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Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark

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Vietnam’s northernmost province of Ha Giang contains unforgettable landscapes in the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, recognized by UNESCO as the first global geopark in Vietnam. Covering over 900 sq miles (2,500 sq km), this wonderland  of limestone peaks rise to an ave- rage of 4,920 ft (1,500 m). Visitors  need to acquire a permit in Ha Giang and a 4WD or a motorbike is necessary to navigate the rough mountain roads. The spectacular views begin at Heaven’s Gate, just above the town of Tam Son, where a lush valley is bordered by rugged karst outcrops. From here the route passes through Yen Minh to Dong Van, the northernmost town of Vietnam passing villages of minority groups like the White Hmong. Sights of interest near Dong Van include the Vuong Palace, and Lung Cu Flag Tower, which marks the northernmost point in the country. From Dong Van, the route continues to Meo Vac via the Ma Phi Leng Pass, which offers breathtaking views of the Nho Que River in the canyon below. From Meo Vac, it is possible to head south to Cao Bang or Ba Be Lake via the small town of Bao Loc.

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