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COMPREHENSIVE NINH BINH EXPERIENCE.

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COMPREHENSIVE NINH BINH EXPERIENCE

Only 100 km away from Ha Noi, Ninh Binh has become one of the must-see places in North Vietnam for visitors.  Also known as “Ha Long Bay on land”, Ninh Binh is on the bucket list of many explorers. The place is well known for its incredibly beautiful national parks such as Trang An and Tam Coc. In this comprehensive Ninh Binh guide you will learn everything there is to know about the experiences you can enjoy here and the best advice on conducting your trip.

The best time to travel in Ninh Binh

In general, Ninh Binh is beautiful all year round but here are the optimum seasons to visit in Ninh Binh

February – April:

In terms of comfortable weather this is the best time to travel in Ninh Binh. The air is pleasant and cool enough to enjoy out door activities at any time of day in the perfectly moderate climate. At this time you can explore the island at your own leisure by motorcycle enjoying breathtaking landscape.

May – June

At this time the rice fields will be at peak growth in Ninh Binh, creating uniquely beautiful terraced landscapes far and wide. The average temperature during this period is about 25 -30 degrees celsius; a very appropriate temperature for exploring Ninh Binh.

July to September: 

This is Vietnam’s “summertime,” and a lot cheaper for foreigners and you can enjoy everything as usual for a reasonable price. The average temperature in Ninh Binh in summer is usually higher than in other parts of Vietnam. You should make sure to pack necessary items such as sunscreen, water and long sleeves to protect your skin while traveling in Ninh Binh.

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November – January

This is a great time for westerners to visit the city. This is the late autumn and winter time in Vietnam. The weather is a little cold but will be a great opportunity for you to explore the city. The temperature is usually around 15 – 20 degrees Celsius, which is very suitable for exploring Ninh Binh by motorcycle. At this time, everything in the city of Ninh Binh is very cheap from the price of rooms to the services of tours.

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Must see places in Ninh Binh

There are many places in Ninh Binh to explore. At present, local authorities in Ninh Binh are building and developing many new tourist sites, improving Ninh Binh as a prime destination. Here is a list of must-see places in Ninh Binh.

Kong skull island movie scene – Aboriginal village

Reconstructed in the ecological complex of Trang An, the aboriginal village has a unique entrance,as visitors have to travel by boat through the cave arch  famously seen in the skull island movie, in order to reach the village. Once they step on to the island they cross a wooden bridge that leads to the aboriginal village.

The Aboriginal village consists of 40 huts made of bamboo, covering a large amount of ground. The locals that live here are dressed up exactly as the aborigines in the movie, so visitors truly feel like they are living in the movie when they see this place!

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Trang An

Trang An is one of the most popular destinations in Ninh Binh, and is also recognized by UNESCO as a natural and cultural heritage of the world. The scenery here is made up of rivers flowing through the limestone mountains, including numerous natural mysterious caves. 

Read more : Trang An – heaven on Earth   

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Mua Cave

Mua cave

Take on the challenge of scaling the mountain top by taking 486 steep steps, making your way up through the cave and surfacing at the top of the mountain, admiring the beauty of Tam Coc and its rice fields stretching endlessly

Positioned majestically at the top of the mountain is placed a statue of the embodiment of Buddha, gazing over the ancient land. 

Tam Coc 

Tam Coc is located in “Ninh Hai” Commune. Tam Coc means “three caves” in Vietnamese, including “Ca” cave, “Hai” cave and “Ba” cave. All three caves are formed by “Wu Dong” River that pierces the mountains. 

To go sightseeing in Tam Coc, tourists have to go by boat down the romantic river “Ngo Dong”, in order to admire the three caves. The scenery of Tam Coc is characterized by the harmonious combination of rock and water. The mountains here carry varied shapes, sloping diagonally one after the other.

Thung Nang

Thung Nang is located in Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province. This is a place full of historical relics and stunning hiking trails. It is also a pristine, untouched area of natural beauty in Vietnam.

The winding route through Thung Nang, also down as sunlight valley is about 3km and taken by boat, connecting Bich Dong with “Voi Dai” temple.

Bai Dinh pagoda 

Bai Dinh Pagoda is located in the famous Trang An Complex, about 15 km from Ninh Binh City, and is the largest temple in Vietnam. It also contains the largest bronze Buddha in Southeast Asia. 

There are hundreds of ancient relic statues dotted around the entrance of the temple. When walking past each statue, many people often touch their hands in hopes of receiving good fortune in life. 

The main attractions here are “Tam Quan” Gate and bell tower. To get to these attractive spots you must travel a long way uphill, most of which are steps. This is a way of expressing patience and devotion to the pure places of holiness.  

Bai Dinh pagoda is open from 6am on all days of the week and usually closes at 9pm  

Bai Dinh pagoda – the destination you should not miss in Ninh Binh .

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Bich Dong 

Bich Dong is located 2 km from Tam Coc , and its name translates to “green.” This name was given by the Deputy Minister Nguyen Nghiem, the father of the great poet Nguyen Du for the cave in 1773. In front of the cave runs the majestic Ngo Dong River and on the other side of the river lies rice fields. It would be interesting experience for you while visiting here.

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Cuc phuong national park

Cuc Phuong National Park is a famous tourist destination for ecology and environment. Cuc Phuong attracts several hundred thousand visitors a year as they come to explore the beautiful landscape rich in nature and adventure. There are also opportunities to take part in special ecotourism programs, stay in resorts, go camping, and many other adventurous activities that research cultural history of the area.  Cuc Phuong national park – butterfly garden.
There are multiple cave systems in the national park open for tourists to visit including Con Moong, Khong Trang, Son Cung, Pho ma and Thuy Tien.

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Phat Diem stone cathedral

Phat Diem cathedral is a Catholic church covering 22 hectares of land, located in Phat Diem town, Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province. Phat Diem cathedral is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful churches in Vietnam, and has been branded the “Catholic capital” of Vietnam.

Thung Nham Bird Park

“Thuy Nham” bird park is located in Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, and is full of both cultural and spiritual attractions, combined with the bio-diversified  landscape. Not only can visitors enjoy the relaxation and tranquility whilst sitting on the boat but also have a chance to see some of nearly 40 species of wild and rare birds. About 50,000 of them inhabit the surrounding area.

Kenh Ga hot spring

Kenh Ga hot spring is generally one of the most prominent tourist destinations of Ninh Binh. This famous hot spring is recorded in the top 5 hot spring tourist attractions in Vietnam. Kenh Ga hot spring is a promising place of interest for travelers of all ages.

Galaxy Cave

Galaxy cave is located in the Nho Quan district of Ninh Binh province. The cave lies hidden in the mountain range of Trang An. In ancient history this was a position considered effective in protecting the Kings Hoa Lu, Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh. In order to explore Galaxy cave, visitors will have to travel through Muong Tho Ha village and Son Ha commune to a small canal connecting the Ben river system, then continue 500m up a long stone road to reach the gate at the foot of the mountain.

Hoa Lu ancient capital  

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is an important national relic complex and one of the four core areas of the World Heritage Complex of Trang An.  

Containing relics stored over a thousand years in this capital you will have the opportunity to explore many amazing places.

Rhizome of Kim Son coastal

Bai Ngang is recognized by UNESCO as one of the world’s biosphere reserves. The area has about 200 species of birds, including 60 migratory birds. Many species are listed in the world’s rare species’ book such as the white stork of north Vietnam. Currently, few visitors know about this place.

Dong Chuong lake

Dong Chuong lake is a natural freshwater reserve located in Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh province. The lake is submerged in thick forest and has a perimeter of nearly 8 km. The reflection of the forest in the water creates a mysterious illusion for all who visits here.

HOW TO GET NINH BINH

Located on the main route connecting the north and south of Vietnam, you can travel to Ninh Binh quite easily. Here are the ways you can get to Ninh Binh from northern, central, and southern Vietnam. 

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How to get Ninh Binh from the north of Vietnam by public buses

From Hanoi, you can easily get to almost anywhere in Vietnam.. The easiest way to get to Ninh Binh from the north is by going to Hanoi first and then from Hanoi take the bus to Ninh Binh 

There are now many bus companies operating the Hanoi – Ninh Binh route, so you can easily get bus tickets either online or at travel agencies.

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How to get Ninh Binh by bike 

For those who want to travel to Ninh Binh by motorcycle, this is a guide for you (guide to Ninh Binh by motorbike from Hanoi)The easiest way is to use google maps to mark your route to Ninh Binh from your location. Roads in Ninh Binh are very easy and big so you will not encounter any problems or get lost.

Vietnam tourism - How to get Cat Ba from Ha Noi by bikes?

RIDE A BIKE IN NINH BINH EXPERIENCE

The best way to discover Ninh Binh in all its glory is to drive a motorbike. Surrounded by dense limestone karst and hailed as “Ha Long Bay on land”, Ninh Binh is a motorcyclist’s heaven. For those who come to Ninh Binh on a motorbike, you can find places using the google map I marked above. For those travelling to Ninh Binh by public bus; this is the guide for you

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Bike rental price 

Currently, you can rent motorbikes in Ninh Binh with prices ranging from 150,000 VND (without petrol) and 200.000 VND (with petrol). You can easily find nearby bike rental locations in the area you are traveling to in Ninh Binh

Check your bike before the trip !!! 

It is important to check your vehicle before the trip. You should ask about the location of the petrol stations in the neighboring area to fill up your bike prior to departing on your trip. You should not fill up your petrol at private petrol places as the petrol rate of the places will be much higher than the official petrol stations. The proper petrol station will have staff wearing uniform and use petrol station signs. The private petrol places don’t have staff as it is run by individuals. 

Check the status of your bike’s lights; mirrors; paintwork and tires. Some roads in Ninh Binh in the evening will not have street lights and if your bike’s lights don’t work; it would be extremely dangerous and difficult to ride in the evening.  

You should ask the rental bike dealer clearly about your bike breakdown terms and conditions. You should clarify this matter before leaving to avoid a rental companies tricking/scamming you.  

You should always ask for the bike provider’s phone number just in case of requiring support. Most of the local people in Ninh Binh are not able to speak English so be aware that communication will be limited.

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Is It easy to ride a bike in Ninh Binh?

Yes! The good news is that you can easily ride in Ninh Binh without previous riding experience. All the roads are very wide and smooth with no pot holes. If you are new to driving; you should drive slowly to practice and at the same time ave the chance to discover the most beautiful spots here.

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Where to stay in Ninh Binh

At present, there are many accommodations in Ninh Binh you can stay in. These range from motels; hotels; resorts; home stays or Eco-accommodations. Depending on your travel budget and your preference; you can choose one just right for you. You can easily book your reservation on  booking; agoda or airbnb.  

There are many places to explore in Ninh Binh; so you should plan your schedule and time effectively to reach the places you want to go the most. Once your route has been clearly planned then book the the appropriate accommodation based on the location along your route.

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Try Ninh Binh cuisine  

If you like trying new and exotic dishes; Ninh Binh is has a lot to offer for you. Let’s check the list of Ninh Binh’s special cuisine below.

Fried crab with vegetables

This is a popular food in Ninh Binh that visitors should try when visiting the ancient capital. The crabs are carefully hand-picked; the vegetables washed and then the two main ingredients are roasted together in a secret recipe. It is the crunch of crabs combined with the fresh aroma of vegetables that makes this dish best enjoyed with rice.

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Boiled mountain snail

Mountain snails are a famous specialty in Ninh Binh because of its natural sweetness. Snails eat grass leaves and some natural precious medicines. The mountain snail is prepared in various different ways such as grilled; fried or sautéed with garlic; … but the most favorite is the mountain snail boiled. For this culinary method; the snail is washed and boiled with lemongrass. It’s really just that simple; but this savory dish is attractive to many people. Diners can drizzle the snails with lemon or chili oil.

Grilled goat-meat

Goat meat is very popular in Ninh Binh as locals grow goats in mountain farms. Goats are often released to find food. With dense limestone terrain; the goats have to move a lot in the mountains to find grass. This increases the taste of the goat meat as it becomes really soft and tender.

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Some notes to keep in mind when traveling in Ninh Binh        

Ninh Binh is a very large place. If you are intending to explore all the sites in Ninh Binh; you should stay here for at least 5 days to explore. 

You should have your schedule ready in order to book at the right places. At present, there are many tours around Ninh Binh. If you do not have time; you can book tours to discover Ninh Binh; but it is best to prepare yourself as it allows more freedom on the trip.  

If you travel in Ninh Binh in summer; you should bring sun-cream, sun-glasses and long sleeved clothes to protect yourself from the heat. 

Ask your receptionist for the necessary information prior to leaving because locals rarely speak English. 

Always ask for your hotel address and phone number if you should need help in case of a problem.

Ninh Binh is very crowded at the beginning of the year (from January to April). If you travel at this time; the price of the services will be higher.  

Hope that my advice will be helpful for you. Have a good trip and be safe.

The rain festival

Rain ceremony of Lo Lo minority people in Meo Vac, Ha Giang

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The rain festival of Lo Lo minority people in Meo Vac, Ha Giang

The rain festival is undisputably the most traditional festival among the Lo Lo people living in Meo Vac; Ha Giang. Once integrated in this uniquely cultural festival you will learn so much more than you ever imagined; taking with you a sense of humbling serenity like no other.

The rain festival

In the beginning stages of the ceremony the Lo Lo people gather in the middle of the village; inviting ceremonial people such as the village chief or senior citizens to help commend the practice. Everyone then proceeds to prepare the holy sacrifices for the gods.

Among these are animals; swords; wine; and four scented bamboo sticks intended to symbolism the four heavens. This is completed by lighting the incense and scattering dazzling gold paper and silver over the offerings in a final tribute before the ceremony

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In order for the rain ceremony to be successful, it is imperative that the procedure is commemorated using ancient prayers. Using a cup of water, incense and paprika the priest first burns the incense at the majestic alter of the ancestors, then places the cup of water down before continuing with prayer. Gold paper is then wrapped around the cup of water, and after it is poured out the rain ceremony can commence successfully. Only once the paper is burnt out is the ceremony complete.

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After the rain ceremony, all of the villagers gather for drinking and dancing around the table. At this time, the boys and girls of the Lo Lo ethnic group will perform ancient folk songs that sing of love and praise for the country, and celebrate the happiness of couples.

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NOONG LAKE – THE HIDDEN HEAVEN IN HA GIANG

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NOONG LAKE – THE HIDDEN HEAVEN IN HA GIANG

Embedded in the Tay Con Linh mountain range in northeastern Vietnam is the astonishingly beautiful Noong lake; surrounded by primitive forest and rocky mountainous landscape. 

The area both in the lake and on land are enriched with many different plant and wildlife species; contributing endless life and diversity to the surrounding area.

Lake Noong’s water reserve travels  along the Lo river from a tiny creek in a cave positioned between two mountains sitting in the cliffs of the primeval forest. Another fascinating connection to the Lo river is three underground cave systems. Therefore, whenever water rises in the rainy season herds of catfish travel upstream  the river; in pursuit of the calm water of Lake Noong.

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The fish living here grow and develop naturally; and species such as the bitter fish and catfish are enjoyed by many visitors who travel here; and are famous for their delicious taste. The fish can be caught and barbecued with grilled onion; fried; or cooked with sour soups and vegetables. That is speciality of the place.   

Due to the over flow from the rocky outcrops all year round the lake never runs dry. In the rainy season; tourists have the luxury of visiting this fairy tale lake by either raft or boat. In the dry season the lake is shallow enough to walk through; as you take photos of the surrounding beauty.  Locals call this lake “The eye of the mountain” as under the light of the moon or the sun the water gleams and twinkles dazzling shades of silver.

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THE LIFE OF THE PEOPLE HERE

At present forty households reside on the side of the lake; where people live and work in a fishing aquaculture. The people who live here enjoy a strong economic advantage and can make a very fulfilling and honest living.

Come to Noong lake and be immersed in the natural beauty; feeling it all around you as you hear the buffalo far away in the terraced hills that hug the mountain; see the Local folk’s houses woven like silk into the forest as if they had been there from beginning of time. Escape reality and enter an old realm of civilization dating back hundreds of years; hearing the temple bell ringing out from the Binh Lam Pagoda. Here the colours and sounds of the countryside blend together in perfect harmony; making heaven a place on earth.    

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QUYEN TIEN MARKET

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Quyen tien market

Nestled in the foot of the mountain  in the stunning Ha Giang district beholds the charmingly quaint market of the Quyen tien community. Here the efforts of  the Hmong people’s  long working weeks are unveiled in a shower of colourful culture for just one Saturday morning. 

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Highland markets have long been a highly desirable destination of choice for tourists on discovery paths. They feel their soul awakening as the sunlight trickles up the mountain peak in the midst of morning; and see streams of the Hmong people with their radiant and rich tapestries of dress working from dawn until dusk.

This market in particular in the Ha Giang province is an event of extreme social and cultural importance. Throughout the maze of stalls historic profound beauty is painted and crystallized over the indigenous Mongolian dress and jewelry.

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The women here are spoiled for choice as they gaze upon magnificently crafted clothes; shoes and silver rings. The men congregate towards the tobacco pipes and buy ancient remedies and medicines for their families. When the hum of the market softens at the end of the day; the people settle down together in satisfaction and sheer happiness; enjoying many cups of wine; laughing as they tell each other stories and jokes about the day.

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For the indigenous people of the mountainside in Ha Giang this market is much more than just a means of shopping and selling It is a truly recreational time for meeting friends and having fun together. The market is essentially a living museum of timeless culture and ancient practice, that both mesmerizes and captivates all who come to experience it. 

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NA LUONG CAVE, THE HIDDEN GEM OF HA GIANG

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NA LUONG CAVE, THE HIDDEN GEM OF HA GIANG

Na Luong cave, recently announced as a national heritage site is considered to be the most beautiful cave in all of Vietnam. The entrance towers 30 meters in height but is secretly shrouded by over grown forest and vines.

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People can admire the gleaming stalactites hanging right from the top of the cave entrance that stretch throughout the length and breadth of the cave. Along the bed of the cave it is known that rock formations stand out in the appearances of fish, wild boar and buffalo.

Na Luong cave is burrowed deep into mountain, with its water level thousands of meters in depth.  Adjacent to Na Luong Cave is another cave system, with 7 independent caves, all of which are close together creating a cave complex that visitors can explore.

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Being a cave deep in the mountains; the cave has long been inhabited by thousands of bats. Should the flocks be disturbed at any given moment they immediately take flight in synchrony;  blocking partial streams of lights from the cave and creating a very impressive image for its visitors.

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With its beautiful terrain; spacious and cool aired atmosphere; it has proceeded to become a great tourist attraction of Ha Giang. Finding Na Luong is about finding tranquility; discovering nature up close and personal; and making many of your own discoveries in the enchanting land of Ha Giang.

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WEEKEND LUNG CU MARKET

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Weekend Lung Cu market

Lung Phin market also known as Lung Cu market is located in Lung Phin town in Ha Giang province.

Lung Cu is more than just the average Vietnamese market; for it is a unique and special community of more than 16 ethnic groups living in the Ha Giang rocky plateau and this in particular is truly one of a kind for the north of Vietnam.

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The market comes to life in the early hours of the morning; when the sun has not even yet risen in the sky; As people from all villages in the Lung Phin district and neighboring area bring goods to sell throughout the day.

People travel to and from the market at the break of dawn with backpacks; tied to one another as they travel in unsion along the winding road to the market and some even travel by horseback; the horse pulling a cart up the meandering valley.

The items at this market include rice; fresh fruit; vegetables; meat; household items; clothing and fabrics that the ethnic people make all by themselves. Specialities include mint honey; Lung Phin tea; free range hill chicken and many other goods popular with tourists.

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Another reason this market is so beautifully unique is that it not only serves as a platform for selling goods and sustaining people’s livelihoods but also a social haven that brings people together and creates long lasting relationships- local people find their partners for life at this market; as both men and women chat drinking together having fun; browsing the beautifully coloured clothes and creating memories that last forever.

Visit Lung Cu market and see a timeless; captivating feature of Vietnam like no other. Have a drink with the locals and enjoy life in the present as it should be

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Fire dancing festival

FIRE DANCING FESTIVAL OF PA THEN MINORITY COMMUNITY IN HA GIANG

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Fire dancing festival of pa then minority community in Ha Giang

This brilliantly vibrant yet ancient festival is still celebrated at large by the Pa Then ethnic group of  Tuyen Quang province. The inhabitants of this province are scattered far and wide in deeply remote areas but they all still unify as one culture in traditional costume; music and song for the God of fire on the 16th day of the first lunar month every year.

The ceremony, which is believed to bring good fortune and opulence; is practiced to fortify the alliance between man; nature and god. Before the ceremony takes place; the village Shaman prepares offerings as a ritual for the gods; asking divine permission to proceed with the fire dancing.

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The Pa Then people them must wait and abstain from jumping in the fire; until the gods have been worshipped and invited to join the ritual.  In the lead-up to this mesmerizing frenzy percussion instruments are played up until the Gods agree to let the people join the fire. This only happens once the coals are red and the blaze has weakened.

Once the boys and men of the pa then people join the fire it is like a hypnotic illusion- they skip and dance barefoot among the hot coals painlessly as if they feel no pain at all. Some even dig out the scorching coals with their bare hands and put them in their mouths. They do this in the hopes of driving out evil spirits or simply in prayer of supreme health and strength.

 After the fire has deceased and the charcoal has cooled the shaman makes one final summons for the spirits to be driven away and the people conclude with laughter and excitement; cherishing this unique and sacred ceremony.

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COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE FOR TRAVELLING IN HA GIANG.

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COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE FOR TRAVELLING IN HA GIANG.

Until recently, Ha Giang was the secret gem of North Vietnam, and only visted by local tourists. Now word of its beauty is getting out and it is becoming more popular with independent foreign travelers who come to enjoy the untamed jungles and the majestic mountains that make this part of Vietnam unique.

Most visitors are drawn here for the the thrilling and unforgettable experience of riding a bike on the Ha Giang border loop which allows them to really get off the beaten track.

Here you can spend days exploring the roads that wind between the towering limestone karsts and learning about the ethnic minorities that have made this spectacular part of the world their home.

The best time to travel in Ha Giang

In general, Ha Giang is beautiful at any time of the year, and every season has something different to offer.

From sprawling fields of the vibrant buckwheat flowers, wild jungles boasting infinite shades of green, to the spectacular peach and plum blossoms, there is something to impress even the most seasoned traveler.

Read more: the best time to travel in Viet Nam 

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October to November

It is during October to November that the fields come alive with the vibrant blooms of the buckwheat flowers. These flowers are a real spectacle and sprawling fields stretch as far as the eye can see. The third week of October until around early November is most beautiful time to enjoy these flowers in all their glory.

This species of flowers are unique to this area and are found only in the mountainous areas of north of Vietnam. Ha Giang offers the best views of these fields from the road and the fields become a sea of violet-purple.The flowers are also used by ethnic minorities in locally made cakes to enhance the taste and are the quintessential flavor of North Vietnamese desserts. 

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Before and after Lunar New Year ( from January to March )

From January to March the plum and peach blossoms are out in full bloom which adds a splash of color to the already stunning scenery.  These blooms frame the carpet of green that makes up the surrounding landscape and add a touch of calming pastel to the aesthetic that makes for stunning photographs and unforgettable memories.

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April : Visit Khau Vai Love Market on 23rd of April.

This market was once an eagerly anticipated event on many ethnic minorities social calendars. It provided a place for young single members of the community to meet, flirt and hopefully fall in love. Now times have changed and young people meet each other in other ways, however the Love Market remains and important part of the Northern Vietnamese culture. 

Once upon a time even married couples were allowed to visit this market. Here men and women were free to talk to members of the opposite sex without judgement or jealousy. A wife and husband considered this as a sacred duty and responsibility to practise their respect and loyalty to one another. 

The market is located in Khau Vai commune, Meo Vac district, Ha Giang province, Vietnam and meets once a year on March 27th lunar month.

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June – August  

June- August is Summer time in Vietnam. Luckily for travelers on a tight schedule, Ha Giang is usually sunny most of the year, but summer is a particularly good time to visit as you are almost guarunteed to have fine weather.  

If you reach a high point anywhere along the long winding road you will experience the most breathtaking views across the plateau and deep into the valleys of Ha Giang. Lush green forests smother the craggy mountains and a maze of narrow, dirt roads criss-cross the slopes 

This time is the perfect time of year to photograph these spectacular views, landscape and terraced agricultural fields, as the air is clear and you will be able to see for miles. However it is wise to check the weather forecast before heading out just incase.

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September

If you really want to dig beneath the surface of agricultural life in Vietnam and discover how people live off this land, Hoang Su Phi is the perfect location to do so. 

Here golden rice terraces jut into the hill sides and farmers in their straw hats lead buffalos on ropes along narrow trails. This is the real Vietnam, away from the the busy tourist traps in the city.  

These people are humble and hard-working. The pace of life slows right down to reflect the ebb and flow of natures rhythms.

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Must –see places in Ha Giang

 Ask anyone where you should visit in Ha Giang and they will surely tell you; Lung Cu flag tower, Quan Ba ​​sky gate or Dong Van Plateau. However there are many more equally stunning places to visit that are not so well known. 

Here is a list of the other ‘must-sees.’

Thanh Thuy border gate – the google map link 

Vietnam and China are connected through a pair of border gates Thanh Thuy and Thien Bao. This is also where the 261 (Vietnam-China border) and the road to Chau Van Son tourist site meet. 

The border gate is about 20km from Ha Giang City and is worth visiting even if you do not intend on crossing the border as this gate is situated between steep jungle-clad mountains and misty valleys. 

The air is pure here and you can observe how the landscape changes from farmland to unkempt forests. On the way to the gate, you will pass through vibrant paddy fields that frame the gently curving road and tiny villages where chickens, dogs, and children run free.

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Quyet Tien Commune – the google map location link 

On the first leg of the legendary road named ‘Happiness Road’, the ‘Bac Sum Slope’ marks the beginning of the journey through the Global Geological Park of the Dong Van Plateau – Ha Giang.  

This is a very peaceful, remote place often hidden amongst the valley mist. If you are lucky and wake up early enough you might even catch the local fair which takes place in the morning before the sun gets too hot. If you are looking for somewhere to wander through the stalls and observe how the locals go about their daily lives,  this is the place for you. If you travel here on a weekend, you will have a chance to attend in Quyet Tien Market. The market still keeps the traditional traits of local minority community.

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Skye Gate and Quan Ba Double Mountain

 At the top of ‘Bac Slum’  you will find Quan Ba Sky Gate. This gate is a historically famous place amongst Vietnamese because of the magnificent landscape and the local mountain legends.

Quan Ba Sky Gate is 1500m above sea level and is the first gateway to the Dong Van Plateau. In 1939, a wooden door was built 150cm thick, and called the Gate of Heaven. One time it was believed that this wooden door was the entrance to another ‘world’ – also known as ‘Autonomous Region of the Cats,’  and included Quan Ba, Meo Vac, Yen Minh and Dong Van districts.

Quan Ba ​​Double Mountain is next to Highway 4C, 40 km from Ha Giang town. Between rocky mountains and terraced fields, the two mountains emerge, leaving many visitors in awe of their natural beauty. These two mountains are associated with the legend of Mount Fairy.

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Dong Van Plateau – the google map link 

Dong Van Plateau (or Plain of Dong Van) is a rocky plateau spreading over four districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van and Meo Vac in Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. On October 3, 2010, the “Geological Park of the Dong Van Plateau” was officially recognized by the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network (GGN) Advisory Board as Global Geopark.This is the only place that holds such a title in Vietnam and the second in all of Southeast Asia. 

Here you will see countless fascinating limestone rock formations scattered amongst the terraced paddy fields. Again you will be amazed by how many shades of green you can see. From the deep green of the forest jungles to the fresh young rice plantations, it really is a feast for the eyes. 

In the middle of this valley is a small traditional Vietnamese Village. Colorful houses huddle together like match-box toys in the middle of this fertile, lush landscape. Life is simple here. Chickens, goats and children wander freely on the roads and men and women can be seen carrying heavy loads on their backs under clear the blue skies.

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Sủng Là

Head in the direction of Yen Minh to the town of Dong Van towards Pho Bang. You will cross through a beautiful pass which hugs the green valley. 

This is the highest point in the area and offers the most breath-taking panoramic views. It is considered the most beautiful highland commune of Dong Van stone plateau. 

Bright green fields slope gently towards sapphire colored Song Da River. On a still day the hills and ranges that surround this lake can be seen reflected in the glass-like surface of the river which only serves to double the beauty of this place. 

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Pho Bang town – the google map link  

The once bustling town of Dong Van (Ha Giang province) seems as though it has been sleeping for several decades. Those that are seeking to find themselves in the wilderness will not be disappointed here. Pho Bang town is an indispensable marker in the geography of the area and was once a hot, crowded township, a few decades ago.It also acted as the capital for drug traders when opium was one of the main sources of income for many people. Now, this sleepy village is best known for less controversial reasons; the beautiful roses that grow here.

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Lung Cu flag tower

The Lung Cu flag tower is located at the top of Lung Cu at about 1,700m above sea level in Lung Cu commune, Dong Van district, Ha Giang province. This is a small point on the Vietnam-China border. If you imagine the shape of the Vietnam-China border into a cone, the two lowest points in latitude are A Pa Chai, Dien Bien and Sa Vi, Mong Cai, and Lung Cu is the top of the cone. This is also the highest point of North Vietnam. 

This mighty structure ensures that everyone knows this is part of Vietnam with its large distinctive flag that can be seen for miles around. The view from the top looks over what is referred to as ‘corn valley’ because only maize is grown here. For locals this place is somewhere to go to feel a sense of national pride, whereas for visitors, it provides the perfect place to survey the beautiful mountains and valleys.

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Vuong Family’s Ancient House

The stone gate of King Chinh Duc’s palace in Sa Phin (Dong Van – Ha Giang) is perched on top of the hill. Vương Chính Đức was the head of the Hương family of the Mong people in Hà Giang a century ago. Rich due to the cultivation, processing and trading of opium across the border with China and Burma, he dominated the plateau. 

Behind the stone gate his magnificent mansion still stands tall. You can wander around the courtyards, admiring the intricate carvings and detail. The palace was built in eight years, costing about 150,000 white silver. Most of the builders are Yunnanese and the best Mongolian craftsmen.

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Dong Van ancient street

Located in Dong Van commune, Ha Giang, the central area of ​​Dong Van town is Dong Quan district, Central Highlands and Tuong Van district, Tuyen Quang province. This area has a rich history of beautiful architecture and ancient culture that has been around for hundreds of years.  In the 1880s, the French planned and built stunningly detailed architecture. These remain popular with tourists, especially the building that houses the Dong Van Market, which was built in the 1920s and is still intact to this day.

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Pass Ma Pi Leng 

Ma Li Leng is the Chinese name meaning literally ‘horse nose’. This refers to the top of the mountain where horses were often used to transport goods. Here the terrain was so steep and the path so narrow that it was said that horses passing one another must hold their breath or plunge down the vertical slopes. However, according to some indigenous Hmong people, the proper name of the pass is Mui Pia Leng, meaning ‘cat nose bridge’. 

The peak of Ma Pi Leng is in the three plains of Pa Lung, Pa Vi and Xin Cai (Meo Vac, Ha Giang) in the Dong Van Plateau, about 2,000 m above sea level.  

It was formed by a series of limestone deposits shale, silt containing fossils about 426 million years ago. The landscape of this area is jagged, with the Nho Que River cutting deeply into the land in Ma Pi Leng and Sam Pun, Xin Cai to Dien Bong, China.  

French scholars, hundreds of years ago, called the peak of Mt. Li Leng. Now the Global Geological Park of the Dong Van Plateau is widely known as a geological monument. Travelling on Ma Pi Leng Pass you will also overlook the spectacular royal blue Nho Que River.

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Sơn Vi, Xín Cái, Thượng Phùng

These are the three most remote border communes of Meo Vac district with the highest border crossing point in Vietnam. This area is suitable for those who like to explore and drink in the spectacular mountainous scenery.

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How to get Ha Giang  

The easiest way to get Ha Giang is from Ha Noi. For those, who are not in Ha Noi but still want to visit, the easiest way is to start from Ha Noi. The following will advise independent travellers about how to reach Ha Giang from Hanoi.

How to get Ha Giang by public buses

Ha Giang is 300 km away from Ha Noi. Normally, it would take you 8 – 10 hours to get there. 

In Ha Noi, go to My  Dinh bus station. Once at the bus station, you will easily find a bus to get Ha Giang. In my experience, you should choose a sleeper bus to ensure you will be comfortable during the 8 – 10 hours trip.  

If you have a bike and you don’t like the idea of cycling fo 300 km solidly, you can ask a bus company in the bus station to carry your bike with you. You will have to pay extra for your bike transportation.  

Or you can simply book a ticket from Ha Noi to Ha Giang here 

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How to get Ha Giang by motorbike

If you are a fan of riding, Ha Giang is the perfect choice for you. You will  be amazed by the stunning view on the way as well as enjoying the freedom of the ride.  

Starting from Ha Noi – Son Tay province ( you should go to street 21 in Co Nhue) – then go to Trung Ha bridge (go to intersection of Son Tay town then turn right) ~> Co Tiet ~> Phong Chau bridge. Go past the bridge then turn left, heading to Thao river located in Phu Tho. Once you reach the river go to  Doan Hung town and then go to Tuyen Quang province in Tuyen Quang. Do not go through the city but in the direction of Highway 2 which will take you straight to Ha Giang. 

Going to Ha Giang in this direction will be quieter and save about 30km

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Where to stay in Ha Giang

 Although there are a large number of tourists that travel this way there are not that many hotel and motel services in Ha Giang. Travelers may encounter problems finding cheap accomodation if they happen to be there during the peak holiday season. 

Before the trip, once you have figured out your route in Ha Giang, you should book your accomodation online. There area a lot of hostels and hotels which you can easily book on booking.com and other booking channels.  

If you are after a different kind of experience consider finding a homestay with a local family. This will surely be an experience you won’t forget. 

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Ride a bike in Ha Giang

When you arrive in Ha Giang, unless you have your own, the only way to explore is by renting a bike. In general, rental bikes in Ha Giang are reliable. Prices range from around 200.000 vnd – 250.000 vnd day and are negotiable. You can also usually rent a bike directly from your accommodation.   

Rent a bike in Ha Giang and riding experience?  

Make sure you bring sunglasses, water and sunscreen to ensure you get the most out of your experience and don’t miss a second of the spectacular scenery.

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Ha Giang local cuisine

Ha Giang is not only known for its awe-inspiring mountains, majestic scenery, ancient customs, colorful festivals, but its bountiful natural produce. Ha Giang has very fertile soil and as a result the cuisine has a unique style.  What to eat in Ha Giang

Some notes you might have to keep in mind 

Bring your water, sun-cream, towel. During the day temperatures can be around 20-25 in Autumn and 28-30 in Summer so staying hydrated is essential. The sun is also very fierce in Vietnam so make sure to regularly apply sunscreen.

Make sure that your bike has enough fuel and bring 2 -3 liters of extra fuel if it is possible as petrol stations are scarce.

Always remember to get the hotel number and address before you leave. Most will have a business card that you can pick up on your way out. It is even better if it is written in Vietnamese in case you need to show it to locals or a taxi driver.

If you travel to Ha Giang in winter make sure you have warm clothes as it can get very cold as a result of being far north. Bring pain killers, insect spray, other medicines, trainers, and waterproof shoes.

In case your bike breakdowns, don’t worry, you will find a mechanic shop on the way. However it pays to check your bike out before you leave and have a number of a mechanic with you in case the worst comes to the worst.

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Reference itineraries for those, who want to travel to Ha Giang by public bus.

In order to travel to Ha giang from Ha Noi, you should depart in the evening due to you will have time to sleep on a sleeper bus. You will have a whole day to explore HA Giang as you arrive Ha Giang early in the morning

3 day -2 night Ha Noi – Ha Giang

General information: This schedule is suitable for those who have limited time an want to see as much as they can in a short amount of time. However as it is a large area the sights listed are limited.

 

In the evening, catch a sleeper bus to get  Ha Giang. If you have your own bike, you can contact a bus driver to ask about carrying your bike on the bus with you. You will have to pay for your bike transport fee.

Around  4 -5pm next day, you will arrive Ha Giang city, rent a bike, have breakfast.

Then you should follow the route :

Ha Giang city – Bac Sum slope, Quyet Tien market – Quan Ba skygate, Tam Son town – Sung La –  Lung Cu flag tower – Dong Van town. Spend a night in the town, enjoy the famous street coffee.

The next day, wake up to have breakfast, sight-see Dong Van market, take a walk in Dong van ancient street. At 10am-ish, leave Dong Van to Meo Vac in order to see Ma Pi Leng pass. Have lunch in Meo Vac then get back straight away to Ha Giang city. You will arrive in the afternoon, take a rest then catch the night bus to Ha Noi. You will arrive Ha Noi next day morning

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4 day – 3 night Ha Noi – Ha Giang

Ngày 1 : Hà Nội – Hà Giang

In the evening, catch a sleeper bus to Ha Giang. You will have time to take a rest on a sleeper bus. When you arrive

 

Around 4am -5am next day, you will arrive Ha Giang city, rent a bike/ ride your bike, have breakfast.

Day 2 : Hà Giang – Quản Bạ – Yên Minh – Phó Bảng – Sủng Là – Đồng Văn

– 7h00am : have breakfast and fill up with petrol

-7h30am – 9h30am : Ha Giang – Quan Ba  ( 46km) visit the sky gate and Quan Ba double mountain. If your second falls on Saturday, you will have a chance to visit Quyet Tien market.

 -11h00am – 12h00pm : Quản Bạ – Yên Minh (50km) on the way to get Yen Minh, you will see Yen Minh pine tree forest on the side of the highway. Take a time to rest in Yen Minh

– 1:30pm – 3pm : Yên Minh – Phó Bảng (40km) Start from here, you will see the fantastic and majestic view of Dong Van plateau, visiting Pho Bang town.

– 3pm – 4:30pm : Leave Pho Bang, turn around go towards Dong Van intersection. That is the way to get to Sung La.

–4:30pm – 5:30pm : Sủng Là – Đồng Văn. Stay a night in Dong Van and try the famous street coffee.

Ngày 3 : Đồng Văn – Lũng Cú – Đồng Văn – Mã Pì Lèng – Mèo Vạc

– 7h00 – 9h00 : Have breakfast, take a walk in Dong Van market. You can visit Dong Van ancient house that is still as beautiful as it was 100 years ago. .
– 9h00 – 11h30 : Đồng Văn – Lũng Cú (26km) – Dinh Vương (26km) – Đồng Văn (15km) visiti the furthest point in the north of Viet Nam, then  head back to lên với điểm cực Bắc của Việt Nam, have lunch in Dong Van again.

13h30 – 15h30 : Đồng Văn – Mã Pì Lèng – Mèo Vạc – marvel at the Nho Que river from the peak of Ma Pi Leng pass.

– 15h30 – 17h00 : Back to Meo Vac to visit other places in Meo Vac. Stay a night in Meo Vac.

Ngày 4 : Mèo Vạc – Mậu Duệ – Du Già (depends on weather conditions ) – Yên Minh – Hà Giang

– 7h00 : Have breakfast.
– 7h30 – 12h30 : Mèo Vạc – Yên Minh – Quản Bạ. Visit other places in Quan Ba then back to Quan Ba to have lunch.

– 13h30 – 16h00 : Quản Bạ – Hà Giang : take a break in Ha Giang city to wait for the bus at 8pm. You will arrive Ha Noi early morning next day.

 

I hope this article is helpful for you. Good luck with your trip!

WHAT TO EAT IN HA GIANG

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WHAT TO EAT IN HA GIANG

Ha Giang is not only known for its mountainous, majestic scenery, ancient customs and traditional festivals, but as a place with bountiful produce as well. Many of the local dishes are made with ingredients sourced from farms and fields nearby. As a result the local cuisine is always fresh with flavor combinations only found in these highlands.
Here is a list of the best traditional dishes of Ha Giang. Let’s check it out

Banh cuon trung (rice flour rolled with egg)

Au tau porridge

Sour Pho

Bamboo sticky rice

Rainbow sticky rice

Orange

Street food in Ha Giang

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WHAT TO EAT IN HA GIANG

Banh cuon trung (rice flour rolled with egg)

This dish is perfect if you travel in Ha Giang in the cold season. Banh cuon is served together with Vietnamese pork sausage and a special type of fish sauce. Tear off a small piece of Banh cuon – a rice flour steamed ball often mixed with vegetables and sometimes meat – dip it in the sauce and experience the unique flavor combinations of this traditional dish.

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Au tau porridge

Au Tau porridge is one of the most unusual, yet quintessentially Ha Giang, dishes you will find in this region.

You might be attracted to the street vendor by the mouthwatering aroma of sticky rice mixed with regular rice. (There are many different types of rice in Vietnam).

Au Tau porridge is the delightful combination of the Au Tau vegetable (a black, bitter tasting root vegetable sort of like a potato) slowly simmered with fatty pig legs and herbs. The porridge is mixed with some lean, chopped meat, sprinkled with a little more herbs and then served. As the Au Tau vegetable has a slightly bitter taste, the porridge is also known as ‘Bitter Porridge.’

Locals will often savour spoofuls of this dish on a cold winters evening sitting by the fire.

Au tau porridge

Sour Pho

Sour Pho (pronounced Fa) is a popular dish in Ha Giang in the summer months. You may have tried Pho before but this is Pho with a pleasant sour twist. Pho is a simple noodle soup made with special Pho noodles. The soup often includes roasted duck meat, sausage, peanut oil a combination of herbs and cassava. Bowls of steaming Sour Pho are available at the Ha Giang market and boast flavours that are impossible to find anywhere else in Vietnam.

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Bamboo sticky rice

Ha Giang is a fertile region and the delicious Bamboo sticky rice is a special dish from the “Tay” ethnic people who live here. 

The technique to make Bamboo Sticky Rice is simple. The rice is thoroughly soaked in water and then usually cooked underground wrapped in bamboo and banana leaves. 

Fresh rice is then added to the mixture along with a sprinkle of salt and mixed well. This is then added to a bamboo tube, and water is poured over the surface of rice. The mouth of the tube is covered with fresh leaves or dried banana leaves and placed in the flames or on a heap of charcoal, and rotated slowly so the heat works its way around the shell. After an hour or so (depending on the tube or rice), you will be able to smell the sweet aroma of freshly cooked sticky rice. 

Before serving, cut the green outer shell of the bamboo tube away. It will now be burnt black. The rice will stay in the shape of the tube and will be surrounded by the thin ivory colored silk rind of the bamboo tube. 

Bamboo sticky rice was eaten by pregnant and breastfeeding women as it is safer to eat rice cooked in bamboo than in copper or aluminum metal pots. 

The finished product is often enjoyed with a sprinkling of sesame salt or served along side baked fish.

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Rainbow sticky rice

The ethnic groups who live in these northern mountains have an extremely diverse and unique culinary culture. This is best demonstrated by the Rainbow Sticky Rice. This rice represents the convergence of traditional values, including cosmic notions, philosophy of yin and yang and noble meaning. 

Rainbow Sticky Rice is made up of rice of five different colors; red, yellow, blue, violet and white. You can easily find the sticky rice at the market in Ha Giang. 

Most areas offer some variation of Rainbow Sticky Rice but, depending on the region, they can mix or use different colors to create a sticky rainbow. The ingredients include: sticky rice, fragrant rice, seeds, and leaves of trees to create the dye. These leaves can be either green leaves from ginger, green rice leaves, grapefruit peel, bitter bamboo shoots that have been burnt and soaked water with a little lime or yellow turmeric powder mixed with water.

Before dyeing the rice, the rice is cleaned and then soaked in water for 6 – 8 hours. Divide the rice into 5 different containers. One for each color. After dyeing, the last step is making the rice into a rainbow. This requires some skill and a lot of practise to get the perfect look.

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Orange  

For a long time oranges have been one of the most popular products in Ha Giang after tea. This is because the warm climate and conditions in this area are ideal for creating very sweet, juicy fruit.

Street food in Ha Giang  

There are also a lot of interesting street-food in Ha Giang. You can find locations  here : https://www.foody.vn/ha-giang#/places This is helpful Vietnamese app to help you find your favourite food. It is in Vietnamese but you will easily find your way around it.

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ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR VIETNAM

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15 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR VIETNAM

1.      Take your visa seriously, very seriously indeed 

Applying for your visa is the first of 15 essential tips for Vietnam. It is an important part of travelling to any country but there are few things you should know about the Viet Nam Visa.

A.    Apply for your visa as soon as you can.Applying for a Vietnam tourist visa is quite simple however the system is outdated so it can take a little longer than expected to be accepted. You should apply at least 3-5 days before you plan to arrive in the country.You can apply for VietNam tourist visa online by filling out an application form on the government’s website. You should triple check the information on your form to avoid the tragic misfortune of your visa not being accepted and having to say goodbye to Vietnam without being seeing anything but the airport. 

B.     Exemption and visa fee for Vietnam tourist visa.Those from Scandinavia, Southeast Asia, and Western European countries get a free 15-day Visa. If you leave the country after or during this visa you must wait 30 days before re-entering. In this instance you would be better off getting a 3-month multiple entry visa online (at least 3 working days before your flight). Citizens of the United States, Canada, and Australia can apply for visa on arrival. The cost is about $ 45USD for a 30-day single entry visa. 

C.     Carry cash before you arrive at Viet Nam airport.Immigration officials only accept cash on arrival and there are no ATM’s in the airport before you reach immigration. Ensure you are carrying enough cash with you before you board your flight to Vietnam.

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2. Bargaining skills are essential while traveling in Viet Nam

Shopping in Vietnam is very different to shopping in western markets. Most western tourists are used to a fixed price and will often believe anything they hear and read regarding prices. However you won’t get the real price if you believe the first one you hear when traveling in Viet Nam. Based on the platform of mini-capitalism, the Viet Nam market is unique. Learning to bargain is one of the most important 15 essential tips for Vietnam and will significantly reduce your travel budget. Remember to always ask about the price before deciding to buy anything such as clothes, shoes, sandals and fruits.

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3. Do not travel by train in Viet Nam.

Although traveling by train is an enjoyable experience, if your schedule is limited, do not waste time with the train system. Trains in Vietnam are known for being late and are often more expensive than other vehicles. They are often noisy and take much longer than the buses. Buying a bus ticket to travel in Vietnam is a much better option.

Do not travel by train in Viet Nam.
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4. Drive carefully when traveling in Vietnam.

Driving in Viet Nam is completely different to what you will be used to. You should pay careful attention to everything around you as you never know when someone will suddenly turn left or right. Driving in Vietnam is an interesting experience, however it is also important to make sure you are safe.

5. Do not expect to see the whole of Viet Nam in 3 weeks of traveling.

Vietnam has more than 60 cities and provinces. With a history that dates back over 2000 years and a variety of customs, culture and different cuisines in each region; it is difficult to discover all of Vietnam in just 3 weeks or even 1 month of travel. Each region has vastly different characteristics that will constantly surprise you. If you are a big fan of nature, Viet Nam is the ideal destination for you. Taking time to research tips for Vietnam before you visit will ensure you get the most out of your time here.

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6. Be careful of what you eat – especially street-food.

Although Viet Nam is world famous for its rich and varied street food, food poisoning is still a real possibility. This is because the quality of the ingredients is not guaranteed and the new combinations of flavors will be unfamiliar to your system. This can sometimes lead to unpleasant reactions in your digestive system which will surely put a halt to your holiday plans.

7. Pay attention when using Vietnamese currency.

It is possible to pay your bills with credit card in the larger cities of Vietnam however, if you are planning to travel to the countryside, you will find most places will only accept cash. Famous for the infinite number 0 on the bills, the Vietnamese currency makes you feel as if you are a millionaire, however this also makes it easy to make silly mistakes when paying for things. One of the most important of the 15 essential tips for Vietnam is to always pay close attention to the numbers on the bills to avoid misunderstandings or being given the wrong change.

Pay attention when using Vietnamese currency

8. Try to find accommodation down alleys instead of on the main street.

Accommodation prices are no regulated in Viet Nam. An essential tip for Vietnam is that you can find cheaper accommodation in the alleys off the main streets. These places are often much better value for money and equally as clean. They are usually quieter as well allowing you to have a proper rest after a long journey.

9. Exchange money at a jewelry shop to get a better exchange rate.

If you are carrying different currency with you and want to change to Vietnamese dong to save travel expenses, jewelry shops are for you. These shops are independent, and competition between stores is quite high, so you can check out a few different stores to determine where the highest exchange rate is. Keep in mind that they only accept new, non-crumpled notes and they will also only exchange it if the face value is lower than the conversion rate.

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10. Spa’s, haircut’s and beauty treatments are surprisingly cheap in Viet Nam.

Compared to the price of beauty services in other western countries, Vietnam offers very cheap services, and is the ideal place for some pampering. The price of a manicure, body and face massages are very reasonable and the quality of service is usually quite high so you can rest assured you are in capable hands.

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11. You can fix anything in Viet Nam.

Do not worry if your shoes get torn or damaged during your travels, you can fix them at a very low cost and Viet Nam has a reputation for providing high quality service. If possible, you can bring your old damaged items with you when you travel to Vietnam. The reason behind this I because when Vietnam was a very poor country Vietnamese people had to learn how to repair things instead of buying new things. Gradually it has become part of Vietnamese culture and the skills have been passed onto the next generation

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12. Internet is surprisingly fast in Viet Nam.

Despite being a developing country, Vietnam has an impressive internet access rate (30 to 40 million people using internet a day). The internet speed in Vietnam is very high and very cheap. You can easily buy data SIM cards at an average price of 200.000vnd – 300.000vnd ($10 – $15 USD) for 5 – 20 GB monthly. Do not worry if you work online as it is easy to find places to connect to the internet. In fact almost every café, restaurant and hotel offer free Wi-Fi these days.

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13. Vietnamese coffee is the best.

Vietnamese coffee is very strong and the taste is very different to coffee found in other countries. Even the way Vietnamese make their coffee is different to what many foreigners are used to and it is an essential part of the Vietnamese experience.

Vietnamese coffee
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14. Street food cuisine is the best.

Signs of Chinese culture and influences from the French colonialists are still evident in modern Vietnamese culture. Vietnamese cuisine is a unique combination of two and this makes the street food another essential thing to experience whilst visiting Vietnam

15. Best time to travel in Viet Nam

The last of the 15 essential tips for Vietnam is that there is no wrong time to visit Vietnam. Every one of the five seasons offers a different experience. You can choose to immerse yourself in festivities if you come to Vietnam during the Lunar New Year or enjoy the coolness of the autumn weather as well as feel the heat of summer in Vietnam. Depending on your individual preference, you can choose the best time to travel for yourself.

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