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Tỉnh Hà Giang

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  • Day23

    Ha Giang (1) - 1

    November 17 in Vietnam

    Dziś petarda (jak to mówi młodzież 😎)! Robimy kilkudniową pętle skuterem po prowincji Ha Giang (północ, przy granicy z Chinami). Widoki niesamowite!!!!
    Tym samym, Szkocja spada na drugie miejsce w moim rankingu najpiękniejszych krajów :).

  • Day122

    Day 1- Ha Giang to Nam Dam village

    September 18 in Vietnam

    Today we rent a motorbike and head out of Ha Giang on what is known as the 'Great Northern Motorbike Loop'. It rained quite a lot overnight and the day is interspersed with rain and overcast clouds. Leaving Ha Giang we quickly hit small roads of varying conditions through beautiful landscapes of rice paddy fields with mountains backdrops. We make a few stops because of the rain and drive through some amazing mountain passes, through mist and clouds. We pass small villages where you can see people in beautiful ethnic clothing going about their daily life, tending fields (it's rice harvest time at the moment) transporting firewood on their motorbike or herding buffalos. We finish off the day in Nam Dam village, home to ethnic minority Dao people. We stay at a lovely simple homestay in the area and go for a small walk around this stunning area. Unfortunately photos can't capture how beautiful this part of the world is.Read more

  • Day126

    Day 5 - Ma Le to Dong Van

    September 22 in Vietnam

    After going to the market and stopping for a coffee we head back on the road towards the Ma Pi Leng pass between Dong Van and Meo vac. We take a slight detour on a road named 'sky pass' which is literally that, a small narrow road cut into the mountain which is so steep it leaves no room for error when riding a motorbike. We find very nice spot to have our sticky rice lunch and share some of our bread with some local children curiously watching on. We head back onto the road down the famous pass for its spectacular road and views. We take a little side road which has not such a great road but takes us across the river and up the other side of the valley. These mountains are steep and it's crazy to see the land they use to cultivate. Mountainsides which look so steep to access for walking, commonly have corn growing on them! We head towards another and what will probably be the last Chinese border post, then head back to Dong Van for the night. We indulge in a hot pot for dinner, which was so yummy but also so much food! We see a little parade if children on floats go past as they celebrate full moon festival this weekend.Read more

  • Day127

    Day 6 - Meo Vac Sunday market

    September 23 in Vietnam

    We decide to head to the next big town Meo Vac, a scenic 45min drive away to visit their Sunday market. We arrive and the market is bustling with activity. They are selling very much the same things, however it seemed to us to be a lot more lively than Dong Van (but that could have been because of the time we arrived). There is an amazing eating area, sectioned off to different small stalls with their own soup broths in big well used pots on wood fire. There is the area outside with tables and chairs of big groups of people enjoying 'happy water'. An area of people selling traditional clothes and tailors with old sewing machines tailor making clothes. We really enjoy walking around this market and absorbing the surroundings. We return towards the end of the market when people are packing up and enjoy a slightly sweet yummy soup with soft chewy dumplings.Read more

  • Day121

    We leave Hanoi, our home for the last 10 days, for some adventures in the northern mountains of Vietnam, close to the Chinese border. We arrive at the bus station just in time to get a fancy sleeper bus to the town of Ha Giang. It doesn't take too long for the bus to depart the high rise city landscape of Hanoi for the surrounds of rice paddies and corn fields. We arrive in Ha Giang just before it get dark in time to find a small homestay for the night. It was nice to wake up the next morning to a less polluted place and rice paddies outside our window, instead of city sky scrappers :)Read more

  • Day123

    We left our lovely homestay and head off towards a town which I had read had a traditional ethnic market this morning. The ride took us through a beautiful pass through the clouds and small villages. The cool air, mountain mist and steep mountain sides made me really feel like being in the middle of nowhere! often passing smiling men, women and children dressed in beautifully colourful ethnic clothes and going about their day either carrying baskets of corn, stacks of wood or grass. We sadly arrive a little too late in Mau Due as the market is over and realise the markets here start around 4-5am and are usually over by 11am/midday. We back track a little and head to the town Pho Bang, which is a border town before China. We were told the border is very fluid here is people often crossing over to go to the markets on the China side, however when we arrive we find there is a manned boom gate and told that we can't pass because it's China on the other side. We see some brief blue sky in the afternoon before being rained on again as we look for another homestay in the next small town.Read more

  • Day125

    Day 4 - Ma Le to Lung Cu to Ma Le

    September 21 in Vietnam

    Today we head off for Lung Cu the most northern town in Vietnam as their have their weekly market today. We arrive around 9am and the market is well and truely alive with amazing colours of people from ethnic groups wearing their traditional clothes. It's such an interesting market with people selling both ethnic and western clothes, traditional medicine (we saw someone look like she was telling fortunes using a raw egg in a bowl), modern medicine, fresh and cooked food, tools, household items, mobile phones and Sim cards. It's such a visually stimulating place with the colourful clothes of people from the surrounding villages coming to the market in their traditional clothes. We head up to the flag pole hill and eat some yummy food we got at the markets, including this very yummy pancake/bread that was being heated on coals. Afterwards we enjoy a coffee in the nearby Lolo village before heading out for some more exploring in these far northern roads and villages. We go 'off road' for a bit (which Jean loves and Lila and I love a little less). We see the most northern road in Vietnam and Jean and Lila visit another border point, however it is a bit more serious with a watch tower and camera, as well as skull and Cross bones on the border marker post. We also visit another border area which is basically a big hole in a wire fence with a billboard of the other side (only written in Chinese and Vietnamese.
    And as if we hadn't seen enough border points we saw another one which we could walk across and we saw people go across on their motorbike and come back with beer (as it must be cheaper on the Chinese side).
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  • Day126

    Day 5 - Ma Le market

    September 22 in Vietnam

    Part of the reason we went back to the same homestay yesterday was because we knew this morning they would have their local market. So we made a better effort to be there earlier, so arrived around 8am to the buzzing market. It's a market for so many things. Here you buy your chicken not wrapped in plastic on a plastic tray, it's feathers and all and well and truly still alive while it's on the balance for its weight. It was common to see many motorbikes ride away with 2-3 chickens being held upside down by the driver. We enjoyed a yummy soup breakfast and grabbed some sticky rice and the bread/cake we saw yesterday.Read more

  • Day127

    Day 6 - Dong Van Sunday market

    September 23 in Vietnam

    We decided to get up at the crack of dawn to enjoy the local market in Dong Van, which we were told were the biggest market in the area. We arrived before many stallholders had set up and sat down to a warming noodle soup before soaking up the amazing visual stimulus with the local markets here. It was a lot bigger than the other markets we had been to, and a lot more active in the selling of animals from cows, pigs, chickens, pidgens and dogs. Again there were very amazingly well dressed girls and women in their traditional dress, often complete with stockings and high heels! The men often in black and wearing black berets. There are lots of clothes, both traditional and western. There is a huge range of fresh food, from pig and beef being butchered on the market table to fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices and lots food ready to eat, including multi coloured sticky rice. There is a sizable number of people selling 'happy water' (rice or corn alcohol) in big containers, with many people trying with little sample scoops.Read more

  • Day127

    After going to the 2 markets this morning, we head towards our stop for tonight Du Gia, about 80km today. We pass some amazing valleys with beautiful yellowing rice paddies with gorgeous mountain ranges in the background. We climb a pass which makes us feel like we are above these mountains, before decending into the valley towards our homestay for the night next to rice paddies. Today we happen to randomly stumble across someone who had found a bag with a passport from the Netherlands, we then end up sitting next to the people who lost this bag at dinner at the homestay...it's amazing how things work out sometimes!Read more

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Tỉnh Hà Giang, Tinh Ha Giang

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