Dong Van


Located at the center of Dong Van town in Ha Giang. The vestige consists of the market and two villages (Quyet Tien, Dong Tam) of Dong Van commune. It was built on early years of the 20th Century. At first, the Old Quarter only has Tay and Hoa people. During years 1940, 1950 of the 20th Century, there are some ethnics like Kinh, Dao and Nung also settled in these area. It has distinct identities of local people.

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Dong van – Ha Giang

Nowadays, Dong Van old street has more than 40 old house. Of which, the oldest is the house of Luong family which was built since 1890. the Ancient Quarter is a consistent architectural community including, market and opposite to market is the row of the house of the local people which are very unique and suitable with Feng Shui of the rocky highland area.

Dong Van, a land of harsh life but bears the magic beauty has long been a famous spot for photo hunters because of miraculous beauty as sunset falls on stone rocks of cat-ears.

Dong Van district is a high-border region of Ha Giang. 1,000 m above the sea surface, terrain is composed of mostly mountain rocks. The district is only 146 km from Ha Giang town but transportation is very difficult. In winter temperatures sometime drop to 1oC and in summer hottest time is just around 24oC, it is foggy throughout the year

Dong Van has the extreme point of North Vietnam in Lung Cu. It is said that if not on Lung Cu, it has not yet considered to be in Dong Van, Lung Cu is reckon as the “rooftops of Viet Nam” where one turn their face down to touch earth and turn up to touch heaven”.

Dong Van Highland is situated 1,025 m above sea level and is inhabited by the Tay and H’Mong ethnic groups. The temperature is approximately 1oC in winter and reaches 24oC on the hottest days. The plateau provides famous products such as Hau plums, peaches, and persimmons without seeds. Dong Van apples are as big as pears. In Dong Van, numerous valuable plants used for their medicinal value are found, including ginseng, anise, and cinnamon.

Dong Van has a lot to offer: mountains, forests, hidden grottoes and caves, multicoloured orchid forests, plum and peach trees, persimmon orchards, and more. Visiting Dong Van, one can see Pho Bang, also called Pho Bang Street, which was built a long time ago and features multi-storey houses made of clay bricks and tile roofs. Visiting Dong Van on Sundays, one can shop in a very original mountain market where all kinds of goods and multicoloured clothes can be purchased.

Pho Bang Market - Dong Van Ha Giang

Pho Bang Market – Dong Van Ha Giang

Dong Van famous for its delicious fruit: peach, plum, pear, apples.. Dong Van is also famous for its scenery such as mountains, caves, the forests colorful flowers… This place is created for artists a source of inspiration to make works of art, photographers do not have a two in the world of nature: forests, mountains, fields stairs … unique photos which cannot be found anywhere in the world about nature, mountains, forests, rice terraces…

Reaching Dong Van is an opportunity to test your courage with heavenly high passes and deep abyss, sometime one has to walk. But in exchange, you are immersed with the majestic nature, living alongside people still poor but full of joy and happiness in life.

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