Day 3 Du Gia to Meo Vac and Dong Van (and amazing Ma Pi Leng Pass) – 130km
In the morning, we packed our stuff and continued to the famous Meo Vac and Dong Van area. The road to Meo Vac was unlike anything I’ve seen before. The road rose steeply, twisted and contorted up the hill. Once we arrived at the top, the view was spectacular. We could see the meandering hills all around us. And this was just the beginning of the exhibition nature prepared for us.
Shortly after, yellow rice fields broke through the clouds. I was able to take only a few photos with my camera before the clouds covered the areas again. I waited a few more minutes, but the clouds got just thicker and thicker. I was super lucky to capture at least these few!
After a few kilometres, we noticed a vast mine. First, I didn’t notice, but then Lee pointed out that he can see people working on its steep walls. They were H’mongs who were dressed in colourful traditional clothes. I wonder what they were mining for there. If you know, please let me know in comments below. I’m curious.
Saving the best for last, the epic mountains of Ma Pi Leng Pass which is the final stretch from Meo Vac to Dong Van. Treeless walls of limestone mountains raising hundreds of meters above the craterous Nho Que River valley – it was one of the best views in my life. So worth the trip up here for the views that you may only see once in a lifetime!! I was just blown away by the scenery and endless views of the landscapes.
The road from Meo Vac to Dong Van must be one of the most beautiful areas in SE Asia – the scenery changes constantly, and the hill-tribe villages are well worth spending a few days here. The only downside of recommending this place so highly is that one does not want to spoil it with hordes of tourists!
In the evening, we arrived at Dong Van where we spent the night at Da Nho Hotel (450.000 vnđ room/night). Finally, our room with a hot shower!