chicken noodle soup is only available at Trang Kim, a small village which travelers will not miss on their way from Ha Giang Town to Dong Van District. While it is best to check the pho out at a market held every Thursday at the village, travelers can find it at streetside noodle shops nearby if they miss the market. … [Read more...]

Vietnam province yet to harness tourism potential of locations depicted in popular movie

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The record rise in springtime visitors to the south-central province of Phu Yen has been attributed by many to a Vietnamese film released late last year. Disappointingly however, not a lot has been done to ensure the growth is sustainable. Statistics by the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Phu Yen have revealed an amazing 35-percent increase in tourist arrivals during and around the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, compared to the same period last year. The resounding success of the acclaimed movie, ‘Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh’ (Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass), by expat director Victor Vu is believed by many to be behind the surge. The film, which hit local screens in late September 2015, has received critical acclaim, not only for its story of childhood innocence, but also for its cinematography, featuring tranquil landscapes from lesser-known scenic spots across the province. The scenes, selected as the film’s main setting, work to … [Read more...]

Tet gifts for national revolutionary contributors

President Truong Tan Sang has signed a decision presenting gifts to people who made significant contributions to the national revolutionary cause, on the occasion of the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet). The beneficiaries, including Vietnamese heroic mothers, war invalids, and fallen soldiers’ family members, as well as those exposed to toxic chemicals during war, will receive gift packages, each worth between VND200,000 (US$9) and VND400,000 (US$18). Organisations and businesses across the country are also making donations to bring a warm holiday to those in disadvantaged conditions. The Syngenta Vietnam Company and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the northern province of Ha Giang, handed over houses to poor ethnic minority people in Lung Cu commune, Dong Van district, on January 11-12. On January 12, the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies granted 250 Tet gifts to needy households and social welfare beneficiaries in the northern mountainous province … [Read more...]

The photos that shaped 2015 by young Vietnamese photojournalist

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A series of shots taken by the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper photojournalist Nguyen Khanh depict the most talked about events of 2015 in the capital city of Hanoi and other northern provinces. Tuoi Tre’s print and online publications, receiving hundreds of likes, shares, and comments on Facebook. The photos reflect residents’ daily lives and many important social events of last year in Hanoi, the city in which he lives and works, as well as the surrounding provinces. Tuoi Tre hereby introduces some of the most impressive pictures by Nguyen Khanh: Mother and child in Dong Van Karst Plateau in northern Vietnam's Ha Giang Province Relatives of famed Vietnamese musician An Thuyen cry during his funeral on July 9, 2015. The artist passed away at the age of 66 on July 3, 2015 after suffering a heart attack. Yen, a local from Quang Ninh Province’s Cam Pha City, picks up coal from under the water, earning between VND400,000 (US$18) and VND500,000 ($22) for every … [Read more...]

Pho Bang – a peaceful town on Dong Van Karst Plateau

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VietNamNet Bridge – Ha Giang impresses visitors with its high karst plateau, steep hills, winding roads and ethnic diversity. In Dong Van district of Ha Giang province, there is a place of serenity where man is delicately balanced with nature. That is Pho Bang township. Pho Bang, the home of Hoa and Mong ethnicities, was once the administrative-political-social capital of Dong Van distric. Since the administrative center was moved to the ancient quarter of Dong Van district, Pho Bang village has become calm and peaceful. Nguyen Van Nam, a tourist from Hanoi, enjoys the discreet charm, peace and calmness of this town, which is 117 km from Ha Giang city: "The friendliness of the people and the simplicity of the place are the unique beauty of Pho Bang. I love wandering around this small town to find a little calm and serenity. " Pho Bang is hidden between the centuries-old limestone mountains. It is hard to imagine that this tiny town was once the capital of the entire region. … [Read more...]

Hoarfrost appears in northern Vietnam

Lao Cai, December 18 (VNA) - Hoarfrost, formed from frozen steam, appeared in the northern mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Cao Bang after a bout of chilly weather, with temperatures dropping below three degrees Celsius. Khuong Quang Hanh, head of the Tram Ton ranger station at the Hoang Lien National Park in Sa Pa town, Lao Cai province, said that by 5am of December 17, hoarfrost had appeared at the peak of O Quy Ho, the highest mountain pass in Vietnam – some 1,959 metres above sea level, and the Silver Waterfall area – some 1,800 metres above sea level. Many local people and visitors from other cities and provinces have rushed to Sa Pa town to enjoy the beauty of the frosty landscape and to snap photos. The provincial Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said December 17 was the third day that the Sa Pa, Bat Xat and Bac Ha districts had experienced temperatures below three degrees Celsius, the lowest temperature recorded this year. The chilly weather, … [Read more...]

Tourists enjoy frosty beauty of northern Viet Nam

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LAO CAI (VNS) — Hoarfrost, formed from frozen steam, appeared in the northern mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Cao Bang after a bout of chilly weather, with temperatures dropping below three degrees Celsius. Khuong Quang Hanh, head of the Tram Ton ranger station at the Hoang Lien National Park in Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai Province, said that by 5am today, hoarfrost had appeared at the peak of O Quy Ho, the highest mountain pass in Viet Nam – some 1,959 metres above sea level, and the Silver Waterfall area – some 1,800 metres above sea level. Many local people and visitors from other cities and provinces have rushed to Sa Pa Town to enjoy the beauty of the frosty landscape and to snap photos. The provincial Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said today was the third day that the Sa Pa, Bat Xat and Bac Ha districts had experienced temperatures below three degrees Celsius, the lowest temperature recorded this year. The chilly weather, especially early in the … [Read more...]

Tam Giac Mach Flower Festival on Dong Van Karst Plateau opens

At the opening ceremony. Source: nhandan.com.vn

PANO - The first Tam Giac Mach (Triangle Oat) Flower Festival on Dong Van Karst Plateau was kick-started on the evening of November 12th in Dong Van district by Ha Giang Provincial People’s Committee. This provincial-level festival aims to honour the flower, a tiny wild one with triangular-shaped leaves with a pink colour, as well as popularize and help raise the provincial tourism and status among domestic and international friends. Via the flower, the organizer would like to honour the land and people in the northernmost area of the country, which is facing difficulties and has potential for further development. In recent years, the Tam Giac Mach flower has been an alluring attraction for a number of tourists to Ha Giang province. After the opening ceremony, a typical artistic performance introduced Dong Van Karst Plateau’s history and geology, Dong Van old quarter’s history and the tourism-symbolic beauty of Tam Giac Mach flowers together with Ha Giang … [Read more...]

First buckwheat festival opens in Ha Giang

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Tourists to the northernmost province of Ha Giang and locals are enjoying the first buckwheat festival, which kicked off on the Dong Van Stone Plateau on November 12. The buckwheat (Fagopyrum Esculentum) plant grows in clusters of small, pinkish-white flowers and produces triangular, edible seeds. The ethnic Mong group cultivates two crops of buckwheat every year in the area. The flowers are sensitive to sunlight, changing their colour from white in the early morning to pink in the afternoon. Buckwheat in full bloom is a spectacular sight, drawing flocks of tourists to Ha Giang. Addressing the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Duc Quy said the festival aims to build a brand name for local tourism, fully tap the tourism potential of the plateau and Dong Van’s old quarter, and promote the locality’s cultural values. Through the iconic flower, Ha Giang expects to promote its land and people to domestic and … [Read more...]

Unique architecture of Dong Van

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(VOVworld) - The charm of Ha Giang is not limited to its beautiful fields of buckwheat flowers, its breathtaking roads, and authentic ethnic markets. Ha Giang province is also home to amazing architectural treasures. After following the highway 4C for about 160 km from the center of Ha Giang, you will arrive at Dong Van township where you should not miss a tour of the old town. Perched at 1,600 meters, Dong Van township was home to Tay, Hoa, and Mong ethnicities in the early 20th century. In 1920, the old township was renovated by the French, who brought new construction materials and Western architecture. Laterite houses with stone columns and decorated with red lanterns blend harmoniously with traditional clay buildings. Most of these houses belong to the Luong Huy family. Luong Huy Ngo of the Tay ethnic group says these houses are still in good condition:"The houses of this type are very comfortable. It is cool in summer and warm in winter. The wall thickness can be up to 85 cm. … [Read more...]

Ha Giang opens exhibition on buckwheat flower festival in Hanoi

Buckwheat in full bloom is a spectacular sight, drawing flocks of tourists to Ha Giang.

The Hanoitimes - A photo exhibition on the buckwheat flower festival, which will be held for the first time in the northern moutainous province of Ha Giang, is being displayed in Hanoi from November 9. The exhibition makes a good chance to introduce the buckwheat flower festival, a key tourism attraction of Ha Giang province of Ha Giang to local and international tourists. The buckwheat flower festival will be organised for the first time at Dong Van district’s old quarter and three districts – Quan Ba, Yen Minh and Meo Vac from November 12-15. The buckwheat (Fagopyrum Esculentum) plant grows in clusters of small pinkish white flowers and produces triangular shaped edible seeds. At the exhibition, apart from spectacular images of fields of the small pinkish white flowers, photos of the landscape, daily life and local agricultural production will provide visitors an insight into the border land. In addition, many local specialties such as honey or mushroom are … [Read more...]

Ha Giang promotes its buckwheat flower fest in Hanoi

Children play in a field full of buckwheat flower in Ha Giang. (Source: vietnamtourism.gov.vn)

(VOVworld) - The buckwheat flower festival, a principal tourist attraction of the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, is being introduced to tourists in Hanoi via a photo exhibit that opened on Monday. In addition to spectacular images of fields of the small pinkish white flowers, other photos of Ha Giang’s landscape, daily life, and local agricultural production will provide insights into the picturesque border province. Local specialties like honey and mushrooms will also be on display through November 20. The exhibition which coincides with Ha Giang’s buckwheat flower festival 2015, will take place in Dong Van district’s old quarter and in three other districts – Quan Ba, Yen Minh and Meo Vac - from November 12-15. … [Read more...]

Ha Giang promotes buckwheat flower fest in Hanoi

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Children play in a field full of buckwheat flower in Ha Giang. (Source: vietnamtourism.gov.vn) NDO/VNA - The buckwheat flower festival, a main tourism attraction of the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, is being introduced to local and international tourists via a photo exhibition that opened in Hanoi on November 9. Besides spectacular images of fields of the small pinkish white flowers, photos of the landscapes, daily life and local agricultural production will provide visitors an insight into the border area. Many local specialties such as honey and mushroom are also on display through November 20. The buckwheat flower festival will be taking place for the first time in Dong Van district’s Old Quarter and three districts - Quan Ba, Yen Minh and Meo Vac - from November 12-15. The buckwheat (Fagopyrum Esculentum) plant grows in clusters of small pinkish white flowers and produces triangular shaped edible seeds. The ethnic H’Mong cultivate two crops of … [Read more...]

Ha Giang: Tam Giac Mach flower festival 2015 to come

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(TITC) – To promote image of Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark and honor the outstanding values of karst plateau, Tam Giac Mach flower festival 2015 will be held from 12 to 15 November in Ha Giang Province. The opening ceremony will take place at 8pm on 12 November 2015 at Dong Van District Stadium. According to the Organizing Board, the preparation for the festival has been finished to welcome visitors. Accordingly, the stage decoration, lighting, sound, art performance program in the opening ceremony have been well prepared. Tam Giac Mach flower plantation in 4 districts of Dong Van, Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Meo Vac has been done as scheduled. Tourist maps have been placed at information centers and crossroads to guide visitors. Service suppliers such as restaurants, hotels, motels have committed to stabilize the price during the festival. Authorities have also focused on ensuring safety and security for visitors, building friendly and hospitable tourism environment. In … [Read more...]